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Mahopac News 02.07.19

VOL. 9 NO. 51 Visit TapIntoMahopac.net for the latest news. THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2019

Coast Guardsman dies in crane accident
Michael Kozloski, father of four, was stationed in Alaska

BY BOB DUMAS nounce the passing of a devoted ship- Coast Guard’s Montauk facility. Prior to

EDITOR mate, husband and father following this being sent to Homer, Alaska, he was also

tragic accident,” said Rear Adm. Mat- stationed in Connecticut, Maryland and

Michael Kozloski, a 2001 graduate of thew T. Bell Jr., Coast Guard 17th Dis- New Jersey. His half-sister, Alexis Cross,

Mahopac High School and a chief war- trict commander. “Chief Warrant O cer said he decided to join the Coast Guard

rant o cer in the U.S. Coast Guard, was Kozloski faithfully served his country for after he graduated high school, following

fatally injured on ursday, Jan. 31, when over 17 years and we are forever grate- in the footsteps of his friend, Pete Dillon.

a crane rolled over and hit him while ful for his steadfast devotion to duty and “He joined and made it his career and

on duty in the town of Homer, Alaska, sacri ces.” absolutely fell in love with it,” she said.

where he was stationed. Bell said the investigation into the ac- “He loved what he did, and he had so

Coast Guard o cials said Kozloski, cident is ongoing. many amazing accomplishments in the

35, was injured while working in the He married his high school sweetheart, short 17 years.”

buoy yard when the crane accident oc- Brienne Coleman Kozloski, in August Kozloski was a crew member of the

curred. Local emergency medical services 2003.While at Mahopac High School, he U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Hickory and

personnel responded around 2 p.m. and was a member of the football team where had been stationed in Alaska since Au-

performed CPR and transported him to he wore number 62 and was nicknamed, gust 2017.

South Peninsula Hospital where he was “Koz.” He graduated Coast Guard boot “He was a kind, gentle soul who adored

pronounced deceased. camp in October 2001. He was rst his wife and four children,” his aunt, Dy-

“It’s with great sadness that we an- stationed on eastern Long Island at the anna Kozloski Rettig, told Mahopac

News. “He loved his career with the

Michael Kozloski Coast Guard and truly enjoyed being sta-

PHOTO COURTESY OF FACEBOOK/ tioned in Alaska with his family. In his
MICHAEL KOZLOSKI down time, he was always enjoying the

outdoors with them. We’re all devastated

and will miss him terribly.”

‘Michael dedicated his entire adult life to “He had a heart of gold, could make
anyone laugh, and had an infectious

protecting our country as a member of the Coast Guard, smile,” added Cross.
In a statement released over the week-

and his service will not be forgotten.’ end, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18)
said his heart goes out to Kozloski’s fam-

ily, his fellow Guardsmen and the com-

- Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney munity in Mahopac.

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20 Peggy Grant named
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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2019 Your Neighbor MAHOPAC NEWS PAGE 3

Peggy Grant becomes first woman
president in MVFD history

Sworn in at department’s annual dinner-dance gala

BY BOB DUMAS cult moments, as any rst responder will attest.

EDITOR “I have some [calls] that haunt me to this day,” she

said. “I think about a particular one all the time. It was a

On Saturday, Jan. 26, Mahopac’s Peggy Grant made woman who had a heart attack and it broke me. She was

history. At the Mahopac Fire Department’s annual in- a younger woman; not someone you’d expect to have a

stallation of o cers dinner-dance at Villa Barone Hill- heart attack.”

top Manor, she was sworn in as the rst female presi- While most know that the re ghters on the front

dent in the department’s long history. lines have titles like chief, captain and lieutenant,

“When they rst mentioned to me about running for Grant’s job as president of the department falls on the

president, they said, ‘You realize you’d be the rst female administrative side of things. She served as vice presi-

president,’” she said. “It really made me stop. I thought, dent last year and was secretary to the chief for six years.

‘Oh, my God, I better not mess this up!” “My job is to run meetings and make sure the bills get

Grant grew up in the Bronx, moved to Mahopac in processed,” she said. “We take care of the supplies and

1989 and currently resides in Lake Casse. She had al- make sure the grounds get taken care of. We oversee

ways wanted to join an ambulance squad like her sister the buildings and grounds and make sure we get plowed

and brother-in-law in rogs Neck but never found the after a snowstorm.”

time. But once ensconced in the suburbs, an opportunity Grant said she’s never encountered any gender bias PHOTO: BOB DUMAS
nally presented itself. during her tenure with the Carmel Ambulance Corps
Grant with Supervisor Ken Schmitt, who swore her in as
“When I was getting married in 1999, my dad got and the Mahopac Fire Department. president.

sick and needed bypass surgery,” she said. “Plus, I was “ ere is no di erence [between genders]; the re de-

marrying an older man, so I thought something like partment is family,” she said. “We all work together. You

CPR would be a good idea. I took a CPR class at the don’t have to worry who has your back. A whole bunch

Carmel Fire Department and the woman who taught of [ re department members] have come to me and said

the class handed me an application [to join the ambu- they are here for whatever I need. It’s a good feeling to

lance corps].” have that support.”

