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Notable stories of 2019
Another year has come and gone in Mahopac and it’s time to look back on 2019 and recap the most noteworthy stories of the past 12 months. Being memorable doesn’t
necessarily mean a joyous occasion; this past year did have some heartbreaking moments. However, it was also a year of new ideas, and a year of change. So, in no particular order,
here are the top notable stories from 2019:
Town buys land for municipal parking lot Suspect Judge James
arrested Reitz dies
e last major obstacle in the plan to create a municipal parking after six-hour
lot and small passive lakefront park at Swan Cove was cleared standoff Putnam County Court
when the Town Board voted unanimously at its July 24 meeting to Judge James Reitz passed
sign a deal to purchase four parcels of land—totaling exactly one After a six-hour away June 14, after su ering
acre—from Mahopac Bank for $395,000. stando on Nov. a massive heart attack while
28, police arrested a on the bench. Reitz, 57, who
GOP makes clean sweep 28-year-old Mahopac graduated from Carmel
in town elections man and charged him High School and lived in
with a felony and a litany Mahopac,was best known PHOTO: TABITHA PEARSON MARSHALL
Republicans made a of misdemeanors. Police as overseer of the Putnam
arrived at the scene to County Judicial Diversion/Treatment Court, a monumental
clean sweep in Carmel arrest Alexander Booth success emulated by several courts across the country.
for violating an order
on election night, Nov. of protection from his Becker pitches perfect-perfect game
estranged wife when he
5, with both GOP barricaded himself in On May 8, Shannon Becker
his home. During the took the mound against crosstown
challengers winning stando , Booth said on rival Carmel and proceeded to
Instagram that police accomplish something that’s never
two seats on the wanted to con scate his been done before in New York
guns under the state’s State sports history. She pitched
Town Board. Political red ag laws causing a a perfect game by retiring every
social media storm from batter she faced—no runs, no hits,
newcomer and Carmel gun rights advocates no errors. But it gets even better:
who threatened police She struck out all 21 Carmel
resident Robert Schanil, and local media. Booth batters in the 8-0 victory—
surrendered peacefully perfect-perfect.
a former police o cer, and no guns were found
on the premises. PHOTO: TABITHA PEARSON MARSHALL
garnered 3,746 votes
SEE NOTABLE STORIES PAGE 4
(39 percent), while
former councilman and
deputy supervisor Frank
Lombardi pulled in
3,654 votes (38 percent). PHOTO COURTESY OF BOB BUCKLEY
Democrat Jean Hopper
nished a distant third with 2,199 votes. e three were vying for
two seats on the board that belong to current members Jonathan
Schneider and John Lupinacci who opted not to seek re-election.
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Home sweet home!
MHS German Club holds gingerbread house contest
e Mahopac High School German Club held its annual gingerbread house contest last month, resulting in a lot of cool, interesting
and delicious architecture.Teams were created for the competition, requiring at least one German Club member per team. e students had
to construct their houses—not always made of gingerbread, the edible homes displayed everything from graham crackers to pretzel logs—in just
90 minutes. Judges awarded winners in two categories: traditional and creative. Although there was no cost to enter the competition, students
were asked to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to a local food pantry.
Krampus’ Hfooruﬁsrestdepslaigcneeidn and built by the Sophomore MKTheaelrlisWhMaaulrlr,poahflyts,hoMetieGeludismsfoamrByﬁlreBsaetkainlrestyh,ceMrecaardteidoainteivbSeytacJaruktsetaginnodBryuW. oinlltoewmpo,
Team tied the creative category.
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The Taj Mahal won ﬁrst place in the traditional category. PHOTOS: TABITHA PEARSON MARSHALL
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NOTABLE STORIES FROM PAGE 1 Voters OK $53.9 million bond
for school upgrades
Cell tower site plans denied
Voters green-lighted a capital improvement
e Planning Board unanimously denied two controversial cell project bond that calls for an investment of $53.9
tower site plan applications on Oct. 30 halting Danbury, Conn.-based million over the next several years. It will improve
Homeland Towers’ bid to build a tower on Croton Falls Road and safety and security with enhanced security vestibules
on Dixon Road. Residents in both neighborhoods had fought the and building access controls; modernize learning
proposals since Day One, saying they would be an aesthetic blight and environments, including science and engineering
lower property values. While the board did cite those contentions as labs; upgrade instruction/practice rooms and media
some of the reasons it rejected the applications, many of its members centers; and upgrade HVAC, roofs and lighting,
also said they felt that Homeland did not prove there was a need for among other things.
