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Mahopac News 01.14.21

VOL. 11 NO. 49 Visit for the latest news. THURSDAY, JANUARY 14, 2021

for theft of

Sewer hookup dispute leads
to misdemeanor charge


arrested and faces accusations of theft of
Dr. Michael Nesheiwat, Putnam County commissioner of health, administers a Moderna COVID-19 vaccination to Kathy services in relation to an alleged illegal sewer
Percacciolo, supervising public health nurse, at the Carmel Friendship Center on Thursday, Jan. 7. hookup at his property on South Lake
Boulevard, formerly known as the Blu at the
County begins COVID vaccination drive Lakehouse Restaurant.

e Putnam County Department of and it went very well,” County Executive they waited in their cars for 15 minutes to Barile turned himself in to the Sheri ’s
Department on Tuesday, Jan. 5, and was given
Health vaccinated 251 people against MaryEllen Odell said.“ e health depart- make sure they did not have a reaction to an appearance ticket for a Jan. 25 court date
when he will be formally arraigned, charged
COVID-19 last week during its rst vac- ment started small in order to work out the the vaccine. e health department ran the with theft of services, a misdemeanor. He was
released in his own custody.
cination drive of the pandemic. details involved in inoculating large num- POD with support from local law enforce-
Court documents obtained by Mahopac
e vaccine clinic, or POD as it’s bers of people in the midst of a pandemic.” ment, EMS and plenty of volunteers. News show that the investigation was led by
Sheri ’s Department Investigator Paul Piazza
known, was not open to the public, but On ursday, Jan. 7, Between noon and Because of the limited vaccine sup- Jr. A spokesperson for the Department said the
investigation began over a year ago.
only by appointment to those living or 3 p.m., groups of those pre-approved for ply, the state has given priority to a broad
In the documents, police allege that the
working in facilities run by the O ce for vaccination lined up at a safe social distance group of healthcare workers and those liv- theft of services took place between November
1991 and April 2020. e document states,
People with Developmental Disabilities, outside the Carmel Friendship Center on ing in nursing homes or other congregate “[Barile]... with intent to avoid payment...
[for] the service of sewer provided by the
O ce of Mental Health, and O ce of Old Route 6 in Carmel waiting for their care.Only those groups with state approval
Addiction Services and Support. turn to get jabbed.After they received their SEE VACCINATION PAGE 18

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Keeping the blues alive

Hudson Valley group releases ‘Lockdown Sessions’ CD

BY ABBY LUBY no met Hillary Fontana, an avid

CONTRIBUTING WRITER blues lover who frequented leg-

endary rhythm and blues cruises

Once you hear the blues, you featuring top-notch performers,

don’t forget it. Joyous or sad, the many of whom she got to know

music draws raw emotion from at late-night jam sessions on the

the heart and it runs through boat. Fontana, an artist, graphic

your veins. It’s those vocal designer and professional website

croons, soulful guitar twangs, low designer, contacted Toscano about

thumping piano chords and the a musician friend’s lost piece of

steady pulse of drums. musical equipment at a local ven-

e blues is steeped in south- ue.

ern African American history “Paul asked me if I ever wanted

and many devotees want to en- to start a blues society,” said Fon-

sure the genre is not forgotten. tana, who lives in New Rochelle.

Keeping the blues alive means “We didn’t know each other at

regular performances and more all, but the friendship blossomed

recordings, a mission long em- from there. Paul knew all the lo-

braced by well-established blues cal musicians in the Hudson Val-

foundations, blues societies and ley.”

blues halls of fame all over the Fontana is now the corre-

world. sponding secretary on the HVBS

Two years ago, those passionate board. She designed and set up PHOTO COURTESY OF ROADHOUSE ROOSTER
about hearing and playing more the HVBS website and created
blues here in the Hudson Valley the CD cover. The Roadhouse Roosters, a blues and boogie trio, are part of the Hudson Valley Blues Society.

formed the Hudson Valley Blues Everything started around

Society (HVBS). e group just November 2018 with emails to Wagner became so enthused Attracting young musicians to January 2021 IBC. It was also

released its rst, two-disc CD Hudson Valley musicians and about the blues, he scheduled a the blues society is another chal- planning its second annual fun-

“Blues Alive in the Valley—Lock- music lovers inviting them to an Sunday morning blues service lenge and it has a few younger draiser.

down Sessions of 2020” featuring informal, rst meeting of HVBS. that featured the group Agape. members. Acknowledging that en the pandemic hit and

23 original songs by known music Responding to that email was “ ey sang the blues version more young people are embrac- everything shut down—venues

celebrities of the Hudson Valley. Bill McCann, an IBM retiree of about eight songs, including ing and playing the blues is closed and the group’s monthly

e CD marks a pivotal point and lifelong amateur musician ‘Amazing Grace’ and ‘Power in HVBS member and blues guitar- meetings moved onto Zoom.