Ironically, Grant has a phobia of heights and re, so She said her background working on the administra-

working with the rescue squad was a way of contribut- tive side of the department, plus her training as a sec-

ing without having to face those fears. After the 9/11 retary, has prepared her well for the job, although she

terrorist attacks, she took a course to become a certi ed admits there will be a learning curve.

emergency medical technician (EMT). Five years ago, “I know the basics of what’s going on— paperwork

she joined the Mahopac Fire Department as part of the is what I do,” she said. “You don’t realize the particulars

EMS. until you get in there, like what to do when the parking

Grant went to Grace Business School in Manhattan lot is a mess from a snowstorm. ere are things you

and has worked as a legal secretary for most of her pro- learn as you go along.”

fessional life. She currently works for Welby, Brady and Asked if she considers herself a role model for the

Greenblatt in White Plains in the rm’s real estate de- younger female members of the department, Grant said,

partment. Her husband, Jerry Grant, runs the Putnam “I can only hope to lead by experience and by example.”

CAP food pantry in Brewster. She has two kids, and She notes that the Mahopac FD has never had a fe-

nine grandchildren. male chief and hopes that will be the next gender barrier

Grant has always been community-minded. She’s a that is crossed.

part of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee and a “ at would be great,” she said. “We have women

member of the Emerald Association of Putnam Coun- coming through the ranks, and you never know when

ty—proud to show o her Irish heritage. one will step up and say, ‘It’s my time.’”

“It really is a great feeling to give back to the com- Grant said community support for the department

munity,” she said of her time on the EMS. “When they was incredible throughout the holidays, especially for

took my dad to the hospital, I thought what they did the Toys for Tots drive during the Candy Cane Run and

was amazing. It just worked for me.” she wanted to thank everyone.

Nowadays, she doesn’t really ride on ambulance calls as “I wanted to thank them for going out their way to

much anymore, but still tries to get to a meeting or two. help us,” she said. “We had people stop by the rehouse

Looking back on her career there, she said she is proud and drop o baked goods like cookies and brownies, and PHOTO COURTESY OF FACEBOOK/PEGGY GRANT
Peggy Grant takes the oath of office.
of what she accomplished, although there were some dif- it was really appreciated.”

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Here is a list of meetings and other events in the coming weeks for the town of Carmel KOZLOSKI
government and the Mahopac School District. Times are subject to change.
FROM PAGE 1
CARMEL TOWN BOARD ZONING BOARD OF tle Ave., Mahopac Falls
“Michael dedicated his entire adult life to protecting our country
Wednesday, Feb. 13 APPEALS ZBA as a member of the Coast Guard, and his service will not be forgot-
ten,” Maloney said. “I ask the Hudson Valley to join me in praying
Meeting starts at 7 p.m., ursday, Feb. 28 RECREATION ADVISORY for O cer Kozloski’s family and o ering support during this dif-

Town Hall, 60 McAlpin Meetings start at 7:30 p.m., COMMITTEE cult time.
“I will continue to monitor this situation as additional details come
Ave., Mahopac Town Hall, 60 McAlpin Ave., ursday Feb. 7 to light,” the congressman added. “ e Subcommittee on the Coast
Guard and Maritime Transportation stands ready to provide support
Mahopac ursday, March 7 to the Guard as they seek answers and work to ensure we prevent ac-
cidents moving forward.”
PLANNING BOARD Meeting starts at 7:30 On Saturday, there was an outpouring of grief and sympathy on
social media from friends and classmates.
Wednesday, Feb. 13 BOARD OF EDUCATION p.m., Sycamore Park club- “Mike was a great guy with a great laugh,” said classmate Kathy
Mahony on Facebook.
Meeting starts at 7 p.m., ursday, Feb. 28 house, Mahopac “He was an amazing person and father—one of a kind in every
way,” added friend Alfred Mosiello.
Town Hall, 60 McAlpin Meeting starts at 7:30 Besides his wife, Brienne, he is also survived by his mother, Patricia
Kozloski-Fries; his father,Michael W.Kozloski; his stepmother,Jean Ko-
Ave., Mahopac p.m.; Falls School, 100 Myr- zloski; and his four children, Madeline, Bayleigh, Cassidy and Michael.

Join us on Valentine’s Day ere will be a military memorial service for Kozloski in Alaska on
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Community leaders lay out vision for 2019

Panel discussion part of temple’s 20th annual Millennium Breakfast

BY BOB DUMAS
EDITOR

Community leaders and The Vision 2019 panel, from left, Deacon John Scarfi, Assemblyman Kevin Byrne, Judge James Retiz, Master of Ceremonies Joel
elected o cials looked into their Greenburg, DA Robert Tendy, Sheriff Robert Langley, Sen. Peter Harckham and School Superintendent Anthony DiCarlo
crystal balls last week and spelled
out what they hope to see in the PHOTO: BOB DUMAS
coming year.
in the United States. at hit me disheartening. Our people have otry seems to have grown more “So, here we are on the cusp
e event, Vision 2019, was really hard. We have seen the been through a lot, but we have acceptable, people of all politi- of another year. We are seeing
part of Temple Beth Shalom’s vitriol in our country increasing survived much, much worse.” cal persuasions are speaking out
20th annual Millennium Break- and, as a spiritual leader, it can be against it. SEE VISION PAGE 16
fast, held Sunday, Jan. 27, at the Freidson said that while big-
synagogue.

Many of the speakers looked
back on 2018 as a di cult and
trying year, citing the rise in hate
crimes, and the opioid and vap-
ing epidemics that plague the
region and the nation. But they
said 2019 can be better if people
practice kindness and work to-
gether as a community.

