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County answers vaccine
questions as rollout
BY JESSICA JAFET that between anksgiving and New Beyond the appeal to the public to get Some excerpts from the event follow:
CONTRIBUTING WRITER Year’s Day, 165 Westchester County res- inoculated, Amler stressed the impor-
idents died, the same number reported tance of continuing mitigation by wear- How we do know the vaccine is safe?
With the vaccine rollout underway, between late May and early October. ing masks and social distancing. Hewlett: ere has been a lot of
Westchester County Executive George concern about the speed with which
Latimer and two county medical experts “We are now beginning the 11th Following a rigorous testing process the two vaccines have been developed. I
participated in an “Open Conversation month of dealing with the pandemic— that resulted in approval by the FDA think people have to keep in mind that
on COVID-19,” broadcast Jan. 7 on there is a great degree of pandemic fa- and New York state’s Independent Clin- work on the coronaviruses and on the
Facebook Live. tigue—but we have reached a very im- ical Advisory Task Force, the two vac- development of a vaccine actually began
portant milestone in the battle against cines that are being widely distributed in 2003 when the SARS virus was rst
e question-and-answer session with COVID with the presence and approval are produced by pharmaceutical compa- described. So that preliminary work
Latimer and Dr. Sherlita Amler, the of vaccines that can protect us” from the nies P zer and Moderna. had already been done. e FDA has
county’s Department of Health com- virus, Latimer said. essentially done a great job at reviewing
missioner, and Dr. Dial Hewlett, medi- “In Westchester County, we are using the data that was created by both of the
cal director of the Division of Disease Tasked with getting the vaccines to a the Moderna product, very similar to the companies who were the developers of
Control for the county, was designed to million Westchester residents, Latimer P zer product,” Hewlett said. “ ey are these vaccines—they had clinical stud-
address concerns about the pandemic discussed what lies ahead in terms of lo- both what we call messenger RNA vac- ies involving 30,000-40,000 individuals
and the safety, e cacy and availability of gistics, educating the public, determin- cines; this is new technology—people from around the world and they looked
the coronavirus vaccines. ing who gets the vaccine rst and resi- are not being injected with virus, they very closely at these individuals, moni-
dents’ concerns. are being injected with a material that toring very closely for side e ects of the
Given the sobering number of in- will cause the cells in their body to pro- vaccines. e rates of serious side e ects
creasing fatalities due to COVID-19, “I don’t think there is realistically any duce antibodies and to induce a memory were extremely low.
the disease caused by the virus, there is other way to go back to the world that so that they will be prevented from get-
an urgency to get information about the we knew before last January without a ting the infection, and that is directed SEE VACCINE PAGE 4
vaccines out to the public in as transpar- vaccine,” Amler said. “ e most impor- against what we call the spike protein of
ent a way as possible. Latimer reported tant tool we have to get back to life is the coronavirus.”
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Hammond Museum welcomes new executive director
BY CAROL REIF Elizabeth Hammer tions made to the Hammond by ist and world traveler, Hammer versity of Zurich before taking a
STAFF WRITER Dec. 31. hails from New Jersey. position at Michael Weisbrod’s,
It also wants to increase its a renowned Manhattan gallery
It was pure “serendipity” that membership—both online and “Like so many other muse- A scholar in the eld and a that specialized in Chinese art.
Elizabeth Hammer ended up as in-person. ums, 2020 has been a very dif- professional in the art world, she
the new executive director of the earned degrees in Asian culture She eventually joined Man-
Hammond Museum and Japa- “We’re casting a wide net,” cult year for the Hammond from the College of William hattan’s China Institute and
nese Stroll Garden. Hammer said last week. Museum and Japanese Stroll and Mary and Yale University. later, Christie’s auction house,
Garden. Many of our trees and where she learned to catalog,
e Dobbs Ferry resident had Making better use of social plants urgently need your care,” Initially interested in Asian hang paintings, help clients, and
just left her job as a specialist in media and investing more in read the Hammond’s plea. religions, she became immersed cook bitter melon.
Chinese art at Christie’s auction publicity and marketing, the in Chinese and Japanese art his-
house when a longtime acquain- Hammond plans to leave no To donate, visit www. ham- tory. According to Kassel, Ham-
tance casually mentioned that a stone unturned. mondmuseum.org/donate-now. mer also “brings a wealth of di-
certain North Salem cultural in- Her husband, Yoshinori Mun- rect museum experience” to the
stitution could use a bit of help One of those fundraising en- ABOUT LIZ emura, is a specialist in Japanese Hammond.
with fundraising. deavors is ArtsWestchester’s Like the museum’s founder, Art. e couple met at Christie’s.