for HVBS. e serendipitous start who played folk, rock and oldies. the Blood,’ “ Wagner recalled. ist Al Orlo, who said the youths “Everyone was in a state of

of the nonpro t group was like an “I was at a point in my life “ e music was moving, soul- he sees playing the blues are ux; some were writing and re-

improvised ri in B.B. King’s “ e where I wanted to give back to searching and provided a depth learning about it through social cording new music,” said Roche.

rill Is Gone”with chance meet- the community,” said McCann. to our worship.” media. “We had to revive the group and

ings of like-minded folks seeking “ e meeting was in Brewster, Wagner said that since that “ ey are speaking the lan- get our members out of a slump.

to organize. Today there are active which is where I live.” service, several members of his guage. You can hear it in the at’s when we decided to pro-

board members working to keep McCann didn’t know much congregation had joined the depth of their listening and in duce the CD.”

the blues alive for its 120 mem- about the blues, but his apprecia- blues society. their playing and they are im- An aggressive outreach cam-

bers. tion grew the more he heard and One of the primary goals of pressive. ese young blues mu- paign solicited Hudson Valley

“It wasn’t primarily about form- learned about it. HVBS is to preserve the his- sicians have done their research,” blues musicians to contribute a

ing a group for people to get gigs,” “It was an opportunity to be tory of the blues. In the late said Orlo. song. Stamped as “Lockdown

said HVBS president Paul To- a part of an organization and to 1800s, songs sung by southern Orlo, who grew up in White Sessions of 2020,” the CD pro-

scano, a Patterson resident who meet lots of really good blues Black sharecroppers, slaves and Plains and now lives in northern duction was headed up by HVBS

sings and plays a mean harmonica players.” ex-slaves were clearly the sono- Westchester, has long worked trustee Tom Forst, an interna-

on the track “Turn Up the Heat.” McCann, now the group’s trea- rous linchpin of the blues. ese and played guitar with soul blues tional touring and chart-selling

“It was more about being a perfor- surer, said HVBS is nancially songs, usually of anguish and de- artist Vaneese omas; his sultry, original blues artist. Among

mance society to help people un- stable. spair, were the impromptu blues expressive guitar accompanies the 23 tracks, the CD features

derstand the blues, which seems “We received some large dona- heard in plantation camps, rural omas’ soul-gripping voice on Vaneese omas, Dion, e

to be a dying art.” tions from various members pretty juke joints and shacks before the CD’s track “Mean World.” Johnny Feds Band, Menza Mad-

Toscano used to have a blues early in our existence. Funds were spreading north of the Mississip- As HVBS became better ison Band, Union Stockyard &

show on Pawling Public Radio set aside to help musicians who pi Delta, evolving into the Delta known, it booked musicians to Transit Company, Tas Cru with

before it became a streamed inter- are needy,” said McCann, refer- blues, Chicago blues, jazz-blues open for well-known groups at Sonny Rock, e Full Stop Blues

net station. e show airing before ring to the Ian Bennett Memo- hybrids and later on, rhythm and such venues as Daryl’s House Band and Roadhouse Roosters.

his was Jacque Roche’s “Jacque’s rial Fund which helps Hudson blues and rock-and-roll. Club in Pawling, Hopewell Inn To date, over 120 CDs have been

Giant Hudson Valley Music Valley musicians struggling with at HVBS is not as diverse as in Hopewell Junction, Lucy’s in sold at $20 each.

Show” during which she regularly medical and health-related - it could be is not lost on Toscano. Pleasantville, Turning Point in When the pandemic is over,

interviewed Hudson Valley musi- nancial needs. “We’re all white people play- Piermont, the Moonlight Café in the collective hope is to pick up

cians performing at local venues. Bennett, who died in 2019, ing music that wasn’t invented Brewster and the Falcon Under- where HVBS left o , promot-

“Paul and I got to know each was a singer, saxophone and har- by us, but it’s music we embrace ground, Marlboro, among others. ing musicians to play more live

other and he invited me to hang monica player for over 40 years, and love. Truth is, without Black By the beginning of 2020, shows, essential to the vibe that

out and listen to the blues,” re- an HVBS member and a New people, this music never would HVBS was inducted as an a li- refuels the core of artistic suste-

called Roche, a Somers resident York State Blues Hall of Fame have happened. We are trying to ate of the Memphis-based Blues nance.

and vice president of HVBS. inductee. attract people of color,” Toscano Foundation, a major player in the “When we play, there is a

“Learning about the blues was a Opening the doors of his said, adding that the group is blues world that holds the annual, feedback loop with the audi-

lot of fun.” church for HVBS meetings and reaching out to such Black Hud- highly competitive International ence and sometimes you can feel