“Last year, I felt very optimis-
tic about what 2018 would hold
and I have to say it was not a
great year for our country or the
Jewish people,” said Rabbi Sarah
Freidson of Temple Beth Sha-
lom. “We saw an increase in anti-
Semitism. We had the attack at
the synagogue in Pittsburgh, the

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MMS students engage
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EDITOR who have suddenly and tragically to comfort Jenna’s sibling. So he

lost a parent or sibling. lled a backpack with treats and

A war took place at Mahopac e JennaJackPack Project be- other things that Johnny knew his

Middle School last month and gan four years ago with an act of friend would like.

everyone came out a winner. kindness by 13-year-old Johnny e idea caught on and the Jen- MMS students, who are
members of the Wingman
ey called it a “Penny War” Bernardi, who was devastated naJackPack Project was launched. In recent years, students simply Project, with the Penny War

and it was a way for students to when MMS student Jenna No- Now, each year MMS students dropped spare change into large

collect money that will be put to- lan’s drowned in Lake Mahopac. raise money to buy the backpacks jugs placed throughout the school. jugs. Sitting, from left, Emma

ward the JennaJackPack Project, a A friend of Jenna and her younger and the treats to put in them. is year, the teachers decided to Morretta, Kyra Cropsey, Anna

put a spin on it to make the coin Caraher, Ally Shurak and Alexa
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Home, Lifestyle & Family Show

e Yorktown Chamber of Commerce, Jilco Window Cor-
poration, and the JV Mall will hold the annual Home, Lifestyle
& Family Show on Saturday, Feb. 9, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at
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Mahopac Writers Group

Mahopac Writers Group meets every ursday at Mahopac
Library, Route 6, at 6:30 p.m.

Mahopac Poetry Workshop meets the second Wednesday
of each month at the library at 6:30 p.m.

Monthly AM Mahopac Writers Group meets the third
Wednesday of each month at the Freight House Cafe in Ma-
hopac at 10 a.m.

Senior Entertainers Sought

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Hypocrite-in-chief Infanticide on demand

Since the beginning of his run HERE Remember back in the ‘90s when the the birth of the baby whether to kill it or
for the presidency, in 2016, AND Democrat mantra about abortion was
Donald Trump has argued NOW! “keep it safe, legal and not. at’s right. He wanted to extend the
that a (supposed) mass in ux of rare”? Seems like an ice age ago
Hispanic immigrants into this BERNIE now. de nition of abortion
country from south of the border KOSBERG
has not only harmed American Bill Clinton stated this repeat- LIFE, to include what was
workers by driving down wages; don’t tell and get the cheapest labor edly during his two terms in HEALTH, formerly known as
but, as a whole, they are miscreants possible! It was broadly assumed o ce, particularly right before infanticide. If a mother
and a menace to our society. that immigration authorities were each presidential election. Ev- POLITICS is in labor, I can tell
unlikely to target recreational eryone who didn’t vote for him you exactly what would
Over and over again, through facilities and vacation venues. suspected it was mere sloganeer- MARA happen. e infant
to the present day, Trump has ing, that he didn’t actually mean SCHIFFREN would be delivered.
brutishly disparaged Hispanics, Trump gave an impassioned it. But that’s politics—providing lip service to
repeatedly referring to them as campaign speech at the Briarcli centrists until they hear echoes of their pieties e infant would be
criminals, killers and rapists. He club in June of 2016, describing and are snookered into voting for you.
makes no distinction, during his how he had hugged mothers and kept comfortable. e
verbal attacks, between the native fathers whose children had been ere’s no more of this lip service with the
born, the naturalized citizen, the murdered by illegal immigrants. current generation of progressive politicians— infant would be resuscitated if that’s what
asylum seeker, or ones who have young women, these days, have never lived in
snuck into the country looking for “On immigration policy, Ameri- a world where abortion was illegal. Abortion the mother and the family desired, and then
work. “You wouldn’t believe how ca First means protecting the jobs, has always been a prerogative of their Ameri-
bad these people are. ese aren’t wages and security of American can life, so any restriction in abortion law is a discussion would ensue between the physi-
people, these are animals…” workers, whether rst or 10th gen- now perceived as taking freedoms away.
eration,” Trump said. “No matter cians and the mother, Northam said, alluding
Notwithstanding, Trump and who you are, we’re going to protect I remember the rst time I thought about
the Trump companies he and his your job because, let me tell you, abortion on a deeper level. is was not a to a discussion about whether the born infant
family own and direct, have hired our jobs are being stripped from volitional act. I grew up as a liberal in New
Hispanics in droves over the years our country like we’re babies.” York City, the kind of junior feminist who should live or die.
to sta his numerous golf courses, used to stand at her desk in middle school
hotels and residences with nary a ose red, according to the and rant about women’s rights. On abortion, In 2006, when Tony Blair was still British
background check. Post, not only made up half of the I was, of course, all in. A few years later, I
club’s wintertime workforce, but entered college, still a callow youth. It was prime minister, he spoke out about pushing
During the record 35-day gov- were folks entrusted with keys to the shock of my young life when a close, older
ernment shutdown over Trump’s the Trump’s weekend homes. friend became angry and upset when I piped legal abortion back to an earlier stage since
demand for a border wall, on up about her abortion in a casual conversa-
Friday, Jan. 18, to be exact , 12 e rings in Briarcli came tion with others. She told me o for doing medicine was able to rescue younger prema-
Hispanic employees at Trump’s after a December New York Times so, then became emotional and teary. I had
National Golf Club in Briarcli report about undocumented labor passed her boundary by mentioning her abor- ture infants. In the UK, the cuto point for
Manor were called into the facility at the Trump National Golf Club tion publicly. at was the rst time I learned
manager’s o ce one-by-one and in Bedminster, N.J. Victorina Mo- about the devastating emotional toll abor- legal abortions had been decided in 1967 at a
unceremoniously red. Interest- rales made Donald Trump’s bed, tion wreaks on some women—women who
ingly, most were Mexican; all had cleaned his toilet, straightened up still had feelings for the ex-lovers who left point where babies were then viable outside
worked at the facility from ve to after him and dusted his trophies. them, or who did not then have the nancial
15 years. Several had been recog- When he visited, she was ordered means to support a child, or those who got the womb. Fifty years on, medicine has ad-
nized in the past as employees- to wear a ag pin ornamented with an abortion without thinking much about it
of-the-month. All were undocu- the Secret Service logo. e previ- since it was culturally permissible. And then it vanced by leaps and bounds. He pointed out
mented. ous July, Ms. Morales was given a a ected them for years. Unexpectedly.
certi cate of appreciation from the that the reasoning behind those date simply
According to the Washington White House Communications I never mentioned abortion casually again.
Post, a former property manager at Agency, inscribed with her name— But it is a di erent world now. e last few no longer applies. is seemed exception-
the Briarcli facility emphasized a noteworthy feat for an undocu- weeks sealed the end of that era. Gov. Cuomo
the boss’s penchant for hiring mented immigrant housekeeper. recently signed legislation making abortion ally reasonable to me. And yet, his talk was
cheap labor and the company’s re- legal late in the third trimester, until the time
luctance to root out undocumented Not the only worker at the club of birth in some cases. met with horror by feminists who saw this as
workers. e attitude of the who was in the country illegally, Ms. And then last week, the new Virginia
administrative and supervisory sta Morales decided to come forward governor, Ralph Northam, went so far as to a white man depriving them of rights they
was to look the other way, even if it advocate publicly for post-birth abortion.
was suspected that their documents SEE KOSBERG PAGE 12 What is post-birth abortion? at’s when a already possessed. How fascist!
were phony. e credo: Don’t ask, woman and her doctor get to decide AFTER
In ancient Canaan lived an idol-wor-

