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Published by Halston Media, 2018-12-20 21:21:10

Mahopac News 12.20.18

VOL. 9 NO. 44 Visit TapIntoMahopac.net for the latest news. THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2018

Jingle all the way! The chairman of
the board retires
Santa makes a brief stop for some treats while visiting the families
on Hilltop Road during the Candy Cane Run. e Mahopac Falls and Harold Gary steps down after 30-plus
Mahopac re departments held their Candy Can Runs over the past two years as Planning Board chair
weekends, bringing candy canes to Mahopac kids while collecting lots of
toys for the Toys for Tots program. For more Candy Cane Run pictures
from both re companies, check out the center spread on pages 16 and 17.

PHOTO COURTESY OF RALPH HARKINS BY BOB DUMAS Japan with the occupational forces.
EDITOR When he got out of the service, he
attended Howard University, where
After more than three decades as he would meet his future wife who
the chairman of the town Planning was from Croton Falls. After they
Board, Harold Gary is retiring at last. got married, they moved to Putnam
County and Gary went to work as a
Gary will o cially step down from carpenter and general contractor for
his post at the end of the month. Cur- his father-in-law—a job he held for
rent vice-chair, Craig Paeprer, will 37 years.
take Gary’s place as chairman and the
But after retiring from the build-
Town Board will look to add a new ing trades, Gary went back to school
member to the Planning Board. and got a degree in education from
“No matter what goes on SUNY New Paltz and started teach-
throughout the [meeting], Har- ing at BOCES.
old is always the smartest per-
son in the room,” Paeprer said. e landscape of the town has
“I can’t think of a better person changed a lot since those days.
to have trained with.”
Gary still lives in the same “ e biggest changes are the [num-
house on Union Valley Road— ber of ] houses and the tra c,” said
Gary, who turned 90 this past fall.
on the Carmel/Mahopac border— “Back then, you could hunt anywhere.
that he and his late wife, Dora Lou- Union Valley Road was a dirt road,
full of ruts. ey didn’t plow it too
ise Giles, have lived in since he much. ere were no sand spreaders.
built it on an empty lot in 1963
across from his in-laws. ose were the good times, but we’ve

Gary grew up in Virginia and is a SEE GARY PAGE 4
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LEGAL NOTICES 29
LEISURE
MAHOPAC MUSINGS 30
OPINION
SPORTS 28

2 SENIOR CITIZEN PROM

10 Seniors dance
22 the day away.

pg 3

PAGE 2 MAHOPAC NEWS MAHOPAC MUSINGS THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2018

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Your NeighborTHURSDAY,DECEMBER20,2018 MAHOPAC NEWS PAGE 3

Senior citizens cut a
rug at annual ‘prom’

Although December’s rst Athletic Council. “Betty Boot”
Sunday brought on the winter “Coach Dominik DeMatteo leads the
chill, things were hot in Mahopac and the students of the Athletic line dancing.
High School at the annual senior Council put in a lot of work to
citizen “prom.” Over 100 mem- put on this special event for our
bers of Mahopac’s “golden age” local seniors. Honoring them this
danced to lively music provided way is another excellent re ec-
by the Mahopac High School tion of the ‘Mahopac Way,’” said
Jazz Band and enjoyed nosh do- School Superintendent Anthony
nated and served by the Student DiCarlo.

Having a great time on the dance floor! Joan Carucci with her grandson Sean McDonough
Jazz Band 1 plays swing tunes for the crowd.
Lucille Watts and
Sal Muscente (who
will be a young 91
in February) never

stopped dancing.

PHOTOS: TABITHA
PEARSON MARSHALL

PAGE 4 MAHOPAC NEWS THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2018

GARY of the Red Mills Baptist Church the Republican Party and they later, he was made chairman and structed at the site of the old
FROM PAGE 1
since the late 1950s, said he rst asked me if I would like to join has held the post ever since. Guideposts property on Semi-

got involved in public service the ZBA,” he recalled. “ at’s “We’ve had some great mem- nary Hill Road.

come a long way. And for some around 1980 when he joined the where it all started.” bers over the years and still do,” “ at’s a game-changer,” he

reason, I’m still standing.” Zoning Board of Appeals. In 1984, Gary was appointed he said. “ e town should be said. “ at will be a big asset to