“Giving Tuesday” challenge. She spent more than a decade
at person was Marleen Kas- Natalie Hays Hammond, an art- She also studied at the Uni- with the Metropolitan Museum
sel, a professor of Asian history e arts organization plans to of Art’s Education Department.
and the president of the Ham- match new or increased dona-
mond’s board of trustees. While there, she wrote and
taught about Asian art for stu-
Hammer’s extensive back- dents, teachers, and the general
ground in the Asian art world public.
seemed like a good t for the
museum. is July, she became She produced content for
its development director. electronic publications relating
to the Met’s Asian art exhibits
She o cially assumes the ex- – most notably, the exceptional
ecutive director’s post on Jan. 1, exhibition of Japanese art from
2021. the collection of Mary Griggs
e Deveau Road museum
had to temporarily close its (A prominent philanthropist,
doors this spring after the pan- Burke’s collection was so big it
demic hit. had to be housed in a separate
apartment adjacent to her Upper
Although it hasn’t yet been East Side abode.)
able to welcome the public back
in person, and has had to puts Hammer also ran the Met’s
its garden refurbishing project public-lecture program and ini-
on hold, it has managed to keep tiated “Sunday at the Met,” a se-
moving forward with virtual art ries of classes for adults, as well
exhibits, events like its popular as the Met’s Scholars’ Days.
fall moon viewing ceremony, and
online workshops in Japanese In 2007, she returned to
brush painting and therapeutic Christie’s to head the Chinese
origami. paintings department in New
York. Stand-alone sales of Chi-
e museum recently secured nese paintings were revived in
several grants, including ones this country in 2013, and the
from e Japan Foundation and department achieved several
the Westchester Industrial De- record-breaking sales, including
velopment Agency (WIDA). those for the collections of Rob-
ert H. Ellsworth, the Fujita Mu-
e latter will be used to pur- seum, and Florence and Herbert
chase personal protective equip- Irving, Kassel Kerson said.
ment (PPE) for museum sta
when—and if—the Hammond Hammer and her husband
re-opens. are also both deeply devoted to
Japanese literature, food, and
According to Hammer, who history.
goes by “Liz,” there’s lots more
“in the works.” SEE HAMMOND PAGE 7
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VACCINE workers, he said. Even though children seem to ROCK
After that, for the general fare relatively well with COV-
FROM PAGE 1 ID-19, Amler said, it is important FROM PAGE 2
population, it is envisioned that for the adults around them to get
How is the vaccine being older adults (above age 75) will be vaccinated to prevent the pos- drawing pictures of appreciation that can be distributed
administered to the residents of vaccinated, with adults between 65 sibility of children developing an to the soldiers along with the gifts. Collection boxes are
Westchester County? and 75 to follow, people who have autoimmune response to the virus at the following locations:
special medical situations and then, known as multi-in ammatory
Latimer: What the state has syndrome, where they can get quite Kingsley’s Deli, 252 June Road, North Salem
established at this stage of the nally, wide distribution to every- sick. Gordon’s Deli, 10 Front Street, Croton Falls
game is a series of categories of one else in the most e cient and Hay eld’s Market, 1 Bloomer Road, North Salem
individuals who should be admin- rapid manner possible. With the COVID numbers Please consider purchasing some of your donations
istered the vaccine. ose catego- rising in Westchester and an an- at these establishments! See next page for Troop wish
ries, broken into phases (1A, 1B, 2 If a person does not get their ticipated long wait for the general list! Any questions? Please email us at northsalemre-
and so forth) represent the priority second dose within the sched- population to receive the vaccine, [email protected]
categories at rst, then going to uled time, what is the protection what are your recommendations
areas that are less vulnerable and percentage and/or the outcome in for families with children to stay RideConnect program
therefore get the vaccine a little terms of ill e ects? safe in the interim?