Roche, who professionally jam sessions was Tim Wagner, son Valley blues celebrities as Joe Blues Challenge (IBC). HVBS their pleasure and that ampli es

books local musicians to open for pastor of the Croton Falls Com- Louis Walker, the electric blues was planning its own local blues the experience,” said Orlo. “It’s a

national touring bands, saw the munity Church for 28 years. He guitarist and singer/songwriter, challenge whose winners would great feeling.”

potential in starting a blues soci- learned about HVBS from Fon- and the award-winning blues compete against other blues art- For more information or to pur-

ety. About the same time, Tosca- tana, with whom he had worked. guitarist Slam Allen. ists from all over the world at the chase a CD, visit


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Swan Cove, distillery, Route 6 sewer all moving forward

BY BOB DUMAS with stonewalls and lighting? ings like now our hands are tied,” he said. “We can’t which is right across from the Town Hall
EDITOR that.” really do the sidewalks until the parking lot here. e DEP has been very receptive to
is nished.” our discussions.”
e community could see some much- Phase 3 includes the sidewalks in down-
anticipated projects get o the ground this town Mahopac as well. ROUTE 6 SEWER PROJECT ALEXANDRIAN DISTILLERY
year if the pandemic begins to subside and e town has long sought to add a town Two years ago, the Alexandrian Group
some semblance of normalcy returns. “Phase 3 should be wrapped up in the
next couple of weeks and then at that point sewer line down the Route 6 corridor from from Romania bought the old Guideposts/
At the Town Board’s annual reorganiza- the public will have input on it,” the super- the Westchester border to the heart of the Paladin Center property in Carmel Ham-
tional meeting on Jan. 6, Supervisor Ken visor said. “ en we will decide on a nal Mahopac business district. County Execu- let with the intention of turning it into a
Schmitt and members of the board gave design.” tive MaryEllen Odell called the project a distillery. ey have been paying taxes on
an update on where some of those projects “game changer” because it would be a boon it ever since. While most of their approv-
stand as the New Year dawns. Schmitt said Phase 3 is extremely impor- to businesses along the Route 6 corridor als are in place, the pandemic brought the
tant because “this will be what we and the and possibly attract a long-sought-after project to a grinding halt. But Schmitt said
SWAN COVE/DOWNTOWN public want to incorporate into this proj- hotel to the area. the company is determined to move for-
REVITALIZATION ect.” ward with the plan.
e problem has been nding a suitable
Schmitt said the plans to build Swan “ is is where the feedback from the sewage-treatment plant to accommodate it “From what I’m told by our code enforce-
Cove park and a municipal parking lot, as public and from the Chamber, the business and also have the blessing of the New York ment o cer and building inspector, Alex-
well as update sidewalks and lighting in the owners, is important,” he said. “We hope to City Department of Environmental Pro- andrian is moving forward with its plans
business district, are moving forward. have a design from Insite later this month.” tection (DEP). to develop that site,” Schmitt said. “ ey
have pulled back somewhat on the time-
Schmitt said that Insite Engineering, the Town attorney Greg Folchetti explained A plan to hook up the sewage-treatment line regarding breaking ground because of
town’s consultants on the park/parking lot the di erence between an informational plant in Heritage Hills in Somers was dis- COVID. e pandemic has a ected virtu-
plan, is in Phase 3 of the project. meeting and public hearing, both of which cussed but scuttled when the Somers Town ally everything. But they are still very en-
will be needed. Board said any extra capacity at the treat- thusiastic about building it there. ey told
“ ey’ve nished up Phase 2 of the work ment plant would be reserved for Somers the engineers and the architects involved in
that they were contracted to do. Most of “ ere will informational meetings open businesses and residents only. that project that they are absolutely moving
that involved engineering and technical to the public [seeking input],” he said. “But forward.
work on the site,” he said. “ ey are now when it comes to additional borrowing, But now Schmitt said the project is
working on Phase 3 and that deals with which you’ll need, there will be a public breathing new life as a di erent treatment “ ey’ve been approved, and they were
conceptual elements of the project. What hearing for that. But the borrowing will be plant is now being discussed. actually moving forward at a much faster
I mean by ‘conceptual’ is what is the park when you nalize the design before going pace [than anticipated] until COVID hit
going to look like, what amenities will be in out to bid, so the money is in place.” “We have a meeting scheduled for [this] and slowed everything down,” he contin-
it? What is the municipal parking lot going week with the deputy commissioner for the ued. “But they have a demolition permit
to look like? Are we going to have tra c Councilman Mike Barile said more in- DEP,” he said. “We have had very encour- and most everything else ready to go.”
islands? Is there going to be a certain motif formation will be forthcoming over the aging talks with the DEP with respect to
next 90 days, noting that the sidewalk- the Mahopac Wastewater Treatment Plant,
improvement part of the project is pending.

