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Yorktown News 03.25.21

Vol. 10 No. 1 Visit TapIntoYorktown.net for the latest news. Thursday, March 25, 2021

Yorktown for Justice hosts community drive for women

BY NICK TRUJILLO e women’s drive took place lence statistics. e art was cre-
STAFF WRITER in the gazebo at Jack DeVito ated by members of local Girl
Veterans Memorial Field on Scout Troops 1326, 1474, 1480
Yorktown for Justice hosted Sunday, March 21. Yorktown for and 2095.
its rst community drive for Justice turned the gazebo into an
women, collecting donations to educational art gallery featuring Yorktown for Justice co-
distribute to two Westchester- a quilt honoring Black History founder Marisa Ragonese said
based domestic violence shel- Month and in uential Black that the group wanted to cel-
ters: My Sisters’ Place in White women, biographical posters ebrate Women’s History Month
Plains and the Putnam/North- of iconic women throughout in some way, and they came up
ern Westchester Women’s Re- history, and cutouts displaying with the women’s drive to edu-
source Center in Mahopac. sexual assault and domestic vio- cate the community and give
back to women in need.
PHOTOS: NICK TRUJILLO
“ e community wants to do-
nate, the community wants to Members of Yorktown for Justice pose with local politicians at its first
make art and educate and learn,” women’s drive.
she said.
The quilt honoring Black History Month, featuring art from local Girl My Sister’s Place and the one who connected with the two
Scouts and stitched together by Mary Lou Santoro People cycled through the PNWWRC were selected to organizations to o er the dona-
gazebo for the duration of the be the recipients of their dona- tions the drive brought in. She
two-and-a-half-hour event, tions because the members of said that the two organizations
leaving their donations at the Yorktown for Justice wanted to were selected “just to remind
main table and taking in the art raise awareness and support two people that these resources are
installations that covered the pe- women’s resource organizations here and if you’re in this situa-
rimeter. By the end of the event, that reach a broad area and the tion you can go to these places
the table was stocked with bags local community. My Sister’s and be supported.”
Place services women all over
lled with toiletries, women’s Westchester while the PNW- Raising awareness for the two
hygiene products and childcare WRC supports women more lo- organizations was a primary fo-
products. Yorktown for Justice cal to the Yorktown area. cus of the drive. e two shelters’
also received several gift cards contact information was written
and monetary donations to give Stefanie Iennaco, organizer
to the shelters. for Yorktown for Justice, was the SEE YFJ PAGE 4

“We’re getting together be-
cause we care, and guess what?
People from the community are

nding us,” said Jennie Sun-
shine, leader of Girl Scout Troop
1326. “ ere are a lot of people
that are hungry to have some-
thing like this.”

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The Staff Question of the Week with Supervisor Slater

EDITORIAL TEAM What is happening with the playground safety audits?
BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER
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SPORTS EDITOR: 914-302-5628 If you have a question, email yor- ed in playground safety inspec- safety violations and have reopened and Yorkhill playgrounds are ex-
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PAUL FORHAN playgrounds were inspected: Fox ndings are the most dangerous. to the age of the equipment and
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Thursday, March 25, 2021 Yorktown News – Page 3

