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Mahopac News 02.20.20

VOL. 10 NO. 51 Visit for the latest news. THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2020

Grassroots effort looks to reverse climate change

Stellar turnout for rst Sustainable Putnam meeting

BY BOB DUMAS “In short, these young adults are PHOTO: BOB DUMAS
EDITOR so frustrated with ‘climate deniers,’
so overwhelmed by the enormity Joe Montuori, right, leads the discussion at the first Sustainable Putnam meeting at Mahopac Library
Joe Montuori could have easily of the problem, so convinced that
sailed o into the sunset after retir- the existential climate crisis is ir- and advise residents, business- sources,local and organic food pro- legislature this past year—symbolic
ing from a 28-year career teaching reversible, that they are completely
high school social studies. He cer- paralyzed with fear,” he said. “ at people, and local o cials of op- duction, closing the loop on waste victories. My hope is that with
tainly earned it. conversation is one reason I decid-
ed to do something about it here in portunities to decrease our carbon through composting and recycling, our support and persistence and
But the Mahopac resident our community.”
couldn’t stop thinking about a footprint while adapting and rein- and much more. And in the long follow-through, we can go beyond
problem that relentlessly nagged Montuori soon led a few discus-
him, so he plunged headlong into sions on climate change at a local vigorating the local economy for run, these solutions will not only symbolic victories and make some-
a new chapter in his life: forming a church, a temple, and a couple of
grassroots organization that would areal libraries, where he explained the climate-change reality that we save money, but will grow our local thing really happen.”
combat climate change at a local Project Drawdown, a collection of
level. the 100 top solutions approaches- face. economy, and develop more secure Baila Lemonick, also a Ma-
solutions to not merely slowing
On Saturday, Feb. 8, that dream down, but actually reversinge glob- “We’ll work together to miti- communities.” hopac resident and a facilitator for
became a reality last month when al warming.
dozens of Mahopac residents and gate our contributions to global During the assembly at the li- Putnam Progressives, said, “I’m
their neighbors from other Put- He also spoke at Putnam Coun-
nam County towns, packed the ty Legislature meetings, to encour- warming, even as we protect the brary, Peter Elder, a longtime cli- here to support anything we can do
community room at the Mahopac aginge the adoption of the Climate
Public Library to get a edgling Smart Community pledge, a sNew most vulnerable of our neighbors mate-change activist who emceed to make the county, the state and
organization,known as Sustainable York State program to help towns
Putnam, o the ground. and counties prepare for climate from climate change’s worst im- the meeting, had each attendee especially the country a lot better, a
It all started two years ago for pacts,”he stated.“ e problem can introduce themselves and explain lot safer and a lot more moral.”
Montuori when he attended a Soon Sustainable Putnam began
conference on global warming to take hold as a Facebook group, seem overwhelming and the stakes why they were there. e responses But Montuori said the purpose
called Project Drawdown. It made before eventually morphing into
him wonder why his high school the Feb. 8 meeting at the library. couldn’t be higher. But the good were wide-ranging. of Sustainable Putnam is more
students had never raised the is-
sue of climate change in any of the Montuori explainedMontuori news is that we have the solutions. “I am in this to see it work on than just stopping global warming.
classes he taught. explained in the a letter to Ma-
hopac News that Sustainable Put- ey’re available today and right the county level,” said Dwight Ar- “While we certainly want to
He soon discovered why. nam will work to inform, educate,
in front of us. Increasing energy thur of Mahopac.“We’ve had three SEE CLIMATE PAGE 6
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Mahopac native
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Christopher Jones hails from
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Littoral combat ships were rst taught me
introduced more than a decade patience. I

ago to the naval eet to increase learned to be
military presence and complete

diverse missions. Petty O cer patient and
1st Class Christopher Jones, an

information systems technician receptive to
who is responsible for working di erent ideas.’
with computers, networks, radios
and satellite communications, is

one of the sailors serving aboard - Petty O cer
USS Freedom, homeported in 1st Class
San Diego.
Christopher Jones
“I like the diversity and the

wide range of work we do,” said Mahopac Class of 2013
Jones. “It is always something

di erent.”

Jones is a Mahopac native and

graduate of the MHS Class of because of their technologically

2013. advanced engineering and ver-

According to Jones, the values satility to deter multiple threats.

required to succeed in the Navy Freedom is named after the en-

are similar to those found in during values the United States

“Mahopac taught me pa- nine di erent states that bear
the same name. e crew aboard Petty Officer 1st Class Christopher Jones aboard the USS Freedom
tience,” said Jones. “I learned to

be patient and receptive to dif- Freedom is comprised of 40 sail- mize the Navy we have today petty o cer. Jones, as well as other sailors,

ferent ideas.” ors. while delivering the Navy that “I just never thought I would know they are a part of a service

With more than 90 percent of Freedom is 388 feet long and our nation will rely upon tomor- make it this far,” he said. tradition providing unforgetta-

all trade traveling by sea, and 95 58 feet wide and weighs nearly row,” Gilday said. “And we will For Jones, serving in the Navy ble experiences through leader-

percent of the world’s interna- 3,400 tons fully loaded. e ship do so with urgency. Our eet will is a tradition passed down from ship development, world a airs

tional phone and internet traf- is equipped with two gas-turbine be a potent, formidable force generations and one Jones hopes and humanitarian assistance.

