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Published by Halston Media, 2021-03-04 01:45:42

Mahopac News 03.04.21

VOL. 12 NO. 4 Visit TapIntoMahopac.net for the latest news. THURSDAY, MARCH 4, 2021

GOP endorses
three Town Board
candidates

Ken Schmitt will seek eighth
term as supervisor

First responders inspect the BY BOB DUMAS the past 14 years.
damage, which was staggering. EDITOR Incumbent Suzi McDonough

PHOTO: JACK CASEY e Carmel Republican will seek her fourth four-year
Committee has endorsed three term on the board. For the past
Motorist airlifted to hospital candidates to run for the Town two years, she has served as
after three-vehicle accident Board in November. Schmitt’s deputy supervisor.

BY BOB DUMAS e accident took place at ap- third vehicle played a role. Anthony Scannapieco, chair Steve Baranowski, who
EDITOR proximately 5:30 p.m.on Baldwin Carmel Police Chief Anthony of Carmel Republican Com- served as the Carmel Conser-
Place Road near the intersection mittee, said the endorsements vative Party chair from 2004
A three-vehicle accident sent of Route 6. Mahopac Falls Fire Ho mann said that the accident were unanimous. to 2016 and is a member of the
three people to the hospital on Department responded along is under investigation and that Carmel Republican Commit-
Wednesday evening (Feb. 24), in- with Mahopac EMS, Medic 2 the cause and other details are It should be noted that oth- tee, also received the GOP en-
cluding one motorist who had to paramedics and Carmel police. still unknown. ers seeking to run for o ce on dorsement to run for a four-year
be airlifted to Westchester Medi- the GOP ticket can gather sig- council seat.
cal Center in Valhalla with seri- Mahopac Falls Fire Chief Je Boyle said the accident in- natures on a petition and force
ous injuries. Boyle said it was a head-on colli- volved a car, an SUV and a a primary election against the Current board member Mike
sion, but it was unknown how the committee-nominated candi- Barile will not seek re-election.
SEE ACCIDENT PAGE 3 dates in June. Several residents
have indicated a desire to do so Schmitt said he is seeking an-
and Mahopac News will pro le other term because there is still
them should their petition ef- work to be done and notes he
forts be successful. has led the town through several
crises and believes he is the right
Supervisor Ken Schmitt will choice to continue to do that.
once again seek a two-year term
as leader of the town govern- “During my tenure as super-
ment. He has held the o ce for visor, the nation was hit with

SEE GOP PAGE 4

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MAHOPAC MUSINGS 2 A Special Supplement to Halston Media
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link for this meeting. present, Wassberg Johnson dis-
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THURSDAY, MARCH 4, 2021 MAHOPAC NEWS PAGE 3

PHOTO COURTESY OF PHOTO COURTESY OF ELLE NISTICO PHOTO: JACK CASEY
ELLE NISTICO
With an IV in place, rescue workers prepare First
to remove the victim from the vehicle. responders
prepare for the
Firefighters use extraction
the Jaws of Life,
power saws and PHOTO COURTESY
cutters to peel OF ELLE NISTICO
the wreckage off
the driver.

PHOTO: JACK CASEY

ACCIDENT The LifeNet
Air helcopter
FROM PAGE 1 prepares to
take the victim
pickup truck. e driver of the pickup had to be extricated from to Westchester
his truck with the Jaws of Life, which took nearly 45 minutes. County Medical
Taken to the Mahopac Falls rehouse, he was met there by Li- Center.
feNet Air 2, a helicopter that transported him to Westchester
Medical Center. Boyle said the victim was conscious when he PHOTO COURTESY OF
was extricated from the truck, but his condition is unknown at ELLE NISTICO
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“ e accident happened on one of [Baldwin Place Road’s]
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Boyle said the SUV’s driver and a passenger, already out of
their vehicle when rst responders arrived, were taken by am-
bulance to Westchester Medical Center as a precaution. ey
had sustained just minor injuries, the police said. e driver of
the third car was uninjured.

Baldwin Place Road was closed for about ve and a half
hours as the investigation was conducted. It reopened around
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GOP

FROM PAGE 1

an economic recession not seen since Ken Schmitt Suzi McDonough Steve Baranowski
the Great Depression, and more recently
the coronavirus pandemic, a health crisis ware and town highway equipment and “I have owned a business in town and year Wall Street and corporate career.
of enormous magnitude,” he said. “Few vehicles. am aware of the struggles of small busi- He said he has two major objectives if
administrations have faced as many chal- ness owners,” she said. “I have also had
lenges.” “Such initiatives help to reduce or the privilege of helping those in times of elected: To work to manage the town’s
eliminate the need to borrow funds for need with my not-for-pro t organiza- budget to remain within the tax cap and
Schmitt points to his record when it routine purchases, thus avoiding debt- tion, e Jimmy McDonough Founda- sustain its Aa1 bond rating, and to ex-
comes to the town’s scal standing, not- service costs and protecting the town’s tion, which aids families struggling with pand the town’s commercial and indus-
ing that under his tenure it has received a bond rating,” she said. “In addition, I cancer. trial tax base.
Moody’s bond rating of Aa1. have provided a major impetus for the
installation of radio-read water meters “I am proud of my accomplishments “ ese two objectives align well with
“I am proud of my record and suc- within Carmel’s 13 water districts. I am as a council member, but I know there my background,” he said. “I have spent
cesses over the past 14 years. I, along presently spearheading the town’s Master is much more to do,” she added. “I am my professional career managing the -
with the town comptroller, will continue Plan and working with our grant writer determined to maintain property taxes at nances of large, complex organizations.
to maintain the town’s strong scal po- to help o set costs for the town. We are an appropriate level, while still improv- In addition, I have a long-time profes-
sition of a Aa1 bond rating,” he said. revitalizing downtown Mahopac, which ing services and infrastructure; address- sional and academic interest in economic
“However, much work still needs to be will give the residents a spot to enjoy the ing New York City’s general impediment development, and I have served on two
accomplished, such as the downtown beauty of Lake Mahopac as well as safer to future development and expansion Putnam County economic-development
Mahopac revitalization and beauti ca- parking, and installing systems for elec- of wastewater treatment plants and ad- organizations.”
tion project, continued improvements to tric vehicles in the hamlets of Mahopac dressing water rates.”
the town’s parks and recreation facilities; and Carmel.” Baranowski served in the Army from
continuing negotiations with the New Baranowski is a Mahopac native, a 1983 to 1985 and was honorably dis-
York City Department of Environmen- McDonough is a lifelong resident of graduate of MHS, and is married with charged. He has an MBA in accounting
tal Protection for the acquisition of the Carmel and has ve children. three children. He is a CPA with a 35- and nance and a doctorate in business
Mahopac wastewater treatment plant, administration.
which would allow for the expansion of
the sewer collection system westbound
along the Route 6 commercial corridor,
to the county line, and the completion of
a new Comprehensive Plan.”