Mahopac Coastguardsman dies Chamber building razed, Swan Cove cleared for park
in crane accident
In August, workers began leveling the area that will eventually become a green space and serve
Michael Kozloski, a 2001 as a park at Swan Cove on Route 6N. e old Chamber of Commerce building was razed, and the
graduate of Mahopac High area leveled and cleaned to make way for the park.
School and a chief warrant
o cer in the U.S. Coast Guard, Councilman and reporter PHOTO: BOB DUMAS
was fatally injured Jan. 31 when clash at meeting
a crane rolled over and hit him
while on duty in the town of A dispute between Councilman Mike
Homer, Alaska, where he was Barile and Journal News columnist David
stationed. Kozloski, 35, was McKay Wilson reached the breaking point
injured while working in the buoy at a Sept. 18 Town Board meeting when
yard when the crane accident Barile accused Wilson of harassing and
occurred. While at Mahopac photographing his family members and
High School, he was a member of threw an empty water bottle that hit the
the football team where he wore journalist. Barile then got a hold of Wilson’s
number 62 and was nicknamed, phone and took it outside and threw it across
“Koz.” His number was retired in the parking lot. Barile was later charged with
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Sticking to their knitting
Community Crafters spread the love to those who need it most
BY BOB DUMAS Sheila Gargano and Dottie Buick founded
EDITOR Community Crafters more than a decade ago. ey
had met in a doctor’s o ce, where they were both
On an early Wednesday afternoon, in a room on knitting and crocheting.
the top oor of the Mahopac Public Library, a doz- “We were talking about nding some place to
en or so women sit around tables chatting amiably, meet,” Gargano said. “We originally met over at
giggling, gossiping and sharing stories—no politics Sycamore Park, but we couldn’t continue in the
or religion, please. ey are here not just for the fel- winter, so we asked if we could come here (the li-
lowship, but also for some serious business—knit- brary). at was about 12 years ago.”
ting and crocheting. Word of mouth got more members. A separate The Community Crafters at work
ese are the women of the Community Craft- group—Butter y Quilters—was formed because
ers. ey meet her every Wednesday at noon at the many in the Community Crafters, while expert
library. eir sister organization, the Butter y Quil- knitters, didn’t quilt. However, many of the ladies
ters, meets on Tuesdays. belong to both organizations. Between the two,
e items these two groups create, from blankets there are about 40 members who bring their out-
to scarves to mittens, and everything in between, standing skills to the table.
go mostly to those who need them most: the sick, “When it started out, we did it for the socializa-
the elderly, the poor and our veterans. Recently, the tion,” said Gargano. “Dottie had a friend who she
two groups collaborated on a sale and raised more crotched with all the time and she moved away, and
than $6,000 for Friends of Mahopac Library—the Dottie felt like she was in limbo. It’s a meditative
primary fundraising source for the library. It was a thing you do by yourself—we just do it in public!”
way for the knitters and quilters to say thanks to the Cathy Cavanaugh, a longtime member, said the
library for providing them with a space in which to SEE KNITTING PAGE 14
do their work.
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Flying dreams Ice storm magic
F or philosophical reasons, One theory as to the cause of Iwas away for a week and came LIFE,
I don’t partake in New acrophobia is that it comes from back two days after the ice HEALTH,
Year’s. Without getting having intense ying dreams. storm. at this was a disap- POLITICS
too metaphysical about it, I view pointment to me is an understate-
e irrational fear of high places ment!
OF HUMAN I know that may be an unusual MARA
sentiment (though far from my SCHIFFREN
only one). But to my mind, our
time not so much as, say, a stack LORENZO arises from the urge to jump. local ice storms provide a great
of pancakes, a new one added GARO Fantasy meets reality, as Roger
each year, but as one large, ever- explained. It made no sense deal of winter magic. e entire outdoors is converted to an actual,
living, breathing winter wonderland.
expanding pizza. Getting older to me, but I agreed to another It’s like being transported to Narnia but without the wicked
has given me a new understand- session. Roger wanted to teach White Queen Jadis presiding over the land and ruining everyone’s
ing of time. I can easily imagine, for obvious rea- me some relaxation techniques. ey were easy to fun.