shipping, gruesome sect that sacri ced their

babies to a god called the Molokh. Imagine

your god compelling you to o er up the most

meaningful thing you possessed and pass

them through the re! Child sacri ce was ter-

rible for the parents, searing on purpose, yet a

necessary exchange for the Molokh’s protec-

tion and favor. No doubt the concept would

appall modern Americans.

But the truth is that we have reached

such a state of moral indolence and ennui

in America in 2019 that politicians now feel

able to advocate for performing infanticide

simply out of inconvenience. And then this

is met by a big yawn on the Democrat side.

at is where resisting Trump at all cost has

brought the Democrats.

Mara Schi ren, PhD, is a writer, Campus Watch
Fellow, certi ed functional medicine health coach
and certi ed Clear Beliefs coach. You can reach
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LETTERS

Rethink Airport Park project From the 1940s until recently, the gen- From the Heart.
erations that came out of WWII pro- Choose Your
Symbol of Love
To the editor, ceeded to “grab anything and everything.” to Express What
Words Can’t.
e Jan. 17 Mahopac News article on the e world was theirs for the taking. We
VALENTINE’S DAY
Mahopac airport (Airport Park) does not had developed huge, new, advanced and FEBRUARY 14
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same “leased” parcel at the south end of the cessive consumption and waste. With our

airport there is a buried gas-transmission purpose oriented more toward our actual

line. If that were to be damaged during con- situation, the very special situation of our

struction, a huge explosion and re would existence here on the planet, with imagina-

destroy many homes surrounding the site. tive adjustments, such as consuming more

e historic site and the many homes rationally and eliminating waste, we would

surrounding the Mahopac airport need to be much closer to what we pretend.

be protected. e best way to do that is to Each American family wastes every day,

do the project at an alternate site or not do at least what would support another family

it at all. Taxpayers need to rethink spend- at a fully middle-class level, with su cient

ing multi-millions of dollars on recreation food, fuel, space, materials, the range of

when the school-age population of children whatever it is we use. is is especially true

is in steep decline. if we eliminate our collective—commercial

Allan Warnecke and governmental—waste and misuse!

Mahopac ere is no way we couldn’t live comfort-

ably on the planet and with the rest of the

Cease excessive consumption world! We would live happily and produc-
tively and become rich—in many ways the

To the editor, civilized human beings we pretend to be!

I’m not new to this country. I’ve spent is could be in nitely into the future, in-

over 75 years here with a good education stead of just the 10 to 20 years we have now

well underway by the 1950s. e real hope until we self-destruct.