Korean War vet receives Purple Heart after 50 years

e Robertsons also celebrated their 70th anniversary

BY NICK TRUJILLO can I prove it?” Bill said. “It was Bill and Helen Robertson in e Robertsons also enjoyed PHOTOS: NICK TRUJILLO
STAFF WRITER such a farce.” their home the events and group trips Jef-
ferson Village o ered its resi- A handmade poster hanging
Bill and Helen Robertson After a pro le story was done town. He praised Town Super- dents. Previously, there were in the Robertson household,
have had a lot to be happy about by News 12’s Tara Rosenblum visor Matt Slater for fostering a daily events in the community showcasing photos from Bill’s
so far in 2021. e couple cel- on Veterans Day, two people town environment that supports and trips were planned to go see service time
ebrated their 70th anniversary reached out to Bill to o er him its people. “He’s been very help- Broadway shows. “We’re hop-
on Wednesday, Feb. 17, and Bill, Purple Hearts in their posses- ful with the community here,” ing that it’ll open up sooner or
a veteran of the Korean War, sion. e federal government, Robertson said. Following the later,” Helen said. She said she is
received a Purple Heart after a however, has yet to award him completion of Robertson’s Pur- looking forward to the return of
half-century of lobbying his case with a Purple Heart. ple Heart saga, Slater created a dances hosted by Je erson Vil-
to various government o cials. Veterans Advisory Committee lage and the reopening of the
e rst donated award came to support the needs of local community pool.
ey also received their second from a woman from Ardsley who veterans.
dose of the COVID-19 vaccine had bought the Purple Heart at
in February. an antique store as a child and Before the COVID-19 pan-
donated the medal to Robert- demic hit, the Robertsons en-
Bill has been a member of son in January. e second came joyed playing card games with
the Yorktown Veterans of For- from a man in South Carolina, their neighbors in the communi-
eign Wars since the Robertsons who contacted Bill and sent him ty clubhouse. Helen said her fa-
moved from Crestwood to Yor- another Purple Heart after he vorite card games to play are Ca-
ktown 13 years ago. e VFW had already received his donated nasta and May I? (also known as
was a big help in getting his one. Bill returned the medal to Continental Rummy). “ ey’re
story out to the public and ul- him and said, “I’m going to send a couple of older ones,” a laugh-
timately helping Bill receive his this back to you; donate it wher- ing Bill said during Helen’s ex-
Purple Heart. ever you got to.” planation of the games. During
the summer days of COVID,
Bill had to wait 50 years to get Bill said he was surprised Helen said one of her friends in
his prestigious medal—awarded when the medal came to him the community started hosting
to military personnel who were but was ultimately relieved that card games out of their garage,
wounded or killed while serv- he nally received one after de- but her children would not allow
ing—because the building in St. cades of attempts. He su ered her to partake.
Louis where his and countless head injuries from shrapnel in
other veteran’s military records Korea but was not medically
were kept burnt down in 1970. discharged, as his service was
Since then, he had been trying needed on the front lines of bat-
on and o to plead his case to tle. “War is hell,” Bill said while
government o cials and sena- reminiscing about his service
tors, who ignored his claims. time. Purple Hearts are awarded
to any veteran wounded or killed
“If it ain’t on the top of their in action.
list, it ends up in the garbage,”
Bill said. He did not expect any- e main source of inspiration
thing to come of his claims after that kept Bill going during his
decades of trying. He grew dis- military service were the hun-
enchanted with his attempts to dreds of letters he received from
prove his service to the govern- his wife, Helen. “Because of her
ment. “If they can’t prove it, how letters and getting married a
couple days before, it kept me on
The Purple Heart donated to Bill edge,” Bill said.
Robertson
Following Bill’s honorable
discharge from Korea in 1952,
the Robertsons moved to Yon-
kers to pursue their careers and
start their family. ey had six
children who are now spread
out in the tri-state area. Helen
worked for 20 years as a sec-
retary in the Edgemont School
District and Bill spent 42 years
as a local trade electrician in
New York City. He worked
on several projects during his
electrical career, including
work inside the World Trade
Center and Madison Square
Garden.

ey have resided in the Jef-
ferson Village community for 13
years now. One of Bill’s favorite
aspects of living in Yorktown has
been the strong sense of com-
munity and government in the

Page 4 – Yorktown News Thursday, March 25, 2021

YFJ

FROM PAGE 1

in chalk on the track in front of

the gazebo and on posters scat-

tered in the gallery. Educating

people on the availability of these

resources, the struggles women

continue to go through, and of-

fering support is one of the core

values of Yorktown for Justice.

“It’s vitally important for

so many di erent reasons,”

Ragonese said. “Oppression and

injustice are not just hypotheti-

cal issues, they are life or death

issues.”

Jenna Jaramillo, organizer

for Yorktown for Justice, said,

“We brought their names up

and highlighted them and now

they’re getting items that they

need.”

Iennaco added that the shelters Posters featuring influential women and cutouts displaying domestic PHOTOS: NICK TRUJILLO
were “beyond thrilled” to be cho- violence and sexual assault statistics were hung up around the
sen as the recipients of the com- gazebo. The donation table at the Yorktown for Justice women’s drive

munity drive’s donations. “ ey

are in great need. With COVID, the basis of who they are and to the next generation of women

things are not coming in as they Santoro. art that became the centerpiece how they act, not on the basis that they can do whatever they

always were, so this was a great e idea for the quilt came of the event. of demographics or some other want to do.

way for us to give back in a few from Yorktown for Justice co- “It’s young people expressing external situation.” “It is good to bring awareness

di erent ways,” she said. founder Rachel Frederick. “She themselves in a visual medium,” Creating the posters and cut- to women obviously and to know

Community involvement was really wanted to have a com- said Westchester County Ex- outs served as a way for the Girl that struggles that they went

another focus of the drive. All munity art project where peo- ecutive George Latimer, who Scout artists to learn about the through in order to get to where

the art was provided by members ple could make an individual attended the event. “What you hardships women continue to we are today,”said Michelle Luce,

of the Girl Scout troops, includ- contribution,” Ragonese said. want to see happen in society, go through and the inspirational leader of Girl Scout Troop 1474.

ing the 81 squares that made up She added that it took just two with each advancing generation female pioneers who overcame “I want my girls to know that, too.

the Black History Month quilt, weeks for Santoro to piece to- is a greater understanding about these di culties to make a at it was a struggle for them to

stitched together by Mary Lou gether the piece of community how we have to treat people on change in the world and prove have what they have now.”