sons, the world without me in it, which inevitably master, but I wasn’t in the middle of a bridge. Luckily, as I write this, it is still beautiful outside, though the ice
leads to this question: “Why am I in it at all?” “ e best thing you can do,” Roger said at the is melting faster by the moment and soon will all be gone. And
Uncertainty lls me with dread. Strive as I end of the hour. “Is to face your fears.” then it will be back to the muted colors of winter, instead of the
might for authenticity, the only true thing I know I had the perfect place: the re tower on top of white, bright swirling crystals of light shining on all the trees and
about life is that it’s a preposterous pain in the Mount Ninham in Carmel. bushes, even on every individual blade of grass. I am reminded of
ass… But enough of this, let’s get to the real sub- Acrophobia had caused a great disruption in my the Talmudic saying, that “Every blade of grass has its angel that
ject of this column: New Year’s resolutions. life. Travel had become a dreaded event. I went to bends over it and whispers, “Grow, grow.”
e main reason that they’re so seldom kept is, Mount Ninham with a sincere desire to change. It’s not the growing season now, of course. But every blade of
of course, lack of sincerity. If your resolution is to I looked up and couldn’t believe my eyes: two grass has a unique ice sheathing with an individual crystal struc-
go on a diet, or even something ine ably easier, people were painting the tower. ey were near the ture. It’s like the angel is bending over and whispering, “shine,
like being kinder to strangers, why wait? Starting top, hanging o the outside of the structure like shine,” instead, which is appropriate for the season. Don’t we all
next Tuesday, I’m going to be more understanding orangutans. Glad for the ground below my feet, I want to shine that brightly!
of my wife. Tomorrow, I go on a diet. If your heart took a hike. If only we could see the microstructure of these things, made
isn’t into it, don’t bother. When I circled back to the tower, the painters large, I am convinced it would evoke a constant state of awe at the
I no longer make New Year’s resolutions. were eating lunch. ey waved in a friendly way, so natural beauty of the world around us.
Enfeeblement does have some compensations. I went over to chat with them. Being half Hungar- Walking down my driveway this morning, watching the crys-
Studies show that older people are happier than ian, I recognized their accents immediately. ey talline light glinting blue and red and green o a bare crab apple
their younger counterparts. It wouldn’t surprise were gypsies and traveled around the country, tree in the magni ed sunlight, I was struck again that the original
me if the swing’n Social Security set makes painting re towers. inspiration for Christmas lights on trees came from just such an
fewer resolutions. My most daunting New Year’s “Go ahead up there,” one of them said. “But aftermath of an ice storm. But since with nature you can never rely
resolution was to climb the re tower at Mount stick to the stairs, unless you want to get silver on the timing of such storms, the best way to reproduce it is to
Ninham. For an acrophobic (fear of heights) my paint all over you!” bring it indoors and to create your own lights instead. Christmas
resolution was akin to climbing Everest. It was life Little did they know. “I’m lucky if I get to the trees done up right are beautiful and inspiring things. Yet they
or death. I would have never made it without help second story,” I said, and then told them why I was barely compare to the beauty that nature has wrought this year in
from above. there. the storm a week before Christmas.
My rst profound episode of acrophobia hap- I thought these two daredevils would laugh at Indeed, as the outdoor light has shrunk to its nadir, to the point
pened on the rogs Neck Bridge. As I got to the me, but it was just the opposite. ey shook my of winter solstice and now a few days beyond, the time for foster-
center of the bridge, I suddenly felt as if I was at hand, wished me luck, and told me to take as long ing internal growth begins. In contrast to the summer, where the
a tremendous height. I got so scared that I could as I needed. land is fecund and the creativity occurs outdoors, late fall and the
hardly breathe. at was the start of it, and it only “Don’t be afraid. Nothing to fear,” one said, pat- winter are the time of creative darkness. During these months,
got worse. One day, I looked in the Yellow Pages ting me on the back when darkness extends for 15 hours a day, it is the best time of the
for a shrink. Of course, it would make a better story if I year to nurture personal creativity and spiritual wellbeing.
I found a psychotherapist named Roger. After I didn’t make it. I’ve climbed the tower a hundred I am reminded of Julia Cameron, author of “ e Artist’s Way,”
nished telling him about my travails, Roger said, times since. And I can make it over the rogs who speaks about how God is an artist. “Creativity,” she says, “is
“Tell me, do you ever have ying dreams?” Neck Bridge without much trouble. Do I still get God’s gift to us. Using our creativity is our gift back to God.”
My response was something like, “Sure, doesn’t scared? Yes. And what greater creative inspiration is there than having the
everyone?” Six days later, I went back to Mount Ninham world outside entirely encased in white ice with prisms of light
He then asked if they were lucid dreams, dreams to see if I could do it again, and there they were, shining everywhere you look?
when you know that you’re dreaming. ey were, the gypsies. Balancing himself on a cross brace no Happy New Year!
and I enjoyed them immensely. wider than the blade of a knife, one of the men
“I must have watched too much Superman held on to the tower with one hand and painted Mara Schi ren, PhD, is a writer, certi ed Functional Medicine
health coach and certi ed Peak Performance coach. You can reach her at
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“Maybe,” Roger said without smiling. “See, nothing to fear!”
