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The Katonah-Lewisboro Times 01.21.21

VOL. 3 NO. 26 Visit for the latest news. THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 2021

Car Scavenger Hunt comes to Bedford District braces
for continuing
Event raises money for charity COVID-19 spike

e following is from e Community velopment Manager who joined

Center of Northern Westchester: the Community Center in

the spring of 2017 com-

e weather outside mented: “I love this idea

may be frightful, but car and think it is such a BY TOM BARTLEY and parties. But KLSD fared better

scavenger hunts are de- great thing for fami- CONTRIBUTING WRITER than other nearby school systems.

lightful. lies to do during the As of Jan. 13—a day before the

Local party plan- pandemic!” While Katonah-Lewisboro apparent spike Selesnick brought

ning company, Rock Lampen says: schools appear to have dodged to the board’s attention—the

Paper Scissors Custom “We wanted to cre- the coronavirus better than many district’s positive cases totaled 68, a

Events successfully ate something di er- neighboringdistrictsoverthefraught 36 percent rise over the 50 cases it

turned their business ent for families to do Christmas break, Superintendent showed Dec. 11.

into a virtual trivia party during winter, which Andrew Selesnick warned last week Somers CSD took a heavier hit.

o ering last year when is COVID safe and also against any premature letdown in With a similar school population,

COVID hit. Founded by supports a local cause. We personal vigilance. it had been reporting positive

Kristen Mitrakis and Rachel have been approached by in- “We have to be careful not to be KLSD-like test results before the

Lampen, they will continue to do on- dividuals to create these for other lulled into a false sense of security,” holiday break. For instance, on

line events and smaller ‘in person’ parties but towns. In the summer we will make them he told the Jan. 14 meeting of the Dec. 11, the same day KLSD said

were looking to add something fresh and family- a combination of driving and walking so equally KLSD school board. “ e virus is it had had 50 positives since schools

focused to add to their repertoire. at’s when enjoyable.” very much still with us.” opened, Somers’ cases totaled 51.

they came up with the novel idea of creating car- Mitrakis continues “We sold more than 80 Without citing speci c numbers, But they ballooned over the break

based scavenger hunts. New Canaan car scavenger hunts by word of Selesnick said the district had been by 133 percent, to 119 positives.

e rst to launch was a 45-minute drive mouth with both residents and visitors loving it. hit that ursday, the day of the Other districts showed even bigger

around New Canaan, Conn., solving clues and e positive feedback is so encouraging, we have meeting,with further COVID cases. percentage increases, though the

unscrambling letters. e bene ciary is Meals on been told it is terri c fun for the entire family Contact tracing was still underway North Salem and Bedford districts

Wheels of New Canaan. In just over one month, from little kids to late teens. We are currently as the superintendent addressed the each kept their rise to 55 percent.

the community has raised $500 for the charity. identifying other towns and local causes. It’s a board that evening. In KLSD, o cials have been

e route will be drivable until end of April 2021. unique way to discover towns and do some good. “We suspect that we really haven’t monitoring the post-holiday

Rock Paper Scissors Custom Events this week “ seen yet the worst of the peak COVID rise, looking to identify

are launching two new locations: Ridge eld, A portion of proceeds for each hunt will go to following the winter break,” he said. its peak. “Perhaps today we did

Conn., (raising funds for Social Services) and the named non-pro t.To nd out more and pur- O cials everywhere have been begin to see it,”Selesnick said of the

Bedford (raising funds for Community Center chase a Car Scavenger Hunt map and clue sheet bracing for the feared toll of heavy SEE DISTRICT PAGE 5
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‘That really happened?!’