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Skiing by the seat of your pants

TRACY get a little dicey when I encounter both. managed to get about halfway down doing been a softer impact had I slammed into a
BECKERMAN Such was the case when I hit the slopes a combination of skiing and sliding and was person rather than a tree.
actually beginning to believe I would make
Iam not a terrible skier,but I am not a par- over the holidays. I hadn’t gone skiing for it down alive, when all of a sudden, I came Somehow though, somewhat miracu-
ticularly good skier either. On the O - three years because I’d had a knee replace- upon a wall of skiers. Apparently, this group lously, I escaped from my tree altercation
cial Bumbling Ski Scale,I fall somewhere ment, and for some reason I was under the thought it would be fun to ski down the completely unscathed. As I plucked pine
between a 3-year-old on the bunny slopes delusion that my limited ski skills had im- mountain with arms linked, side-by-side, needles from my helmet and con rmed that
and those beginner adults you see on the proved tenfold during my hiatus. Without like some kind of special skiing Rockettes. I had no broken bones, I got back on the
intermediate slopes with their arms ailing a second thought, I hopped on the chair lift slope, which was now less steep and com-
wildly and their faces frozen in an expression and skied over to one of the more advanced is may, in fact, have been fun for them, pletely uncrowded, and skied down to the
of sheer panic. slopes. but it created a bit of problem for me since bottom.
I was going much faster than they were
Having skied for about 15 years now, I is was probably my rst mistake. When and there was no place for me to pass them. When I arrived at the base, I ran into a
can usually manage to get down one of the I got to the top of the trail, I realized the Since I couldn’t go through them and I friend who was headed for the chair lifts.
lesser slopes without careening into either slope was not only steeper than I’d remem- couldn’t go over them, I did the only thing
another skier or a tree. erefore, I am at my bered, it was also narrower. It was also much I could do… I tried to go around them. e “Hey, is it a good ski day?”she asked me.
best when there are neither other skiers nor busier than the easier slopes I usually skied. good news was, I managed not to hit any of “I don’t know,”I said,“But it’s a great day
trees in my path. And naturally, things can As expert skiers whizzed by me, I wondered the people in the ski wall. e bad news was, for careening into a tree.”
if I might be better o feigning an injury so I hit a tree instead.
I could get a ride down in a stretcher before Tracy Beckerman is embarking on a new
I got an actual injury skiing o a cli . Did I mention I’m not very good at stop- adventure as an empty nester! Now, instead
ping, either? of being “Lost in Suburbia,” she is “Lost in
Unfortunately, as I stood there wonder- Midlife.” Life is just as funny… but with a
ing if my will was up to date, I got caught I guess I should thank that tree for jump- lot less laundry. For more midlife humor, you
up in a tide of teenage snowboarders who ing out in front of me like that and helping can follow her on Facebook at
carried me over the edge of the slope. I me stop. However, I think it might have LostinsuburbiaFanPage.

SCHIFFREN ize and prosecute its opposition. I am sure this will GARO good punch line. Sometimes you go
help Joe Biden’s attempt at “healing and unity.” for the funny bone, other times the
FROM PAGE 8 FROM PAGE 10 tear ducts. A good ending is like a
“When you tear out a man’s tongue you are not
journalist Paul Sperry,“Democrats in both the proving him a liar, you’re only telling the world that I’ve written about ordinary people ne piece of chocolate after a meal.
House and Senate are planning to draft legislation you fear what he might say.” and discovered that there are no or- If it’s too sweet, it kills what came
to classify MAGA rallies as “domestic terrorist dinary people. I’ve written about my before, too bitter a taste leaves the
activity”and they will “require the FBI, DOJ and Mara Schi ren, PhD, is a writer, certi ed Functional family and remembered how much I palate unhappy.
DHS to take steps to prevent such ‘domestic ter- Medicine Health coach, certi ed integrative psychiatric love them. Sometimes you forget.
rorism.’” educator and certi ed Peak Performance coach. You can So, I’ll end here, in sorrow and
reach her at [email protected] e most satisfying part of writ- sweetness, hoping to be missed…
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Seven tips to get your kids to study