McDonough said she has been inte-
grally involved in multiple cost-saving
initiatives including the townwide gar-
bage district and spearheading the ad-
dition of speci c line items in the town
budget and set aside funds to purchase
items such as computer hardware/soft-

THURSDAY, MARCH 4, 2021 MAHOPAC NEWS PAGE 5

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Farmers market to return to Mahopac this spring

Shuttered in 2020, market will feature new location, more vendors

BY BOB DUMAS PHOTO: BOB DUMAS hopac should be a plus for both attend-
EDITOR ees and vendors. She notes that it is in
A scene from the inaugural farmers market in 2019: Customers line up at the Brewster a high-tra c area, so folks who weren’t
e farmers market is coming back. Pastry booth to check their breads, and other baked goods. aware of the market might impulsively
After debuting in 2019, the COVID stop in when they see it.
pandemic arrived in 2020 and brought to reaching out to new vendors all over New during the pandemic.
a halt any momentum the summertime Kallmeyer said the Rec Department
event had garnered. York State before we decided to cancel, “We know there are many businesses will seed the area this spring to create
But town o cials say the market will a green space for the market, and some
now return and be bigger, better and o er but that opened some doors for this year. that are starving, and this is a great op- general cleanup will be performed to get
a more eclectic array of goodies. the place in shape.
ey were all happy to hear back from us portunity to showcase their food,” Kall-
is year’s market, which will be held “It will be a great spot,” she said. “Even
on Sundays, May 2 through Oct. 24, from about 2021. meyer said, “because this is going to be a though they will be doing some construc-
9 a.m. to 1 p.m., will also boast a new lo- tion, we will make sure it will be ready to
cation. In 2019, it was held in the park- e town has also invited local eater- great place for people to come and get out accommodate it. It’s a prime location for
ing lot of the Town Hall. is year, it will the vendors. It’s a big draw.”
move to the location of the future Swan ies to set up booths and market their cui- of the house and get some fresh air.”
Cove Park, next to Tompkins Mahopac e market featured some craft vendors
Bank on South Lake Boulevard. at was sine—a move that could boost business Kallmeyer said the move to Lake Ma- in 2019, but Kallmeyer said they want to
the goal all along and it brings with it a improve on that, so crafts will only be
new name: Carmel Farmers Market at part of the market on the last Sunday
Lake Mahopac. of each month in an e ort to highlight
them and make it a special event.
Besides having local farmers on hand
with their fruits and veggies, the market “We did have some craft vendors the
will also feature food trucks, live music rst year, and their feedback was it would
and, on the last Sunday of each month, be more prosperous if we did it once a
craft vendors. month and made it special,” she said.
“Something di erent for people to come
“We are so happy to be starting up and see.”
again this year,” said Nina Kallmeyer, Kallmeyer said they are currently seek-
senior recreation leader for the town’s ing craft vendors from a variety of cat-
Recreation and Parks Department. “We egories to take part—everything from
lost some momentum, but it worked out candles to soap to jewelry.
to our bene t. Last year we spent time
SEE MARKET PAGE 20

“The highest form of wisdom is kindness.”
-The Talmud

These days, when everything seems
unsettled and unsettling, it’s easy to react

out of frustration, fear, or anger.
That rarely gets us what we want or need.

To manage this challenging time, we need more
compassion, empathy, patience, and justice.

After all, the wisest path is the path of kindness.

With warm wishes for good health, wellbeing,
and an abundance of kindness.

Rabbi Sarah Freidson

Temple Beth Shalom, Mahopac I tbsmahopac.org I 845.628.6133

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We dodged a bullet Of strikes and goals

HERE More men voted for Trump; more whites; LIFE, the fact that Vice President Kamala
AND more Christians; more married people; more HEALTH, Harris has been working on carving
NOW! people over the age of 45; more residents of POLITICS out a niche for herself in foreign policy
small towns and rural areas; more folks living
BERNIE in the South and Midwest; more people mak- with Biden’s encouragement, accord-
KOSBERG ing over $100,000 who considered themselves
better o nancially than in 2016; and more MARA ing to Politico, and even taking calls
What if Donald Trump had won? If people for whom the economy was their most SCHIFFREN for him with heads of foreign states,
he had handled the coronavirus important issue. which is unprecedented, Harris was
pandemic more competently and,
in addition, showed a modicum of compassion, Overwhelmingly white, male and Chris- not informed about the Syrian bomb-
he probably could have been reelected. tian,Trump voters expressed discomfort with
America’s changing demographics (in spite ing ahead of time. And, according to
Last November, the Trump Administration of having privileges and owning bene ts Two weeks after the start of the White House sources, she is upset
came perilously close to in icting irreparable far superior to minorities).Trump played deadly polar vortex down in about being left out of the loop.
harm on our democracy. A shift of less than them shrewdly, treating them as if they were Texas which caused a huge lo- Vice President Harris does not have
45,000 votes in three states would have forced victims—strangers in their own land—and cal disaster throughout the state, Presi- a dearth of foreign policy experience
the election into the House of Representatives casualties of a corrupt political system.
where—under archaic rules—Trump may well dent Joe Biden nally got onto a plane heretofore, her o cial experience
have prevailed. Trump voters were enticed by his hateful
appeals rooted in sexism, racism, and preju- to inspect the damage and ew into a being limited to her work on the
Almost 75 million people voted for Trump. dice. In Trump’s America, there is no “political
Forty-seven percent of those who voted for correctness.”It is acceptable to publicly declare balmy Texas with the weather now in Senate Intelligence Committee, which
president wanted Trump to continue in o ce that you don’t like women who are powerful;
for another four years. He received 10 million you don’t like immigrants who look di er- the high 70s. So much for being able included her work on the committee’s
more votes in 2020 than he did in 2016. What ent than you do; and you don’t like Black and
does this say about our country? brown people, especially those who take pride to see the damage caused by ice and investigation into Russian interference
in their race.
It is unfathomable, to me that so many snow. ough both he and Dr. Jill, his in the 2016 election.
people supported Trump for president—a man Trump voters were angry and continue to be
who lied constantly; a man accused of sexual so. While the news media re exively described wife, visited a food bank in Houston, Another consideration here is that
misconduct by dozens of women; a man who them as fearful, social scientists have found
actively and consistently cultivated a climate that anger was their predominant emotion. where they got a lot of airtime. in the past VP Harris had criticized
of anger and dissension among the citizens Trump voters were angry that a woman ran for
he had vowed to protect; a man laden with president in 2016, and that a Black woman was Last week, Biden, or his adminis- former President Trump for bombing
animosities, under whom respect for the rule of running for vice president in 2020. ey are
law had perilously eroded. angry the country is lling up with immigrants tration, also bombed Syria, the rst Syria after President Assad’s horren-
who have brown skin. ey are angry blue-
Numerous exit polls identi ed the electorate collar and manufacturing jobs have moved o cial military action taken by the dous use of chemical weapons on his
that voted for Trump and, over the past three overseas. And they are angry that the country
months, various social scientists have scoured appears to have left them behind. Biden administration. e target here own citizens. She insisted on the need
the data to expose trends.
Trump convinced many of his voters that were facilities that the Pentagon stated for Trump “to lay out a comprehensive
According to an article (“Trump Was there is a “deep state”conspiracy of elected
Almost Re-Elected. What Does at Say Democratic o cials. He demanded fealty of were used by Iranian-backed militia- strategy in Syria in consultation with
About Us?”) by Walter G. Moss, professor his followers, insisting they demonstrate their
emeritus at Eastern Michigan University, and loyalty by expressing belief that the only way men in retaliation for “recent rocket Congress.” Did this a ect the fact
Rick Shenkman, founder of the History News he could lose the election is if it was stolen
Network: “sweeping generalizations are always from him, and that he is engaged in a war attacks both on the U.S. embassy in that she was not consulted before-
dangerous, and historians are trained to avoid against Democrats, and people in the enter-
them … What follows are some that we feel a tainment industry who are forever trying to Baghdad and U.S. troops based at the hand? It is striking that the Biden
high percentage of con dence in making, real- undermine him, a process he called “draining
izing that when we say single ‘Trump voters,’ the swamp.” Erbil airport.” ough the strikes Administration did inform Russia in
we don’t not mean all of his supporters, just a
signi cant number.” And what most drew voters was Trump’s were intended to represent a “propor- the moments before the attack while
simplistic populist appeal: at he stands
e following is a consolidation and re- with them—the little guys—against a corrupt tional retaliation” for these attacks, also deciding not to inform the vice
phrasing of their conclusions: ruling elite; that he’s an us-versus-them type
of guy, with a six-gun strapped to his side; and they fell short in that regard, according president.
Tens of millions voted for Trump simply that the media is full of leftists, enemies of the
because he had an R next to his name. to Middle East expert Michael Rubin, Indeed, according to reports, Harris
SEE KOSBERG PAGE 12
since the targets were dusty provincial found out through the media.

outposts, and not the equivalent of Who made the decision to keep

an attack on U.S. military at the Erbil Harris out of the loop? Was it Biden

airport. himself or members of his team? And

is attack was also surprising, since will this trend continue or disappear?