Yorktown man’s book documents infamous ‘Chicago 7’ trial

BY BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER reporter and I called her on the Some information tam, hit stores just 10 days af- before being returned to the
CONTRIBUTING EDITOR phone. She was willing to sell it from the trial was being re- ter the trial ended. It was well- courtroom.
to us,” Levine said. “She sent us ported by prominent newspapers received, both commercially and
In the mid-2000s, screenwriter the rst 15,000 pages and we such as e New York Times. critically. Of all the positive re- “ at was verbatim from the
Aaron Sorkin met with Steven paid the court reporter $900.” But Levine, who had just gradu- views the book received, Levine transcript,” Levine said.
Spielberg, who revealed that he ated from law school when he remembers the one printed in
wanted to make a movie about e court reporter shipped started the project, knew there the National Review, a conser- For the 50th anniversary edi-
the Chicago Seven. Sorkin, eager the pages to New York on an was more to the story. vative magazine. tion, Levine and his fellow edi-
to work with the famed director, airplane departing from Chi- tors updated the introductory
agreed to write the screenplay, cago. Once they had the pages, “It was incredibly exciting “ at’s the review we’re actu- paragraph and added biographies
despite knowing little about the Levine and his friends as- working on this because we were ally most proud of, because we of the defendants, lawyers and
Chicago Seven or who they were. sembled about 20 people in bringing it to a bigger audience,” tried to do it fairly,” he said. judge. Sorkin also wrote the fore-
the living room of his New Levine said. “We were bringing word.
As Sorkin recalled, “Various York City apartment, work- it out, letting people know about e book eventually went out
circumstances conspired to keep ing 24/7 for weeks on end. the outrage that was going on of print, but Levine remembers “We sent him an email asking
delaying the project.” But in late there. Back then, we didn’t have his excitement when he learned him if we would write the intro-
2018, the project was revived— “We had people sitting in the 24-hour cable news.” that Sorkin was directing a lm duction to the book,”Levine said.
this time with Sorkin at the helm. bathtub reading transcripts,” about the trial. “We didn’t think he would an-
Levine said. “We told them we e book, published by Ban- swer. Sorkin replied immediately,
His critically acclaimed lm, were looking to pick out the “It’s a moment in history that ‘I’d love to.’”
“ e Trial of the Chicago 7,” was phrases basically to illustrate a lot of people
released in October on Net ix, what was happening in Chicago. alive today don’t e re-release of the book re-
renewing interest in the decades- We told them we wanted the know about or ceived several bids, but they went
old case in which the federal gov- substance and the outrage—any- didn’t know about with Simon & Schuster.
ernment charged seven men with thing that was valid. We picked
conspiracy, crossing state lines with out those confrontations, if you before the movie Levine said the transcript of
intent to incite a riot and other will, that basically showed a clash came out,” he said. the trial was made for Holly-
charges related to anti-Vietnam of culture between the establish- wood.
War and countercultural protests ment…and the people who are Levine, McNa-
in Chicago during the 1968 Dem- trying to stop the war.” mee and Greenberg “People read the book and say,
ocratic National Convention. avoided editorializing ‘ at really happened?!’ It’s like
e trial was still ongoing in their book, but Sor- popcorn. You read these seg-
e snappy two-hour lm, when Levine and company re- kin took liberties with ments, they’re outrageous and
which embellishes some mo- ceived the rst 15,000 pages. the transcript, punch- hysterical all at the same time.”
ments and fabricates others, is ing up the dialogue and
based on actual dialogue from the completely fabricating Levine sees parallels between
trial. e court reporter’s tran- some scenes. Nonethe- the unrest of 1968 and the po-
scriptions total 22,302 pages. A less, Levine said, “He litical divisions of today, saying
half-century ago, Yorktown resi- caught the substance of it. lessons can be learned from both
dent Mark Levine and his friends He caught the substance the book and the lm.
read every single one of them, of the time. He caught the
editing them down to a 384-page substance of the confronta- “I put up a lawn sign saying,
book. “ e Trial of the Chicago tion between Judge [ Julius] ‘ ank You Yorktown Police,’ and
7: e O cial Transcript,” origi- Ho man and the defen- right next to it is a ‘Black Lives
nally published in 1970, was re- dants.” Matter’ sign,” Levine said. “What
released on its 50th anniversary But one of the most gets the most attention are the ex-
to coincide with the release of “chilling” lines from the lm, tremists on the right and the ex-
Sorkin’s lm. Levine said, was not embellished. tremists on the left. But there are a
Bobby Seale, co-founder of the lot of us in the middle who believe
In 1969, acquiring a courtroom Blank Panther Party, was initially in doing things the right way.”
transcript was not as simple as charged as part of the Chicago
sending an email. Eight before his case was severed Levine, a 28-year resident of
from the other defendants’. Dur- Yorktown, is a lawyer, writer and
“ is is in the days before Fe- ing the trial, following a heated teacher who practiced corporate
dEx, before even fax machines,” exchange between Seale and banking and publishing law in
Levine said. Ho man, the judge turned to a New York City for over 40 years.
marshal and said, “Take that de-
So, Levine and his fellow edi- fendant into the room there and He was asked by Simon &
tors—George C. McNamee and deal with him as he should be Schuster to narrate the preface
Daniel Greenberg—reached out dealt with in this circumstance.” for the 10-hour unabridged au-
the old-fashioned way. Seale was bound and gagged diobook version that is voiced by
J.K. Simmons, Je Daniels, Chris
“I got the name of the court Jackson and 18 other actors. Be-
cause of COVID-19 precautions,
he recorded it at a small Katonah
studio in mid-September.