bit later. What hasn’t happened is e RideConnect a program of Family Services of
any set of deadlines, dates that are Amler: Well, they won’t be fully Amler: ey need to continue to Westchester has volunteers willing and able to shop
attached to moving from category immunized. We know that if you do what we have done in the past for seniors at this time. Ride Connect has volunteers
to category. I gather that is because get both doses, the e ective rate is year. Schools have done a great willing and able to drive seniors to their medical ap-
the state is trying to get a guaran- about 94-95 percent, so we would job, children in schools are safe, we pointments. Ride Connect serves all of Westchester
tee of available product from the encourage people to not only to get haven’t had any outbreaks to speak and southern Putnam Counties. e number to call
national level. the rst dose, but get the second of in our school districts here in to request a volunteer shopper or a ride to a medical
dose, as well (with the Moderna Westchester. ere have been cases, appointment is (914) 242-7433. All services are free to
Latimer went on to explain in vaccine, it is 28 days later)—very, but those were largely individu- seniors! Anyone wishing to volunteer for RideConnect
more detail who are at the top very important. When people come als exposed outside of the school or nd out more can also contact us (914)242-7433 or
of the list for the vaccination, in for that rst vaccine, they are go- system. via email at [email protected]
speci cally health care profession- ing to give you an appointment for
als, nurses and doctors and those the second vaccine; we advise you to Hewlett: Try to avoid travel until North Salem Recreation Dept
who are in direct client contact. go to the same location and get the this pandemic is under control. It
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e vaccine is being distributed we have to stay in our pods. Program has begun but there is still room! Open
through pharmacies to nursing Can children get the vaccine? oor for boys and girls to practice, scrimmage, and
home residents and sta , along Amler: e studies for Moderna To keep apprised of vaccination learn a few new skills with friends. No experience nec-
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District reminds families to
stay vigilant as students
return for in-person learning
BY ABBY LUBY “Many parents want the kids back in “We don’t know if this on con-
CONTRIBUTING WRITER school full time, many parents whose kids is a trend for the rest of tact tracing,
are all-remote are afraid of sending their the year and if these 59 leaving that
Because of an expected spike in COV- kids to school,” he said. “We are trying to students are residents in task to school
ID-19 cases after the holidays, the North balance the importance of learning in per- the district or not.” districts. For the last
Salem Central School District remained son for our youngest learners and having a few months, the North
closed from Jan. 4-8, with students learning safe environment.” Should the district Salem school district has
remotely. North Salem schools reopened hit the yellow zone, tracked every case of COVID.When a pos-
Monday, Jan. 11, and returned to a hybrid New York state has mandated that preparations to start test- itive test is reported to the school, contract
learning model in which one cohort of stu- school districts with a certain number of ing at school are under- tracing begins within an hour.
dents attend school for in-person learning positive cases of COVID-19 test students. way. e district is negotiat- Freeston thanked the community and
while the other learns remotely. Under the three-tiered, color-coded system ing a contract with a vendor families for their honesty, being forthright
re ecting infection hot spots, yellow is pre- to conduct the testing. How the in reporting positive cases.
On Nov. 30, the district moved to in- cautionary or the lowest level, orange is a on-site testing will be done and the “Some are getting tired of the precau-
person learning for kindergarten and about warning level and red is for the highest in- type of testing (nasopharyngeal or saliva) tions of wearing masks, washing hands and
a week later, to in-person learning for rst fection rates. Freeston said in order for the hasn’t been determined. socially distancing, which are more impor-
grade and shortly afterward, for second school district to be in the yellow zone, it tant now because the number of cases are
grade. would have to have 159 positive cases. e “If the district isn’t con dent that talks reaching record highs in the county, state
district has had roughly 60 cases with only with the perspective [testing] vendor would and country,” he said. “Let’s not be compla-
At the school board meeting on Jan. 6, three new cases reported on Jan. 4. move forward, that leaves us relying on cent.Let’s stay diligent.We think schools are
North Salem schools Superintendent Ken BOCES and the New York State Depart- the safest places for people to be.”
Freeston spoke about bringing third, fourth “We’re not close to the yellow and I think ment of Health for some sort of testing ca-
and fth grade students back to school full that’s because of our low population den- pacity,” Freeston said.
time. sity,” Freeston said.
Because the Westchester and state depart-
“It depends how the next two weeks go Even so, the district has experienced an ments of health are now heavily engaged with
with K-2,” he said. “We will be measured increase in enrollment since Oct. 15, with COVID-19 vaccinations, they are back-
about how we bring back grades three, four an additional 59 students. Freeston said he logged in terms of updating infection num-
and ve based on the K-2 experience.” wasn’t sure whether this was indicative of bers. e DOH dashboard is not currently
the surge in house sales related to the CO- showing the most accurate number of cases,
Freeston acknowledged that parents have VID-19 epidemic. according to Freeston.It has also pulled back
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HAMMOND the COVID-19 pandemic.