Gary, who has been a member “My wife was involved in to the Planning Board. One year thankful. ey are courageous the town and the county.”

and work hard.” He also noted the new Stop

Gary said the Planning Board & Shop store at the Lake Plaza
‘I hope I helped. at was the most important thing—being of service.’ has faced some controversial Shopping Center. Its site-plan
projects over the years. e one approval had been a three-year
- Harold Gary that stands out most in his mind process and the store nally held

Planning Board Chairman is the plan to build a housing its grand opening last month.

development on the golf course Gary notes that that piece of

on Hill Street. property used to be a drive-in

wrap up Your shoppinG with ease! “ at was a great controver- movie theater.

sy,” he said. “My wife and I used to go

5 Former New York City May- there all the time,” he chuckled.

THERE’S STILL TIME! or John Lindsay wanted to build “When I rst joined the Plan-

“a big development” on the land, ning Board, there was really

but the project stalled. nothing up and down Route 6.”

“In the late ‘80s, it went e Planning Board’s Dec.

through a huge process—that 13 meeting was Gary’s last. e

was one of the most controver- members of the Town Board,

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he said. “After 10 years, they had next door, stopped by to wish
to get reapproval and didn’t get him well. Members of the Plan-
it, so they put it up for sale.” ning Board also had the oppor-

After the property changed tunity to stand and extend their

– Now thru Christmas Eve – hands several times, with vari- thanks and warm wishes.
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PAGE 6 MAHOPAC NEWS THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2018

Harold Gary GARY Gary said retirement is bittersweet, but he
FROM PAGE 4
will look back fondly on his time on the Plan-

ning Board.

years ago, Gary was one of the rst to stop by “I am sad about being retired, but excited

his o ce, wish him luck and o er him some about the time I was on the Planning Board,”

sage advice. he said. “I hope I helped. at was the most

“He told me to be a good listener and speak important thing—being of service. I hope as I

as little as you possibly can,” Schmitt said with am leaving, I have left things better.”

a laugh. “Harold’s always been a humble guy e town is planning a retirement party for

and treated everyone with respect and dignity. Gary at Villa Barone Hilltop Manor in January.

He has always been the consummate profes- e chairman said he’s looking forward to it.

sional and we will miss him here in the town of “I really appreciate that. It shows that the

Carmel. He always did things from the heart.” town cares,” he said.

PHOTOS: BOB DUMAS

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partment is looking to update its of continuing to provide those

Great new brunch menu including eet of re trucks. services.”

• Eggs Benedict • Stuffed French Toast e department seeks to pur- Mulvaney said that by provid-

• Steak&Eggs • Lobster Mac & Cheese chase two new pumper trucks at ing the letter, there is no nan-

a combined cost of $1.2 million. cial obligation to the town.

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Mulvaney said of the old trucks. matter. It was scheduled to do

“ ey were overhauled and re- that on ursday, Dec. 20.

furbished about 10 years ago. It Mulvaney said the depart-

is to the point now where they ment intends to nance the en-

cannot be refurbished again. tire cost of the two trucks.

With all the new OSHA re- “We are proposing a seven-

quirements and guidelines that year xed lease at below 4 per-

Merry have come along, they likely cent [interest],” he said. “We are
Christmas
wouldn’t pass those require- trying to pay it o [quickly] in

ments today.” anticipation of other capital ex-

Under IRS guidelines, the re penses coming down the pike in

department has the opportunity another 10 or 15 years.”

to obtain a loan at cheaper mu- Supervisor Ken Schmitt, who

nicipal interest rates if they meet seemed amenable to providing

certain criteria and obtain the the letter the department needs,

necessary paperwork. Mulvaney had praise for the re depart-

went before the Town Board at ment and the services it pro-

its Dec. 12 meeting to ask for vides.

help. “Mahopac Falls Fire Depart-

“We are entitled to municipal ment, along with our other re

monies that allows to borrow departments, does an outstand-

money at a below-market rate,” ing job protecting our property

he told the board. “In order to and the residents of the town of

do that, there is an IRS require- Carmel,” he said. “We appreciate

ment that the [town] supervisor it; you are all volunteers and re-

signs a letter indicating that we ally step up to the plate.”