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Lewisboro looks to update Support Connection
its Master Plan plans 25th anniversary


BY TOM BARTLEY that might be required to address changing needs. On Sunday, January 24, from 2-3 p.m. Support Con-
CONTRIBUTING WRITER In the interview, Parsons mentioned appropriate sit- nection will hold “Beat the Winter Blues,” a virtual event
via ZOOM. ere will be live music by the Barr Band,
After 35 years, Lewisboro wants to update the docu- ing for multifamily housing as an example. “Right next with Lori and Mike Barr playing favorites from the 60’s,
ment meant to guide land-use decisions for everything to the railroad station in Goldens Bridge is an ideal place 70’s and 80’s. e highlight of the event will be a special
from gas stations and grocery stores to multifamily hous- to have some apartments,” he noted, but current zoning unveiling of Support Connection’s 25th Anniversary logo.
ing and multiacre private homes. does not permit it.
In 2021, Support Connection marks 25 years of pro-
e Town Board will rely on a handful of residents, “Back in the time when the master plan was done, the viding help and hope to people dealing with breast and
Supervisor Peter Parsons said, to lead the development idea of apartments was abhorrent,” he said. He described ovarian cancer. is fun event is being held to kick o
and economic discussions at the heart of any new com- the critics refrain then as, “We need people who can af- a year-long celebration. Registration is free, with a sug-
prehensive plan. “We’re looking for a select committee, ford two- and four-acre [homes].” gested donation of $15. Space is limited so register early
I think of about ve people,” he told the board’s Jan. 11 at this link: Or
meeting,“to be the chief steering group—not to write the Parsons acknowledged he was uncertain that time had contact Melissa: [email protected],
whole darn thing but to act as the helm, to represent the softened such resistance. “I don’t know whether people 914-962-6402.
whole of Lewisboro and not just individual parts.” even will accept it in a comprehensive plan nowadays,” he
said, whether “we should possibly introduce mixed-use Support Connection opened their doors on September
Councilman Daniel X. Welsh raised the subject at on state roads, like [Route] 35, and that we should allow 10,1996.In the years since then,thousands of people cop-
Monday’s quiet organizational meeting, conducted via for more apartments in Goldens Bridge.” ing with breast and ovarian cancer have been helped by
Zoom. In a memo to the board, Welsh said the steering Support Connection’s free support services and programs.
committee would report to the Town Board and include But debate over the new comprehensive plan is meant
a member of the Planning Board. to resolve issues like that and more before the document’s Support Connection’s founding Executive Director
adoption. Katherine Quinn says “We are excited and proud to be
e committee’s members would serve for however able to celebrate this important milestone. We have been
long it takes to pull the current comprehensive plan into Welsh’s memo to the board said details of the steering able to ful ll our vital mission for the past 25 years be-
the 21st century. Adopted in 1985, the development committee’s mission statement could still be re ned but cause of the community-wide support we have been for-
document—commonly called simply the “master plan”— would likely ask the panel to: tunate to receive. We are so grateful, and we are happy to
was reviewed in the ’90s but went unchanged. Updating invite community members to join us for the rst of many
it now is expected to take 18 to 24 months, Welsh said. • Organize and execute community meetings with events we are planning for this momentous year.”
various Lewisboro boards, committees and departments,
In an interview last week, Parsons said he expected community groups and sectors to solicit plan input; e 25th Anniversary logo that will be unveiled was
to submit the names of prospective steering-committee designed especially for Support Connection by Kelly
members to the board at its next meeting. • Propose and coordinate subcommittees, which may Duke McKinley, Partner & Creative Director of pak
be formed with approval of the Town Board and include creative, an award-winning brand, marketing, and com-
Once adopted, a comprehensive plan becomes the additional community members, to focus on particular munication team.Kelly previously created other logos and
town’s blueprint for a range of policy matters, including aspects of the plan; graphics for Support Connection,beautifully representing
zoning decisions and future economic development. It the organization’s spirit, mission and impact.
averts the need for ad hoc changes in zoning, let’s say, • Develop a request for proposals for a planning con-
sultant, which would be issued by the town;