c carried through ber optic engines allowing it to navigate that competes around the world to continue. eir e orts will have a lasting

cables lying on the ocean oor, the water at 40 knots. every day, deterring those who “My dad, uncle and grandfa- e ect around the globe and for

Navy o cials continue to em- According to Admiral Mike would challenge us while reas- ther served, as well as my broth- generations of sailors who will

phasize that the prosperity and Gilday, the chief of Naval Opera- suring our allies and partners.” er who is currently in the Air follow.

security of the United States is tions, the focus of today’s Navy is ere are many opportunities Force,” said Jones. “Continuing “Serving in the Navy is an op-
directly linked to a strong and squarely on war ghting, and the for sailors to earn recognition in the tradition is like a rite of pas- portunity to excel and always be

ready Navy. capabilities needed for the Navy their command, community and sage and becoming a man. You better,”said Jones.“It is an oppor-

Littoral combat ships are con- of the future. careers. Jones is most proud of got to do what you got to do.” tunity to succeed and expand my

sidered the future of the Navy “I am con dent we will maxi- getting promoted to rst class As a member of the U.S. Navy, thinking and level of knowledge.”



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No cases of coronavirus reported in Putnam

Health Dept. and Putnam Hospital Center are prepared

BY BOB DUMAS residents. However, if there were tions to help prevent the spread of system and o site locations. another infectious disease specialist
EDITOR a case, residents would hear about respiratory viruses, including: • Hosting Grand Rounds pre- with Nuvance.“We will continue to
it directly from the department of seek CDC best-practice informa-
e Putnam County Depart- health.” • Wash your hands often with sented by global health and infec- tion to guide our system response.”
ment of Health (PCDOH) says soap and water for at least 20 sec- tious disease experts to provide ed-
that at this time there are no “We are in daily contact with onds. If soap and water are not ucation and training for screening As of Feb. 6, there have been
known cases of the novel corona- both the New York State Depart- available, use an alcohol-based and infection control in accordance 12 coronavirus cases con rmed
virus in Putnam and the risk to the ment of Health (NYSDOH) as hand sanitizer. with CDC guidelines. in the United States, in Arizona,
general public remains low. well as the Center for Disease California, Illinois, Massachusetts,
Control and Prevention (CDC),” • Avoid touching your eyes,nose, • Assessing the supply chain for Washington and Wisconsin. Ap-
However, health o cials said Neisheiwat said. “We update our and mouth with unwashed hands. specialty-equipment assets and proximately 76 Americans are be-
that should the risk of exposure protocols under their direct guid- needs. ing tested for the virus.
increase, they are prepared to re- ance based on the most up-to-date • Avoid close contact with people
spond. developments.” who are sick. Cover your cough or • Identifying available negative In addition to the CDC guide-
sneeze with a tissue, then throw the pressure rooms to accommodate lines speci c to the corona virus,
“When it comes to emergency Testing for this new type of tissue in the trash. people under investigation requir- Nuvance Health has strict proto-
preparedness,our county and com- coronavirus is performed in co- ing airborne isolation. cols for patients presenting to any
munity partners consistently work operation with both the local and • Clean and disinfect frequently medical facility with a fever, cough
together to ensure our residents state departments of health. Both touched objects and surfaces. “Our multidisciplinary team or rash. If any of these symptoms
remain safe,” said County Execu- the county and state departments across Nuvance Health (parent are present, patients are urged to
tive MaryEllen Odell. “Regarding of health continue to work togeth- Meanwhile, Putnam Hospital company of Putnam Hospital wear masks before entering the
this particular health risk, our Bu- er to keep residents informed. For Center o cials continue to moni- Center) is working closely together facilities. If they are not wearing
reau of Emergency Services, law the most up-to-date information tor the coronavirus and say they are to ensure we are prepared for this masks, patients will be asked upon
enforcement and health depart- on coronavirus, visit prepared to provide the commu- quickly evolving outbreak,”said Dr. registering if they have any of these
ment remain up-to-date regarding nity with the safest, most current Valerie Cluzet, infectious disease symptoms and if they have traveled
the latest developments and they coronavirus/. care and information. specialist for Nuvance Health. “Ef- in the past 30 days to regions with a
maintain communication with fective communication and staying concern for communicable diseas-
Putnam Hospital Center, as well as “Remember that the best way e sta has taken several steps, informed are both essential to pre- es. If they answer yes, they will be
other local health care providers.” to prevent the spread of viruses in accordance with guidelines from vent the spread of communicable given a surgical mask and isolated
is avoid exposure and to practice the CDC, to ready the hospitals diseases.” in a separate room for evaluation.
County Health Commissioner hand hygiene,” Nesheiwat said. and outpatient practices for poten-
Dr. Michael J. Nesheiwat also re- “ e in uenza virus continues to tial cases, including: “Our preparedness for potential e CDC is updating informa-
minded everyone that, “While be widespread in our area, and it is [coronavirus] cases is comprehen- tion on its website daily. Stay in-
novel coronavirus can cause se- not too late to get a u vaccine.” • Participating in local, state and sive and standardized across our formed by visiting
vere illness, it is not an immedi- federal discussions, webinars and health system, with the safety and coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/in-
ate health concern for Putnam Health o cials continue to rec- collaborative emergency-manage- health of our patients, visitors, sta dex.html.
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House of lies Bloomberg and the
winter of our discontent
Iran into a guy in the locker HERE coverage of his presidency.
room at a local gym a few weeks AND In addition, the supposed presi- The good LIFE, during the pri-
back, talking trash to a friend. news rst.
dent of “all the people”is extremely As of