STRONG without resenting us?” also like to look good in your grade—and that all schoolwork rst to work towards your goals.
LEARNING Parents Who Like Chocolate clothes. Making the best choice starting in ninth grade counts! Be sure that your twins still have
Cake still takes willpower. time to play on their phones or
DR. LINDA 3. As parents, be sure the tablets and watch TV. You may
SILBERT Dear Parents Who Like It’s the same for kids who ex- goals, both long- and short- also nd out that there is not
Chocolate Cake, perience the approach/approach term, are realistic for each of enough time to do schoolwork
Dear Dr. Linda, con ict between playing games your twins. Many parents have because of sports and other
We are the parents of twin What great—and realistic— or doing the studying that needs fantasies about what a child outside commitments. If that is
questions! to be done to get high grades. will become without regard the case, together decide how to
boys in eighth grade. At this Here are some suggestions: for whether the child wants it. cut back on some things.
point in their lives, they would If doing this was simple, Many parents think their child
much rather play video games more kids would have higher 1. Sit down with your twins is way above average and push 6. Above all, be their allies.
on their phones or watch TV grades and more people would and write down some long-term them to take courses that may Work with them when they get
than study. How do we moti- be thin. And…all the gyms goals relating to school—start be too di cult for them. As stuck and contact their teach-
vate them to study harder and and diet centers would be out talking to them about colleges with adults who go on a diet ers if you need extra support.
smarter? of business. What’s required is they may be interested in or ca- with a goal of losing a lot of Acknowledge their desires as
learning something di erent reers they think they might like weight in a short period of time, understandable and talk about
FYI, when we say, “Study and equally important for suc- to pursue. Remember, too, that the goals may not be realistically how hard it is for you to stay
harder,” we feel it’s like someone cess—how to control impulses they’re only in eighth grade and achievable in the time frame away from the chocolate cake.
saying to us, “Diet harder.” We and delay immediate grati ca- may not yet be mature enough desired. Let them know you understand
have good intentions to eat tion in order to get to a longer- emotionally or cognitively ready how it feels. And when a short-
well, but when the rubber meets term goal. to set realistic long-term goals by 4. As parents, be sure your term goal is achieved, bake the
the road at a party, let’s say, we themselves. children know the best way to cake!
would both choose chocolate Is that easy to do? NO. When study based on their learning
cake over fruit every time. Per- chocolate cake is staring you in 2. en, also together, make styles. Many parents sit with 7. Be a good role model. Let
haps it would help if someone the face, it’s hard to resist it. e a list of short-term goals that their kids for hours drilling them see you make choices be-
were there at that moment to only way is to think about where they’ll need to achieve in order them, when in fact their child tween two things that you would
encourage us to have fruit, but you want to be in a month, a to have success with their long- would do better if they drew like to do, weighing options and
frankly, we would resent it. year, ve years. If you want to t term goals. For example, if the pictures or were asked to explain choosing the one that will result
into a particular dress or want to colleges they say they want to the material that they’re study- in the greatest bene t over your
So, we have two questions: look good the next time you don attend require at least a GPA ing to someone else—you, their more immediate desire.
“How do we get our kids to your good suit when we can all of 90 percent, then now is the grandparents, even a pet.
choose studying over messing get together again, remember- time that they need to start get- Good luck and have fun!
around with their phones or ing those goals makes it easier ting grades around 90 percent. 5. e point is, like becoming Dr. Linda
iPads or watching TV?” and to resist the cake. We can avoid more healthy eaters, it’s impor-
“How can we get them to do it chocolate cake by not buying it ey need to understand that tant that your children make do- Is your child struggling with
or baking it in the rst place or the GPA they’ll report when ing their schoolwork and study- distance learning? Send
by replacing it with a healthier they apply to college will be an ing a sustainable part of their your questions to [email protected]
dessert…like fruit. You’d like to average of their grades in ninth, lifestyles. Make little changes at
eat the chocolate cake, but you’d 10th, 11th, and beginning 12th


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pandemic. Here, Putnam County Emergency was driven along the parade route from Croton Falls
Services Commissioner Kenneth Clair leads a Road to the Lake Plaza Shopping Center (Stop & Shop)
as they were cheered on by family and friends.
cheer for the doctors and nurses.


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The wrath of Tropical Storm Isaias: Amongst the Joann Astrosky and Erica Orofino pose with the HOPE sign as
carnage, a 200-year-old oak tree was felled by they cheer the Relay for Life teams as they drive through the
Isaias and lies across the lawn of a home on West course at Sycamore Park. The annual fundraiser was moved
Lake Boulevard.
to the park and kept in cars for pandemic safety.


The Nightmare Circus rolled
into town Halloween weekend
to bring frights and scares to
Mahopac residents of all ages.
The annual spook event is put on
by Dominic Cappalletti, his dad,
and their friends and family at
their home on Sycamore Road.