• Coordinate the work of the planning consultant; and,
• Report progress regularly to the Town Board

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Democratic primary expected for DISTRICT
Bedford supervisor
BY TOM BARTLEY dents, were Stephanie McCaine, who as chair of the Bedford Democratic
ursday spike. “It’s going to have some impact on schools
CONTRIBUTING WRITER had been appointed Jan. 5 to ll Carr’s Committee,” he said. “We have been tomorrow [Friday, Jan. 15].”

vacant board seat for the rest of this able to put together strong slates of e coronavirus outbreak closed classrooms last March,
forcing students into an impromptu experiment in remote
Bedford’s interim supervisor and year, and Anthony J. Mamo Jr., a law- candidates that have resonated across learning from home. ey did not return to school buildings
until this past September, and then only on a part-time basis,
her deputy will square o in a Demo- yer with a practice in Sleepy Hollow. the town, and I look forward to con- blending two days in classrooms with three days at home.

cratic primary battle this year for nom- It also endorsed the re-election of tinuing the great work of the com- Parents have had a choice of enrolling children in that hybrid
model or following a fully remote learning schedule.
ination as the party’s candidate for su- longtime Town Clerk Lisbeth “Boo” mittee in identifying and supporting
“We recently conducted another survey,”Selesnick said,“to ask
pervisor in the November election. Fumagalli, a Republican. candidates that support and advocate folks about the next stretch of learning—February and March—
to let us know whether they were interested in a change, from
e 36-member Bedford Demo- Jodi Kimmel of Bedford Hills, who for Democratic values.We aim to rep- either the hybrid to the remote model or vice-versa.”

cratic Committee endorsed neither maintains a family law practice with resent the many voices of Democrats Out of some 160 requests for change, he said, “about 40 or
so want to come back into school for the hybrid model, so that
Supervisor MaryAnn Carr nor her her husband, Brett, in Manhattan, got in our town.” means almost 120 want to go fully remote. at gives you a sense
of where at least some peoples’thinking is.”
deputy, Councilwoman Ellen Calves, the committee’s nod to run for a town Last year,for the rst time,Bedford’s
Selesnick said district o cials will “be working in coming days
when it met in a closed-door session justice position. At the same meeting, ve-member Town Board counted to accommodate those requests, and as soon as we’re able to.”

last ursday, Jan. 14, to name its slate Democrats named Brett Kimmel the four women among its members, He urged students, sta and anyone listening to “please,
please, please, remember to continue being vigilant, wearing
of fall candidates. town committee’s secretary. alongside Supervisor Chris Burdick, masks, washing hands, staying distant.”