the last few months have been full of is intra-administration maneuver-

the rhetoric that the Biden Admin- ing is something to keep an eye on.

istration could not wait to return to Another interesting development is

the JCPOA, the Joint Comprehensive that Biden refused to see a delegation

Plan of Action, also known as the Iran of Democrat congressional represen-

nuclear deal. Indeed, this may be one tatives wanting to discuss the Syria

reason that the Biden Administration strike before he took o for Texas to

struck at a dusty provincial outpost view the damage there.

instead of something more vital to Sen.Tim Kaine, who sits on the

Iranian military infrastructure. Doing Armed Services and Foreign Rela-

real damage to an Iranian target would tions Committees, put out a statement

be like a home goal in soccer and limit last week reiterating this point. “ e

or damage their future prospects for American people deserve to hear the

making this deal with Iran. Administration’s rationale for these

ere were a few other surprising SEE SCHIFFREN PAGE 9
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LETTERS

Schiffren, GOP ignore people. Remember, he won the election Most Capitol protesters then proceeded to assist with bail. Yet,
real issues by seven million votes with 306 college were peaceful I choose to believe many participants
electoral votes, and he is doing the things in the protest were trying to have their

To the editor, he promised them he’d do. To the editor, voices heard. I don’t assume all protes-

Regarding Mara Schi ren’s opinion Schi ren is doing a classic Republican I read in the Jan. 28 edition multiple tors are violent.

piece “Rhetoric vs. reality” of Feb. 25 she maneuver, asking “what-about,” bringing negative opinions about all non-social- More and more we see anyone with

quotes a recent Rasmussen poll that says up side issues like the Keystone pipeline, ist Democrat columns or behavior. e an opinion that does not re ect the

54 percent of those polled agree with Don or teachers unions, while this country is majority of protestors in Washington, socialist-Democrat monologue being

Jr. that “Joe Biden’s not the moderate nice facing many immediate and serious cri- D.C. on Jan. 6 were doing so peacefully. censored either by socialist-Democrat

guy they made him out to be. He’s a pup- ses: a pandemic, fragile economy, racial e faction that chose to become vio- media or this pervasive and sickening

pet of the radical left.” Yet, in the same injustice, climate change with resulting lent should be prosecuted. To propose cancel culture. ere are even members

poll 50 percent of those people polled ap- disasters, and the aftermath of a political that people should lose their jobs or be of Congress who are encouraging re-

prove of him. Meanwhile, the Hill-Har- insurrection. e latter of which prevented barred from working for the county or programming for American citizens.

ris poll has his favorability at 59 percent. Biden from getting timely and vital infor- state is ludicrous. Isn’t that what Communist China does?

Schi ren is suddenly concerned that mation from the last administration, and One of the rights American citizens Any deviation is dealt with quickly lest

President Biden isn’t reaching out across from getting his cabinet members in place have is the right to assembly. It is not the idea of a free society take root and

the aisle enough, but to do that you need to begin the work of xing the mess left limited to assembly of “only if your spread.

a partner on the other side. Former Presi- behind. at is why he’s moving fast to x opinion agrees with mine.” BLM-antifa ere is a quote I heard recently. If

dent Trump didn’t reach out to Biden, things through executive orders and with have certainly been invoking this right, you give up your liberty for a sense of

never conceding the election. Can Biden a bill that will address the most pressing yet many of their protests have devolved security, you deserve neither. While you

reach out to Sen. McConnell who held needs of the American people. However, into riots. eir continued riots, loot- scorn those with an opinion that di ers

up Obama’s Supreme Court nominee Schi ren like many Republicans, is pre- ing, arson, and assaults have been going from yours, please remember it is be-

for over a year because it was too near tending to be outraged by the process on without any attempt to curtail the cause this is a free society that you can

an election, but rushed through Trump’s rather than real issues a ecting Americans violence. is violence is actually en- express it. e liberty and freedoms you

nominee in record time during an elec- because their only real agenda is to make couraged by some government o cials. take from Republicans or conservatives

tion? Or can he partner with senators Biden a one-term president. Vice President Kamala Harris herself today is your own.

Cruz and Hawley who still contested Ralph Ehrenpreis stated on a late-night show, “ ey’re not Karen Troini

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OP ED Move on down the road

Be present and CAN’T PACK LIVING ing to call a search and rescue team
be involved to nd the missing deodorant.
ROOM STUFF WITH BED-
e other thing you have to do
BY THOM IANNICCARI and more shops, o ces, etc. all TRACY ROOM STUFF.” when moving is use a Sharpie and
with apartments above? BECKERMAN As anyone with two “X”chro- write the name of the room that the
AND LAWRENCE ZACKS box is for in BIG LETTERS so the
GUEST WRITERS In Pleasantville, the old Read- mosomes would tell you, the key movers would know where to put it.
ers Digest property has developed Otherwise, a box with bedroom stu
Several years from now the into such a destination of mixed is not to make it easy to pack… could end up in the living room and
Mahopac Hamlet will be trans- use that includes a town theater. it would be mass hysteria all over
formed into a destination neigh- the key is to make it easy to again (My hysteria, I mean. Mine).
borhood. In the summer it will We have such a project ap-
have a seaside town-like vibe and proved and await the end of this unpack. You want all your boxes Seeing that my plan of action
in the winter, a village feel espe- pandemic. It is the Alexandrian could devolve into chaos, I took him
cially with a light snow. Group Distillery o Route 6, to be packed for their own speci c aside and womansplained to him the
which appears to have a public As you may know, I recently rooms. is makes complete sense strategies for packing boxes.
You can have a hand in this destination portion. I wonder if moved. And in case you to me and all my X chromosomes,
painting. Very soon the engineer- they will have a small cafeteria. didn’t know, moving is num- but apparently something on the He looked at me like I had two
ing and design report will be re- ber three in the top ve most stressful Y chromosome in husbands makes heads and was on the train to Cra-
viewed by the Town Board which Stop now, close your eyes, put zytown. en, he said he wouldn’t be
will give you a chance to review it yourself in downtown Mahopac or things in your life. Number two is it di cult to comprehend. is able to remember all the rules and I
and respond. You will want to be anywhere in the other downtown should just pack all the boxes myself.
there to have a say on the concept; sections of Carmel. en write divorce and number one is death of is why I yell,“Y, Y, Y DID YOU Which was ne with me, even
to agree and disagree. It is your down what you saw. though it took A LOT more time
hamlet. a loved one. Having just moved, I can PUT THE KITCHEN STUFF since it was just me doing all the
Feel free to share to the editor work. But I didn’t resent him a bit…
How do you envision the Ma- of this paper with your thoughts tell you with certainty that number IN WITH THE BATHROOM
hopac Lake Hamlet overall? Do or if you see this article on social And I only smiled a little when I
the above words stir you or do you media, please comment, and tag three can often be the cause of num- STUFF??” put his deodorant in with the olive
have your own vision? How will it #CarmelVision2020. If you oil.
it be a destination spot for shop- would like a copy of the Legisla- ber two and number one. e issue is, if my husband does
ping, banking, dining, sharing a tive Advocacy Board’s Vision Ini- Tracy Beckerman is embarking on a
moment with others by the lake? tiative paper, send your request to Of course, this might sound silly, indeed put the kitchen stu in with new adventure as an empty nester!
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Will there be the relaxing pe- com. especially considering all that’s going the bathroom stu , it would mean Suburbia,” she is “Lost in Midlife.” Life
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in Armonk; a stone piazza with om Ianniccari and Lawrence on in the world, but the motive for I’d have to run back and forth from laundry. For more midlife humor, you
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taken lightly. Which is why moving unpack that box.

is number three on that list. Horrible, right? Who would do

It’s not that my husband wasn’t such a thing?

helpful with the move. It was that A HUSBAND!

he was TOO helpful. For instance, Now, it’s not like I am an expert

when we were packing boxes, he put in these things. I’m a professional

the living room pillows in with the writer, not a professional packer.

bedroom comforter. But I do know that if “I”packed his

I’m sure he was thinking,“Hey, deodorant in with the olive oil, he

these are all soft things. Let’s put wouldn’t be able to nd it, he would

them in a box together.” freak out, dogs and cats would start

But I was thinking,“WHAT, sleeping together, there would be

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Let it snow, man!