FROM PAGE 3 According to Kassel, Hammer, as
director of development, made sure
Having traveled throughout Japan, the museum “was able to respond
China, and Korea, they can’t wait “to with agility despite having to close its
share their enthusiasm with members doors to the public.” Because of the spike in COVID cases, Jester Jim Show “ is is not your ordinary
of and visitors to the Hammond and Laken, who has been executive di- the library will be closed to the public. We juggling show!” With a trunk full of props
to help the Hammond achieve its rector since 1994, will be departing will still be allowing curbside pickup. e and a looping machine, Jester Jim takes
richest potential,” Kassel added. along with business manager Judy sta will continue to work in the library the stage and starts his show. Please regis-
Schurmacher. doing all the things we normally do, but ter below as space is limited.
LOOKING BACK, AHEAD Together, they had been “instru- the only di erence is that the public will Silent Movies with Ben Model: Silent
In a Nov. 20 message to the Ham- mental” in the Hammond’s growth not be allowed in the library. Please check Film Acompinast and Historian on urs-
mond community, Hammer com- over the years, said Bernard Gordon, our website for more information. day, January 21st, from 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
mented: “I could not be more eager to the board of trustees’ vice president. Most of our programs are on ZOOM. Laugh at the slapstick antics of Chaplin,
begin as the Hammond’s new director anking Laken and Schurmacher, Send us an email if you want to partici- Keaton, and more when silent movie his-
and see it as the culmination of my he said “their leadership has enabled pate: [email protected] When torian BEN MODEL presents a program
life’s work.” the Hammond to continue its mis- you email us, we will send you a link to of comedy shorts — online, live-streamed
“While the Hammond has such a sion through very unique and trying click on, and a password to enter. to you from his apartment in NYC.
gorgeous garden and a long history of times.” Winter Origami with Vihan on
exciting and informative exhibitions e board, he added, “wishes them PROGRAMS: Wednesday, January 27th, and February
and programs, long and ably headed peace and happiness and success in Social Knitting: Bring your projects 10th, from 4-5 p.m.. Vihan is a Westches-
by Lorraine Laken, to whom much their future pursuits.” and ideas for an hour of chatting and knit- ter teen who is a gifted and fun teacher of
thanks is owed, there is so much more e Hammond is, Hammer said, ting. Send us an email and we will send origami. We will have paper for registrants
that we can do!” looking forward to expanding its pro- you an invitation. Led by Cathleen Sulli. to pick up or use your own. You will need
Elaborating on that point, Kassel gram o erings, celebrating Japanese On Mondays from 11 a.m. to noon. 8 – 10 pieces of paper 6 by 6 . is is go-
said later that the museum and gar- festivals, collaborating with other Teen Book Group: Meets weekly on ing to be a very small virtual class so that
den “are going through a signi cant gardens and art groups for innovative Tuesdays, 7-8 p.m.. Next Book: Reverie Vihan can help participants individually.
transition at the moment.” events, and making full use of online by Ryan La Sala. e library has copies Writers Workshop: Accomplished
It is, she added, working to “evolve” possibilities. to check out. We talk about the progres- and aspiring writers are invited to join
its operating model and the role it Hammer said museum folks feel it’s sion of the book, as well as play a game of Maryanne D’Amato, local resident and
plays in the community. “critical” to work closely with the local Kahoot! published author, for a supportive meet-
“Liz brings a compelling vision and community “as we are all neighbors, Water Colors: Meets weekly on Fri- ing. On Wednesday, February 3rd, from
wealth of experience to the table, and and we hope they will bene t most days, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. is is 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
we are con dent that she is the ideal from the Hammond.” meeting virtually with participants paint- Conversation With Local Gardeners
person to navigate these changes and Referring to the founder’s New Jer- ing at home at the same time. e pro- on Saturday, February 13th from 10-11
lead the Hammond forward.” sey roots and love of Asian culture, gram will be coordinated by local artist a.m. Meets monthly on the second Sat-
Like many institutions in the arts she said “carrying forward her vision Nina Bertolino. urday of the month. Bring your questions
and cultural sector, the Hammond is a very personal endeavor, and one I Jester Jim, The Juggler on ursday, and ideas to this informal group of local
has faced challenges in the wake of look forward to wholeheartedly.” January 21st, from 4:30-5:30 p.m. e expert garden enthusiasts.
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O Christmas Tree,
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a drive-through holiday tree event. Dozens
of groups from town decorated the trees. e
Christmas wonderland was located at the
intersection of Titicus and Baxter roads and trees
were lit each evening. Santa even handed out
treats from the side of the road.