Mark Dembo of Katonah, who In a change of party leadership at as it went all-Democratic. “It’s been a very long haul to get here,” the superintendent
concluded,“and we know it just takes tremendous determination.
assumed the party’s chairmanship at the top, Carr relinquished the chair- Carr, who was rst elected in 2016 But if we all hang in there and we do what we need to do, with
the vaccine now on the way, things will get better.”
the meeting, later addressed the com- manship after a half-dozen years at to ll aTown Board vacancy,won a full

mittee’s decision in a prepared state- the helm, a period that coincides with four-year term in 2017 and last year

ment. “As both candidates are active Democrats’ progressively greater gains was named deputy supervisor. At the

members of the Democratic Com- in town governance. “I have had the Jan. 5 board meeting, Calves success-

mittee and elected o cials,” he said, awesome privilege of serving as chair fully nominated Carr to ll Burdick’s

“the committee felt it appropriate for of the Bedford Democratic Commit- seat this year. Carr, in turn, passed her

the broader community to weigh in tee for more than six years,” she said, deputy’s mantle to Calves, who was

through the primary process to make “and look forward to remaining a dis- elected to her council post in 2019.

a nal decision on the candidate to run trict leader, supporting the com-

on the ballot in November.” mittee and great candidates that

New York’s primary election is share our values,”Carr said.