BRUCE ere’s something about snow you don’t.) Even unburdening a vehicle of thinking, so l’chaim!)
THE BLOG that’s inescapably and gid- Snow is a shape-shifter of the several inches of snow can be a
dily happy. Sure, like any other rst rank. form of therapy. It creates a liber- VISIONS OF WARMTH
BRUCE creation of nature, snow can We can sculpt it into winter ating, almost cleansing sensation, e texture of life is constantly
APAR endanger us when it goes too like rinsing shampoo o a dog.
far. Like when those indi- fortresses in homage to “Game enriched by its contrasts. e
Are you enjoying the vidual crystals—which seem of rones.” If that canine analogy gives you more white stu that accumu-
snow? I am. Not to say so delicate and innocent ying pet lovers pause, forgive me; it’s lates these frigid winter days, the
I’m going to miss it ter- solo—get it in their aky heads We can shape it into statuary been a while since I shampooed more our minds turn to what
ribly whenever it stops (if it ever to join forces in fearsome num- that trace their cold-blooded lin- myself, let alone anything with spring and summer will feel like
stops), but let’s not deny snow bers to gang up on us, like in an eage to His Royal Coolness, the twice as many legs, one tail more, when they come back around the
its fun. avalanche. immortal Frosty the Snowman. and a longer leash. But, trust mountain of ice and snow we’ve
me, like every other husband come to know so well this winter.
After all, snow is a main at- ankfully, we don’t live in We can ball it up and throw throughout history, I easily can
traction of winter, and with movie avalanche country. (Does any- it at each other to remind us relate to what it’s like to spend e more eagerly we anticipate
theaters only now beginning to body?) that age is a state of mind and, time in the dog house. those thermal days waiting for
re-open, the panorama of enter- besides, why should kids have all us somewhere over the rainbow,
tainment that is snow has been SEAMLESS COMFORTERS the fun? When there’s enough snow the more we’ll rejoice anew when
the only main attraction we got. We can safely admire the afoot to impede our motorized warmer days once again play the
It’s the ultimate special e ect, We can sled on it, ski on it, movement, enough can’t be said ice breaker to indulge our annual
CGI not required. Plus all the snow-white, seamless comforters board on it, snowshoe on it, snow for the Highway Department sensual pleasure.
snow cones you can eat. of virgin snow that beautifully angel on it. (And slip on it, so be crews who plow ahead undaunt-
blanket our open spaces. careful out there. Wear sensible ed, around the clock, granting Just the thought of it is enough
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Memories and milestones

READING, a chocolate cupcake in front member requesting fun clothes and went on with the party, no or dinner. One year, I celebrated
WRITING & of me. Cheeks smeared with for spring), and put together a big deal. my birthday on a trip to Mexi-
CHOCOLATE chocolate frosting, I appeared “memory” glass souvenir. co, another year in Vermont.
very pleased to be the center of e only birthday celebra-
KIM attention. But the unplanned highlight tion that I remember sharing is is the rst birthday in
KOVACH of this Sweet Sixteen party was a birthday cake with my dad my entire life that my dad is
My mom made big cel- when my parents brought out was the year that Dad turned not here for us to wish each
March is my favorite ebrations for our birthdays. my birthday cake with candles other “Happy Birthday.” I miss
month. My birth- I remember a few times over blazing. My friends and I all fty and I turned twenty-one. that life-long connection.
day is in March, the those grade school years gathered around the edge of We had a big party with lots
winter is almost over and the when my party or my brother’s the dining room table. I leaned of guests including my parents’ I don’t mind not having a
clocks spring forward. What’s party had to be cancelled due over to make a wish and blow friends, neighbors, and my birthday party at a restaurant
not to like? to snowstorms. e ice-skating out the candles. e next thing group of friends. or a friend’s house this year. We
party or other special outing I knew, my dad was swatting at are all being careful and stay-
I was born on my dad’s had to be postponed. We still my head with a kitchen towel. Later that evening, I remem- ing healthy. I am celebrating
birthday. Probably not his rst received lots of presents and ber sitting in my boyfriend’s a milestone birthday and I try
choice of a good birthday pres- birthday cake. Luckily, from where Dad lap in a 1960s plastic desk not to think about the actual
ent but that’s the way it worked My Sweet Sixteen birthday had been standing o to the chair. My brother snapped a number. On a TV commercial,
out. Even though we shared a stands out because that is the right side, he saw my long curly photograph of us at the exact a woman says, “Age is just a
birthday, I always remember year that my hair caught on brown hair catch on re from moment that the chair broke. number and mine is unlisted!” I
having my own birthday party re when I leaned in to blow the candle ames. I was startled like that attitude!
with my name on the birthday out the candles. I had planned but not burned. A lock of frizzy at photograph captured the
cake. I still have a photo of a low-key birthday party at my hair and the tip of my right surprise on our faces as we fell Kim Kovach will be celebrating
my rst birthday celebration: house with seven friends from eyelashes got singed. My mom to the oor. with chocolate, good books to
Sitting in my highchair with high school. We played records, was not happy when the acrid read and greetings from friends
opened presents (I distinctly re- smell of burnt hair lled the As an adult living in Man- by phone, email and on Zoom!
dining room. We cut the cake hattan and later residing in kimkovachwrites.com
Northern Westchester, I usually
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Marking Read Across America Day

STRONG a special day. Reading, above all then they should also have pep to read is an important factor in have young children in your life.
LEARNING else, is an essential skill for our rallies for reading. And what student achievement in school Get involved in this year’s Read
children to learn. Yet, reading better day than on Dr. Seuss’s and beyond, but many teachers, Across America. Your library
DR. LINDA in our country is often taken birthday? parents and librarians interact or the NEA’s website is a good
SILBERT for granted. Reading—whether with children every day who place to start. If your library
a book (in print or on a hand- Dr. Seuss (whose real name not only dislike reading because o ers a live session, sign up to
Dear Dr. Linda, held device), a street sign or a was eodore Geizel) intro- it’s hard for them but become read one of Dr. Seuss’s books to
I’m back! I’m the reading menu, a newspaper, or a maga- duced millions of children to anxious just looking at a book. a group of children. If not, do it
zine—connects humans with reading. e rhymes and silly Whether they have a reading over Zoom. If such is not avail-
teacher who contacts you every the outside world. stories of “Cat in the Hat,” disorder called dyslexia or have able in your area, organize one
year to be sure that you once “Go Dog Go,” “Green Eggs been forced to read when they yourself.
again remind your readers that Although reading is simply and Ham” and more opened didn’t want to, many children
March 2 is Dr. Seuss’s birthday putting sounds to a group of up the world to these children. “hate” reading (or what they have If you’re interested in helping
which is Read Across America written symbols, letters, and And his nal book, “Oh, e been trained to think it is). children who are struggling
Day. Teachers and librarians making sense of it, without it, Places You’ll Go,” took them to learn to read, nd out more
and others who read with we would have to depend on on a voyage of life, including ese children’s needs must be about dyslexia and the reason it
children are privy to this day, others to tell us what’s happen- all its challenges. “Congratula- addressed so that they don’t be- presents a problem for people
but most others are not. I know ing elsewhere, complete with tions! Today is your day. / You’re come illiterate. But that requires and reading. Visit the Inter-
it’s not a national or religious their opinions and biases. By o to Great Places! You’re o interacting with each child, national Dyslexia Association
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“Read Across America Day” any direction you choose. / ing a fun way to get them to read the country—and your own
should be celebrated. ank How did “Read Across You’re on your own. And you often (practice) so they connect back yard.
you! America” begin? In May 1997, know what you know. / And to the stories (whether ction or
a small committee at the Na- YOU are the guy who’ll decide non ction) and become joyful Happy birthday, Dr. Suess!
Jen tional Education Association where to go.” readers too. Since we know that Dr. Linda
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anks so much for remind- celebrate reading. ey com- America wasn’t meant just for read fun. Dr. Seuss understood stronglearning.com if you have
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In its 38th year, Young Artists is an annual exhibit at the Katonah Museum of Art which celebrates the work of high school senior artists. In addition to having their pieces exhibited,
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Developers grilled over ‘supportive’ apartments plan

Applicants look to dispel myths surrounding project

BY BOB DUMAS who are struggling nancially. He gressed to the point where they Chair Craig Paeprer. “I don’t ready to accommodate that.