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Passover, the story of faith in challenging times

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FOOTBALL

Lakeland starts out with win against Greeley

Hornets blank Quakers on opening day

BY MIKE SABINI
CONTRIBUTING WRITER

e long wait for opening day

was worth it for Lakeland, as they

defeated visiting Horace Greeley,

20-0, on Saturday, March 20.

“It meant a lot coming out on

opening day with a win,” said

Lakeland’s Mark Cummins, who

caught ve balls for 121 yards.

“It felt good being out there with

the guys, especially since we really

weren’t sure if we would have a

season. We took care of business

and have to get ready for York-

town on Friday.”

Hornet coach and Lakeland

graduate Mike Meadows said

it felt great to get the win in the

opener.

“Winning is always fun,”Mead-

ows said. “But we de nitely need

to improve on some things like

limiting the penalties and playing

with more consistency overall. At

the same time, I felt like we did

well in other areas like communi-

cation and our intensity. Lakeland’s Brendan Brown comes off the field after working hard
“When guys haven’t played against Horace Greeley.

in a game in almost 18 months,

it’s hard to play consistent foot-

ball in the rst game,” Meadows

added. “But I loved the energy

my boys brought to the eld and

they played together as a family.
When we do that, we can be very Lakeland’s Adamo Labriola rushed for 111 yards on 18 carries
competitive, especially with the against Horace Greeley.

leadership we have.”

Adamo Labriola (18 carries, Labriola said. “ ey made all of hern did a great job taking his

111 yards), put Lakeland up 6-0 the necessary adjustments for us linemen down eld and let me

with a 3-yard touchdown run to pound the rock and win the get an open lane right to the

with 8:18 to go in the opening game.” football.”

quarter. Danny Libretti (7 carries, 30 Shortly after, Libretti scored

“On that play I got a great yards) scored on a 3-yard touch- on an 8-yard run, with just 32

kick-out block from our H- down run, putting Lakeland up seconds in the rst half, to go up

Back, Michael Mulhern, and I 13-0, with Austin Bergen con- 20-0.

was guided into the end-zone by verting on the PAT, with 4:09 to “Scoring late in the half is al-

our pulling guard, Kevin Hickey,” go in the opening quarter. ways a plus,” Libretti said. “We

Labriola said. “It felt amazing to “We had a great drive down knew that if our defense could

score the rst touchdown of the the eld and the line executed continue to play the way they did

year, it showed that all of the hard opening up a big hole for me to that my touchdown could ulti-

work our team put in the past 18 run through,” Libretti said. “It mately seal the game. It allowed

months was worth it. We con- felt great just to go out there but our guys to play much more

tinued to prepare even when it felt even better putting points on con dent football. So, I’d say the

seemed like our season wasn’t go- the board.” touchdown was a huge momen-

ing to happen.” Late in the rst half, Lakeland tum swing in our favor.”

Labriola credited all of his suc- prevented Greeley on a fourth A 37-yard pass to the 15 yard- PHOTOS: JACK CATLIN/JACKCATLINPHOTOS.COM
cess rushing the ball to his o en- and ve from the LHS 35, from line from Tyler Santucci (11 for
sive linemen: left tackle Anthony getting a rst down, allowing just 18, 178 yards) to Cummins set Lakeland’s Tyler Santucci went 11-18 for 178 yards against Horace
Fiorentino, left guard Carl Lund, a 2-yard run. up Libretti’s second touchdown. Greeley.

center Ian Whisker, right guard “Our outside backers, Joe “I was able to get behind the gave the guys a lot of momentum Lakeland, which next plays

Hickey, and right tackle Xavier Malaspina and Vin Scialdone, defense and Tyler threw me a and we were able to punch it in at Yorktown at 7 p.m. Friday,

Abreu. did a great job the whole game great ball,” Cummins said. “ e before the half. Couldn’t be more March 26, was also helped by

“I wouldn’t have been able to guarding their guys on passes,” defender made a play on the ball, proud of the guys after today. We Mulhern (3 catches, 35 yards,

get anywhere if it wasn’t for them said Libretti, who made 14 tack- but I was able to adjust and catch have to keep it rolling going into 8 tackles, 1 sack) and Vincent

opening up those holes for me,” les as a linebacker. “Mike Mul- it while heading to the ground. It Yorktown.” Scialdone (6 tackles).