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The library’s tree
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The Troop 4 Boy Scout tree
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Paraprosdokians Out with the old
JUST Fun Facts MAN even the in atable wind puppets prop-
JO ANN by Jo Ann OVERBOARD erly socially distanced.
JO ANN RICK ey had an interview with Joe
FRANCELLA MELÉN Biden, his last of the year, and he shared
a message of “unity and hope.”Trump
“ What the heck is that?” you According to the Guinness Book of In an ordinary year I’d be spending also shared a message, which I am too
might ask. Paraprosdoki- World Records, the toughest tongue New Year’s Eve at my friends Dave much of a lady to print here. ey al-
ans are gures of speech and Rachel’s house party, and I’d lowed a small group of well-deserving
in which the latter part of a sentence or twister is, “The sixth sick sheik’s while away the evening at the dessert “ rst responders” to view the celebration
phrase is surprising or unexpected and sixth sheep’s sick.” table not far from the chocolate-covered in person, much to the chagrin of the
frequently humorous. pretzels, trying to nd a paper hat that “second responders,” who made it to the
is next one is one I have used many makes my out t “pop” and trying to accident a little late due to a nail ap-
It is said that Winston Churchill loved avoid dancing where anyone could see pointment that was REALLY hard to
a good paraprosdokian. times and I actually thought I had made it me. But this was not an ordinary year, get. Also in attendance were a sampling
and parties are a thing of the future. of essential workers, which I should
I must admit that I had never heard the up. I’m guessing I had read it somewhere We spent this December 31st weekend have been a part of. I work for the Big
word before and when an email arrived with my sister Kath and her husband Television Network, and if I don’t do
regarding the word play, I was intrigued. and tucked it away in my brain for just the at her place in the Poconos, since we’re my job correctly your Jets game could
What follows are several paraprosdokians. all playing by the same rules and co- end up in Kuala Lumpur, much to the
I hope you enjoy them as much as I did. right moments. voiding covid. Lately, any evening spent chagrin of Kuala Lumpur.
with mammals who don’t have four legs
Here are some of the ones listed in the • You’re never too old to learn some- seems like an Ibiza rave, and our talent J-Lo appeared onstage wearing a
article. for manufacturing fun where previously huge, furry white out t that looked like
thing stupid. little could be found has been nely a polar bear that got caught in a hay
• Where there’s a will, I want to be in it. honed by the pandemic. baler, but as the performance wore on
• I didn’t say it was your fault, I said I I can really relate to the next one: and on she wore less and less, until she
was blaming you. My sister had picked out a murder was left with just a sexy sequin jumpsuit
• I used to be indecisive, but now I’m • I know I’m supposed to respect my mystery for us to watch, which is perfect and a sexy sequin microphone. is
not so sure. for me. I can identify any number of may be why it takes women so long to
Is it becoming clear now? I’m sure elders, but it’s getting harder and harder suspects during the movie, and I think get dressed: if they can’t decide which
most of you have spoken your own para- the average DA would be overjoyed out t they simply wear one on top of
prosdokians over the years. I know I love to nd one. with my theories, right after cu ng me the other. ere were some additional
to zap my family with a few when they to the soda machine. We got so caught performers, Cyndi Lauper and Machine
least expect it. e rest are clever and chuckle-worthy. up in the movie we almost forgot to Gun Kelly, and from Los Angeles, Ci-
Here are a few more: tune into Times Square to wait for the ara, Miley Cyrus, Nelly and Doja Cat.
• e last thing I want to do is hurt you, Enjoy. ball to drop. I always watch the ball I was hoping Doja Cat might give a
but it’s still on my list. drop, even though I’ve seen it enough performance of “Say So,” with Joe Biden
• War does not determine who is right, • Going to church doesn’t make you times already in the Giants’ passing doing the Nicky Minaj part, but maybe
only who is left. game. “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ next year.
• Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a a Christian any more than standing in a Eve” was a bit more subdued this year,
fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit with only a handful of spectators and Finally we were ready for the count-
salad. garage makes you a car. down. My sister heard of an Irish
• To be sure of hitting the target, shoot tradition where they welcome in the
rst and call whatever you hit, the target. • You don’t need a parachute to skydive; new year by opening the back door to
let the old year out, and then the front
you only need a parachute to skydive
SEE MELEN PAGE 12
• When lling out an application, where
it says, “In case of emergency, notify…” I
answer, “A doctor.”