Town Board looking
for a town historian

e town of Carmel is seeking a new town historian.
e position is open to all town residents. ose interested should
submit a letter of interest and resume to the supervisor’s o ce.
Mail the letter and resume to: Ken Schmitt, Supervisor; Car-
mel Town Hall, 60 McAlpin Dr.; Mahopac NY 10541, or email to
[email protected]

fro a o u a Town looks to fill
Planning Board vacancy
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Mail to: Supervisor Kenneth Schmitt, Carmel Town Hall, 60
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email to [email protected]

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2018 MAHOPAC NEWS PAGE 9

PAGE 10 MAHOPAC NEWS Opinion THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2018

O Christmas tree! Political tricks

The town of Carmel has been run- Of course, doing it this way would Last I wrote, I spoke about mak- was doomed to lose.
ning a notice on its website for also put an end to another longstanding ing the decision to take mini-va-
about two weeks now announcing family holiday tradition (at least in our cations from politics. I am happy Much luck, Gen. Kelly, in your next
to report that while away on a business
trip for 11 days, I did endeavor. ere was a great deal of
just that, traveling up the
when the town will pick household). It’s the one coastline of California. appreciation for the moderating role
With those spectacu-
up disposed-of Christ- where your dad tries to lar vistas in sight, I was you played among the
quite happy to let go of
mas trees from the curb. OUT OF untangle the rat’s nest of all thought of national LIFE, populace.
ose dates, by the MY HEAD lights (cursing merrily politics. It is wonderful HEALTH, 3) Have you looked
all the way!) and then how much more time I POLITICS
way, are Jan. 8 and 15. had to deal with people into details of the
and nature than I ordinarily do. ough Special Council’s
at’s a bit early if you BOB string them up only to I settled back into the mire on my return
pretty quickly.
ask me, because these DUMAS nd they won’t come MARA entrapment of Michael
e feeling, I must say, is a bit like SCHIFFREN Flynn? According to
days most people don’t on because one of the being on a detox diet with lots of greens the Wall Street Journal,
and other vegetables, where you feel
take their trees down till blubs (the size of a VW light and energetic and productive. But,
then, you start switching back to your
around May, by which headlight) is dead. en general fare. While you don’t feel bad James Comey and then
at rst, little by little, you don’t feel as
time they’ve turned to vertical sticks with the ritual begins to determine which bulb good, either. Next time, I hope to main- Deputy Director of the
tain a longer break.
some twisted, gnarly twigs jutting out that is. FBI, Andrew McCabe, plotted to get
But since I have switched back here
from their sides, coated with a layer of dull, But in the 21st century, that’s no longer is my write-up of three issues recently Flynn in a room, without bene t of
percolating to the surface.
battered tinsel. a problem thanks to these QVC trees. legal counsel, and set a trap for him. Mr.
1) President Trump has canceled
ese are the trees of the Christmas- Some of them come pre- ocked (sprayed the White House holiday party for Comey bragged on MSNBC two week-
the Press. Given the extreme dislike
o-philes—people so obsessed with the with arti cial snow), which makes them he is held in by most of the press; can ends back about how he took advantage
you blame him? Hard to imagine a less
holiday (not necessarily the Jesus part) look ocking amazing. joyous occasion for any of them. I can of the edgling Trump White House:
easily imagine members of the press
that they want to live within it and its My grandparents had an arti cial tree— using the occasion to ridicule Presi- “In the George W. Bush Administra-
dent Trump and Melania. is action
red-and-green trappings for as long as one that you would have never seen on simply drops the pretense that amicable tion or the Obama Administration, if
relations exist between the majority of
legally possible. ey put up their trees QVC, if QVC had existed back then. the Washington press and the White the FBI wanted to send agents into
House.
(and ancillary decorations) as soon as the Grandma and Grandpa’s tree was about the White House itself to interview a
2) Roger Stone’s hot take on why
anksgiving leftovers are sealed up and 4-feet tall and it was… silver! I want to call John Kelly did not succeed long term as senior o cial, you would work through
Trump’s chief of sta : I must say that I
stashed in the fridge, and won’t take their it gaudy, but it was too ugly to be gaudy. It appreciated Kelly in the role of Trump’s the White House counsel, there would
chief of sta for the 17 months that he
not-so-evergreen down until it becomes a looked more like a hairy UFO than a tree. served. Kelly came in at a time when the be discussions and approvals and who
administration seemed to be perpetually
literal re hazard. However, when I was 8 years old, it was chaotic. And he cleaned up much of the would be there. And I thought, it’s early
day-to-day mess so that that no longer
And there is no way a Christmas-o- just fantastic—one of the most wonderful appeared to be its general drift, creating enough let’s just send a couple guys
more sense of stability.
phile would ever purchase an arti cial tree things I’d ever set my eyes on. But the best over.” Both Comey and McCabe have
Stone, however, suggests that this
to guard against such a potential disaster. thing yet is that out of all their 17 grand- is the very thing that doomed Kelly’s since been red.
longevity in the role. Trump’s brand is
Arti cial trees are just that: arti cial. ey kids, I was chosen to be the one to set it up chaos, says Stone in an article by Mya One of the guys that Comey sent over
Adams in the Washington Examiner.
don’t have that piney smell. ey can’t be and decorate it for them. I pulled it out of Kelly’s all-or-nothing battle against to interview Flynn was Peter Strzok,
chaos in the Oval O ce would even-
part of the family tradition where you take the box, stuck the silver branches into the tually place him at loggerheads with notorious for his hatred of anything
Trump himself. And that was a battle he
the kids to the tree lot and pick one out vertical silver pole and hung the orna- to do with the Trump administration.