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County needs to upcoming election year. is would take the destruc- rubbish on or near the historic would produce a very large
cover Sheriff’s e public doesn’t want to tive pressure o the Hill/Agor site would be terminated and opening for grant money. When
historic farm site. Emergency current waste removed. De- these suggestions are imple-
overtime take a page from the national repairs could be performed de- struction by neglect should be mented, the bene ts historically
political scene; they want ef- molished buildings replaced, reversed. and nancially would be a great
To the editor, stonewalls repaired, farm road satisfaction for all concerned.
e Putnam County Leg- cient, fair and transparent law restored and the lockable chain Last but not least, the Hill/
enforcement. With Sheri Rob- barrier on the farm road rein- Agor historic farm site should Alan Warnecke
islatures’ refusal to cover over- ert Langley that’s just what we stalled. Also, the dumping of be allowed to go the National
time for Sheri ’s deputies is a have. Register of Historic Sites. is Former Carmel Historian
dangerous politically motivated
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Overcoming obstacles to learning BECKERMAN
Dear Dr. Linda, To succeed in improving Most students think studying is going FROM PAGE 10
through a stack of ash cards. at is the
Every year I ask my STRONG their grades, your students lowest level of learning. All that does is test “Monty, move!” I said more ag-
eighth-grade English LEARNING will need your help and immediate recall. It doesn’t mean a student gressively. is time he listened…
students to make a New guidance to overcome the understands the subject or will remember and moved to the other side of the
Year’s resolution about DR. LINDA obstacles that are preventing all the ashcards. Studying isn’t instinc- dishwasher where he had better
what they are going to do SILBERT them from higher grades in tual. Most of us need to be taught various access. Technically, he did what I’d
techniques and strategies to help us learn said so I couldn’t be mad. I quickly
so that they’ll do better the rst place. And deter- the material, such as chunking, creating stepped over the dishwasher door
acronyms and learning how to visualize. to where he was and stood in front
in school. It’s amazing, mining what those obstacles of him.
e point is that your students can’t
but every year, they all are is the rst step. As a achieve their New Year’s resolution unless I picked up one of the dinner
they know: 1) what’s causing them to do dishes to move it out of his reach.
come up with the best intentions. But those class, when you make the New Year’s resolution poorly and 2) what options they have to
change their behavior in a way that will help “Listen buddy,” I said, waving a
resolutions don’t seem to pan out. Every stu- assignment, focus on three common obstacles them improve. Once your students actually dish at him. “ ese dishes are clean.
go through the process and commit to one
dent remains at the same level. I have never that are preventing most of your students from of more of the options, it’s likely they will ere is no food on them. ey are
start improving in school. an empty promise of a snack that
seen one student do any better. My col- doing better in school.Together, discuss options has long since been washed away by
Going through this process brings more time and Cascade. is is not a dish.
leagues make fun of me, but I keep trying. that will help them do better. to your students than just making a list of It’s a dream. Time to let go.”
things that aren’t going to happen. It gives
I’m optimistic someone will come through. To carry this out, download my free “Ob- them a strategy for setting goals, identifying e dog admitted defeat and -
obstacles, and charting new courses until nally moved away from the machine.
Any thoughts on this? stacles to Learning” chart at stronglearning. something works for them. I stepped around him to get back
into a better unloading position,
English Teacher com. Write down an obstacle and then work Have a happy and healthy New Year! failing to notice that I had created
From my family to yours, a small puddle on the oor from
Dear English Teacher, with your students to ll in three realistic the not-quite-dry dishes. Naturally,
Dr. Linda I slipped on the puddle, lost my
As I’ve said in the past, it always feels good options they may have for overcoming that balance, and hurled the clean dish
Dr. Linda is co-author of “Building onto the oor where it broke into a
to make New Year’s resolutions—no matter obstacle. For example, one of your students Strong Students, Emotionally, Socially million pieces.
and Cognitively” and director of Strong
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a list of resolutions to improve their grades is might be for him to put it on his phone.
probably not going to happen. Another option is to have an assignment
Believe me, they do want to improve their pad that works for him and a third option
grades. Every student wants an A+, but if 1) might be that he teams up with a “study
they don’t know how to achieve it, 2) their buddy” who checks in with him to be sure
courses are too di cult, or 3) they su er he has the assignment.