scheduled for June, though there has Dembo, who was elected

been speculation that the pandemic ursday to succeed Carr, is a

could force a change in the voting date. regional director of corporate

e committee did endorse candi- programs for Cornell Univer-

dates for two Town Board openings. sity’s External Education. “I am

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Lewisboro Library Reverts Rock & Roll Revolution.” Dive into the preceded by a short business meeting.
to Curbside Service Only life and times of Bill Graham, the leg- Please register for the Zoom link on
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Due to the rising numbers of Covid-19 gest names in rock & roll—including the
cases already in Westchester, as well as the Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, Santana, and NEW “LIBRARY AUTHOR
anticipated increase due to holiday gather- the Rolling Stones. TALKS” SERIES
ings, the Lewisboro Library has reverted to
Curbside Service only. e majority of li- is interactive virtual presentation by e Westchester Library Sys-
braries in the Westchester Library System the New York Historical Society tells the tem, in conjunction with the
are taking this step to protect both the sta thrilling story of how a child refugee from Westchester Library Association
and the community. ere will be no more Nazi Germany became one of the most in- and Book YaYa, is launching a
computer and browsing appointments in- new virtual book talk series called
side the Library until further notice. is uential concert promoters of all time. Ex- “Library Author Talks.” e se-
safety protocol will be reevaluated in Janu- plore psychedelic posters, oral history au- ries will feature award-winning,
ary. Please review the Curbside Service in- dio clips, and rare backstage photographs bestselling authors in discus-
structions on the Library website. with a New York Historical docent. sion about their new books. e
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e rst event in this series takes
Children’s Librarian Miss Marie is MARTHA HANDLER TO HEADLINE place ursday, January 28 at 7 pm
continuing virtual “Boredom Buster” craft ANNUAL MEETING and features Pamela Paul, a best-
programs via Facebook Live on Friday af- selling author and editor of the
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celebrates National Hat Day by instructing Meeting” will be held via Zoom on Sunday, She will discuss her new children’s
children how to make paper hats or prin- January 31, beginning at 4 pm. e special book Rectangle Time, as well as her
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Houseplants Overcoming the
fear of math
READING, Just looking up from your sunny condo in Cross River,
WRITING & computer to gaze at the I was ecstatic to have a bay STRONG problem may not be a math issue,
CHOCOLATE natural greenery can reduce window in the kitchen with LEARNING but a reading-comprehension is-
stress and improve focus. southern exposure. I did my sue or a decoding problem.
KIM plant research and bought sev- DR. LINDA
KOVACH Even more studies have eral owering African violets, SILBERT • e child may have di culty
shown that patients heal an aloe plant and a large jade remembering number facts. If so,
One of the silver linings faster when plants are added plant. Dear Dr. Linda, the problem may be an issue with
of living this past year to their rooms. e greenery Our daughter is in fourth grade remembering unrelated elements
in lockdown is the is calming and makes the I purchased a couple of in sequential order.
renewed popularity in house- room feel less sterile and more pothos plants for the rooms and is still having trouble with
plants. Sure, lots of people ran like a sanctuary. Houseplants with indirect sunlight to bring the times tables. She’s always had • e child may have di culty
out and adopted dogs and cats in patient rooms after surgery more nature into each room. trouble with math. She can talk understanding number concepts.
to keep them company dur- were credited with lowering Over the next twenty years, my to you about history and science, If so, the child may need more
ing the early days of 2020. But blood pressure and reducing aloe, jade and pothos plants is an amazing artist and soccer time or be taught using another
many of us discovered that anxiety. Patients often required happily co-existed, moving player, but becomes extremely method.
adding a bit of greenery helped less pain medication. with me to South Salem. nervous when she has to do math.
to bring new life into the In one of my rst jobs after What can we do at home to help • e child may race through
con nes of home. graduating from college, I Recently, I asked a few her? Could she have dyscalculia? things and make careless mis-
worked as an editorial assistant friends about their house- takes. If so, the child may need to
ere are many bene ts at a human rights organization. plants. John has an amazing Sharon and AJ put the pencil down before start-
of bringing houseplants into Browsing on my lunch break, plant story. John said that he Dear Sharon and AJ, ing each problem. is simple act
your life. Just seeing green I saw a selection of cute little bought his rst houseplant in may help slow the child and her
leaves and colorful owers can potted jade plants. I selected 1968, a year after moving to ere are so many children and thoughts down—you may nd
brighten your mood and lower two jade plants for my desk Westchester to work at IBM. adults who are extremely bright, that when she approaches a math
stress. As a decorative accent, at work. e little jade plants He still has that rst corn but when it comes to math, they problem she actually knows the
plants can add life and color to made me smile when I looked plant to this very day in his seem to panic when they hear the rules but just can’t switch gears
any small space. at them. I even named them. home in Lewisboro – more word. e rst thing you have to that fast.
Since my desk was not near than 52 years! do is to learn why math is so dif-
e experience of nurturing a window, I moved my jade • e child may make careless
a living entity that does not plants to the windowsill in my John said that in its prime, cult for her. mistakes because of a problem