Thursday, March 25, 2021 SPORTS Yorktown News – Page 21

VOLLEYBALL
Yorktown beats rival Somers

Huskers come back to defeat Ardsley

BY MIKE SABINI said. “Aniyah Seales (11 kills, Gia Tropea prepares to pass the ball as “The PHOTOS: BOB CASTNER/CASTNERPHOTOS.NET
CONTRIBUTING WRITER 5 blocks, 1 assist, 1 dig) with Crop” looks on from the stands.
her big blocks and hard hits, Allison Torres goes up high against Somers.
Yorktown improved to 2-0 really brought up our energy
with a 3-1 (25-19, 25-18, and de nitely helped us win
21-25, 25-8) victory at home that second set. We stayed
against rival Somers on Mon- calm and played the game we
day, March 22. all knew we could play.”

Olivia Waschenko (14 kills), e Huskers scored 10 of
Jackie Cane (10 kills), Olivia the nal 13 points in the sec-
Fasce (19 assists), Allie Sil- ond set to win it.
verman (16 assists), and Jackie
Knoesel (10 digs) helped the “It was amazing feeling for
Huskers to the win. our team to nally get some
momentum, play well under
After losing the rst set, pressure, and come out on top
Yorktown rallied to defeat after ghting so hard to come
visiting Ardsley, 3-1 (13-25, back,” said Cane (7 kills, 4
29-27, 25-23, 25-15) in their digs, 1ace).
opener on Saturday, March
20. Yorktown continued its mo-
mentum by winning the third
“I think our team had their set.
rst-game jitters going for
them,” said Yorktown coach “We had just fought so hard
Gigi Kemp. “ is season we to win the second set, so keep-
did not have an opportunity ing the momentum on our
to scrimmage where we can side was crucial in winning
get comfortable playing oppo- the third,” Cane said. “With
nents, in a game that doesn’t serving strings and smart
count for anything. In a scrim- plays, our team was working
mage, we could make mistakes as a unit to stay ahead.”
and iron out the kinks.”
What also made the opener Yorktown won the match in
a challenge was simply go- the fourth set, turning a 7-4
ing against very good, well advantage into a 19-6 one.
coached Ardsley team, ac-
cording to Kemp. “By the fourth set, we were
“We could have bene tted more comfortable and able to
getting that extra insight with home in on our skills,” Kno-
a scrimmage, to handle their esel said. “We were just having
unknown challenges towards a lot of fun out there with our
us,” Kemp said. “Once we got teammates. Both our setters,
the nerves gone, we started to Allie Silverman (15 assists, 7
play well together. e girls digs, 2 aces) and Olivia Fasce
kept their energy high and (18 assists, 7 digs, 3 aces, 1
challenged themselves to play kill, 1 block) did a great job
tougher for the win.” distributing the ball to all of
Jackie Knoesel (19 digs, 2 our hitters, so the other team
kills, 1 assist) said that the didn’t know how to defend
Huskers let their nerves get to against us. Paige Melagrano
them in the opening set. (4 digs, 2 kills, 1 block), Vane-
“It was our rst game play- sa Mulaj (1 dig, 1 block), and
ing together in more than a Jenna Rabadi were all key
year, so it took the rst set to components to our win today,
get us back into our groove,” getting the blocks and kills we
Knoesel said. “We all knew we needed. I’m so proud of how
were a much better team than our team played and I am ex-
how we played in that rst set. cited to see how the rest of the
Winning our rst game with season goes.”
such an exciting, close match
really just set the tone for Waschenko (8 kills, 1 block)
what a fun season we’re going and Lauren Straus (9 digs, 3
to have.” aces), also contributed to the
Knoesel said that trailing victory.
24-19 in the second set really
forced the Huskers to be on “Everyone on our team has
their toes. been working so hard in the
“Allison Torres (12 kills, o season preparing for our
10 digs, 1 assist, 1 ace) per- home opener,” Cane said.
formed great under pressure “Having to ght back to win
serving while we were trying the match today brought the
to tighten the score,” Knoesel excitement and energy into
the gym that we all love and
missed so much. Finally, being
able to play was an amazing
feeling and we’re all excited
for this upcoming season.”

Page 22 – Yorktown News SPORTS Thursday, March 25, 2021

VOLLEYBALL Lakeland opens with
victory at Panas
Hornets beat rivals on their senior night

BY MIKE SABINI nish as strongly as we did,”Kubicsko said.