• If I agreed with you, we’d both be
• We never really grow up; we only
learn how to act in public.
And lastly :
• To steal ideas from one person is pla-
giarism, to steal from many is research.
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Thursday, January 14, 2021 OPINION North Salem News – Page 11
Seven tips to get your kids to study
STRONG would be out of business. What’s required 2. en, also together, make a list of 5. e point is, like becoming more
LEARNING is learning something di erent and equally short-term goals that they’ll need to healthy eaters, it’s important that your
important for success—how to control achieve in order to have success with children make doing their schoolwork
DR. LINDA impulses and delay immediate grati cation their long-term goals. For example, if and studying a sustainable part of their
SILBERT in order to get to a longer-term goal. the colleges they say they want to attend lifestyles. Make little changes at rst to
require at least a GPA of 90 percent, then work towards your goals. Be sure that
Dear Dr. Linda, Is that easy to do? NO. When chocolate now is the time that they need to start your twins still have time to play on
We are the parents of twin boys in eighth cake is staring you in the face, it’s hard to getting grades around 90 percent. ey their phones or tablets and watch TV.
resist it. e only way is to think about need to understand that the GPA they’ll You may also nd out that there is not
grade. At this point in their lives, they where you want to be in a month, a year, report when they apply to college will be enough time to do schoolwork because
would much rather play video games on an average of their grades in ninth, 10th, of sports and other outside commit-
their phones or watch TV than study. How ve years. If you want to t into a particu- 11th, and beginning 12th grade—and ments. If that is the case, together
do we motivate them to study harder and lar dress or want to look good the next that all schoolwork starting in ninth decide how to cut back on some things.
smarter? time you don your good suit when we grade counts!
can all get together again, remembering 6. Above all, be their allies. Work
FYI, when we say,“Study harder,”we feel those goals makes it easier to resist the 3. As parents, be sure the goals, both with them when they get stuck and
it’s like someone saying to us,“Diet harder.” cake. We can avoid chocolate cake by not long- and short-term, are realistic for contact their teachers if you need extra
We have good intentions to eat well, but buying it or baking it in the rst place or each of your twins. Many parents have support. Acknowledge their desires
when the rubber meets the road at a party, by replacing it with a healthier dessert… fantasies about what a child will become as understandable and talk about how
let’s say, we would both choose chocolate like fruit. You’d like to eat the chocolate without regard for whether the child hard it is for you to stay away from the
cake over fruit every time. Perhaps it would cake, but you’d also like to look good in wants it. Many parents think their child chocolate cake. Let them know you
help if someone were there at that moment your clothes. Making the best choice still is way above average and push them to understand how it feels. And when a
to encourage us to have fruit, but frankly, we takes willpower. take courses that may be too di cult for short-term goal is achieved, bake the
would resent it. them. As with adults who go on a diet cake!
It’s the same for kids who experience with a goal of losing a lot of weight in a
So, we have two questions: “How do we the approach/approach con ict between short period of time, the goals may not be 7. Be a good role model. Let them see
get our kids to choose studying over mess- playing games or doing the studying that realistically achievable in the time frame you make choices between two things
ing around with their phones or iPads or needs to be done to get high grades. Here desired. that you would like to do, weighing
watching TV?”and “How can we get them are some suggestions: options and choosing the one that will
to do it without resenting us?” 4. As parents, be sure your children result in the greatest bene t over your
1. Sit down with your twins and write know the best way to study based on their more immediate desire.
Parents Who Like Chocolate Cake down some long-term goals relating to learning styles. Many parents sit with
Dear Parents Who Like Chocolate Cake, school—start talking to them about col- their kids for hours drilling them, when Good luck and have fun!
leges they may be interested in or careers in fact their child would do better if they Dr. Linda
What great—and realistic—questions! they think they might like to pursue. Re- drew pictures or were asked to explain the
If doing this was simple, more kids would member, too, that they’re only in eighth material that they’re studying to someone Is your child struggling with distance
have higher grades and more people would grade and may not yet be mature enough else—you, their grandparents, even a pet. learning? Send your questions to [email protected]
be thin. And…all the gyms and diet centers emotionally or cognitively ready to set stronglearning.com.