“Guns, crime, race, immigration, NOW! discriminating when it comes to mary—his former

women’s rights, taxes,”he growled, BERNIE the TV and print journalists to today, winter is HEALTH, views, including
“Democrats are worthless!” KOSBERG whom he does grant interviews. two-thirds done, POLITICS stop and frisk,
Almost exclusively, they are over, nished and which was a very
is being Putnam County, his there’s only one MARA e ective policy
SCHIFFREN back then.
illiberalism was not surprising. devotees of his extremism. Since

Politics are loaded with parti- coming into o ce,Trump has

sans who, without question, support their party’s participated in upwards of 50 TV interviews on Fox month left to I must say I have

platform, candidates and representatives, and are News or a Fox News a liate and few elsewhere. endure. been getting the

reluctant to compromise their political beliefs. Party Under Trump’s repressive application of author- e bad news is that the full deluge of emails from his team,

allegiance can be healthy; it enables us to create a ity, facts are battered, as is our Constitution and partisan atmosphere keeps getting surveys and position papers, all of

strong political identity and support policies and the ideals of democracy. With full compliance more vicious and will continue to which are merely disguised ways

politicians with which we agree. However, identify from Republican standard-bearers and Republican do so for the foreseeable future. of dredging up money. Which is

too strongly, research suggests, and we become ideologues, truth is no match for ideology. e Speaking of partisan politics, I odd considering that Bloomberg

motivated to defend party a liation no matter how will of this president is beholden to no one and no spent some time in New York City is running the most expensive

incorrect or untrue the information is that we’re thing. He responds only to his own wants and cruel this week. I have to say that the to- presidential campaign on record.

presented with. cravings. As soon as he opens his mouth, we can be tal lock that Democrats now have As of last week, he has already

is behavior is especially rife in Republican assured that a misnomer or lie will inevitably follow. on the city does not bode well for spent $300 million in ads and

politics today, where incontrovertible evidence that Trump doesn’t merely distort the lines between its inhabitants. Nor does it bode other buys. But that is nothing for

may discredit party leaders or may be inconsistent deception and fact; he does away with them com- well for NYC’s future state. a man of his level of wealth, which

with the party line is summarily rejected as not pletely. For one, the rats on the streets is estimated by Forbes at $62.8

being signi cant enough to warrant condemnation. On the Senate oor during Trump’s impeach- are running rampant. Walk down billion and increasing daily. Also,

When an entire group—Republicans—revise facts ment trial, the disregard for truth by Trump’s just about any side street at night according to Forbes, his wealth

to serve its partisan beliefs, policies not grounded in partisans was on gaudy display. ough a mountain and will be sure to see several scut- has increased $107 million every

truth or fairness prevail. of evidence was presented by House impeachment tling along the curb and under the day that he has been in the race.

As this country becomes more and more shel- managers, almost the entirety of Republican sena- cars. I was staying near Riverside Put that in your mind’s eye for a

tered into geographically like-minded communities, tors refused to demand witnesses and documents. Park. When I walked my dog at moment. His wealth has increased

and as we come to rely more and more on biased And, when judging guilt—that Trump attempted night outside the park, I saw rats $107 million a day. So, $300 mil-

media outlets such as FoxNews to deliver informa- to coerce a foreign government to interfere with the every night, except in the pouring lion is nothing but pocket change,

tion and ideas, it is becoming increasingly di cult 2020 presidential election—all but one Republican rain. completely disposable cash.

to separate misleading claims from the truth. e senator ignored the glaring truth: that Trump was, But actual rats are not the only is is like nothing we have

result? A quickly escalating trend towards political indeed, guilty as charged. thing at issue now. ever seen in politics to date. e

polarization and distrust in government. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Back in the old days, when amount of money Bloomberg will

In an NPR/Marist survey, over 60 percent of immediately after the almost party-line acquittal I lived in NYC, the city had a dispense one way or the other is

Americans say that determining truth from ction vote, cited the impeachment trial as an example of bipartisan split in its government. going to be shocking.Talk about

in government has become challenging, especially the dangers of partisan polarization: “a loss of the First Giuliani and then Bloomberg buying an election. If he gets the

in the past four years, which corresponds directly willingness to listen to people with views other than served as mayors, both as very lib- nod, that will be nothing. Mere

with Donald Trump’s candidacy, nomination, and one’s own … to tune out other voices … and to as- eral Republicans, though the latter, chump change for Bloomberg.