CONTRIBUTING WRITER Lakeland entered the fourth set winning two

sets to one, but the Panthers, up 25-24, were

As far as openers go, things couldn’t have gone serving to win it and force a fth and decisive

better for Lakeland. nal set.

e Hornets opened their season at sis- However, their serve hit the net, which al-

ter school Walter Panas on their senior night, lowed Lakeland to tie the match. Lydia Aryee

ursday, March 18, and came away with a then served the last two points of the contest to

hard-fought 3-1 (25-17, 26-24, 22-25, 27-25) seal the victory for the Hornets.

triumph. “When Panas was one point away from winning

“It felt great being able to come out with our the fourth set, we knew that we just had to focus

rst win of the season especially against Panas,” on the basics to keep us in us the game,” Kubicsko

said Lakeland’s Emily Kubicsko.“We haven’t been said. “After they missed the serve, we were able to

able to beat them in a really long time so it felt serve aggressive and focus on our defense to allow

amazing to nally be able to beat them on their us to win.”

senior night.” Wisker said it was such a relief to win in four sets.

Senior captains Kubicsko (13 kills, 12 digs), “Our team had lots of momentum built up from

Caitlin Wisker (7 kills, 4 aces), Victoria Tsui (12 the previous three sets we played, and none of us

assists), and sophomore Kayla Jennings (7 kills, 8 were eager to play a fth set,” Wisker said. “Col-

digs) led the Hornets to the statement win. lectively as a team, everyone gave it all they had and

“It was a great team win tonight,”said Lakeland played a great fourth set. is combined team e ort

coach Steve Fallo.“It’s a tough opener to go against is what gave us the motivation to pull out a win in

Panas and on their senior night.” the fourth set.”

e rst set, Panas recorded four straight points Lakeland (1-1) lost at last year’s Section 1 Class

to cut Lakeland’s lead to 19-16, prompting the A nalist, John Jay-Cross River, 3-0 (22-25, 23-25,

Hornets to call timeout. After the timeout, the 18-25) on Monday, March 22. e contest was a

Hornets outscored Panas 6-1 to win the opening rematch of last year’s Class A semi nal, which was

stanza. won by John Jay.

Caitlin Wisker FILE PHOTO/ROB DIANTONIO “After the timeout we were able to focus on our Wisker (6 kills) and Aryee (7 assists) led Lake-

passing which allowed us to be able to side out and land against the Wolves.

FOOTBALL

Huskers fall to John Jay
on opening night

Yorktown’s defense plays well in loss

BY MIKE SABINI it was held in front of a limited a member of the Huskers’ varsity PHOTO: BOB CASTNER/CASTERPHOTO.NET
CONTRIBUTING WRITER crowd with masks. football coaching sta .
Justin Meyreles in action against John Jay.
e last time Yorktown and anks to some of the parents e one thing this game had
John Jay-Cross River competed, giving back their tickets, mem- in similarity with their previous guys move around and do some a 14-yard touchdown pass from
the world was di erent in so many bers of Yorktown’s student body, meeting was that it was a hard- things that they were not used Nick Giardina to Chris DiChiara,
ways. known as “ e Crop,” were al- hitting, defensive battle, as evi- to doing,” Ypsilantis said. “So, we putting the Wolves up 7-0 with
lowed to attend. denced by seven punts from Yor- stalled a bit. We just became a lit- 3:52 remaining in the opening
For one, it was not a regular- ktown’s Vicente Lyon. tle more limited. Also losing your quarter. John Jay sealed the game
season opener, it was a Section 1 “ eir support meant the senior captain, who is a heart and in the nal quarter, on touchdown
Class A semi nal, which was won world to us really,” said York- Unlike that playo contest, soul player, takes some wind out of runs of 6 yards by Christian Sha-
by the Huskers, 20-7, in front of a town’s senior captain, Evan Ma- however, it was John Jay that came your sails. I thought my kids re- piro and 1 yard by Jon Connelly.
standing room only crowd at John kar, who plays fullback and de- out on top this time, defeating sponded and I was proud of their
Jay High School. fensive back. “It wasn’t very big, Yorktown, 21-0. Leading Yorktown’s defensive
but to have e Crop once again ght.” e ort was Marco McKnight, who
e win ended John Jay’s run as felt pretty awesome, especially for Playing a tough team like John John Jay got out in front with recorded 9 tackles and 2 sacks.
sectional champs. John Jay’s nick- us seniors.” Jay is never an easy task, but it was
name was still the Indians, not the made more di cult when senior
Wolves. e game also featured the captain Keith Boyer, Yorktown’s
head-coaching debut of Pantelis all-everything back, su ered an
at was also Husker coach Ypsilantis, who was in his rst injury late in the rst quarter that
Mike Rescigno’s 100th and nal game as Yorktown head coach, sidelined him for the rest of the
win at Yorktown on Nov. 1, 2019, after previously being a Husker game.
as he stepped down after the sea- assistant coach.
son to spend more time with his Boyer had rushed for 22 yards
family. Brandon Trager, a Yorktown on 4 carries before the injury. Jus-
graduate and a standout senior tin Meyreles (13 carries, 51 yards,
When the Huskers hosted the fullback on the Huskers’ squad 2 passes, 22 yards) and Makar (7
Wolves to start this season, they that made it to the Section 1 carries, 23 yards) also contributed
didn’t do it in front of the crowd Class AA semi nals in 2010, was to Yorktown o ensively.
this game normally generates; also there. It was his rst game as
“ e injury early made some