EDITOR said the remaining 36 apartments can now live independently. e think any of us are used to get- “We retain an agency vehicle

are designated “supportive,” for agency’s mission is to help peo- ting letters from the county. ey on-site with which we provide

Developers of a proposed those who have su ered some ple overcome whatever obstacles weighed in pretty heavily.” some transportation to occu-

72-unit apartment complex on type of trauma or are recovering they have to success.” During last week’s meeting,Je pants of the development and we

Baldwin Place Road that would from mental illness and ready e goal of the developers Contelmo, senior principal engi- would be prepared to use that ve-

provide 36 a ordable apartments to live on their own, albeit with right now is to get the proposal neer at Insite Engineering, which hicle to transport school children

and 36 supportive apartments some outside support. before the Zoning Board of Ap- is designing the project, said no as well,” he said. “We would also

were grilled by members of the “ is is for people to fully live peals, where the project could changes had been made to the be prepared to erect a small bus

Planning Board last week on a on their own,” Brody told the need as many as four variances, site plan since the last meeting, shelter to accommodate them

litany of subjects ranging from board during an initial meet- covering septic and well require- but the applicant did respond to should that be necessary. We

funding to whether such a devel- ing last month. “[ e support- ments, age restriction, parking a list of questions and concerns would shuttle them to the bus

opment is needed. ive units are for] people who at and two-story height. laid out by the board and the stop at which point they would

e development, known as one point in their lives may have But at its Feb. 24 meeting, the town engineering department, as meet the [school] bus.”

Fairhaven at Baldwin Place, is been hospitalized or su ered an Planning Board said it wasn’t well as the county. Code enforcement o cer

being proposed by Search for accident or injury. is includes quite ready to pass the plan on “We did submit a detail re- Mike Carnazza said the ap-

Change, a nonpro t organization veterans, survivors of domestic to the ZBA because the county sponse to comments from the plicants need to work with the

in Valhalla that has provided re- violence, people who have suf- Planning Board has questions. county,” he said. “ e county did school to make sure the location

habilitative services for the men- fered from anxiety or depression, “Since it very unusual for us to not have the latest site plan or a is appropriate for a bus stop.

tally ill for the past 46 years. as many do nowadays, especially hear from the county Planning full description of the project. “Is that a good spot for the bus

Ashley Brody, Search for during a pandemic. It includes Board, I would like to hold this And they did not have the park- to stop?” he wondered. “Contact

Change’s CEO, told the board people from all walks of life, who over until at least we get the op- ing study. We did submit a full the bus garage and see if that is

that 36 of the units will be “af- might have experienced di cul- portunity to see what they would response regarding the misinfor- going to work for them. ey

fordable” apartments for those ties at one point but have pro- have to say,” said Planning Board mation that they had.” may prefer to come in [to the de-

Brody also responded to the velopment] if they can.”

board’s questions regarding Board member Kim Kugler

funding for the project. He said questioned whether there was

funding to provide basic support even a need for more housing like

services to occupants of the de- this in the community.

velopment’s supportive housing “I am still struggling with you

For today, retirement units would be provided by the saying there’s a need,” she told
New York State O ce of Tem- Brody. “What is this real, real
porary and Disability Assistance need that [allows you to justify]

and every moment (OTDA). the size of this facility?”

Tenants would also pay rent in But Brody said study after

accordance with established rent study has revealed the need for

in between. thresholds and income standards. more housing throughout Put-
Funding for capital development nam County and Carmel and
would be provided by the New that even myriad county agen-

York State Division of Home and cies have said so. He provided

Community Renewal (HCR); the board with several of those

OTDA; a private equity investor studies.

(as is customary of developments “ e facility proposes to house

Tier 4 planning isn’t about getting a new 403(b) that receive tax-credit nancing); 72 people, half of whom would
or buying financial products. It’s about becoming
educated and empowered around the events and a modest bank loan. qualify as workforce tenants,
and decisions in your personal financial life. It’s
e board broached the ques- individuals who would be em-

tion of busing for children who ployed and earning up to 60 per-

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FAIRHAVEN Board of Appeals. housing. Grocery/med
deliveries
FROM PAGE 16 “We’ve seen very little happen [at the Fact: Fairhaven is open to people with
available for
cent of the area’s median income,”he said. proposed site], as proved by the fact that incomes up to 60 percent of the Area seniors
“ at encompasses quite a few people
who are employed in the local economy. this property is still vacant. e landown- Median Income (AMI). It is not “low-in- Family Services of Westchester
(FSW)’s RideConnect program is
“All the studies have shown that mul- er has actively marketed this property and come” housing but a ordable housing for ready to assist older adults 60 and up
tifamily development rentals in Putnam in Westchester and southern Putnam
County are exceedingly scarce,” Brody would love to see something go there,” those who qualify. e current AMI for a County who need shopping and delivery
continued. “ ere is ample data from of groceries and/or medication.
multiple sources generated from within Contelmo said. “We are in the commer- family of four living in Putnam County
Putnam County which attest to that e program has hundreds of volun-
need. If we had the capacity, we could cial business-park zone, which really only is $113,700. A family with annual earn- teers available to shop so that the vul-
probably ll twice as many units. It’s not nerable population can stay home and
just our assessment; all the data that we’ve permits residential in the form of senior ings up to $68,220 (60 percent of AMI) safeguard their health during the CO-
looked at supports that.” VID-19 outbreak.
housing, which we modeled our develop- would qualify, as would single individuals
Board members asked who the lead RideConnect’s core mission is to pro-
agency in the development and mainte- ment after.” with annual earnings up to $47,760. vide transportation resources for older
nance of the property would be. adults 60 and over, and it has mobilized
Some Planning Board members noted Myth: Comingling tenants of support- quickly to meet the new demand for de-
“My agency is the lead and bears pri- livery services to seniors and those who
mary responsibility, but we have a whole that the town is in the throes of revamp- ive and workforce housing units won’t are immunocompromised. e program
development team that includes agen- also continues to provide seniors with
cies that do this kind of work around ing its master plan and the revised plan work. transportation to essential medical ap-
the state,” Brody responded. “It would pointments like chemotherapy and dialy-
include a property-management compo- could oppose such a development in that Fact: Developments like Fairhaven sis.
nent and other stakeholders that would
share in delivering services to the ten- area. at Baldwin Place operate successfully Seniors and immunocompromised in-
ants. is [system] isn’t something we are dividuals can inquire about receiving gro-
making up out of whole cloth, hoping it “Maybe the master plan should con- throughout New York State. Most are cery or medication deliveries by calling
will work. is is tried and true and been 914-242-7433 or emailing Karen Ganis
done for many years. It just hasn’t been sider the need,” Contelmo responded. fully occupied, and many have lengthy at [email protected] Details are available
done here.” at www.fsw.org/seniors-grocery-delivery.
“ at’s what it should be doing. Nobody waitlists. Occupants of supportive hous-
Some board members expressed con- ose looking to volunteer can visit www.
cern that placing a residential develop- on our side has ever said we t squarely ing units are not unlike occupants of fsw.org/volunteer-grocery-delivery.
ment in an area zoned for commercial/
industrial purposes could set a bad prec- into your zoning and have a free pass to workforce housing units. Supportive
edent. But Contelmo noted those con-
cerns were in the purview of the Zoning the end of the proceedings. We are just housing tenants simply have health con-

trying to get to the Zoning Board. We ditions for which they require minimal

have to articulate our arguments relative and basic support services.