Mahopac resident and former Carmel town historian Brian Vangor Sheriff Robert Langley Jr. speaks to the crowd gathered for a prayer
took this photo of the comet NEOWISE as it soared through the walk in support of law enforcement back in August. More than 1,000
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Byrne’s holiday food/toy Sheriff’s Dept.
drive deemed a success makes 11 drug
arrests in December
Assemblyman Kevin Byrne (R, C, I, SAM, ROS-
During the month of December, the Putnam County Sher-
Mahopac) said last week his annual holiday food and i ’s Department Narcotics Enforcement Unit made a total of
11 arrests, the department announced last week.
toy drive was a success. Residents from across the
e Street Crimes Unit, a division of the Putnam County
94th Assembly District contributed over a thousand Sheri ’s Department Narcotics Enforcement Unit, made four
arrests for seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled
items at drop-o sites located in Patterson, Somers, substance; three of those arrests were for the possession of her-
oin and one involved the unlawful possession of suboxone.
Yorktown, Southeast, Carmel, and Putnam Valley.
e NEU executed six search warrants resulting in seven ar-
Byrne and his o ce delivered food to eight local rests for a variety of narcotics sales and possession charges while
also recovering ve illegally possessed rearms. e investiga-
food pantries in the district, including the Brewster tions involved the sale of heroin in the town of Carmel, the
sale of cocaine and marijuana in the town of Southeast, the sale
Community Food Pantry, First Presbyterian Church of prescription medication in the town of Patterson. A joint
investigation was conducted with the Westchester County Po-
of Yorktown Food Pantry, St. John the Evangelist lice Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration
involving sales of cocaine and an illegal marijuana-growing op-
Church Food Pantry in Mahopac, New Life Chris- eration in the town of Somers and town of Kent. e NEU also
investigated a subject who was selling marijuana and had an
tian Church Food Pantry in Patterson, Gilead Food illegal indoor marijuana grow operation in the village of Brew-
Pantry at Gilead Presbyterian Church in Carmel,
As with many of these operations, the Putnam County Sher-
Putnam Valley Community Food Pantry, Patterson i ’s Department worked closely with multiple agencies, such as
the DEA, Homeland Security Investigations, New York State
Community Church Food Pantry and Community Police, Westchester County Police Department, City of Peek-
skill Police Department, Kent Police Department, Carmel Po-
Food Pantry at St. Mary’s Mohegan Lake. In addi- lice Department, Yonkers Police Department, Yorktown Police
Department, Poughkeepsie Police Department, the Putnam
tion, Byrne partnered with the Ronald McDonald PHOTO COURTESY OF ASSEMBLYMAN BYRNE’S OFFICE County District Attorney’s O ce and other police agencies.

House Charities and Toys for Tots of Putnam Coun- Article courtesy of Putnam County Sheri ’s Department
ty this year, supplying toys to sick children and fami- Assemblyman Byrne with food and toys his office
lies in need.

“It is remarkable to see how the community came to work with them,” he added.

together to support our neighbors,” said Byrne. “ is “Our families were very grateful this holiday season

was an especially important year to donate due to the for all the toys donated by Assemblyman Byrne and

nancial circumstances brought about by the pan- his team. is year is especially tough on many people

demic, and our community delivered. is year’s drive and we greatly appreciate the support.” said Tricia

was by far the best participation we have ever had, and Robbins, marketing and community relations coor-

I would like to thank all those who donated for their dinator at Ronald McDonald House of the Greater

generosity. Hudson Valley. “ e toys brought smiles to so many

“I would also like to extend my sincere thanks to all children and we look forward to a continued partner-

our local food pantries for the great work they do in ship with the assemblyman for years to come.”

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VACCINATION Phase 1A include: those conducting COVID-19 BARILE on the property into the
• High-risk hospital workers tests, handling COVID-19 FROM PAGE 1
FROM PAGE 1 specimens and COVID-19 vac- restaurant it is today. He was
(emergency room workers, ICU cinations
be vaccinated at this time, no sta and Pulmonary Depart- given permission by the town
matter where they get the vac- ment sta ) is includes, but is not lim-
cine, the local health depart- ited to: Town of Carmel,did obtain such in 1991 to connect the property,
ment, or other venues that have • Residents and sta at nurs-
also been given limited supply— ing homes and other congregate o Doctors who work in private services... by connecting the which had been using a septic
pharmacies, urgent cares, health care facilities medical practices and their sta
centers and hospitals. septic on the property he owns system, to the town’s sewer
• Federally quali ed health o Doctors who work in hos-
“ e vaccinations are the easy center employees pital-a liated medical practices at 825 South Lake Blvd. to the line if he obtained the proper
part,” Kathy Percacciolo, county and their sta
Department of Health super- • EMS workers Town of Carmel [sewer] line in permits. An investigation in
vising public health nurse said. • Coroners, medical examin- o Doctors who work in public
“Sometimes the logistics can ers, and certain funeral workers health clinics and their sta a manner that was inconsistent 2019 alleged that that was
interfere with implementation, • Sta and residents at OP-
as we have seen happen in other WDD, OMH and OASAS fa- o Registered Nurses with prior approvals. e stated never done.
places. Fortunately, in Putnam cilities o Specialty medical practices
County we are experienced in • Urgent care providers of all types connection... was undetectable Barile was given a notice
running PODs and today’s went • Individuals administering o Dentists and Orthodontists
o without a hitch.” COVID-19 vaccines, including and their sta and allowed [Barile] to utilize of violation as a result of the
local health department sta o Psychiatrists and Psycholo-
e county Health Depart- • All outpatient/ambulatory gists and their sta the septic line and not be unpermitted connection, but
ment received 600 Moderna frontline, high-risk healthcare o Physical erapists and
vaccines from the state earlier workers of any age who provide their sta charged [for its use.]” regulatory agencies overseeing
last week. It held a second POD direct in-person patient care o Optometrists and their sta
for the same population group at • All sta who are in direct o Pharmacists and Pharmacy Barile has long maintained the connection (including
the Carmel Friendship Center contact with patients (i.e., intake Aides
on Old Route 6 in Carmel. sta ) o Home care workers that while the sewer connection the state Department of
• All frontline,high-risk public o Hospice workers
ose approved for vaccina- health workers who have direct did exist, for most of its time it Transportation, Department of
tion during New York State, contact with patients, including Article courtesy of the County
Executive’s O ce was a “dry line” and not utilized Environmental Conservation