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e challenges of learning to read

Dear Dr. Linda, staying focused long Some of the pro- tools to begin to decode words. Once
Our son Guy is in second grade and enough to learn the he can decode words, he’ll start build-
sounds of the letters— STRONG grams are better than ing a vocabulary. Once his vocabulary
is still not reading. It’s the second half and even the letters in LEARNING others because they’re is strong, he’ll be able to comprehend
of the year and I’m really concerned. some cases. Still others more engaging for what he’s reading. at’s what reading
His teacher told me that he needs a could be in a reading DR. LINDA children, especially is…making sense out of the words that
good phonics program that follows program that doesn’t SILBERT ones who are strug- the reader has decoded!
Orton-Gillingham. en I talked to my align with how they
friend whose daughter has trouble with learn, and still others gling. Engaged chil- And be patient. If Guy is struggling
reading because she has dyslexia, and may indeed have dyslexia. Even though with reading, he’ll need time to learn
the school has her in something called dyslexia sounds scary, all it means is dren learn. how to read. It will take time until it
the Wilson Program. I went online and that the child isn’t naturally putting becomes automatic and that’s okay.
bought phonics ash cards. I’ve used the sounds of words and the words If Guy doesn’t have Your goal is to help him read, no matter
them with Guy, but he hasn’t improved themselves together and needs a good how long it takes, and if he feels pres-
one bit. I’m really stressing out because phonics program to begin to do that. dyslexia, the phonics approach is still sure from you or senses your concern,
I’m afraid he has dyslexia. I think my anxiety over pleasing you could delay
husband does. It was just never diag- Guy’s teacher is giving you good bene cial. Knowing phonics gives him even more.
nosed. We’re open to any suggestions. advice. Orton and Gillingham were
two physicians back in the 1940s who readers the tools to read. Most people Want to know more about the
Madison and Matt discovered that children who struggled Orton-Gillingham method? Feel free to
to learn how to read needed to learn pick up phonics naturally, but there are contact me through the Strong Learn-
Hi Madison and Matt, explicitly and systematically to decode ing website below.
In general, if a child is in the second words using the phonics patterns of many, including those with dyslexia,
our speech. e Wilson Program you Dr. Linda
half of second grade and is still not heard about and a multitude of other who need to learn it in a sequential
reading, you need to look into it. programs is simply a phonics program Dr. Linda is co-author of “Why Bad
that follows the Orton-Gillingham method. It’s been shown over and over Grades Happen to Good Kids,” and
ere are many reasons why children approach. e Strong Learning system director of Strong Learning Tutoring
don’t pick up reading. Many children I use in my own practice follows the again that learning phonics is an e ec- and SAT/ACT Test Prep. Submit
simply don’t pick it up because they’re Orton-Gillingham approach, too. questions using the contact form at www.
not developmentally ready. Many tive way to teach beginning readers. But StrongLearning.com or visit her on
struggle with reading because they have Stronglearninggames.com.
attentional problems and have di culty just buying phonics ash cards won’t

help unless you know something about

the process.

Also, be sure that your son knows the

alphabet well. Even though we assume

that every child knows the letters in

the alphabet, many in the second grade

who are still struggling with reading

didn’t learn to recognize them all. Once

Guy can identify each letter and learn

the sound(s) each makes, he’ll have the

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INTEREST brother’s cautious approach vs. over millions of voters. there in the same spot for two of suggestion, I’d already fooled
my just wanting to get the job hours. He must be hurt.” several people.
LORENZO done. I was actually paying Willy
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“You’re both right,” he de- me in Florida last November. I tree stump that I’d found in the Willy, trans xed.
My brother, Philip, and clared, completely di using the invited him for lunch when he woods. In the weather-beaten
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he painted Latin American out to attend to his every need e rings at Briarcli and yeah, I see it, ever so slightly.” the man!”
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nals. It was that, she said, along humiliation.” parity between Trump’s public en I ran outside, Willy I said, “I’ll say this for him:
with abusive comments from stance on immigration and the
a supervisor at work about her Despite being president and manner in which he privately watching from the window, He puts on a good show.”
intelligence and immigration completely contrary to prec- conducts his business. He says
edent, Trump remains tethered one thing in public, another in to get a closer look at the And to make sure Willy
private—one always in con ict
with the other. fake deer. didn’t misunderstand me, I

As Trump enters the begin- After hustling back to the added, “But that’s all he is: a
ning of his third year in o ce,
he is stepping into a well- window, I said, “He’s got show with an empty slogan.
earned political maelstrom
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LOST IN guage Syndrome or Arctic Seal incapacitated for weeks or “So, what did you learn?” he heal!”
SUBURBIA poisoning or something really even months while my knuckle asked. “Yeah. But it could be worse,”
obscure like that, which he’d healed and I would have to hire
TRACY had no chance of contracting. a special knuckle nurse to do “I de nitely have a knuckle he said. “At least it’s not a Man
BECKERMAN Eventually though he would basic things for me like button sprain and I have to alternate Cold.”
realize he only had a Man my pants, which, apparently, between ice and heat, and it
“Ow!” I said as I went Cold, which, for the rest of us, you need your knuckles for. could take a few weeks to heal.” Note: For more Lost in Suburbia,
to lift the pan o was misery enough. follow Tracy on Facebook at
the stovetop. A few minutes later, I went “Well, thaTt:’s5a.9re5l”ief,” he said. https://www.facebook.com/
“What’s ow?” asked my hus- I googled “knuckle sprain” back to my husband. LostinSuburbiaFanPage.
band, glancing over from the and found some information, “A relief ?” I repeated. “I said
kitchen counter where he was and then went back to my it could take a few weeks to
working. husband.
T:10.36”
“I hurt my hand yesterday,” “OK, so I have arthralgia and
I said, massaging the area of it is monoarticular pain in one
my hand where my rst and of the meta-carpophalangeal
second nger met. “I think I joints of my phalanges,” I an-
sprained a knuckle.” nounced.