to use to them.” Myth: Tenants of Fairhaven will pose a

In documents provided to the Plan- “risk” to the local community.

ning Board, Search for Change addressed Fact: Tenants of Fairhaven will be like

an array of what it called “myths” sur- tenants of any other housing develop-

rounding the project. Here’s a partial list ment. ey will simply have health or

and Search for Change’s response: nancial needs for which the services of

Myth: Fairhaven is a “facility” or “in- supportive and workforce housing are

stitution.” needed. Individuals with these needs al-

Fact: Fairhaven is neither a “rehabili- ready reside in our community. In fact,

tation facility” nor an “institution.” It is a tenants of Fairhaven will come from our

supportive and workforce-housing devel- community. In addition, tenants will be

opment, and its tenants will be able to re- subject to rigorous screening procedures

side independently with some very basic to ensure their success and their ability to

and minimal support services. pay their rent.
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PAGE 18 MAHOPAC NEWS THURSDAY, MARCH 4, 2021

Snow days could become Carmel Rotary Club’s
remote-learning days Basketball Challenge

District ponders what to do if more fundraiser set
bad weather hits
e 14th annual Community and the Carmel Rotary Club invite

Basketball Challenge sponsored by organizations, adults and youth to

the Carmel Rotary Club is set for take advantage of this fun and easy

April 24, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (rain date fundraiser for your favorite organi-

BY VICTORIA PITTORE their internet,” he said, noting students would not April 25) at the ShopRite Plaza zations. Now more than ever, com-
MAHOPAC NEWS INTERN be able to log in online along with their teachers.
parking lot, Route 52, Carmel. munity non-pro t organizations
With the snowy weather seeming like it is not “Just because we can say we can go remote
going to go away anytime soon, talk of remote- doesn’t mean everyone can,” he said. “ ere are While COVID-19 has made it need support.
learning snow days is being discussed by school going to be circumstances where you may not be
district o cials. able to connect with your teacher or your teacher a little more complicated in orga- Since 2008, the Community
might not be able to connect to you only because
Superintendent Anthony DiCarlo noted that of the availability of where that person lives. nizing this community fundraiser, Basketball Challenge has raised
the district’s contract with the Mahopac Teach-
ers Association stipulates that X number of snow “ ere could be days where the storm might the Carmel Rotary Club’s goal is to over $453,000 with 91 di erent
days be put into the schedule. Back in December, not be that bad, but the roads are bad, but every-
DiCarlo sent a letter to district families stating body can be hooked up remotely,” he added. create a safe and CDC compliant community-based organizations
that the Mahopac Central School District would
have six snow days on the schedule, and if the DiCarlo said the subject needs further discus- event that will be as successful and bene tting from the proceeds.
district went over, conversations with the union sion with the union, which he said is open to the
would have to take place about doing remote idea of remote-learning snow days. fun as it has always been. “ is year we’ve set our goal to
learning on those “snow days.”
“ ere was a lot learned throughout the pan- is year’s Basketball Challenge raise $50,000 at the Basketball
As of March 4, there are two more snow days demic with technology,” he said. “Remote learn-
left,“but for right now we are going to stick to our ing is something new to everybody, but we know is being held outdoors in the Car- Challenge,”Gambino said.“We are
six days,” DiCarlo said. “If for some reason we go that we can use it if we have to moving forward.”
over it, then we could have a conversation with mel ShopRite Plaza parking lot; and con dent that this goal is attainable
our union, and talk about making any more days DiCarlo said that he is always going to err on
over six become remote days.” the side of safety of the students and sta . e su- all participants are required to reg- with our nonpro t organizations
perintendent cited Feb. 22 as an example. On that
DiCarlo noted that during remote days, you day, before the school day started, DiCarlo called ister online, in advance. e CDC and community’s participation and
don’t know what the weather is like in areas where for an early dismissal because he saw the forecast,
some teachers live. and bad weather was predicted for when the buses and Putnam County Health De- will help continue a wide variety of
were scheduled to be on the roads that afternoon.
“A lot of times in Mahopac we have trees down, partment’s COVID-19 guidelines vital programs and services in Put-
poles down, and people lose their power, or lose Even if it did not snow, he said, “we will go
based on what the forecast is.” will be followed: everyone attending nam County and beyond.”

must wear a mask, social distance It’s a very easy way to raise mon-

and follow the directions of the Ro- ey for your organization and you

tary volunteers at the event. don’t have to be a basketball player

e Rotary Community Basket- to participate. For information on

ball Challenge is a popular annual how to participate in the Commu-

event that o ers Putnam County’s nity Basketball Challenge, call the

local nonpro t organizations the Carmel Rotary Club at 845-225-

opportunity to raise funds to sup- 2122, or visit the Carmel Rotary

port their mission and enhance Club Website www.carmelrotary.

their fundraising e orts. Basketball org and click “Basketball Challenge

Challenge Chairman Sal Gambino Files.”

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Putnam awarded $6 million for emergency communications MARKET

Putnam County has been ty Sheri ’s O ce, New York New York State has awarded ment at towers and antenna FROM PAGE 6
awarded $6 million in state State Police, Metropolitan more than $500 million of In- sites; implementing Next Gen-
funding to improve emergency Transit Authority Police De- teroperable Communications eration 911 technologies and “ ere are so many options,”
communications, infrastruc- partment, school districts and grants to 57 counties and New standards; setting up commu- she said. “We think it will be
ture and public safety opera- municipal police departments. York City since 2010. e pro- nication channels among pub- great because there are no real
tions. gram has allowed counties to lic safety radio systems; con- craft fairs very close to us.”
“Strengthening its emer- make vital improvements in solidating emergency services
e funding, which is part of gency communications ca- the way rst responders can dispatch centers; supporting Many of the vendors from
Phase 2 of the 2018 Statewide pabilities between multiple communicate between each the operations of public safety 2019 will return, Kallmeyer
Interoperable Communica- jurisdictions and agencies will other and di erent regions of dispatch centers; and deploy- said, but the market is look-
tions Targeted Grant Program, help safeguard the residents the state using land mobile ra- ing new technology that helps ing to expand beyond those to
will enable the county to add of Putnam County,” said State dio systems. counties link their systems to- include things such as jerky,
six new communications tower Sen. Pete Harckham. “Also, the gether. cheeses, seafood, meat and or-
sites and add new radio chan- additional funding from the e grants have funded ganic produce.
nels to enhance communica- state for these infrastructure communications upgrades that Article courtesy of State Sen. Pete
tions between the county’s re enhancements lessens costs for include expanding radio cover- Harckham’s O ce “We are looking to double,
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County enlists Harckham to push for teacher vaccines

Last week Putnam County o cials held guidelines,” DiCarlo said. “Presently, we

a meeting with State Sen. Pete Harckham are analyzing the updated guidelines and

to emphasize local concerns about the ‘Presently, we are analyzing the updated actively encouraging our teachers and
ability of schools to safely introduce more guidelines and actively encouraging our sta to obtain vaccinations. e advocacy
students back into their buildings. e orts of both the senator and county

County Executive MaryEllen Odell teachers and sta to obtain vaccinations. executive in these areas are invaluable in
and Mahopac Superintendent of schools our success. Additionally, we are surveying

Anthony DiCarlo have been vocal about e advocacy e orts of both the senator our families to ensure that we are align-
the importance of vaccine availability for ing our priorities with theirs as we look to

school sta s and faculty, and that was a and county executive in these areas are welcome back more students as guidance
major focus of the meeting. permits.”

e pair urged the senator to contact invaluable in our success.’ Putnam Valley Supervisor Sam Olive-
the governor directly, as well as the State rio, who worked for the Putnam Valley

Department of Health (NYSDOH) and -Superintendent Anthony DiCarlo School District for over 30 years, praised

Department of Education (NYSED). the advocacy of both Odell and Harck-

During the meeting, Harckham agreed ham.