until recently. and the New York City

District Attorney Bob Tendy Department of Environmental

said that theft of services is a Protection) opted to give him a

class A misdemeanor. It can chance to obtain the necessary

carry up to $1,000 in nes and permits to bring the hookup

as much as a year in jail. into compliance.

Tendy called theft-of- Town o cials contend,

services laws “quirky.” however, that Barile never

“If you steal $5,000 in jewelry lived up to his obligations to

from someone, it’s a felony,” he come into compliance and said

said. “But if you steal $5,000 in that a dye test conducted in

services, it’s a misdemeanor.” December 2019 revealed that

Tendy said the investigation the restaurant was connected

has concluded and no more to Sewer District No. 1 at

charges are likely to be a second location that “at

forthcoming. no point [was] disclosed or

“We’ve charged him with approved by the town or the

what we are permitted, with Department of Environmental

For today, retirement what we have available,” the Protection,” according to town
and every moment
in between. DA said. “He’s been given his documents.

date in local court and we will Consequently, the town

take it from there.” engineering department issued

Joseph J. Tock, the attorney Barile a second notice of

for Barile, said he had no violation, saying all connections

comment on the case at this must be capped and giving him

time. a timeline in which to do it.

As for whether Barile would In March 2020, Barile

resign or be removed from the conducted a successful

Town Board, both Barile and pressure test of the sewer line

Supervisor Ken Schmitt said originating at the restaurant

they had no comment. and recon gured the line so

Tier 4 planning isn’t about getting a new 403(b) Last month, the Town Board that it entered Sewer District
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Department of Environmental town engineering department

Protection (DEP) had warned and representatives of other

the town that it, too, could be interested agencies. e DEP

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Confident Retirement approach the situation was not remedied. district connection, meaning

As a result, at a cost of more Barile had met the conditions

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PHOTO COURTESY Harckham returns as
OF BOB BUCKLEY Alcoholism and Substance

Abuse Committee chair

State Sen, Pete Harckham will and Substance Abuse in order to con-

return as chair of the Senate Com- tinue my work in this important area,”

mittee on Alcoholism and Substance said Harckham. “ e state budget is

Abuse for the 2021-22 legislative going to pose a real challenge to us

term. He will also return as a member and serving on the Finance Com-

of the Committees on Environment mittee will allow me to delve into a

A gift for the food bank Conservation and Energy and Tele- new area of oversight with signi cant
communications while also serving rami cations. But I am appreciative
three other Senate committees: Fi- of all my other committee assign-

nance, Women’s Issues and Insurance. ments, and I look forward to the work

Nancy Gagne, director of the St. John’s Food Pantry in Mahopac, accepts a $1,300 check Senate Majority Leader Andrea I will accomplish with my Senate col-

from Mahopac resident and Willow Wood Country Club board member Jim Comiotes and Stewart-Cousins conferred the com- leagues, organizational partners and

Willow Wood board member Dana Dolan for funds raised at the rst semi-annual charity mittee assignments prior to the start residents around the state.”

event held at the club to bene t the food pantry. of the Senate session, which o cially In the 2019-2020 term,his rst in the

In addition to the funds, club members donated two over owing shopping carts of groceries began Jan. 6. Senate, Harckham also was co-chair of

to the Food Pantry. e St. John’s food pantry is open every Friday from 10 a.m. to noon, with “I am honored to have been chosen the Joint Senate Task Force on Opioids,

drive-thru service. Willow Wood Country Club, founded in 1950s, is a private clay-target- by Majority Leader Stewart-Cousins Addiction and Overdose Prevention.