“alternative facts”presidency. sociate with only one’s own home crowd…” everyone knew, was a Democrat With the recent implosion of

During Trump’s term in o ce—about 1,100 “ e U.S. Senate was once a model of civility and merely posing as a Republican in Biden (who was Nancy Pelosi’s

days—he has made more than 16,000 false or good fellowship, readiness to compromise for the order to get elected on a law and sacri ce to impeach Trump) and

misleading claims, according to the latest tally by good of the public,”Ginsburg re ected.“Today, it’s order platform. For NYC, that was Elizabeth Warren (who self-de-

the Washington Post and several other national divided sharply...” ne. Only a very liberal Repub- structed all by herself), Bloomberg

news outlets. In 2019, alone,Trump reportedly Neither Trump nor his Republican partisans are lican could get nominated. ese now may be in serious contention.

voiced more than 22 lies each day.Trump’s prob- interested in the truth. And a majority of Ameri- days, that would be impossible. He and Amy Klobuchar are the

lem with telling the truth isn’t just challenging, cans now report, according to a recent Gallop poll, Bloomberg realized this, too, and two candidates who could plausi-

it’s contemptuous. His inability to distinguish fact that they can no longer easily recognize truth when he eventually eschewed the Re- bly run as moderates or centrists.

from ction in his everyday exhortations is having a he presents it. Nevertheless, 94 percent of voting publicanism since it was no longer Bloomberg, unfortunately, has

demoralizing e ect on the psyche of a large portion Republicans approve of Trump’s performance as as popular under Obama. en he been disavowing all that made him

of Americans. president. ran as an independent. Of course, a popular mayor across the political

In May 2018, Lesley Stahl, the noted anchor of Trump is altering, perhaps irreparably, our now, in the Democrat presidential spectrum. In the Florida primary,

CBS News’“60 Minutes,”revealed that President understanding of facts and truths as he reshapes the primary, he’s now swung a full just less than a month from now,

Trump, in a rare moment of candor, disclosed to White House—formerly known as “the People’s 180 degrees, like a pendulum at where he has spent a great deal

her that he deliberately uses the phrase “fake news” House”—into a house of lies and deceit. its widest swing, and no longer SEE SCHIFFREN PAGE 10
supports—at least for the moment
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Is trash really being logical liar. His many lies have prisals and personal attacks from done”* As of Feb. 2, 2020, Trump the legal right to do so. e De-
recycled? been fact-checked by numerous the person who is supposed to be has reportedly played golf 261 partment of Justice is supposed
sources including many news or- a unifying force in our country? times during his presidency. He to be an independent agency.

To the editor, ganizations, Snopes and PoliFacts. Is this president accountable has spent more than 342 days—a It is not Donald J Trump’s De-

I have an issue with AAA ey can’t all be “fake news.” to anyone? Is he really above the third of his presidency—at Trump partment of Justice, just as Wil-

Carting, the company that the He is a narcissistic, divisive, law of our land? What he says and properties. e Secret Service, liam Barr is supposed to be the

town of Carmel has contracted mean-spirited person with no does is for the bene t of Don- which protects the president at all attorney general of the United

with to remove and recycle resi- capacity for empathy or compas- ald Trump, not for the people times, payed more than $250,000 States, not Donald Trump’s attor-

dents’ trash. sion. Do you really want a king of America. President Trump to President Trump’s private busi- ney general. ank goodness AG

When the company rst pro- who punishes all opposition, or ridiculed President Obama for nesses in the rst ve months of Barr may be growing a backbone.

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ago, garbage and recyclables sides over a functioning democ- golf course and said that when he has been paid for by American States of America is not sup-

were removed on di erent days racy? Do you want a government is president, he will not have time taxpayers, including you and me. posed to have a king!

and in separate trucks. More re- where no one is willing to express to play golf. He said, “I would Donald Trump has interfered Sandy Levine

cently, both non-recyclables and an opinion that di ers from that rarely leave the White House be- with the Department of Justice Mahopac

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SCHIFFREN e one and only Jimmy