talk back or need to be walked boss’s o ce on Friday eve- the corn plant grew to be ten Here are a number of reasons with focus. If so, create strategies
outside can bring feelings of nings. e plants could soak feet tall. “I used to decorate a child may have di culty with to help, such as circling the sign
joy. Companionship is another up some natural light over the it with ornaments for the math: before doing the math problem or
big plus for keeping house- weekends. is plan worked holidays,” he said with a laugh. • e child may have di culty subvocalizing (talking to oneself
plants in one or two rooms. very well until the radiators “Now it’s down to sixteen keeping the numbers in columns. or “mouthing”) while doing the
While watering and tending to kicked on over a long holiday leaves. It’s on the way out and If so, the problem may be a writ- math problem. “Ten plus two
their leafy green friends, many weekend. When I arrived at makes me sad.” ing problem, like dysgraphia. is…”
people actually talk or sing to work on Tuesday morning, Have them use lined paper turned
their plants. my poor jade plants had been Popular houseplants to sideways (or graph paper) to help • e child may make mistakes
mummi ed by the steam heat bring home this winter include keep numbers in line. because of high anxiety. If so, be
According to the internet, hissing up from the radiator spider plants, snake plants, • e child may have di culty sure no one—whether a parent,
studies have shown that o ce/ below the windowsill! jade, pothos, and Swiss Cheese with word problems. If so, the grandparent, sibling, teacher, or
work space productivity actu- Years later, when I moved plant (Monstera deliciosa). another student—is putting pres-
ally increases when plants are out of my dark fourth- oor sure on the child.
added to a desk or windowsill. Manhattan apartment to a Kim Kovach teaches ction
writing and writing personal SEE DR. LINDA PAGE 12
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the universe, Jupiter and Saturn, o ering played very well. Cranberry-Lime Gose 4.9% and the brewer’s as well, eloni-
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Washington DC and elsewhere and limited number of well- a fruit and spice nose, we found Goses appear similar to the list
around our country, I see that as spaced tables. Great background that the honey introduces the of seasonings for a dinner entrée, ey plan to distro kegs as well
a strong sign that if the larg- tunes and the faux replace taste but then the taste nishes when the salt component is as cans in the next few months
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whole lot better than we have Josh, who clearly spelled out this Hazy IPA to be lighter tast- description matching our experi- 3 folks came into Soul while we
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DR. LINDA Returning to your initial more bene cial. Or, here’s a math decoding (792). Add the turned around
question, what you can do Find the cause and you’ll riddle… number to the number you got
FROM PAGE 8 at home to help all depends when you subtracted (1,089).
on what is causing the math be more likely to solve the • Write down any number Each of the numerals stands
• e child may, as you issue. In the meantime, if your problem. that has three numerals, such for one of the letters in this
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neurologically-based math in math and you’re not able Have some fun with math. the last numeral must have a 3=T, 4=Z, 5=A, 6=R, 7=S, 8=L,
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on our lives has truly been Jay community. We need you sat by and watched others play and players o the eld, social in since the third grade. Re-
felt. to provide us with a chance to the game that we love. In the distancing and more. An add- member the last time that you
play. We want to play! fall, a few fortunate athletic ed bene t is that football is participated in a game you
e pandemic has drasti- teams at John Jay competed an outdoor sport. We can play loved. Imagine how you would
cally changed our educational Football in New York is in successful seasons. We, as safely. We need the support of have felt if your last chance to
experiences and interscho- classi ed as a “high-risk” sport football players, cheered them the John Jay community. We play and compete was taken
lastic sports. While one of and as such, a proposed spring on and continued to hope. We need you to provide us with away from you. Please reach
my future goals is to study season is still very much in hoped we, too, would have a a chance to play. We want to out to Assemblyman Burdick
sports communication and question. In response, the chance to compete. A study play! and Senator Harckham today!
I truly enjoy producing con- hashtag #TimeToAdvocate is at the University of Wiscon-
tent for e Katonah Lewis- trending throughout the state. sin-Madison suggests that So, how can you provide us As Vince Lombardi once
boro Times, my passion ex- Section 1 and NYSPHSAA the state’s high-school sports with an equal opportunity to said, “People who work to-
ists on the eld, PLAYING football coaches, including have not caused an increase in play and compete? gether will win, whether it
SPORTS with my friends John Jay’s Jimmy Clark and COVID-19 infections among be against complex football
and teammates, and loving Doug Carpenter, a John Jay athletes. According to the Join the John Jay move- defenses, or the problems of
every second of it. alum, football player and cur- NCAA, in a recently released ment that is taking place this modern society.” We need the
rent Byram Hills coach, have NCAA Student-Athlete CO- week, become an advocate. support of the John Jay com-
I have participated in formed advocacy groups that VID-19 Well-Being Study a Please reach out to our New munity. We need you to pro-
sports my entire life. I love include administrators, play- majority of participants re- York State Assemblyman vide us with a chance to play.
to compete, and I live for the ers, and parents who will Chris Burdick (BurdickC@ We want to play! and our


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