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MELEN the group of smokers that loiter
around the outside of the build-
FROM PAGE 10 ing where I work, who would
have no Earthly reason to hang
door to let the new year in. I out together, other than to blow
tried to calculate exactly how smoke at each other.
long to hold the door open
for the whole year to leave, I Meanwhile, I’ll continue my
didn’t want even a week of it New Year’s resolution to better
hanging around. ere was a myself through greater under-
wind blowing in from the out- standing. By the end of 2021
side the back door, so I hope I will have bettered myself so
none came back inside. I don’t much you won’t even know me,
want 2020 to claim that New unless you’re simply pretend-
Year’s Day didn’t really hap- ing not to know me. I’m going
pen, while o ering absolutely to learn what a “Mandalorian”
no evidence and still getting is, and even test-drive one or
a whole bunch of dim bulbs to learn to play one, depending
believe it. on if I guessed right. Maybe
I’ll learn a romance language,
For my resolution I decided probably Latin, since you always
that I’m going to better myself hear about how romantic Latin
this year by becoming more lovers are. Maybe I’ll learn a
knowledgeable in, well pretty bromance language, too, if I’m
everything. at’s right, I’m in a self-didactic mood. I’m
going to become a Renaissance going to nd out how the other
Man. e rst thing I’m going half lives, and if I don’t have
to learn is what a Renaissance time for the whole half, maybe
Man is and how to spell it. One just the other third or so. I’ll see
characteristic of a Renaissance you in 2021, and you can feel
Man is free thinking, which had free to give me a pop quiz. I
me at “hello” because I’m too wish everyone a safe and happy
cheap to pay for it. New Year!
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Thursday, January 14, 2021 Sports North Salem News – Page 13
A lot of questions; very few answers
MARSH and baseball for John Jay High As of Monday, Jan. 11, the state has
MADNESS School in Cross River. His yet to render a decision on “high-
spring baseball season was can- risk” winter sports like basketball.
BRIAN celed and his fall football season
MARSCHHAUSER was postponed until March. FILE PHOTO/BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER
He’s one of many student-
athletes who has struggled in
“We nd ourselves playing
Last month, I received a text mes- endless hours of video games,”
sage from a reader who pitched Garofolo said. “We long for
me a story. I didn’t think the story physical activity and social
was particularly newsworthy, but I also interaction.”
didn’t feel like delivering bad news, so I Brian Mundy, Yorktown
ignored it. High School’s varsity girls’
I think we’ve all done something like basketball coach, said he is not
this at some point in our lives. We don’t surprised by the lack of guid-
want to make a tough decision, or we ance coming from the state.
want to avoid an awkward conversation, “It’s the same show, just a
so we do nothing and hope the other di erent channel at this point,”
person forgets about it. If they follow-up, Mundy said. “It happened last
we’ll pretend we were busy or we didn’t spring and it’s happening again
see it the rst time. this winter. It’s been delay-
But after two or three hours, the un- delay-cancel.”
answered text started to eat away at me. At a recent Board of Educa-
So, I nally sucked it up and told the tion meeting in Lakeland, one
person how I felt. ey were not happy of the trustees, in deciding
with me, and had a few choice words whether to institute a post-hol-
to say about the paper, but at least they iday pause on in-person learn-
knew where I stood. ing, shared a clever one-liner
As of this writing, only “low/moderate that made me chuckle: “In God
risk” interscholastic sports are authorized we trust; everyone else bring the
to play in New York State. It’s been data.”
that way since August, when the state e trustee ultimately sided
Department of Health issued its classi- with the decision to pause
cations. Field hockey, soccer, and track? in-person learning because the
Enjoy your seasons! Football and volley- school administrators were able
ball? Ask us again in the spring. to back up their suggestion which has frustrated him and his con- where family members could attend
In the winter season, which began with compelling data. I have yet to see stituents. games, players were asked not to hug
Jan. 11 for many Section 1 schools, only that out of New York State in regard to “ ere is a lack of a scienti c explana- or touch them. e only positive case
track, swimming, skiing, gymnastics, and prohibiting “high-risk” sports. tion as to why some sports are allowed happened when a player went home for
bowling have been given the green light When it comes to basketball, for to play games and some sports are not,” anksgiving.
to play. Basketball, ice hockey, and wres- example, the state is asking us to trust Byrne said. Coach Mundy is con dent the same
tling—considered to be “high risk”—re- them that it is a high-risk sport that ese aren’t riddles. ese are fairly level of safety can be achieved in Section
main in limbo. can’t be played safely. It’s indoors, ev- straight-forward questions that warrant 1.