FROM PAGE 8 If he had a lucky break OF HUMAN should have had the surgery. me. It was the last place I wanted to go.
or two, Jimmy could INTEREST With no money com- ey sang Christmas songs. e kids loved
of ad money, he is now running have been a star. Every
one point above Biden in the once in a while, a song of ing in, I got into debt, Jimmy. I tried to smile, but it made me feel
Real Clear Politics polling aver- started drinking heavily, worse to see all those happy children with
ages. Florida is a fairly conser- Jimmy, smiling and laughing. I couldn’t feel
vative state with many seniors, his pops into my head, LORENZO rst self-medicating the anything.
so the sudden Bloomberg love
makes sense. the melody and lyric just GARO pain, but then later to forget Jimmy wanted to treat me to a haircut. I
just wanted to go home and be alone with my
To my mind, for Democrats, as fresh as the rst time I my despair. I was in my bottle.
the strongest team would be
Bloomberg and Amy Klobuchar, heard them. prime and could hardly lift “C’mon,”he implored.“You’ll like the
because they would catch all of the barber. He’s Italian!”
swing voters who don’t like Trump Tall and square-shoul- a pot of spaghetti water.
because his personality turns them “I don’t like Italians.”
o . But that’s only if he resumes dered, his deep-set, blue eyes a little sad and at whole summer long, I drew the curtains, Tony, the barber, was old school. He washed
many of his former positions. my lthy, shoulder length hair and then came
weary, picture a hippie version of Abraham watched soap operas, the Mets, and drank at me with a scissors.
On the other hand, the combo “Don’t take too much o ,”I told Tony,
of these two would completely Lincoln and you’ve got Jimmy. I got to know vodka until I passed out. I’d wake up not guring that he would try to make me over in
turn o the Bernie brothers his own image.
and those people for Elizabeth him playing basketball and seeing him around knowing if it was morning or night. And even “Yeah, sure,”he said, then proceeded to
Warren. And since those are the scalp me.
people who are the activists, their town, usually in bars, where he performed his worse, not knowing who I was anymore. I watched Jimmy in the mirror. e shorter
vote is absolutely needed in the my hair got, the more he smiled. It was obvious
primaries. music. He was actually more of an acquain- I tried to hide how distraught I felt. Nobody that he wasn’t going to leave me alone that day.
I eventually got around to telling him
It’s less than two weeks until tance then a friend, which is strange to say, knew that I was drinking a quart of vodka ev- what I’d been going through. e unburden-
Super Tuesday. I wonder if the ing proved cathartic. Jimmy said all the right
state of the race will clarify in given that he may have saved my life. ery afternoon. Early one morning I got in my things, stressing patience. is guy, who I
that time. or if the drama in the hadn’t seen in years, embraced me like a broth-
Democrat primary will continue! We’ll begin at a basketball court. Jimmy, car and took drive to nowhere. I just wanted to er. And he said something I’ll never forget:
“Anyone can get depressed. It doesn’t make
Until next week! who didn’t own a car, needed a ride home. I see something di erent. But everything looks you less human. It makes you more human.”
It’s hard for me to explain what happened
Mara Schi ren, PhD, is a writer, had an old 1977 Chevrolet Impala tank with a the same when your world is dark. at was that day. I felt a connection with something
certi ed Functional Medicine larger than my puny problems, a gift that I did
Health coach, certi ed Peak rusted roof and an obnoxious grill. Jimmy got in the morning I saw Jimmy in Peekskill. nothing to deserve. In darkness, I took a drive
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time, but it had a athead V8 that just was only steps away from salvation when we

wouldn’t die. I drove Jimmy to his house, took crossed paths. He looked right through me,

o the plates and signed the registration over straight to the bottom of my troubled soul.

to him. I considered that he was doing me a Instead of running away, which, in his shoes, I

favor. He thanked me profusely, vowing that would have done, he touched my shoulder and

he would someday pay me back. As you shall asked what I was doing that day. I told him I

see, he paid me pack a thousand times over. was busy, wished him well and departed. But

I didn’t see him for ve years or so and he caught up to me just as I was about to enter

nally ran in to him around Christmastime in the liquor store.“Get your bottle,”he said.

Peekskill. It was the year I cracked a vertebra “We’ll take a ride.”

in my back. I hadn’t been able to work for 11 I drank the vodka straight. Jimmy didn’t

months. One doctor told me I needed surgery; want any. He was going to play music for a

another said my back would heal on its own. I bunch of elementary schoolkids. He invited

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BY MARYELLEN ODELL it was implemented in 1966.Today, e governor has suggested the ment accounts, they quali ed for state shifts its Medicaid costs onto
GUEST WRITER counties and New York City fund counties can nd the extra funds Medicaid. But here’s the surpris- our backs, it will eat up a signi -
$7.6 billion of the state’s more than by being ferreting out waste. ing thing: at’s all legal. If the cant portion of our spending.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo an- $70 billion Medicaid program. state closed its gaping loopholes, it
nounced last week that he Putnam County has already could save some money. e bottom line is, if this shift
wants the state’s 62 coun- It’s undeniable that Medicaid done that. in Medicaid costs goes through,
ties to contribute an additional $150 costs have increased. In Putnam During my tenure, the county Putnam’s outside agencies will see
million to pay for Medicaid’s sky- alone, the costs have risen by $4 A few years back, the county has adopted eight budgets that funding cuts and our aging infra-
rocketing costs. e counties enroll million from 2018 to 2019. brought in consultants who were each under the state property structure will continue to crumble.
Medicaid recipients, but because we worked with the Department of tax cap. Putnam o cials are not
don’t set the eligibility guidelines, we Before 2015 in Putnam County, Social Services to ag suspected spendthrifts. We look after our We ask the governor and the
are not responsible for the increase. about 5,000 residents were en- fraud. Upon inspection, some taxpayers’interests by spending state legislature to keep the zero
rolled in Medicaid. By July 2019, well-to-do residents did, in fact, conservatively. Medicaid growth cap and work
Here in Putnam we take care of the county had 13,114 Medicaid seem to be abusing the system. with the counties to nd a way to
our most vulnerable citizens and recipients. By taking reverse mortgages on To stay below the state’s 2 solve the problem.
will always make sure they get the expensive homes, writing o percent property tax cap, Putnam
services they need. But if the state None of these cost or enroll- investments as losses and hid- can only raise its spending by $1.2 MaryEllen Odell is the County
shifts the cost of that care to the ment increases are the result of ing assets in untouchable retire- million in this scal year. But if the Executive for Putnam County
counties, we will have to make Putnam County policy.
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To apostrophe or not to apostrophe