to advocate for more vaccines speci cally “Our children are our greatest resource

for school sta in Putnam County and has ing left behind as the state moves ahead been working together with the County and treasure,” he said. “To continue these

subsequently sent a letter to Dr. Howard with the phased reopening of industries Department of Health since last spring remote and hybrid educational models,

Zucker, commissioner of health for New and businesses. to address the health and safety concerns especially for our middle and high school

York State, requesting an increase to tthe “We want to make sure Albany hears alongside the educational needs of each students is ludicrous. ese young people

vaccine allotment for Putnam County the concerns of the Putnam community,” community. While what works in one need the social interaction, hands-on

teachers and other school sta . Odell said. “ e safety of students and school district may not work in another, learning, and participatory education that

Odell assured the group that the Put- sta is and always has been paramount. the coalition of Putnam superintendents only in-person education can provide. It

nam County Department of Health has Our districts adhered to the school re- have worked together to interpret guid- is shameful that our faculties and school

the capacity to vaccinate teachers when opening guidance prior to reopening ance from New York State and implement sta have not all had the opportunity to

additional vaccine is supplied by the state. last fall. As with all other industries, our plans that adhere to state DOH and edu- be fully vaccinated to ensure that the in-

Also included in the senator’s letter was schools must now be permitted to con- cation department guidance documents. person model of education can proceed.

the request for clear and speci c guidance tinue their phased reopening. is pan- ese documents were last updated in the I am hopeful that the state and especially

for the next steps in the safe reopening of demic model of in-person learning must summer of 2020. the governor’s o ce hears the requests

schools. evolve. Updated state guidance, as well as “I appreciate the opportunity to col- from our representatives and acts quickly

During the meeting, Odell and Di- vaccinating our teachers and other school laborate with Sen. Harckham and County and decisively to provide these needed

Carlo, along with representatives from the sta , are vital components of that forward Executive Odell to ensure that we can vaccines.”

Putnam County Department of Health, movement.” continue to provide appropriate education

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PAGE 22 MAHOPAC NEWS Sports THURSDAY, MARCH 4, 2021

Mahopac gymnasts win Section 1 title

Senior Jamison Castrataro stars in her nal meet

BY BOB DUMAS for Mahopac with a score of 9.0, while Castrataro

EDITOR nished fourth (8.80).

“We really picked it up on balance beam and

e Mahopac gymnastic team won the Sec- oor exercise especially since we were down by

tion 1 championship last Friday (Feb. 26), besting almost two points after the rst two events,” the

second-place nisher Somers by a score of 165.30 coach said. “We placed three in the top ve on

to 163.650. balance beam and four in the top ve on oor

Ossining, Brewster and Clarkstown also took exercise—our best oor routines of the season.”

part in the meet, which was held at Odyssey Also standing out for Mahopac was Nicole Gi-

Gymnastic Center in Mahopac. annetta who tied for fourth in the balance beam

“I am so proud of this team; the way they com- (8.80), fourth in the oor exercise (9.00), and

peted, fought hard and never gave up and with fourth in the all-around (32.150).

the class and style they did it was truly amazing,” “Nicole and Kaitlyn also had great routines and

said coach Vin Collins. “What a great night for vaults,” Collins said. “ ey had their best routines

our team, especially our seniors. is was truly the of the season.”

ultimate team e ort. Everyone contributed.” Collins said it was Mahopac’s depth that made

Senior Jamison Castrataro in her last meet for the di erence.

Mahopac once again led the team nishing rst “Kaylie Ann [Hammond], Cecylia [Haber-

in the oor exercise (9.55), the vault (9.25), and ling] and Jadyn [Suni] all improved the di culty

the all-around (36.600). She tied for rst in the of their tumbling on the oor, and Juliette [LeB-

uneven bars with a score of 9.00. lanc] on bars made a di erence as well,” he said.

“Jamison was on re tonight; perhaps the best “And Lexi [Castrataro] in all four events only

competition of her high school career,” Collins solidi ed our depth even more—a great team ef-

said. “She rose to the challenge and led the team fort.”

by her example.” Because of the pandemic, there will be no state

Kaitlyn Palange took third in the balance beam tournament this year. Jamison
Castrataro
performs her
balance beam
dismount.

Nicole Giannetta PHOTOS: TABITHA PEARSON MARSHALL

GIRLS BASKETBALL

’Pac girls surge to 7-0 start
with finish line in sight

BY SKIP PEARLMAN coach added. “Kristina Rush has Cornhuskers on ursday, 67-

CONTRIBUTING WRITER also been helping us, and Julia 25, and then posting a 58–49

Paolicelli… e help defense is win on Saturday.

e Mahopac varsity girls there, and they’re all playing re- In Saturday’s win, Julie De-

basketball team continued its ally well.” Brocky led the team with 17

strong play last week, winning Monday afternoon at Ossin- points, O‘Boyle added 14 points

three more games to put their ing, Mahopac played its closest and 12 rebounds, Mia Klammer

record at 7-0 to open this pan- game of the season and walked had 13 points and eight steals,

demic-shortened 2021 season. o with a 63–59 victory over the and Beberman added 10 points.

With the nish line (next Pride. e prior ursday at Yor-

Tuesday is the nal day to play Rush had 14 points for the ktown, it was DeBrocky who

regular season games) in sight, Indians, and senior captain led the team with 15 points.

the Indians are making the most Caitlyn O’Boyle added 12 O’Boyle had 12 points and 10

of their opportunities. points and ripped down a ca- rebounds, and Rush added 11

“I’m very happy, the girls have reer-high 21 rebounds. Lauren points for the Indians. Lauren
Beberman
been playing very well,” coach Beberman added 11 points and “In the rst game our o ense (11) had 11
points and 10
Chuck Scozzafava said. “We 10 rebounds. was really hitting, and theirs rebounds in
the ‘Pac’s win
knew we could be good, it was “ at was a good win,” Scoz- struggled,” Scozzafava said. “In Monday over
Ossining.
just a matter of scoring points zafava said. “We had the lead at the second game they started
PHOTO: SKIP
and doing what we need to do. about nine with a minute ago, shooting much better.” PEARLMAN

ey’ve been working very hard, we made a few mistakes, had Mahopac was set to host

and they see each other, it’s been some silly fouls that put them at Somers today ( ursday) at

a real team e ort. at’s really the line…But it was a nice win.” 5:45 p.m., and visits Arlington

nice to see. e Indians took care of busi- Saturday at 1 p.m. to close the

“All ve of our starters have ness in two games against Yor- regular season. Playo s follow

been playing very well,” the ktown last week, ripping the next week.

THURSDAY, MARCH 4, 2021 SPORTS MAHOPAC NEWS PAGE 23

Mahopac girls bowlers win
regional tournament

BY SKIP PEARLMAN skill pay o in the tournament.

CONTRIBUTING WRITER “It was a very di erent feel this

year without spectators,” he add-

Mahopac’s girls bowling team ed. “But the girls made the most

won a Section 1 regional cham- of it and fed o the energy of the

pionship title last week at Fishkill entire team. I am very happy for

Bowl, competing against other all of them, and especially the se-

teams in the league. niors (Krista and Marina) as they

e Indians team consists of got a proper send o . I hope to

Marina Angrisani, Krista Dietz, see the other girls return next year

Emma Long, Gabby Marino and and continue the great progress

Julianna Mendez. that they have made.”

Angrisani averaged 180 with Carroll said the boys team will

a high game of 218, and was continue its progress.

PHOTO COURTESY OF TOM MCMAHON awarded second place for second “ e boys did not have as
highest average for the day, and much success,” Carroll said. “But
The Indians honored seniors, from left, Miles Buckley, Luke Syku, Chris Clark, Vin Bastone and John second place for second highest there was one individual who
Cosentino last Tuesday for Senior Night. individual game. stood out—Makena Kraus aver-

BOYS BASKETBALL Marino averaged 179 with a aged a 199 through six games,
high game of 198,and was award- high enough for fth overall on
Indians top Somers, Brewster, ed third place for third highest the day for the boys. Makena had
split pair vs. Yorktown average for the day. Krista Dietz one of the best six-game stretches
averaged 174 with a top game of I have seen him bowl since he
212, and was awarded third place. joined the team, and as a senior, I

“ e girls bowled very well, am very happy with how he end-
and were consistent across the ed the season. e rest of the team

six-game tournament,” Mahopac is very young, and I hope they re-

coach Jim Carroll said. “It was turn and I can continue working

BY SKIP PEARLMAN DeMatteo, Max Gomes, Colum ing 13 points in the win. Luke great to see their hard work and with them in the future.”