Thursday, March 25, 2021 Yorktown News – Page 23

Leading up to Lakeand High School’s graduation, Yorktown News is working with parents to highlight 15 or so seniors a week, with the goal of featuring all
250-plus members of the Class of 2021.

Brendan Brown — Brendan plays Keirra Ettere — A Cortland State Robert Cuomo — Robert recently Gina Lisi — Member of Lakeland Ryan Reck — A talented artist,
varsity Football and enjoys being commit with a bright future, committed to the University of GO2021 and Varsity Cheer, Gina Ryan enjoys skiing during
outdoors. He loves going to his Keirra enjoys cruising with friends, Rhode Island as an engineering has maintained Honors for four winter, spending his summers
family’s house upstate, especially jamming to music, frequenting local major and received merit- years. Gina loves to spend time in LBI and gaming as well. His
if his friends are involved. He has eateries, competitive sports, and the based scholarships. Member of with friends shopping, eating favorite places to hang with his
fun working at Hudson Milk and outdoors. Member: National Honor National Honor Society with a 3.8 at Bob’s, Starbucks, or trips to friends are Rooster Wing’s and
spends most of his money on Society, Class of 2021, GO; Varsity GPA. He’s a die-hard Green Bay Jones Beach. Looking forward to RameNesque. He plans to attend
food and his girlfriend. Brendan Field Hockey: Captain, All State/All Packers fan. Loves the beach, a rewarding career in the medical St. Thomas Aquinas College in
will attend SUNY Oneonta to Section/All League, Con Ed Award; fishing, and anything outdoors. field, Gina will attend St. John’s the fall and major in art and
study criminal justice. 4 years Varsity Lacrosse: HM All University to study radiologic education.
Section/All League. technology.

Christopher Shanks — Chris Matthew Buchwald — Matthew is Francesca Sibrizzi — Parents: Alaira Demchuk — Alaira is Christianna Cortesi — Christianna
enjoys spending time with his a member of the National Honor Michael and Ro; sister: Dani; committed to Pace University played four years on varsity
family and friends, traveling, Society. He will be attending and new aunt to Jadiel. Frankie to study criminal justice. She tennis, becoming captain and
art, and creating digital music. Quinnipiac University in the fall, has worked hard throughout is a six-year varsity athlete and awarded All-League. A member
He plans to attend a university studying business. Matthew high school. She is a Pioneers is captain of the cheerleading of the National Honor Society,
this fall, majoring in computer spends his free time playing team member and captain team. Alaira plans to continue Relay for Life, and Class of 2021.
science. Magic: The Gathering and has this year. She is an extremely her passion for cheerleading in She loves spending time with
competed in many tournaments dedicated student and loyal college. family and friends, especially
throughout the country and friend. Frankie’s greatest on the beach. Christianna will
Canada. accomplishment in high be attending Sacred Heart
school has been the amazing University, studying elementary
friendships she has formed. education.

Luke Gruppuso — Luke has Ardona Avdyli — Ardona is a Kevin Keegan — Kevin is a Emily Cleary — Emily is a proud Jonathan Goldstein — Jon, a
challenged himself in many member of the National Honor great kid, with a big heart and member of the National Honor four-year member of the football
ways throughout high school. A Society with a 4.0 GPA. She’s awesome sense of humor. He is Society, Spanish Honor Society, team and three-year member of
member of the National Honor president of the Unicef Club, a member of the National Honor Lakeland G.O., and is a leader the wrestling team, appreciates
Society, maintaining a 90+ writes articles for Current Society. He enjoys coaching of the Class of 2021 Club. She all that he has learned from
GPA, he enjoys spending time Change, and tutors elementary recreational basketball, hanging plans to study political science his coaches and teammates.
with his family and friends, school students. She loves music, with his friends and family, in college. If she’s not at Dunkin, Jonathan enjoys exercising and
playing basketball and video writing, and helping those around dabbling in the stock market, she’s probably with her friends hanging out with his friends and
games. Luke is in the process of her. Ardona will study political and working (shoutout Rooster’s). getting an açaí bowl from Bobo’s. family. He plans to attend college
choosing which university he will science on the pre-law track in Kevin will be heading off to SUNY and pursue a career in social
attend in the fall. college. Albany. work/counseling.