Dear Dr. Linda, reading it. couple? All? We mostly default to leav- 2. A ____ is used in place of one or
My mom sells beauty supplies and more nouns.
e holiday began back in the 1880s ing out the apostrophe, but I’ve seen it
wants to put a sign in her window adver- 3. In past tense, a ____ shows action or
tising a Presidents Day Sale. Since she as a way to observe George Washington’s written with an apostrophe as well. What a past state of being.
wasn’t born in this country, her gram-
mar, punctuation, whatever is not always birthday, traditionally Feb. 22. It became a about Mother’s Day? Father’s Day? Most 4. A ____ noun names a person, place,
the best. So, my brother and I always go thing or idea.
over everything she writes. My brother federal holiday in 1885. of the time, we use the
is telling me that the word Presidents in 5. A ____ tense verb shows action or a
her sign “President’s Day Sale” doesn’t Based on that, the word apostrophe, and focus present state of being.
need an apostrophe. I think it does. I’m
not sure if it should be President’s Day, president referred only STRONG on one mother or father 6. ____ nouns refer to particular people,
or Presidents’ Day. My brother insists it to one man—George LEARNING at a time—ours. But by places or things. ey begin with capital
should be Presidents without an apos- Washington—so the the same token, Moth- letters.
trophe. He says that it’s being used as
an adjective. To tell you the truth, I don’t term would be written DR. LINDA ers Day and Fathers 7. A future ______ shows action or a
remember any of that stu . All I want to as President’s Day, as in SILBERT Day would theoretically future state of being.
know is who’s right. Washington’s Day. be acceptable, too.
8. An ____ modi es or gives more
I went online, but it didn’t help me. As it happens, Abra- So, back to your information about verbs, adjectives or
What would you do? other adverbs.
ham Lincoln’s birthday question. Which one
By the way, who does Presidents Day 9. A ____joins words, groups of words
refer to? George Washington, Abraham is Feb. 12. So, in 1968, of you is right? Both or sentences.
Lincoln or both? Or, all presidents?
the holiday was reconceived to honor of you. Like “beauty,” the answer is in 10. An ____ expresses strong emotion.
Rosa 11. A ____ shows the relationship
Dear Rosa, both Washington and Lincoln and was the eye of the beholder. For the sake of between a noun or pronoun and other
words in a sentence.
You and your brother are not the only moved, for the sake of uniformity, to the argument for your mother’s sign, though, 12. A ____ verb works with the main
ones arguing over the punctuation mark verb to make its meaning clearer.
used (or not used) in Presidents Day. It third Monday in February in 1971. If you I’d leave the apostrophe out. (At a sale, Answers: 1. adjective 2. pronoun 3.
seems to be an issue for many who run verb (past tense) 4. common 5. present 6.
Presidents Day Sales or are just curious as think of it in that way, the apostrophe re- nobody’s thinking about presidents.) Proper 7. verb 8. adverb 9. conjunction
to the right way to write the name of the 10. interjection 11. preposition 12. help-
holiday. mains, but it moves (Presidents’ Day), and You mentioned that you don’t re- ing verb

Although it’s not absolutely clear, now refers to more than one person. But member “any of that stu ,” like what an Dr. Linda
whether or not you use an apostrophe
(and where it goes if you do) depends as time has gone by since then, the day adjective is. You aren’t alone. Most people, Dr. Linda is co-author of “Why Bad Grades
on why you’re writing it and who will be Happen to Good Kids” and director of Strong
has been celebrated, especially by retailers, except for writers and editors, who deal Learning Tutoring and Test Prep. If you
have any questions, email her at [email protected]
as an honor of all presidents. with them every day, don’t remember the

Even so, some argue that the word speci cs of the parts of speech unless they

president used in this way is a plural noun had a teacher that drilled it or even made

that acts like an adjective and is not a them diagram sentences, or required

possessive, and therefore would not use an them to ll in the parts of speech along

apostrophe. [Editor’s note: AP style calls with the subject and predicate. We won’t

for it to be written without the apostro- go there, but it’s worth a quiz to see what

phe.] you do remember.

is holiday, by the way, is not the

only one that people sometimes argue PARTS OF SPEECH

over. How about Veterans Day? Is it for 1. An ____ describes or modi es nouns

that one veteran you want to honor? A and pronouns.