together, or, better yet, o to the woods ments. (It didn’t need lights. It was silver Flynn was not properly warned he was

where you chop one down (see Chevy and therefore glittery enough.) the subject of an investigation. Instead,

Chase in “Christmas Vacation”). My grandfather conducted all this. He the FBI jollied him along because they

When I was growing up, we had a real would sit on the couch and direct me as I wanted him “relaxed” and “unguarded.”

tree. I’ve got some weathered old Polaroids hung each bulb. Now federal Judge Emmett Sullivan

to prove it. Most of them were pretty “Put the blue one down there.” He has called a halt in the sentencing of

scraggily—they’d never make it as a sub- points. Gen. Flynn while he reviews docu-

ject of a Currier and Ives print. But then at “Here?” ments. If there were unethical shenani-

some point my father decided to cross over “More to the left! No! at’s not left!” gans, he is the very man to call them

to the dark side and buy an arti cial tree. “Here?” out.

All hell broke out in our household. Us “Yeah. Whatever.” 4) And a nal note of celebration.

kids were aghast. It was utter blasphemy! When I moved to Los Angeles and Winter solstice falls tomorrow, on the

My father’s point was simple: “I’m NOT got a house of my own, I decided I would 21st of December. e shortest day of

spending 50 bucks on something that start my own Christmas tree traditions. the year will come and go, and the long

we’re throwing away in a couple of weeks.” I had already inherited some of the old climb from the shortest day to the lon-

(See, he wasn’t a Christmas-o-phile, so he ornaments that my parents used (some of gest will begin. It is such a psychologi-

didn’t keep the tree up for four months, which I had made as a kid) and was slowly cal relief to hit the winter solstice, even

which would have given him a much bet- adding to the collection by visiting craft though the di erence is not immedi-

ter return on his investment.) shows and ea markets. ately apparent. I have always found that

Arti cial trees have come a long way And it had to be a real tree, of course. round about the end of January, the gain

since those days. If you watch QVC (I I wasn’t about to go into the woods with in light becomes really noticeable.

don’t—someone told me), you will see them an ax to chop one down (I had no desire May you enjoy the holiday season!