shooting club located o Union Valley Road in Mahopac. Pictured from left are Gagne, Co- to serve another term as chair of the

miotes and Dolan at the Food Pantry on Dec. 30. Senate Committee on Alcoholism Article courtesy of Sen. Harckham’s o ce


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opens applications for 2021

Putnam students may soon apply for paid and unpaid gram continued, and 33 interns were selected and a orded dents, or attend school in the county. High school juniors
summer internships in county government through the Put- the opportunity to work within various county departments. and seniors, and college and graduate students, with a
nam Invests in Leaders of Tomorrow (PILOT) Program. GPA of at least a 3.0 will be considered for a placement.
Christina Giacomini of Mahopac, a senior psychology
Accepted students gain hands-on professional experience student at Mount Saint Mary College, masked up to work Applicants may submit application materials online now
in areas including, but not limited to, nance, engineering, in the Department of Social Services. through Jan. 31, 2021. Filing instructions are posted on the Put-
communications, information technology, health, social ser- nam County website at
vices, and law; while contributing to their communities. “My PILOT experience made me realize what my pas-
sion was and what I truly wanted to do.”Giacomini said.“I For more information,contact Virginia Redlon of the Put-
e concept of the PILOT Program was rst introduced have to say that the program was very well developed, and nam County Personnel Department at 845-808-1650 ext.
by County Executive MaryEllen Odell in 2013, with support they did everything they could to make sure their interns 46129, or email her at [email protected]
of the Putnam County Legislature. Going into its eighth year were safe and still learning throughout this time.”
in 2020, amidst the coronavirus pandemic, the PILOT pro- Article courtesy of the County Executive’s O ce
To be eligible, candidates must be Putnam County resi-

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Umbrella Auto
Asunta ‘Sue’
BUYING ONLY Items for sale? Pirone
Call us!
JEWELRY • COINS Asunta “Sue” Pirone of Ma-
• COLLECTIBLES hopac, and formerly of New Ro-
Neal L. Sullivan CALL FOR APPOINTMENT years! Dec. 27, at the age of 99. She
was born in Mt. Vernon on Aug.
Tel: 844251.6R2t86.96•0M4a•hwopwawc., 13, 1921, the daughter of Dami-
ano and Santa (Fusaro) Petrone.
Service: 914-669-9679 FPFMPTM2W888AAM84444HHOU5555OO-S---66M66PCP2222AU8AO888C--S-C-O2626,C86,T86N01NO017RY373YOOE1ET1XA0XT05D.RT514O.04N1511AO0D5RTNHORTH
Auto Sales: 914-485-1195 Sue was retired from Com-
Fax: 914-669-9685 where she worked as a product
[email protected]@aHErcICTahTEr-cvCihsTi-ovniss.icoonmsA.cIAo,mNCARBAIA, NCARB inspector.
6 Dingle Ridge Road - North Salem, NY 10560
Sue loved spending time with her family. She enjoyed watch-
ing game shows on TV and the
GOLD • SILVER • DIAMONDS • WATCHES • COINS • FURS DENTAL Insurance soap “All My Children,” as well
Physicians Mutual Insurance Company FREE as playing cards and going to ca-
The Buying Service Information Kit sinos, coloring and cooking.
914-260-8783 In 1945, she married Nicola
CALL 1-855-225-1434 Pirone who predeceases her. She
Barry NOW! is survived by her daughters,
Margaret Sohr and her husband,
[email protected] Get help paying dental bills and keep more money in Fred, of Mahopac, and Lynette
your pocket Perino and her husband, Charles
This is real dental insurance — NOT just a discount plan 1-855-225-1434 of Cold Spring; her brother,
You can get coverage before your next checkup Visit us online at William Petrone of Connecti-
rush you a FREE cut; many nieces, nephews and
Don’t wait! Call now and we’ll the details. cousins; her 5 beloved grandchil-
Information Kit with all MB17-NM003Ec dren, Cherilyn, John, Michael,
Nicholas and Christopher and
Insurance Policy P150NY her nine beloved great grand-
6129 children, So a, James, Ryan,
Ava, Jake, Mia, Juliet, Benji and
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• Sales • Rentals • Service • Buybacks more than anything else.
Locally Owned & Operated A Funeral Mass was on Satur-
day, Jan. 9 at St. John the Evan-
Visit Our Display Center: 747 Pierce Road, Clifton Park, NY, 12065 gelist Church in Mahopac with
entombment to follow at Fish-
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USPS delivered mailing addresses every week. Call 845-208-8151 today!
In lieu of owers, contribu-
tions in memory of Sue may
be made to St. Jude’s Children’s
Research Hospital. www.stju-

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