He gave me that look. He gave me that look again.
“I don’t think that’s possible,” “What the heck does that
he said. even mean?” he asked.
“Well, it must be possible,” I I shrugged. “I sprained my
said, “because I did it!” knuckle.”
I pressed on the area that “Clearly,” he said. “So, what
was sore and winced. I had does it say to do?”
de nitely sprained my knuckle. “Oh. I forgot to look that
And I did it lifting the laundry up.”
basket with one nger. Why I “Better get on it,” he warned.
had lifted the laundry basket “I heard if you don’t treat a
with one nger, I had no idea. knuckle sprain right away it
I was a mystery to myself. e could turn into something
real question though, was how serious and you could lose a
was I going to x it? knuckle.”
“How do you think you x a “Go ahead and mock me,” I
sprained knuckle?” I asked my said. “But you’ll be sorry if it
husband. really is something serious and
“I don’t know,” he said. “Go I do lose a knuckle and then
see the knuckle doctor.” you have to spend the rest of
Since I didn’t really know your life with a wife with nine
any knuckle doctors, I decided knuckles!”
to look it up on WebMD. I went back to my com-
at’s what my husband always puter and googled, “treat-
did when he got a Man Cold ment of knuckle sprain.” I was
and was convinced that he was pretty sure it was worse than
too sick for it to just be a Man I thought, and I was going to
Cold. Usually he decided it was have to go see a knuckle doc-
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VISION elected to serve the same folks. further. When we stand to- “One of the things we have to municipal water. It makes eco-
FROM PAGE 5
ere are a bunch of things we gether, the evil that plagues our do is say here is our vision-here nomic development very chal-

can work on collaboratively.” community we will push back.” is what we want to do and why, lenging.”

hatred, intolerance, bigotry Putnam County District At- Deacon John Scar of St. so the public will understand,” State Assemblyman Kevin

coming back and becoming torney Robert Tendy said that John the Apostle Church in he said. “We want to get our Byrne also said infrastructure

more socially acceptable...and his vision for 2019 is to be nicer Mahopac said social media is students ready for college and a must be made a priority.

that makes us nervous,” she said. to people but acknowledges that partly to blame for the social ills career, but also ready to become “We have to take care of the

“It’s not the society we believe in “sometimes “that can be di - and we’ve “created a society of responsible citizens. at has to basics. It’s something every lev-

and we are seeing an enormous cult.” anonymity. start early on, from kindergar- el of government is concerned

backlash against that. We are “I’ve never seen such ght- “ I can say anything to anybody ten all the way up to 12th grade. about,” he said. “A recent report

seeing folks on the left and on ing on both sides,” he said. “It and had no clue of the impact I DiCarlo said the district not ranked New York State’s infra-

the right speaking out against doesn’t have to be like this. Ev- had on them,” the deacon said. only has to do a better job early structure as the seventh worst

intolerance. We are seeing that eryone in government has to “But we are really not di erent. getting its students to read and in the nation. ere is a lot of

swell-voices that are countering realize that. eir egos are too We all want the same thing but write and do math, but also be room for improvement. “

anti-Semitism. big. We have to be more accom- sometimes it gets messed up by prepared socially and emotion- Byrne also listed tax reduc-

“My vision for 2019 is that modating to each other.” what ‘out there’ is telling us. We ally. tion, job creation, ethics reform

that continues, and we can look Putnam County Sheri Rob- can’t x this in 2019 or 2020, we “If we can do that when they and public health and safety as

at these alarming trends and say ert Langley said that stemming would be fools if we thought we are younger, they will be ready in part his vision for 2019.

we are motivated to strengthen the tide of the vitriol, as well as could, but there are some things middle school for high school, “ e opioid epidemic con-

relationships and our coalitions combating other social issues, we can do he said. “By the time they get to tinues to be pervasive and it

and continue to open our doors,” starts at home and parents need “First thing we need to do is high school, if we are still try- needs to be a top priority and

she said. “ e best antidote to to be proactive. really care about each other,” he ing to play catch-up, we are in [we must] make sure dollars go

anti-Semitism is relationships. “It’s not just the schools. continued. “If we don’t do that, a really bad spot. We want to be where they need to go,” the as-

Part of my vision is continuing Education starts in the home nothing else will get xed.” more proactive than reactive. semblyman said.

that work and take it even more with the problems we have in Scar , a psychologist as well “Academically, the goal is Byrne also agreed with

seriously. We need to be more society-the vaping, the drugs,” as a deacon, said he dreams of getting all third graders to be Harckham on restoring AIM

proactive in representing our- he said. “It’s not just the school’s a world in which his profession at grade level upon leaving monies to the budget.

selves as a Jewish people.” responsibility. It’s our responsi- and even law enforcement, is no third grade with a solid read- “Cutting the AIM funding

State Sen. Peter Harckham bility as a community, as men- longer needed. ing and writing program,” he would be awful,” he said. “Ev-

agreed with Friedman in that tors, as parents to educate our “I would love for the district added. “For many years in Ma- ery town in my district was ze-

civil discourse has deteriorated young, ourselves. We can be our attorney, for the sheri , for the hopac [schools] everyone has roed out. Some say the funding

and that the onus is on all of us worst enemies. We can be igno- government to be gone,” he said. been in their own efdom. ey is insigni cant but it’s not. It’s

to change it. rant. We need to open our eyes “What I am trying to say is if we did what they did at Fulmar; one thing to downsize, but our