hawking some pretty amazing fake rs. to add a trip to the ER as part of my new

And the cool thing is, they come with the Christmas traditions), so it was o to the Mara Schi ren, PhD, is a writer, certi ed
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DUMAS enlisted the help of my friends. I When I returned home to oor, breaking dozens of orna- My personal Christmas tree
discovered that if free food and L.A., I discovered that my cats ments and dragging strings of tradition quickly changed.
FROM PAGE 10 booze are involved, you can get (did I mention I had two cats?) cranberries and popcorn all over
people to do just about anything. had mistaken the tree for a the house. For months after I e following year, I bought a
L.A., it was a little surreal shop- giant toy and used it to frolic was nding broken ornaments in pre-decorated, arti cial 14-inch
ping for a Christmas tree in us, my Tom Sawyer-inspired in—eventually knocking it to the places you would not believe! tabletop tree and called it a day.
shorts and a T-shirt. “cranberry-stringing parties”
were born. Merry Christmas, everyone!
In addition to all my curated
ornaments, I decided I wanted So, I went through all this You’re Invited to an
my tree to have a Victorian feel e ort (and I must admit, created
to it, so I would string popcorn quite a spectacular tree) only to
and cranberries. As it turns have to leave at Christmas and
out, stringing popcorn and head back East to spend the
cranberries is an arduous, time- holiday with my family and their
consuming, boring process, so I (not as nice as mine) tree.

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Soul tremors on Christmas

Spiritual awakenings repair the church in his home- from someone’s grasp and rolls and the acknowledgement that OF HUMAN
come in all shapes and town, before realizing that Jesus across the aisle. You eld it, then we all need the help of others, INTEREST
sizes. On one end of the meant the universal Church. place it in the hand of its owner. has been tacitly understood. I
spectrum, there’s the volcanic. Strangers, you make eye con- call them “soul tremors.” ey LORENZO
St. Francis of Assisi heard the And then there are the kinds tact, smile and laugh together. happen all the time—especially GARO
voice of Christ say, “Rebuild of awakenings that one has Rejoice at the produce counter! around Christmas.
my Church.” Francis tore o every day without hardly notic- for the rst time. For company,
his nobleman’s clothes, ready to ing. For instance, you’re at the e unpredictability of life, its Gloria’s Christmas card I adopted a shaggy little black
supermarket, a grapefruit slips control never fully in our hands, always arrives before anyone dog and named her Toto. It was
else’s. Talk about soul tremors— Christmas Eve. My spirits were
TIME RUNNING I can feel hers from 100 miles high. As usual, I went shopping
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dent Catholic. My beliefs cause the stu I bought came from a
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SILBERT giving. at’s OK, too. But they 9. What are the owers as- special time—from Dec. 26 to
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GARO “I nally tracked you down, gypsy who convinced him that evicted.” closed, I dreamed of Hell. On
didn’t I?” he replied, his voice if he prayed to Satan he’d get She did. Henry was presently the way down, I heard Henry
FROM PAGE 11 results. Nothing happened for and a chorus of mocking voices.
lled with menace. two years. And then one night, living in his car, just traveling
that you wouldn’t be caught I’d never seen him before. He Henry prayed as hard as he around aimlessly. He asked me “Oh, God,” I cried, “I’m going
dead in—giving and receiving was small, not physically intimi- could. He heard a loud rumble, for money. I gave him all I had to be here forever!”
can get complicated. dating, but had a malice in his his bed levitated 10 feet o the in my pocket, which wasn’t very
eyes that frightened me. much, and went home. An unbearable weight on top
All night long, a guy with a “I want to tell you a story,” he oor and came crashing down. of my chest ended the night-
nest of bushy black hair, I’ll call said. “I pray to the devil.” Hearing the loud bang and then My apartment was cold mare. It was Toto, my savior.
him Henry, had been staring at Toto was waiting for me. I Henry’s explanation, his land- and damp. Toto, asleep by the She baptized me with fervent
me. He was beginning to give thought of her being hungry lady called the police. radiator, ignored me. I regretted kisses to shield the devil’s mal-
me the creeps. So, I walked over and cold. I should have gone all the beer, now a headache. I ice. I wept and held her close.
to him and said, “Maybe it’s my home. “I can’t arrest anyone for couldn’t shake Henry from my For it was Christmas, I had a
imagination, but why the hell Henry’s story began with a praying to the devil,” said the mind and decided to go straight savior and a soul tremor to last
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Santa and Mrs. Claus kept their appointed rounds
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Christmas lights seen from heaven

Louis Costa has been planning for a year and working hard to decorate his house and yard on Fairmont Road for Christmas in the most spectacular fashion possible.
His mom, Nicole, said it all started when his grandfather passed away when Louis was younger, and he wanted to decorate so brightly that grandpa could see it from heaven.
Since then, she says, it “became a sweet yearly tradition. Now my lawn is covered!”
Louis and his uncle, Todd Saccagno, built a Santa house and restored classic decorations and cre-
ated musical trees to complete the holiday landscape.

e family invites Mahopac residents to drive by and check out the festive display.

