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The Katonah-Lewisboro Times 01.30.20

VOL. 2 NO. 35 Visit for the latest news. THURSDAY, JANUARY 30, 2020

Brainstorming begins Lewisboro court
for new mascot ‘vacancy’ in limbo

e following is from the ber to retire the Indian identi- meeting, it set aside February BY TOM BARTLEY number of judges to take an act

Katonah-Lewisboro School cation and nd a replacement and March to review commu- CONTRIBUTING WRITER of the state legislature.

District: in time for the 2020-21 school nity suggestions and ideas for at puts town o cials in a

year starting in September. a new mascot. In early April, Lewisboro was embarrassed squeeze.

A committee charged with “ is is an opportunity for the committee will gather the to learn this week that its Town Besides Pappalardo, who had

retiring John Jay’s venerable In- all community members—in- best ideas of sta and students Court has at least three judges been re-elected to his Town

dian mascot and identifying a cluding sta , students, alumni in grades 6-12. Finally, on April on a bench built for two. Board seat in November, the

tting replacement was sched- and parents—to discuss the as- 21, it will recommend a mascot e town’s roster of jurists latest turn of events also impacts

uled to meet tonight, Jan. 30, in pects we want in a new mascot,” to the school board. had been reduced to just one a political newcomer, Jennifer

the middle school. Christian McCarthy, the dis- In choosing a new mas- last month following Judge Castelhano. A South Salem

e meeting of the Mascot trict’s director of health, athletics, cot, McCarthy said, “We want Marc Seedorf ’s guilty plea in a mother of two and an aide to

Steering Committee, scheduled physical education and wellness, something that brings us to- felony federal tax-evasion case. state Sen. Peter Harckham, she

for 7 p.m. in the dining room, said of tonight’s meeting.“People gether, that we want our stu- at led to the Town Board’s was was sworn in last week as

will be open to the public. e will also have an opportunity to dents to embody—a mascot that appointment of veteran Coun- Pappalardo’s successor.

panel is expected to brainstorm share their mascot ideas.” we can all be excited about.” e cilman John Pappalardo to ll Despite Seedorf ’s guilty plea

criteria and ideas for choos- McCarthy is one of the three new imagery, whatever it is, can- what o cials saw as a vacancy Dec. 6, the state’s highest court,

ing the new mascot and discuss administrators leading the Mas- not evoke race, religion or weap- on the bench. the Court of Appeals, which

ways to retire the Indian ico- cot Steering Committee, which ons, he said. Problem is, even as he awaits oversees the judiciary, only sus-

nography with respect. also includes the high school e steering committee want- sentencing on the tax beef, pended him, without pay, on

at Native American sym- principal Dr. Steven Siciliano ed to explore a local connection, Seedorf remains a town judge— Dec. 20.

bolism has been a revered iden- and middle school principal Je inviting Lewisboro Town His- suspended and not drawing a “We made it clear to the town

ti cation for generations of John Swiatowicz. torian Maureen Koehl to the salary, but still on the bench— that we would not, and sub-

Jay athletes, who are nicknamed e 18-member commit- Jan. 15 meeting. She reviewed the state court system says. In- sequently have not, accepted

the Indians. But more recently, tee also has two coaches and a some of the animals native to deed, the state has assigned yet the fact that there is a judicial

team logos depicting Indian teacher; three parents (repre- the area but noted, “What we’re another jurist, Judge Noah D. vacancy,” Lucian Chalfen, a

culture have periodically come senting the Boosters Club, the really known for are our lakes Sorkin of New Castle, to help spokesman for the state’s O ce

under re nationally—in profes- Athletic Council and a PTO); and our most famous resident, Judge Susan Simon with her of Court Administration said.

sional sports as well as schools— six high school students (two John Jay, the rst chief justice of duties. “ erefore, we have not accept-

with critics calling the symbolism athletic-team captains, two the United States.” All told, that gives the court ed, nor recognize, his successor’s

racist, divisive and demeaning. Campus Congress members and McCarthy distributed a list four jurists—though only three oath of o ce.”

A discussion initiated by the two students at large); and three of mascots already taken by are active. But state law provides Supervisor Peter Parsons said

school board in September re- middle school students. schools that compete with John only two black robes per town, SEE COURT PAGE 3
and requires any increase in the
sulted in a decision in Novem- At the committee’s Jan. 15 Jay teams.