“Tone and invective: It starts to what is going on. We have are a healthy people and really they did what they did at Aus- towns need a consistent revenue

with all of us,” he said. “We drifted apart. We need to come care about each other, we don’t tin; they did what they did at stream so they can plan for the

need to lower the temperature back together and have each need those things. As a psychol- Lakeview. By the time they got future.”

and take a civil tone in public other’s backs.” ogist, I have often wanted to put to sixth grade, teachers knew Tendy said his plans for 2019

discourse. at is what we are ere is cause for optimism, myself out of business … except who came from where. at’s include bringing in an addi-

trying to do. Langley added. business grew. Isn’t that terrible? not acceptable. Everyone should tional assistant district attorney

“What we have been doing “We have rebuilt trust with But that’s where we’re at.” have the same experiences no and the creation of the rst nar-

since Election Day is meeting the community, with law en- Mahopac School Superinten- matter what grade level they are cotics unit in the history of his

with as many elected o cials forcement,” he said. “You have dent Anthony DiCarlo said he leaving. So, what you will see o ce.

and school districts and other brought crime down; 136 crimes and his sta have created a ve- next year in kindergarten and “It will interface with the

stakeholders as we can,” he con- less from 2017 to 2018 [in the year roadmap that he believes rst grade is the Readers and drug treatment court-alterna-

tinued. “It’s a needs assessment. period of January through Oc- will bring some consistency and Writers Workshop Program. tives to incarceration,” he said.

It doesn’t matter what politi- tober]. What I look forward to uniformity to the district’s cur- If we do it e ectively, we stem e DA’s o ce will also intro-

cal party we are in, we were all is that number going down even ricula and programs. the tide of kids going to special duce an immigration-a airs unit

education or needing additional and an immigration hotline.

help. at’s the work we want to “We are aware that immi-

do; that’s the vision.” grants, whether they are here

Elected o cials on the pan- legally or illegally, are always

el also shared their goals and victimized by criminals,” he

legislative agendas for 2019. noted. “ ey don’t tell us be-

Harckham said he’ll be work- cause they are afraid their status

ing to persuade the governor to will be revealed. We let them

adjust the proposed budget to know that as a crime victim, we

include much-needed funding don’t care what their status is.

for local municipalities. It will be kept con dential. We

“We lost AIM (Aid to Mu- want to get the message out.

nicipalities) funding,” the sena- Like Langley, Putnam Judge

Do you know what steps you can take to tor said. “It was not always a James Reitz said the solutions
avoid your estate going to probate? huge number, but it was some- to 2018’s problems start at
thing that municipalities could home.
build their budgets on. ey’ve
already set their budgets for the “We are being challenged.
It’s how we deal with the chal-

• Asset Protection • Elder Law • Past Chair of Elder Law Section of year and now they are looking at lenges,” he said. “ e key is the
zero when it comes to [AIM], so home-early intervention and

• Medicaid Applications NYS Bar Association we have to get that back in the getting the foot soldiers in-
(Nursing Home/Home Care) • “Super Lawyer” In Elder Law budget. ings like the severe- volved.
weather paving program have “It’s not our government that
for 10 consecutive years
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(Contested/Non-Contested) northern suburbs that we need he continued. “Speak up. . . .
Managing Member to get back in the budget.” We need our moms and dads,
• Wills, Trusts & Estates Fluent in Italian brothers and sisters and aunts
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PENNY WAR Mahopac students
receive Dean’s List
FROM PAGE 6
honors
coins or bills into their team’s con-
tainer. e object is to accumulate the Clare Winchell was name to the Sophia Brennan, a member of the
most positive points, which are gar-
nered by collecting pennies and paper Dean’s List for the fall semester at class of 2021, majoring in mechani-
money. Negative points are deducted
when silver coins are deposited (al- the Collage at Brockport (SUNY) cal engineering.
though all the money still goes to the
JennaJackPack Project). After two where she is a freshman. ---
weeks, the Penny War has already
raised $1,500. --- e following Mahopac students

“ e teams are developing all kinds Meghan E. Mammola was were named to the Dean’s List at
of strategies. Kids have been throwing
in 20s,” McNeill said. “One girl threw name to the Dean’s List for the fall the University of Scranton for the
in a $100 bill! We emailed her parents
to make sure that was OK.” semester at the University of New fall semester: Michael T. Don-

Eighth-grader Alexa Collesian said Haven. nelly, a senior biology major in the
she prefers the Penny War to the way
they collected money in the past. --- University’s College of Arts and

“It’s been a lot of fun,” she said. “It’s Anthony Sochan, a 2018 gradu- Sciences; Amanda N. Jankowski,
better than last year.”
ate of Mahopac high school, was a senior nursing major in the Uni-
Seventh-grader Ginamarie Cama-
cho said the students get a sense of Ginamarie Camacho named to the Dean’s List at Rut- versity’s Panuska College of Pro-
satisfaction from donating to Jenna- drops some coins
JackPack. gers University. fessional Studies; Katherine N.
into a Penny War jar.
“It feels really good to know I’m --- Manna, a senior nursing major in
helping someone else to feel better,” she said. PHOTO: BOB DUMAS
“We take care of each other.” Siena College has named the fol- the University’s Panuska College of
Breseis Forte. “It lets them know they are not
“[ JennaJackPack] helps kids who are going alone, and people are thinking of them.” lowing Mahopac students to the Professional Studies; Ryan Vitkus ,
through a tough time,” added eighth-grader
e team with the highest number of points Dean’s List for the fall semester: a junior international business ma-
will be rewarded with an ice cream party.
Michael Boga, Taylor Bucking- jor in the University’s Kania School

ham, Jenna Schweigle, Brendan of Management; Michael P. Clan-

White cy, a senior business administration

--- major in the University’s Kania

e following Mahopac students School of Management.