from the three “tions”—disorganization, Another obstacle might be that some of
procrastination and lack of motivation— your students do not know how to study,
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PHOTO COURTESY OF BOB BUCKLEY BY BOB DUMAS ministrative errors made during the
Newly elected town councilmen Robert Schanil, left, and Frank Lombardi at their victory celebration EDITOR 2011-12 school year.
on election night at Villa Barone
Gov. Andrew Cuomo vetoed e projects in question were
25 Mahpoggpe2at0cr-Ca2c1uyb. Scouts BY BOB DUMAS votes (39 percent), while former councilman and legislation last week that would a bundle of energy performance
29 EDITOR deputy supervisor Frank Lombardi pulled in have forgiven the Mahopac Cen- contracts that were being done in
3,654 votes (38 percent. Democrat Jean Hopper tral School District for a paper- conjunction with Con Edison. Vir-
Republicans made a clean sweep in Carmel work oversight years ago that now tually every building was impacted
on election night, Nov. 5, with both GOP chal- nished a distant third with 2,199 votes. has the district on the hook for mil- by the project by the time it was
lengers winning two seats on the Town Board, e three were vying for two seats on the lions of dollars in past and potential
state aid. nished.
board that belong to current members Jonathan Former district assistant superin-
e district completed several tendent for business a airs, Harvey
capital projects a little more than Sotland, told Mahopac News ear-
eight years ago, but due to the er- lier this year that at the end of ev-
rors of a prior administration, it ery capital project, school districts
neglected to submit the nal cost in New York must send a nal cost
reports to the state. report to the state Education De-
Last summer, led by Sen. Pete However, the Mahopac adminis-
Harckham, a bill was passed by the tration, at that time led by Superin-
Senate and, later, the Assembly that tendent omas Manko, neglected
would have allowed for the submis- to le the paperwork.
sion of this paperwork without in- “When I came on board in July
according to uno cial results from the Putnam Schneider and John Lupinacci who opted not to curring any additional hardship on 2018, I was looking at some reports
County Board of Elections. seek re-election. the school district. that the state had posted online on
Political newcomer and Carmel resident Rob- e legislature’s bill would have SEE VETO PAGE 4
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ert Schanil, a former police o cer, garnered 3,746
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adequate in those areas.
“I am personally not sold on the
e Planning Board has denied dropped-call [argument],” said Craig
two controversial site-plan applica- Paeprer, board chair.“I have driven up
tions to build cell towers in residen- and down Croton Falls Road many
tial neighborhoods in Mahopac. times and personally I haven’t lost a
call. But I would rather lose a call for
e decision comes on the heels of 30 seconds than have to wake up in
the Zoning Board of Appeals’ denial the morning and look at that [tower].”
last month of three variance requests
for each application that sought relief Board member Kim Kugler voiced
from town code requirements for the a similar concern about the Dixon
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“I spend a lot of time at [nearby]
pound fence height and the width of McDonough Park and never had any
dropped calls, so I don’t understand
with Mahopac’s Real Estate Specialistthe access roads.why this tower is necessary,” she said.
e board voted unanimously on
Oct. 30 against Danbury, Conn.- All board members were unani-
based Homeland Towers’ bid to mous in the view that the tow-
build a tower on Croton Falls Road
and one on Dixon Road. Residents ers would indeed be an eyesore for
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KNITTING wheelchair wraps and that’s a project we
FROM PAGE 6
will get together and do” ‘ is bunch of women is awesome. ey give with their
Most of the knitting and quilting sup- hearts and their time and their talent.’
group started making things for them- plies are bought and paid for by the group
selves and relatives. But that soon members themselves, although they do - Eileen Iezzi
Community Crafters member
changed. receive some donations.
“You run out of things to make for you “Several years ago, we decided to try
and your family. Everyone has a scarf and a sale to see if we could give something
hat,”she said.“You want to continue to do back to the library,” said Cavanaugh. out and help them knit simple items such and I said to one vet, would you like to
it, so you make other stu . So, we started “Last year, we did a demonstration as well as bookmarks. have it, and the wife said, ‘oh, yes!’ When
doing things for the hospital—baby hats as the sale. We had a group knit—people “ is bunch of women is awesome,” you see the families there, the love, it’s
and blankets.” could come and knit in a circle and it was said Community Crafters member Ei- fantastic. He couldn’t speak, and she just
e groups also provide a lot of items a lot of fun. But this year we went back leen Iezzi. “ ey give with their hearts put the blanket on him and was rubbing
for the Community Action Program to a holiday-themed sale and it was our and their time and their talent. You can his back and playing bingo with him. It’s
(CAP) and Women Infants and Children most successful. We raised about $6,000. come here, and you don’t have to make just amazing. I gave out 17 walker bags
(WIC), as well as area nursing homes, We made a lot of upscale stu , fashion- something to donate. You can make and three afghans that day.”