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Jameson Gymnasts sneak past
Castrataro Suffern, top Brewster,
performs her North to improve to 4-0
floor routine.
BY SKIP PEARLMAN and placed second in the vault, beam, and
PHOTOS: TABITHA
PEARSON MARSHALL CONTRIBUTING WRITER took a third on bars.

The Friendly Mavis Team “Lia was terri c on oor exercise

e Mahopac gymnastic team tonight,” Collins said. Her routine was

continued to perform well last week, well-executed and clean. Her best routine

picking up a big win Monday, Dec. 17, of the season.”

over Clarkstown North, 170.8-163.5, to Junior captain Chloe Lee nished third

improve to 4-0 on the season. in the all-around, and was rst on bars,

“What a total team e ort tonight,” fourth on beam,and fth in oor and vault.

Indians coach Vin Collins said after the “Chloe was her usual, consistent self,”

meet.“We got a season high in total points, Collins said. “She had clean, solid routines

and team uneven bars, balance beam and on bars, beam and oor.”

oor exercise totals were also season highs.” Sophomore Nicole Giannetta was

Monday at Lakeview Elementary fourth in oor exercise, fth in vault, and

School, Jamison Castrataro continued her fth in the all-around.

strong sophomore campaign, picking up “Nicole had her best competition of this

wins in two events (vault and beam), and young season,” Collins said. “And she got a

took rst in the All-Around competition. season-high in the all-around competition

Chloe Lee on “Jamison had a great meet,” Collins as well.”
her uneven
said. “She had a season-high in the all- Seventh-grader Alessia Gristina took
bars dismount.
around, and her beam routine tonight was a seventh in vault and an eighth on bars,

outstanding.” and was eighth in all-around. Freshman

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GYMNASTICS

FROM PAGE 22

freshman Kaylie Ann Hammond was 10th in the all-around. Juliette
“Our younger gymnasts made great contributions tonight,” Collins LeBlanc on
the uneven
said. “Alessia, Juliette, and Kaylie Ann all achieved season highs in the
all-around, and Rachel Romero (sophomore) is establishing herself as bars
one of our consistent oor exercise competitors. And Raquel
(Nelson, senior captain) is becoming a consistent balance Chloe Lee on
beam competitor.” the uneven
bars
e Indians earned two more victories last week,defeating
Brewster on ursday,Dec.13,and Su ern the priorTuesday. Lia Graap performs Raquel
her floor routine. Nelson
ursday at Epic Gymnastics against Brewster,the Indians
earned a 159.2–112.8 victory over the Bears. PHOTOS: TABITHA
PEARSON MARSHALL
Mahopac’s Castrataro placed rst in the vault and was also
rst on the uneven bars and in oor exercise. Lee was second
in vault, and Giannetta took rst on beam, second in oor
exercise, fourths in the vault and bars, and placed rst in the
all-around competition.
Graap was third on vault, second on bars and fourth in
oor exercise,and Gristina took second in the all-around and
third in oor exercise.
“It was another nice team e ort from our girls,” Collins
said. “It was a season-high for Nicole in the all-around, she’s
really starting to come on. We also got a solid routine from Nelson
(a senior), and Alessia, Juliette (third on bars, third overall) and Kaylie
Ann (fourth in all-around) are getting better every competition as well.”

e prior Tuesday at Lakeview Elementary School, Mahopac edged
the Mounties, 166.5–165.0

Castrataro placed second on vault, fourth on bars, fth on the beam,
and took fourth in oor ex, and fourth in the all-around. Lee was fth
in oor ex, third on bars, second on beam, and third in oor ex and all-
around. Graap was fth in all-around, rst on beam, fth on bars, and
fourth on the vault.

“ at was a total team e ort,”Collins said.“Chloe, Jamison, Lia and
Nicole all had solid e orts for us,but what made the di erence were the

ne routines and vaults by Juliette, Rachel and Alessia.”
Mahopac was scheduled to host Lakeland on Jan. 4 at 5 p.m.