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‘It feels really good to know I’m helping someone else to feel better. tute (WPI) wered named to the Mahopac News will publish more
We take care of each other.’
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of them will not have control opportunity — one where
over the matter. ose who do workers have greater con-
may want to consider the pros trol over their schedules and
and cons of early retirement. careers.

ADVANTAGES DISADVANTAGES
Many people seek early One of the disadvantages

retirement so that they can live of early retirement is a loss
a life free of the constraints of income. Contributions to
of schedules. In retirement, retirement accounts also ceases
time becomes, more or less, a at retirement. is can lead to
retiree’s own.
nancial setbacks if adequate
Leaving a job can be a boon savings were not allocated for
to a person’s health as well. Re- retirement. According to the
lieving oneself of the pressures resource Wealth How, some
and stresses of professional people who retire early fear
life can free up the mind and

PAGE 20 MAHOPAC NEWS Sports THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2019

Mahopac defeats Ketcham, 55-38

BY RICH MONETTI
CONTIRBUTING WRITER

As the Mahopac girls basket- Shannon
ball squad prepared to take on Becker looks
Ketcham earlier this week, they to pass in
were well aware of how they’ve traffic

struggled against them in previ-

ous years.

“We hadn’t beaten Ketcham in

three of four years,” said Natalie

Scanlon. But a second straight

victory over 10-4 RCK left the

Ketcham coach with some new-

found respect for Mahopac.

“ ey outplayed us in every

aspect,” said Ketcham coach Pat

Mealy.

On both ends, Mia Klammer

did a large share of the work, and

it was only tting that she opened

the game with a three.

“She’s got some motor,” said

Mealy.

Mahopac put Ketcham

through the grind as Caitlyn

O’Boyle, Shannon Becker piled Caitlyn
on with Scanlon all evening. O’Boyle
goes for
“Size really helped us inside, three.
especially with the put backs,”
said Scanlon.

e advantage got the Ma-

hopac big inside for an early lay up

and foul shots, and not letting up, Zina McInerney
won’t get pushed
O’Boyle then made the most of a aside as she goes

Klammer miss for an 11-7 lead. for 2

e ongoing slight did not go Melanie DeMeo
makes a switch
unnoticed by Ketcham. and looks to
pass.
“ ey were just bigger than us,
PHOTOS:
and it was hard to keep up,” said DEENA BELL

Ketcham guard Mya Smith.

e quarter closed with Ma-

hopac going up top again. is

time it was Becker.

Corralling an o ensive rebound,

Becker went cross court from the

corner, and Klammer showed she

could gut it out too. e guard

drove hard along the baseline, and

as she went down, so did two more

for a 13-7 lead.

A little two-step was next for

the game’s high scorer. At the

top of the key, Klammer gave the

short shrift to her dribble and got

through the defense for two of her

15 points.

“I wanted to do it for the se-

niors,” said Klammer. “ is is a

great team.”

Looking to send her elders o ,

she did more than steal their hearts.

Stepping in on the Ketcham in-

bound, Klammer found O’Boyle

for a short jumper, and the thievery

- by design - was far from over. Scozzafava was still very pleased with how

“She’s so quick and fast that we tell to his defense contained the elusive guard.

hawk the ball,” said coach Chuck Scozza- Either way, a Scanlon follow and Klam-

fava. mer inbounds steal continued the Ma-

On the counter, Ketcham guard Katie hopac double down on size and speed for a

Wall had some moves herself and went SEE GIRLS HOOPS PAG E24

coast to coast to cut the score to 17-9. But

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2019 SPORTS MAHOPAC NEWS PAGE 21

Indians hold off Brewster/Yorktown, 8-5

BY KEN MURPHY A pair of shorthanded goals play and set the pace the whole and bury some dirty goals,” the play of Bricker.
CONTRIBUTING WRITER by McKee sandwiched a Brews- entire game.” Donaghy said. “He’s a guy that, all season
ter/Yorktown goal in the second
e Mahopac High School period sending Mahopac into Mahopac did outwork their Mckee nished the game with long, has put in the time, worked
hockey team scored the rst four the nal period with a 6-2 lead. opponents with most of their three goals and three assists with his butt o , and every time he
goals of the game, using the big goals coming from in close. O’Shea adding a pair of goals was out there he was back on
period to build a lead they would e Indians quickly extended to go with three assists. Nick defense, he was up by the net, he
never relinquish as they rode the the lead with Niko DeCola scor- “We knew that they were go- Bricker, John Dundon and Chris was getting chances,’ Donaghy
momentum to an 8-5 victory ing 1:11 into the third period for ing to collapse down so we told Stiller had two assists each. said. “He had a great night and
over Brewster/Yorktown at the a comfortable 7-2 lead. Brew- our guys to get in there, work it he has been earning it all year.”
Brewster Ice Arena. ster/Yorktown would, however, up top, just look for rebounds Coach Donaghy highlighted
brie y make it a game, scor-
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score in the game. goal of the game with 3:23 re-
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hockey attributes.” said Ma- ans win to their depth and hard UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO
hopac coach Tim Donaghy. work..
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