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For the second year in a row, Lakeview kindergarten students Cami Teacher Lisa Lapadola
Greg Tang, Jr., math guru, and Rosolon and Maeve Stirpe, along with with Lakeview studen
international mathematics- mom, Marry Stirpe, asked Greg Tang Jr. and Christina Laskody
thought leader, facilitated Fam- to sign his book at Family Math Night.
ily Math Night at Mahopac
High School earlier this month. Math is a family affair in the Manganiello family.
Mom Mandy Manganiello with brothers, Michael
Students in all elementary (kindergarten), Frankie 1 1/2, and Charlie (pre-k).
schools have been exposed to
“Tangy” activities and chal- Students learned math games in the classrooms Lakeview fifth-grade teacher Mary M
lenges throughout the course of including a new twist on an old favorite 7-Up. From left, works on math games with her clas
the school year, which promote Fiona O’Halloran and Gabriella Norris (first graders)
an excitement for math while Austin Road teacher Maryellen Locker and mom, Patty PHOTOS: MARIA SLIPPEN
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roughout the day (Tuesday,
Feb. 11), students at Lakeview
Elementary took part in activi-
ties led by Tang and their teach-
ers (last year this event was held
at Austin Road and next year it
is scheduled to happen at Ful-
mar Road), before all the ele-
mentary school students headed
o to the main event at the high

e evenings’ activities was
coordinated by 70 Mahopac
teachers, led by Sharon Fore-
man and 40 members of the
MHS Math Honor Society
(Mu Alpha eta) and helped
provide parents with a peek
inside the Mahopac math pro-
gram and a chance to see exactly
what happens in the classrooms.

During the lead up to the
event, Tang posted a comment
on Twitter regarding Math
Night saying, “I have never seen
a district so excited about math.
Students, teachers, adminis-
trators, parents, and siblings!

e world needs more of this
excitement, encouragement,
teamwork, community. It’s just
terri c!”

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Mahopac students receive academic honors

e following Mahopac students received academic e University of Rhode Island has named following “Sustainable Development in India.” e main focus of
honors or were participants in special programs at their students to its fall 2019 Dean’s List: Kristina Barry, Syd- the trip was the sustainable use and production of energy
respective colleges and universities this past fall. ney Bartman, Lindsey Civita, Catalina Fleming, Anna in what will soon be the world’s most populous country.
Gamgebeli, Hanna Iarussi, Sara Imburgia, Francesca Dammeyer is studying geography.
Emily Lavelle was named to the fall semester Dean’s Mangione, Allison Munch, Kailey O’Connor.
List at Manhattan College, Class of 2023, where she ma- Highlights of the trip included a visit to a hydroelectric
jors in mechanical engineering. --- power station in the Himalayas, tours of the planned city
New York Institute of Technology named the following of Chandigargh, and interacting with faculty and stu-
--- students to the fall 2019 Presidential Honor List: Luke dents at Panjab University.
Western New England University named the follow- Harrison, who is studying computer science; and Nushe
ing students to the fall Dean’s List: omas D. Zap- Hasanramaj Hasanramaj, who is studying biology. To ---
pavigna (criminal justice major); Christopher Goldberg qualify for the Presidential Honor List, a student must e following students have been named to the Dean’s
(information technology major); Ariella C. Ruggiero achieve a minimum semester GPA of 3.7 and complete
(accounting major). at least 12 credit hours without any incomplete grades. List at the University of New Hampshire for the fall 2019
--- --- semester: Kiely Hoyt and Julie Santoiemma.
Ryan Shevlin was named to the fall semester Presi-
dent’s List at SUNY Potsdam where he is studying music e University of Hartford named the following stu- ---
education. dents to the Dean’s List for fall 2019: Shannon Barry, e following students were named to the University
--- Jasmine Coyle,Zachary Cummins and Gabriella Stack.
Sophia Siliato was named to the fall semester Dean’s of Delaware Dean’s List for the fall semester: Christina
List at the University of Maine where she is studying ani- --- D’Agostino, Renee Brauer, Kristen Maxwell and Kai-
mal science. e University of Scranton’s Dean’s List for the 2019 tlyn Yurish.
Nicole Maccariello was named to the University of fall semester included Alissa M. Copeland, a junior ---
Alabama Presidents List for fall 2019. e President’s physiology major in the University’s College of Arts and Purchase College announced that following students
List requires an academic record of 4.0 (all A’s). Sciences; Michael P. DiLullo, a freshman kinesiology were named to its Dean’s List for the fall semester.: An-
--- major in the University’s Panuska College of Professional drea Berard, who is studying psychology; Britney Di-
Kaitlyn Yurish, a nance major at the University of Studies; and Ryan Vitkus, a senior international business tocco, who is studying music: studio composition, his-
Delaware (Class of 2021), was named to the Dean’s List major in the University’s Kania School of Management. tory; Zoe Fuente, who is studying music: production;
for the fall semester. Jonathan Hecker, who is studying political science; Pat-
--- --- rick Kelly, who is studying gender studies; Emily Park,
SUNY New Paltz announces its Dean’s List for the fall e following students have been named to the Cham- who is studying lm; Meghan Pistorino, who is studying
2019 semester, which includes Jacqueline Aftyka, ere- liberal studies; John Romero, who is studying playwrit-
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lente, Dean Lawson, Svitlana Malishko, Jonah Nasser, tin Laimos, Hannah Lindenberg. history, economics.
Kateri Pascarella, Eliane Rudge, Christine Sanchez, ---
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--- Hofstra University named the following students to the SUNY Cortland where he majors in physical education.
fall 2019 Dean’s List: Dominique Milian, Devin Reck. ---
--- Christopher Goldberg was named to the Dean’s List
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BY LAURA LEE HOLMBO but also doing something about it. the book was on time and on point.
CONTRIBUTING WRITER at’s why I thought a collabora- Students hand-drew the story’s
protagonist and antagonist char-
How do you make a class unit tive project might be the best ap- acters, which were then scanned
on pollution interesting for eighth proach,”Guaragna said. into a Google slide presentation
graders? By having the students and complemented with digital
make it interesting for someone He and his students deliber- imagery and e ects. e end re-
else. And that’s just what Mahopac ated on project ideas, such as do- sult was a dynamic and endearing
Falls Academy teacher Richard ing a public service announcement, story of “Paul-ution,” who mirrors
Guaragna did with his middle- but landed on creating a picture the stalwart look of Mr. Clean and
school class. book telling the story of how vari- his team as they face acts of pollu-
ous types of pollution are harmful. tion and their repercussions with
Notwithstanding the fact pol- Guaragna’s students chose to make villainous characters.
lution in general o ers a large vol- their audience a preschool class
ume of subject matter.In its various down the hall. e story was presented to the
forms, pollution has a signi cant preschoolers by the students and
impact on humans, animals and Guaragna spent time discussing Guaragna earlier this month. Each
the environment. According to with his class the notion of relevan- student played a role in the read-
the World Health Organization cy and making the story meaning- ing, visual presentation and post-
(WHO), some 4.2 million people ful and relatable to this audience of story discussion that focused on
die every year as a result of ex- 4-year-olds. what the preschool students can do
posure to outdoor air pollution. to help stop pollution. e event
Ninety-one percent of the world’s e students created a picture concluded with a coloring activ-
population lives in places where air book, “ e Clean Team vs. e ity, doughnut holes and the sweet
quality exceeds WHO guideline Garbage Gang,”that told the story assurance these preschoolers now
limits. of hero character “Paul-ultion” and hold a good understanding of what
his crew and their quest for pollu- role they can play in preventing
“I wanted to make sure that we tion solutions in the air, water and pollution.
weren’t just talking about pollution beyond. Each student had a dis-
tinct role in the project execution
and worked together to make sure