Correction from last week’s submission: Samantha Bybel is a member of Italian Honor Society and is studying early childhood special education.

Page 24 – Yorktown News SCHOOLS & CAMPS Thursday, March 25, 2021

Lakeland Westchester Classic Debate Yorktown students earn
Tournament reaches new heights academic honors

Back in 2005, the Lakeland Westchester Classic really enjoyed the experience.” Editor’s Note: The following residents earned academic honors
for the fall 2020 semester (Dean’s List, President’s List, Provost’s
Debate Tournament drew about 100 competitors. e Students met in virtual debate rooms, along with List, etc.). All names were submitted to Yorktown News by colleges or
parents. This is not intended to be a complete list of every Yorktown
event has grown over the years, attracting about 740 judges and observers. honors student. If you would like to submit a name to be published
in a future issue, please email [email protected]
students last year from points near and far, including ere were 1,699 debates that spanned 56,864

California and Taiwan. minutes, or about 947 hours.

But this year, with the tournament shifting to a Students debated criminal justice reform, the pros

virtual format due to the coronavirus pandemic, the and cons of West African urbanization,lethal autono-

event has swelled even further. Over the weekend, mous weapons, human cloning, mandatory vaccines, ADELPHI UNIVERSITY Salvatore Pepe
Olivia Barletti
1,008 middle- and high-school students logged on Green New Deal, and standardized testing. UNIVERSITY OF HARTFORD
BATES COLLEGE Samantha Baccari (President’s
from home to debate the issues of the day, and there “Having more students from around the nation and Lauren Salazar
List)
were another approximately 600 people serving as world brings more perspectives to the issues being de- MANHATTAN COLLEGE Manvir Toor (President’s List)
Maggie Colgan
judges, tournament sta , and observers. bated and makes for richer debates,” Bauschard said. UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI
MARIST COLLEGE Samantha Armstrong
e tournament welcomed students for the rst “ e tournament is incredibly diverse.” Edward Capoe
UNIVERSITY OF RHODE
time from the Dominican Republic as well as from Division winners include Brooklyn Technical High THE NEW SCHOOL ISLAND
Katelyn Baker
schools in Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Ne- School (NY), Foothill High School (CA), Golden Nicole DeCicco
SUNY CORTLAND Jess Devlin
braska, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, State Academy (CA), Lexington High School (MA), Tyler McDonald Sydney Ficarrotta
Alexa Giordano
Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Washington. In all, In-Tech Academy (NY), Mamaroneck High School SUNY DELHI Crystal Mans eld
Giovanni Santini Connor McCarthy
students came from 123 schools from 20 states,Cana- (NY), Newark Science (NJ), North Broward High Marcelo Astudillo Emily Nigro
Victoria Belliveau Nina Resko
da, the Dominican Republic, and Taiwan. School (FL), Poly Prep Country Day (NY), Stuyves- Gianna Cicchetti Samantha Silverman
Lydia Loudig Sarai Stone
“It was an amazing weekend,” said Stefan Baus- ant High School (NY). Gabriel Arroyo Gina Tedesco

chard,the Lakeland District Debate Team coach.“We About 20 members of the Lakeland District De- SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY WIDENER UNIVERSITY
Rachel Decker (Presiden’t
were thrilled we were able to host so many students bate Team, comprised of students at Lakeland High
List)
doing what they love. e kids were really excited and School and Walter Panas High School, helped run

the event and judged middle school events. e event,

held on a competition platform developed by Walter

Panas alum Priten Shah, went smoothly.

“Everything ran really well and on time,”Bauschard

said.“Everybody was very happy with the experience.”

is article was written by Lakeland Central School District.

Middle- and high-school students debate remotely.

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cember birthdays. One of them now in another year of preschool isn’t ready for rst grade the next

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I remember reading your made the right decision.