CONTRIBUTING WRITER Ranaghan and Miles Buckley o Syku had 12, and Bastone and

the bench. ey all gave us great Cosentino each added 11 for the

e varsity boys basketball minutes.” Indians on their Senior Night.

team defeated Brewster, 54-48, In Saturday’s loss at Yorktown, “It was a special night for our

last Tuesday at home, and beat Buckley’s 14-point, six-rebound seniors (Buckley, Syku, Bastone,

visiting Yorktown two days later, e ort led the ’Pac. Ryan Reilly Cosentino and Chris Clark),

51-29, winning their fth straight and John Cosentino each added who led the way,” McMahon

game to open the season. eight. said. “ ey’ve all meant a lot to

But Yorktown responded by “Yorktown out-coached us and this program and helped build a

ending Mahopac’s win streak out-played us,” McMahon said. culture that will last here. I also

Saturday, handing the Indians a “We were able to cut the lead to felt great that their parents could PHOTO COURTESY OF MAHOPAC SCHOOL DISTRICT
48-46 loss. e Indians got back 2 late, and had an opportunity to share in the evening and attend
on track quickly, rolling over tie or win the game, but we just the game.” Mahopac champs, from left, Marina Angrisani, Gabby Marino,
Krista Dietz, Julianna Mendez, Emma Long.

Somers, 59-51, Monday on the didn’t get it done. I thought the

road. guys played hard, but we didn’t

Monday at Somers, the Indi- make enough plays. At the var-

ans (6-1) got 16 points, six re- sity level, if you don’t make plays, COVID–19
bounds and four assists from Pat- you’re going to get beat, and we TESTING ALERT
rick McMahon, and Vin Bastone got beat.”
added 15 points to go with nine
rebounds. Two days earlier, the Indians
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Tonight, besides Vin and Patrick, e week opened with a win

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Indoor track
team closes
season at
Palisades Mall
parking garage

BY SKIP PEARLMAN
CONTRIBUTING EDITOR

Mahopac’s indoor track and eld team was

one of the lucky ones to be able to get some

competition in last Wednesday, going against

Rockland County teams at what some dubbed

the Palisades Mall Underground Parking Lot

Challenge.

“We were incredibly blessed to have this

opportunity,” Indians coach Kelly Posch said

Sophomore Chris Morris (top) earned a convincing win at 118. PHOTO: SKIP PEARLMAN of the parking garage meet. “ e conditions
were the best of the season as we were mostly
Wrestlers open season, top Putnam inside, so the temperature was much warmer
Valley, lose to RCK than our previous three meets, which were
outside.”

Mahopac’s boys shined in the relays. e
sprint medley relay team of Jamie Virola, Da-
vid Kaprielian, Ryan Rondeau and Max Se-
megran took second place. Semegran also ran

a dominant race to bring home the win in the

BY SKIP PEARLMAN Nick Greco opened with a pin for tlers looked sharp to open the season. 1,000m, winning by eight seconds.

CONTRIBUTING EDITOR the Indians, and Chris Morris fol- “Morris has been moving really well For the Mahopac girls, Hailey Pereira and

lowed with a 7-2 victory by decision. on his feet, and taking advantage of Orlaith Gallagher placed second and fourth

e wrestling season nally got Aiden Muldoon picked up a win by opportunities,“ he said. “He worked (out of 53), respectively, in the 55m. Senior

started last week, and the Mahopac decision at 132, Ryan Kick won by pin hard in the o -season, and it de nitely Andrea Jenkins took a third in the 300.

varsity grapplers jumped out to a to a at 145, and Russo pinned his opponent shows. James Russo always has a great Senior Kiarra Condon anchored the sprint

1-1 start, beating Putnam Valley, 24- at 152. motor, he’s very strong and he’s always medley relay, which took a sixth place nish.

16 Saturday at Mahopac, after drop- “ e guys are happy to be back in good position. Also on that relay were Pereira, Grace Witt

ping their season opener at RCK a day on the mat and competing,” Indians “Angelo (Centrone) is just so strong and Jenkins.

earlier, 43-28. coach Steve Tornambe said. “But we’re and so slick and he takes advantage of e team of Jackie Baron, Avery Pzymyl-

In the team’s opening match at Ket- not satis ed, we want to win. Against every opportunity,“ the coach added of ski, Mia Lanter and Regina Horvath also took

cham, Section 1 champ Angelo Cen- RCK, the rust showed, there were his top wrestler. “And our young guys fourth in the swedish relay (400m-300m-

trone picked up a win by pin, James some nerves maybe. It’s been over a are wrestling tough and showing good 200m-100m).

Russo cruised to an 11-1 win at 152, year since they’ve wrestled. But Satur- potential. Joe Ramirez looks good, and “ e performances showed that the hard

and Corey Camastro picked up a pin day everyone wrestled well, wrestled to Nick Greco has also look good so far.” work in those practice sessions paid o ,”

in 50 seconds at 160. their abilities. is week coming up we e Indians were scheduled to take Posch said of cardio and strength work the

One day later at home, the Indians will be tested.” on John Jay Saturday on the road at team has been doing via Google meet. “It was

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How can women overcome obstacles to nancial security?

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CONGR ATUL ATIONS

To Our 2020 Leading Sales Professionals

DOUGLAS DILL JOHN KINCART GERALDINE FINAN Sales Awards
Associate Real Estate Broker Associate Real Estate Broker Associate Real Estate Broker
Emerald Award | Brokerage Top Producer
Platinum Award Platinum Award

MAGDALENA KONKOLA KATHY O’DRISCOLL MARIA MAKAJ SHARI BESTERMAN NADIA VAN HAUWAERT

Associate Real Estate Broker Associate Real Estate Broker Real Estate Salesperson Associate Real Estate Broker Associate Real Estate Broker
Platinum Award Platinum Award Platinum Award Platinum Award Platinum Award

ELSA FERREIRA RAYMOND MAGNANI LISA BUCOLO ANDREA MICCARELLI WILLIAM FRATTAROLA, JR BARBARA NICOTRA BURRONI
Real Estate Salesperson
Associate Real Estate Broker Real Estate Salesperson Associate Real Estate Broker Gold Award Associate Real Estate Broker Real Estate Salesperson
Gold Award Gold Award Gold Award
Gold Award Gold Award

DIANE RYAN JOELLA DELIBERTO ELIZABETH FINNEGAN BARBARA SAWIN JUNE CANAVAN
Associate Real Estate Broker
Associate Real Estate Broker Real Estate Salesperson Real Estate Salesperson Associate Real Estate Broker
Gold Award Gold Award Gold Award Silver Award Silver Award

KIMBERLY NICOSIA AMIE CUNNINGHAM SMITH PAT R I C I A D’A L E S I O JOSEPH LOMBARDI CAROL ANN MILLER LISA DAROS
Real Estate Salesperson Real Estate Salesperson
Real Estate Salesperson Real Estate Salesperson Associate Real Estate Broker Silver Award Silver Award Real Estate Salesperson
Silver Award Silver Award Silver Award Silver Award

CLAIRE HOCH ANGELA LANNI KIM GUNNESS SEAN MURPHY
Real Estate Salesperson Associate Real Estate Broker Real Estate Salesperson Real Estate Salesperson

Silver Award Silver Award Silver Award Silver Award

Congratulations to our entire team of real estate professionals for making
Houlihan Lawrence the #1 Real Estate Brokerage in Mahopac.

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Source: One Key MLS, 1/1/2020 - 12/31/2020, total volume sold, single family, by Company, Mahopac school district


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