and Castle Point and Montrose veterans able shawls and hats with good-quality something for yourself or your family if Member Marge Uddin used to volun-
hospitals. yarn. We were almost sold out. Whatever you want.” teer for CAP, so she is aware of what their
“We don’t have a busiest time of the is left over is divided up. CAP gets the “It gets us out and we look forward to needs are.
year. It’s busy all the time because we get hats and gloves and the baby stu goes to coming here to chit-chat and crochet and “So, whenever we make things they can
requests,” Gargano said. WIC and Hudson Valley Hospital, and everything else,” adds Inez DeCicco. use, I take them to them,” she said.
ey have a special pattern for shawls veterans get hats and blankets. Tracy Gri n, the member who deliv- Cavanaugh recalled the time a new-
for people in wheelchairs in nursing “ e First Presbyterian Church takes ers the goods to the VA hospitals, said born at Hudson Valley Hospital had to
homes, so the shawl doesn’t get caught in the little stu that’s left over and sells it that the vets and their families can’t be- be sent home in a towel because there
the wheels. at their ea market,” she added. “So, ev- lieve they’re getting these items for free. were no blankets available.
“We have done all the nursing homes erything goes to some good cause, which “I went to Castle Point recently and “Every baby should have their own
in the area,” said Cavanaugh. “We have we are very proud of.” walked in and said, ‘would you like a blanket,” she said.
also gotten requests from orders of nuns You don’t have to be an expert knitter blanket,’ and they say, ‘how much?’” she anks to the ladies of Community
like the Dominican Sisters. A nursing or quilter to join. e members are happy laughed. “ ey are just so appreciative. I Crafters and the Butter y Quilters, they
home could call and say we need 150 to give lessons to neophytes just starting had this long blanket that someone made, do.
TAX TIME Here is a list of meetings in the coming weeks for the town of Carmel government
and the Mahopac School District.Times/dates are subject to change. Call the Town
Hall at 845-628-1500, or the school district at 845-628-3415, with any questions.
“The hardest thing in the TOWN BOARD ZONING BOARD OF
world to understand is Wednesday, Jan. 8 | Meetings APPEALS ZBA
the Income Tax.” starts at 7 p.m. | Town Hall, 60
-Albert Einstein ursday, Jan. 23 | Meetings
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This year its more important than ever to
PLANNING BOARD McAlpin Ave., Mahopac
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MUSINGS Reads at Reed Alzheimer’s at Putnam Hospital Center at third Wednesday of every month
FROM PAGE 2
e Reads at Reed Book Club Caregiver Support 670 Stoneleigh Ave. in Car- at Mahopac Public Library at
Carmel Rec will meet Tuesday, Jan. 7, at 7 Group/Music Social mel. e support group allows 668 Route 6. e music social is
people caring for someone with an interactive program with cer-
Winter Classes p.m. to discuss the book “Before dementia to share their feelings ti ed music therapist Melinda
We Were Yours” by Lisa Wing- e Alzheimer’s Association and experiences with others who Burgard. It encourages people
Registration is open for winter ate. e meeting will be held at Hudson Valley Chapter o ers understand. To participate in living with Alzheimer’s and their
classes at the Carmel Recreation Reed Memorial Library, 1733 two ongoing activities for fami- the caregiver support group, call family caregivers to get out, so-
and Parks Department.Many,many Route 6, Carmel. Contact 845- lies a ected by Alzheimer’s dis- 800-272-3900. A music social for cialize and enjoy some musical
classes to choose from including 225-2439 for more info. ease or other forms of dementia. people with early-stage Alzheim- fun. e music social is free, but
Mahopac Writersskiing, snowboarding and ice skat- A caregiver support group is er’s or other forms of dementia pre-registration is required. Call
held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on the and their family caregivers is held care consultant Lisa Papantoniou
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on classes and to see the brochure, Group third ursday of every month from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the at 800-272-3900.