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Exercise is medicine

BY SARAH SOWARDS studies in years since have also through certain lifestyle changes, to deaths related to smoking. declared, “ ere is no medica-
GUEST WRITER demonstrated evidence that this in particular increasing one’s Considering we have the ability tion treatment that can in u-
treatment is ridiculously good physical activity. One in 10 to make time to exercise, thereby ence as many organ systems in a
What would you be for you, with its e ects improv- premature deaths in the world preventing and reducing a large positive manner as can physical
willing to do to ob- ing almost all aspects of your life. are related to lack of exercise, a percentage of disease burden, activity.”
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Fighting to save his heart—and his life

When a military vet faced a heart attack, swift action made the di erence

Eugene Cauvin has never been good at jumping heart, so once an EKG con rmed that Cauvin was in-
rope. e night of Oct. 1, 2020, however, the t deed having a heart attack, the team needed to move
and trim retired Air Force captain was pleased to quickly. An angiogram completed within 25 minutes
discover that he was “in the zone.” His ursday mixed of the onset of his symptoms produced digital images
martial arts (MMA) class in Mount Kisco was alternat- that showed plaque buildup that had ruptured and
ing between intense bursts of rope work and burpees, the presence of a clot in Cauvin’s right coronary ar-
and, oddly enough, “I was doing better than ever before,” tery, as well as 90 percent blockage in another artery.
recalls Eugene—until, well, he wasn’t. A subsequent angioplasty (to open the arteries with
the help of a catheter and insert a tiny stainless-steel
e third time the 6-foot 60-something from Pleas- coiled stent to keep them that way) was completed in
antville sprung to his feet post-burpee, “everything came little more than an hour.
to a halt,” he said. ere was pressure in the center of his
chest. Sweat pouring o him. He couldn’t seem to catch HINDSIGHT IS 20/20
his breath. Indeed, much to his astonishment, the guy
with the “perfect” blood pressure and low cholesterol, the “ ere’s a cautionary tale in all this,” Cauvin said,
same one who can get through an intense kickboxing
class without a break, was in the midst of a heart attack. and he feels it’s important to share. “Dr. Reimers and

If Cauvin looks familiar it’s for good reason: After his team were superb, and the care I received was
retiring from the military, he went back to school to
prepare for a career in healthcare, earning a family nurse second to none, but it’s so important to listen to your
practitioner degree from Columbia and a Doctor of
Nursing Practice from Pace, and is currently the associ- body and pay attention to any symptoms.”
ate director of pain management and palliative care at
Northern Westchester Hospital (NWH). Cauvin occasionally got lightheaded in the months

He sees a strong connection between both parts of his Eugene Cauvin PHOTO COURTESY OF NWH leading up to his heart attack. His energy had been
life. waning so he would guzzle energy drinks to keep up.

“Being in the military is about serving something He even experienced pain in the middle of his chest
greater than yourself,” Cauvin said. “ e same can be
said about healthcare. It’s all about taking care of people; TIMING IS EVERYTHING for a few weeks back in September.
about making a di erence.” And now his colleagues
from NWH were about to make a very big di erence “Dr. Sandel would make a good squadron command- Cauvin attributed his seemingly minor issues to
in Cauvin’s own life, beginning with Dr. Sherri Sandel,
associate medical director at NWH, who, as luck would er for ghter pilots,” said an appreciative Cauvin. “She stress at work. Palliative care, which focuses on reliev-
have it, was in the same MMA class that night.
exudes personality and leadership.” ing and preventing the su ering of patients living with

Sandel had Cauvin at Northern Westchester Hos- chronic diseases, undergoing treatment for curable

pital within minutes, and called ahead to alert the ER, illnesses, or nearing the end of life, is not easy.

as well as Dr. Carl D. Reimers, Northwell cardiology “You’re in the trenches,” Cauvin said of his job, and

service line director for Westchester County and the the stress is both palpable and sustained.

director of NWH’s brand-new state-of-the-art Cardiac

Catheterization Lab, which had just opened on Sept. 2. SEE CAUVIN PAGE 30
“Time is muscle” when it comes to matters of the

Could You Have A Kidney Stone?

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kidney. Most stones have a calcium component, and are A: Yes, however, once a kidney stone is removed, if a
caused by inadequate uid intake, an overabundance person does not change his or her diet or uid intake,
of calories, and excessive salt intake. Stones with a there’s a 70 percent chance another will form. Help
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backs up, the kidney swells and pain results. To avoid forming a uric acid-type stone, limit meat,
including red meat, chicken or sh.
Q: What are my treatment options?
A: A small stone may “pass” from your body naturally. Did you know?
If necessary, your physician can provide medication
for pain and nausea and allow natural passage of the Once a kidney stone is removed, if a person
stone. Uric acid stones can sometimes be dissolved
with medication. A large stone blocking a kidney, or does not change his or her diet or uid intake,
a stone associated with an infection, can be life-
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that cannot pass on their own, a urologist may advise


















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