I’m willing to bet that Gov. Cuomo erybody is touching the same ball with answers. But given the lack of a response, “High-risk sports, whether they
has a lot of unanswered messages right their hands, and the players are in close Byrne said, “I think it gives people the are indoors or outdoors, can happen,”
about now. contact with each other. I understand the impression they’re not listening.” Mundy said. “It can be done safely. We
When it comes down to it, the de- rationale. It makes sense intuitively. But New York was one of only 15 states have been holding workouts in our gym
cision lies with his administration. show us the data. If basketball and other to postpone its fall football season. Data for some time now, and everyone has
Maybe he’s hoping that student-athletes, high-risk sports are on trial, the burden is starting to come in from other states, taken the safety protocols seriously and
coaches, and parents simply forget about of proof should be on the state. suggesting that football is not caus- without hesitation.”
it and move on, but that’s not happening Over the weekend, I sent an email ing the virus to spread at high rates. In According to some contact tracing
anytime soon. ey want a decision, and to Assemblyman Kevin Byrne, whose Kentucky, for example, 10,962 student- data, being in a crowd may be riskier
rightfully so. o ce has received many messages from athletes participated in football this fall, than being on the eld. If that’s the case,
Do you know what’s worse than tell- parents about high-risk sports. Football with 96 testing positive for COVID-19. and crowds have to be sacri ced in order
ing a teenager they can’t play sports? coaches and parents, worried about the None of the cases were traced back to to have a season, the coaches and players
Telling them nothing. For months, cancellation of their season in March, football workouts. In Je erson County, I’ve spoken with seem to be OK with it.
basketball and hockey players have been have been especially proactive in orga- Colorado, 10 out of 1,316 players and “If they say we can have a season, and
preparing for a winter season. ey nizing a letter-writing campaign. coaches tested positive. it’s only 10 games in four/ ve weeks
deserve an answer, even if it’s one they My email to the assemblyman, in According to an ESPN article, Bos- against local teams with no spectators,
won’t like. part, said: “It seems fairly arbitrary ton College’s college football program I think all of us would take it at this
Before we go any further: I get it. Be- which sports are permitted and which administered more than 8,000 tests since point,” Mundy said. “We just want to
tween budget shortfalls and COVID-19 sports are prohibited. How is soccer July, resulting in just one positive test. compete. ese kids are chomping at the
vaccine distribution, the governor’s got a low risk but ice hockey is high risk? Is e school achieved this by emphasizing bit to get out there and play.”
lot on his plate. Sports might not be his the Department of Health backing up mask wearing and threatening punish- A common refrain on social media
priority right now. But how about the its decisions with any data?” He wrote ment for house parties or other protocol this week has been #Let emPlay. At
mental health of children? Does that not back: “Your questions are some of the violations. Additionally, players show- the very least, #MakeADecision should
warrant his administration’s attention? very same questions I have directly asked ing any symptoms were isolated from be trending. Or how about #Show e-
Gerard Garofolo, a student intern the governor’s o ce.” e legislator’s the team and had to undergo additional Data? ese kids deserve better than
for us at Halston Media, plays football questions have gone mostly unanswered, testing before returning. In the instances silence and arbitrary decision-making.
Page 14 – North Salem News LEISURE Thursday, January 14, 2021
CLUES ACROSS 21. Calendar month 41. Transgressions 17. Supervises interstate
42. One-time emperor of commerce
1. Adequate yearly progress 22. Single Russia 19. Foolish behaviors
43. Time zone 20. Witness
(abbr.) 23. Cease to live 23. Gives
CLUES DOWN 24. Expression of creative
4. Silicon Valley’s specialty 24. Brew 1. Used in treating bruises skill
2. One who cultivates a 25. A way to prop up
8. Gather a harvest 25. What ghosts say small estate 26. Midway between
3. One who supports the northeast and east
10. Famed mathematician 26. Geological time Pope 27. Winter melon
4. Annuity 28. Supernatural power
11. No (slang) 27. Focus 5. Geological period 29. Target
6. Grab onto tightly 30. Threes
12. Students use one 34. Discomfort 31. A type of poetic verse
7. Kept 32. They make some people
13. Type of molecule 35. A citizen of Iran 9. Chinese city cry
10. The most direct 33. Kindest
15. Play make-believe 36. Trip route 34. Forman and Ventimiglia
12. Type of tooth are two
16. Large barrel-like 37. Imitate 14. __ kosh, near Lake 36. A way to liquefy
containers 38. Makes happy 15. Popular veggie
17. Touching 39. Double-reed instrument
18. Treats allergies 40. Body parts
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