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GYMNASTICS The Mahopac varsity gymnastics team
PHOTOS: TABITHA PEARSON MARSHALL
Mahopac tops Suffern, Brewster
Indians nish fourth in invitational
Mahopac High School opened the • Lia Graap: 8.15 • Chloe Lee: 9.10 BALANCE BEAM
gymnastics season with wins over Suf- • Chloe Lee: 8.05 • Juliette LeBlanc: 8.25 • Chloe Lee: 8.50
fern and Brewster. e team also had a • Juliette LeBlanc: 8.00 • Rachel Romero: 8.10 • Nicole Giannetta: 8.50
strong showing on Saturday, Dec. 21, at • Nicole Giannetta: 7.75 • Nicole Giannetta: 7.85 • Jamison Castrataro: 8.40
an invitational in Hyde Park. • Alessia Gristina: 7.70 • Kaylie Ann Hammond: 7.65 • Lia Graap: 8.30
• Kaylie Ann Hammond: 7.55 • Alessia Gristina: 7.60 • Rachel Romero: 7.90
MAHOPAC 163.3 VS. SUFFERN 160.85 • Fabiola Laska: 7.00 • Kaylie Ann Hammond: 7.60
Wednesday, Dec. 11 UNEVEN BARS • Lesly Cely: 5.50 • Juliette LeBlanc: 7.15
• Chloe Lee: 9.05 • Alessia Gristina: 6.45
VAULT • Lia Graap: 8.80 MAHOPAC 150.1 VS. BREWSTER 133
• Jamison Castrataro: 9.15 • Jamison Castrataro: 8.20 ursday, Dec. 19 FLOOR EXERCISE
• Kaylie Ann Hammond: 7.05 • Jamison Castrataro: 9.30
• Alessia Gristina: 6.20 VAULT • Chloe Lee: 8.75
• Nicole Giannetta: 6.00 • Jamison Castrataro: 8.30 • Lia Graap: 8.70
• Juliette LeBlanc: 5.45 • Lia Graap: 8.15 • Nicole Giannetta: 8.60
• Lesly Cely: 5.00 • Chloe Lee: 8.10 • Juliette LeBlanc: 8.30
• Juliette LeBlanc: 8.00 • Rachel Romero: 8.10
BALANCE BEAM • Alessia Gristina: 7.70 • Kaylie Ann Hammond: 7.90
• Lia Graap: 9.00 • Kaylie Ann Hammond: 7.60 • Alessia Gristina: 7.50
• Jamison Castrataro: 8.00 • Nicole Giannetta: 7.44 • Fabiola Laska: 7.40
• Chloe Lee: 7.60 • Lesly Cely: 6.0
• Nicole Giannetta: 7.50 UNEVEN BARS
• Juliette LeBlanc: 6.70 • Chloe Lee: 8.60 KATIE FILIBERTI INVITATIONAL
• Kaylie Ann Hammond: 6.70 • Lia Graap: 8.45
• Rachel Romero: 6.60 • Jamison Castrataro: 8.30 Saturday, Dec. 21 (FDR High School,
• Alessia Gristina: 6.05 • Kaylie Ann Hammond: 7.20
• Alessia Gristina: 7.10 Hyde Park)
• Nicole Giannetta: 6.80
• Juliette LeBlanc: 6.50 Mahopac (149.025 points) nished in
• Lesly Cely: 5.50
fourth place at the Katie Filiberti Invi-
FLOOR EXERCISE tational at FDR High School in Hyde
• Jamison Castrataro: 9.35
Lia Graap • Lia Graap: 9.30 Park. SEE GYMNASTICS PAGE 17
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GYMNASTICS Lesly Cely
FROM PAGE 16
Juliette LeBlanc PHOTOS: TABITHA PEARSON MARSHALL
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Tyler Roa ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT –TYLER ROA
FILE PHOTO/ Mahopac senior reaches
DEENA BELL milestone on the mat
BY BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER My favorite thing is how much What is something about be-
you learn to appreciate food and ing a wrestler that people might
water. ere have been many times not know?
Tyler Roa, a senior captain on where I’ve had to drop 4-5 pounds It is as mentally demanding as
the Mahopac wrestling team, re- in a day to make weight. it is physically. Nothing will make
cently earned his 100th varsity What are your individual and you more exhausted than wrestling
win. team goals for the season? for 6 minutes straight.
You just won your 100th career e team goal this year is to Who has been your biggest
match at Mahopac. What does place high at the sectional tourna- role model over the years and
that milestone mean to you? ment. Individually, I would like to what have you learned from
Winning my 100th career win sectionals and place at states. them?
match was a huge accomplishment How old were you when you My biggest role model over the
for me. I remember my freshman started wrestling and what got years has to be my dad. He has
year I watched Mike Muldoon you started? taught me that nothing in life is
win his 100th career match at the I started wrestling in second handed to you and that the hardest
same exact tournament I did, and grade when I got a yer from the working people are the ones that
from that moment on I knew I youth wrestling team at Austin succeed the most.
wanted to reach that goal. Road Elementary. My dad would Do you know what you want
What is your favorite thing tell me stories about how he wres- to study in college? If yes, what
about being on the Mahopac tled when he was younger, so I are you planning on studying
wrestling team? wanted to give it a try. and why?