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Mahopac girls earn win, but fall to Kennedy, Somers

BY SKIP PEARLMAN Mia Klammer
CONTRIBUTING WRITER goes up for two.

e Mahopac High School girls basketball team picked up Zina McInerney Julia Paolicelli goes up for third. PHOTOS: DEENA BELL
a victory last Wednesday on the road, defeating Clarkstown passes to teammate
North, 64–51. Caitlyn O’Boyle.

e Indians (2-6) then went on to drop both of their games
in the Somers tournament, falling to the Tuskers, 52–32, last

ursday Dec. 13, and then dropping a 52–48 decision to Ken-
nedy Catholic in Saturday’s Dec.15 consolation game.

At the Somers tournament, the Indians had some good mo-
ments, but could not come away with a win.

Against Somers, the ‘Pac was undone by a 13-0 Tuskers run
in the fourth.

“In the Somers game we didn’t play good defense,” Indians
coach Chuck Scozzafava said.“We came back in the second half
and got it to six, but in the fourth quarter we had shots, we just
couldn’t score.

“Against Kennedy, we just didn’t hit the key shots, but we did
play pretty good team defense,” he added. “ We had our oppor-
tunities to win that one—we missed key free throws down the
stretch.”

Caitlyn O’Boyle led the Indians with 19 points against Ken-
nedy Catholic, Zina McInerney and Natalie Scanlon each had 7.
Mia Klammer led the Indians against Somers, scoring 11 points.

“O’Boyle has played well in two of our last three games, she’s
done a good job,” Scozzafava said. “Shannon Becker has also
been doing a good job on the boards, she’s had some good games
for us.”

In Mahopac’s win over North, O’Boyle had a season-high 27
points, and Melanie DeMeo added 12.

“I was proud of the girls, they played all four quarters in that
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“ at was probably our best full-
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Sports Deadline
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To hear the following Required: 6’ 10” Variance Required: 3.3 ft.

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Chicken Coop; Provided: .348; MINUTES:
HOLD OVER APPLICATIONS: Variance Required: .652 • November 29, 2018
By Order of the Chairman,
1. Application of IMPERIAL 3. Application of RICK John Maxwell
ROMASH for a variation
VAPE & SMOKE SHOP, of Section 156-15 and a Use NOTICE OF APPLICATION
Variance seeking permission to FOR A WETLAND PERMIT
INC. seeking an Interpretation convert existing 1 residential
& 2 commercial building to a Date: 12-10-18
that applicant’s rights to open 2 residential & 1 commercial TAX MAP #75.8-2-17
building. e property is located Pursuant to the Town of
and conduct a vape/smoke shop at 19 Fair Street, Carmel NY Carmel Wetland Ordinance,
10512 and is known by Tax Map Chapter 89-5.
have vested due to substantial 44.14-1-47. Applicant: Dean Bender &
Jenny Stasikewich
expenditures made, or, in the • Code Requires: 1 apt. & 2 Address: 1454 Old Logging
commercial; Provided: 2 apts. & 1 Road, Yorktown, NY 10598
alternative, a Use Variance to commercial; Variance Required: Has led an application
Use Variance with the Clerk of the Town of
conduct a vape/smoke shop Carmel where the application
• Code Requires: Lot width – and associated documents and
notwithstanding the moratorium 200 ft.; Provided: 52 ft.; Variance maps along with published rules
Required: 148 ft. and regulations are available for
enacted which forbids the public inspection.
• Code Requires: Lot area –
opening of the same. e 40,000 sf.; Provided: 16,809 sf.; SEE LEGALS PAGE 31
Variance Required: 23,191 sf.
property is located at 441 Route
• Code Requires: Front yard –
6, Mahopac NY 10541 and is 40 ft.; Provided: 23.5 ft.; Variance
Required: 16.5 ft.
known by Tax Map 75.16-1-18.
• Code Requires: West side
NEW APPLICATIONS:
2. Application of

ROSEMARY SPEIRS for a
Variation of Section 156.15 &
156.39.5, seeking permission to
retain existing shed & existing
chicken coop. e property is
located at 23 Collier Drive W,

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