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CentronWReESTwLINiGns first
Section 1 title

Roa nishes third, Fitzpatrick sixth

BY SKIP PEARLMAN was dominant, and he’s wrestling great.” FILE PHOTO/SKIP PEARLMAN
CONTRIBUTING WRITER Indians senior captain Tyler Roa’s
Mahopac junior Brock Fitzpatrick placed sixth at 170 pounds at last weekend’s Section 1
Mahopac High School sophomore dream of winning a sectional title went championships.
and team captain Angelo Centrone - down with a 6-4 loss to Steve Burrel
nally washed away the taste of last year’s (New Rochelle) in the 160-pound semi-
second-place nish by winning the rst
Section 1 title of his still-young career, nal. Roa came back with a pair of wins
prevailing at 113 pounds in the cham- to take a third place, and ends a strong
pionship match Sunday at Clarkstown season with a record of 37-4.
South High School.
“Tyler wrestled really well,” Tornambe
e win secured a spot for Centrone said. “It was unfortunate he lost that
in Saturday’s state championships at the match. But he really showed his leader-
Times-Union Arena in Albany. ship and grit by coming back and getting
third. I was really proud of him for that.”
is year’s Section 1 Championships
opened Saturday at Sleepy Hollow High Junior Brock Fitzpatrick took a sixth
School then moved to Clarkstown South place at 170 pounds, closing the season
on Sunday for semi nals and nals. at 26-5.

Centrone won one match by forfeit, “ at was amazing,” Tornambe said.
and another via injury default, winning “Brock wrestled really well. He lost twice
the title by dominating in the two re- to the eventual champ, and did well to
maining matches he had to win. Cen- come back. He’s wrestled well all year for
trone pinned Justin Fortuno (Byram us.”
Hills) in the third period in the nals.
Centrone also pinned Fortuno at divi- Mahopac, which advanced 13 grap-
sionals. plers from divisionals, had three advance
to Sunday’s action, and nished in sixth
“He was just dominant,”Indians coach place as a team, behind Fox Lane, Suf-
Steve Tornambe said of Centrone, who fern, New Rochelle, John Jay (Cross Riv-
improved his season mark to 40-2. “It er) and Arlington.
was basically a warmup for states for him.
He was doing everything he needed to “We had a di cult wrestleback
do, putting people on their backs… he round,” Tornambe said. “We lost some
close matches. But I think it was a great
experience for the kids, especially the un-


Indians senior captain Tyler Roa earned a third-place finish at last weekend’s Mahopac sophomore captain Angelo Centrone won his first sectional title last weekend.
sectional championships.

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