In college I want to study sports
management because my whole
life I’ve played sports and I would
love to do something to stay in-
volved with them.
What is your favorite music
to listen to warming up for a
I always listen to Roddy Ricch
or Lil Tjay.
If you could have one super-
power, what would it be and why?
e ability of super strength,
like the Hulk.
What is something about
yourself people would be sur-
prised to learn?
I am the youngest child of ve
with four older sisters.
What is your favorite place to
visit on vacation and why?
Clearwater Beach in Florida. I
love the warm weather and to go
What is your favorite place to
Add Value eat locally?
It has to be either Bliss or Mike
to Your Home What’s the go-to app on your
phone and why?
TikTok.I could sit on my phone
watching videos for hours.
When we’re done, there is nothing left to do. Forayoungathletegrow-
ing up in the Mahopac school
district, what would you tell
them about the experience of
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The 14U Mahopac Indians
Mahopac wins 14U
On Nov. 2, the 14U Mahopac Indians won the Greater Hudson Valley Baseball League
championship by defeating the Harlem Hell ghters, 2-1, on Randall’s Island (Manhattan).
e team, lead by coaches Dan Brandstetter, Jim Castrataro and Reid Nystrom, plays in the Fall
14B league. It’s their second consecutive championship.
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Robert Dusovic, Casey Feierstein, Ethan Giorgianni, Nevan Nystrom, Chris Russo and Chris
The players celebrate after defeating Harlem, 2-1.
The Mahopac Indians won their second consecutive championship.
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the rTehveocwailbllvest.rust Dkindoywo?u
Generally speaking, everyone GUEST to liability. It is important to know
dreads writing their last will and CORNER that authorizations granted by a
testament or talking about an es- power of attorney expire at death.
tate plan. ANDRES D. In a county where the surrogate’s
GIL, ESQ. court meets once a month, it could
Putting your a airs in order take months between the time of
and ensuring your legacy lives death and the executor’s receipt of
on with your loved ones may be
easier than you think. the letters testamentary. During
Some employer and union this time period, all assets in the
bene ts packages o er free legal services to draft estate must remain frozen.
wills, healthcare proxies, powers of attorney, etc. If drafted correctly, a revocable trust can and
e most familiar case I can think of is the soldier will avoid the need for probate and alleviate your
sitting down with a lawyer to update his/her will heirs from the burden of waiting months for the
the day before ying overseas to a war zone. ose distribution of assets. Historians believe New Year’s resolutions can be traced
services may be appropriate for young people e revocable trust is a legal mechanism that back thousands of years to the ancient Babylonians,who lived
starting o in life with no major assets or unique will allow you to avoid probate, thus ensuring your in a region of Mesopotamia now known as Iraq. At the dawn
familiar issues or concerns. In essence, free services heirs the maximum value of assets. In essence, of a new year, the Babylonians would promise their gods that
are great for some, but fail to tailor to, and meet, the revocable trust (also called a living or lifetime they would return objects they borrowed and pay any debts
the individual needs of all families. trust) is a contract between the creator and trustee they did not repay in the previous year. Babylonians believed
Your will is a legal document that provides spe- in which the trustee agrees to administer the trust keeping these promises would bring them the gods’ favor
ci c instructions for the distribution of your assets in accordance with the creator’s instructions. Le- in the year ahead. Romans later adopted a similar practice,
at the time of death. A will appoints an executor gally, the beauty of such a trust is that the creator promising Janus, their god of beginnings and endings, that
responsible for the distribution of assets and must and trustee can be the same person throughout they would conduct themselves well in the coming year.
be witnessed by two people. An estate that uses a one’s lifetime. A successor trustee will take over Depictions of Janus typically include two faces, which are
will as the primary mechanism to distribute assets at the time of incapacitation and/or death and meant to symbolize his link to both the past (looking back)
at death must go through the probate process. have the legal means and authority to distribute and the future (looking ahead). Early Christians also had
What does this mean? e probate process is a the estate’s assets found in the trust without going a tradition similar to New Year’s resolutions, as they would
court process that reviews the will, publishes the through probate. spend the rst day of the new year re ecting on mistakes
document to those who have standing to chal- Again, every situation is di erent. erefore, it they made in the past and resolving to improve themselves
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