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BY CAROL REIF At least one movie, and a

STAFF WRITER TV series, has been lmed


Woodland creatures to As always, the park folks

the rescue! work closely with lmmak-

In a sweet commercial for ers to ensure that sensitive

the New York State Lot- ora and fauna are not dis-

tery, a woman working as a turbed, he said.

park ranger gets a Scratch- e park has a unique

o game from her boss as a combination of natural en-

holiday gift. vironment with a collection

As she drives her truck of buildings constructed

home through the wintry over a 250-year period.

forest, wind blows the ticket A few 18th- an 19th-

out the window and onto century buildings remain.

the road. e elds are related to the

Cue the inspirational back- early farms, and the “un-

ground lyrics: “Everything planned landscape of the

will get better if we just work park is part of its antiquat-

together.” ed charm,” according to the

Scampering over rocks, county’s website.

across streams and through at charm includes

the woods, a rabbit, bird, PHOTO COURTESY OF THE NY STATE LOTTERY meadows, vernal ponds,
turtle, deer and raccoon and woods lled with ev-
team up to paw-deliver it A new commercial for the state lottery made use of local parks for its scenery. ergreens, oak, hickory and
under her cabin door just in maple trees.
Watch the video
time for Christmas. Its two waterways, Cross
Holding her ticket, the To see “Special Delivery” on YouTube, visit River and Stone Hill River,

ranger smiles at hoof and are home to 13 species of

paw prints in the snow as the tagline “Believe in the mag- Pyun said. stocked and native sh.

ic of the season” appears on the screen. e Ward Pound Ridge Visitor Center served as the e 1,082-acre Mountain Lakes Park is Westchester’s

If you think things look a bit familiar, you’re right; the ranger’s home for the closing shot. It was tricked out with northernmost county park.

commercial was lmed last fall at Ward Pound Ridge a new door and the rustic fence was, like the animals, Its rugged landscape features native hardwood forest

Reservation in Cross River and Sal J. Prezioso Mountain computer generated. and miles of hiking trails.

Lakes Park in North Salem. Kimberly Bridge, a small span on one of its hiking Add to that ve lakes and a spectacular overlook, and

So even though the producers of “Special Delivery” trails, was also featured. it’s not hard to see why someone would want to make a

used CGI magic to create the ranger’s furry friends, the To capture the lottery ticket’s journey through the commercial there.

scenery was all authentic. woods, lm crews mounted a camera on an all-terrain “We were happy to leave set pieces behind as a way to

“It was a very cute commercial lmed in a gorgeous vehicle at Mountain Lakes. give something back for a great production experience,”

area of Westchester,” said North Salem Supervisor War- e spot was lmed over two frigid days in November Pyun said.

ren J. Lucas recently. by Mekka Media. e parks’ sta were “hospitable, exible, and open to

Location manager Peter Pyun scouted around Staten Westchester County Parks accommodated a crew of whatever we needed,” he added.

Island, Manhattan, and other places in the county before about 30 people, drone cameras, and a couple of newly And in a tip of the Smokey Bear hat to the county’s

picking the perfect mountain-y spots sought by director constructed park props, including a new trailhead marker tourism and lm o ce, Pyun praised the “easy and un-

Ben Smith. and wood fencing that now remain as permanent addi- complicated” permit process.

e two parks “had such a range of topography—as tions. “I give Westchester a 10 out of 10!” he gushed.

soon as we saw the views, trails, and rock formations, we According to program manager Je Main, this is not After all, like the commercial said: “Everything will

were sold. e locations perfectly t our director’s vision,” the rst time Hollywood, or the small screen, called. get better if we just work together.”

COURT Last week, in a statement, new GOP town chair “ is is what happens when you have behind-closed-
Christopher Arnold had pointed out that a special elec- doors decision-making,” he said.
FROM PAGE 1 tion to ll the vacancies could have been scheduled in
April and June, when polls will be open for primaries. Pappalardo, who was out of town this week, could
that in moving ahead with Pappalardo’s appointment he not be reached for comment. He ran successfully for the
had relied on the advice of Town Attorney Anthony Mole. “Instead of an open and transparent process,” he said, Town Board three times, most recently just this past No-
“backroom deals were made without any public input.” vember. He also ran—unsuccessfully and as a Republi-
“He’s the only guy who can speak with some authority can—for the town justice post, losing to Susan Simon,
on this,” Parsons said. “I was told there was a vacancy.” is week, in an interview, Arnold appeared to relish the judge who swore him in last Tuesday, Jan. 21. e
the Democrats’ discom ture. He attributed the court question now is when—or whether—he will sit on the
Both Pappalardo and Castelhano are Democrats, and snafu to what he criticized as the Town Board’s unilateral bench.
their appointments by the all-Democratic Town Board, approach to that appointment.
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Lewisboro Library Space is limited – please register at www. at Carter’s boycott of the 1980 Olym- sa’s Pieces in Concert on Saturday, Feb- pics, FDR keeping baseball going during ruary 8 at 7:30 p.m. e band is known

e Lewisboro Library is located at 15 Discover Tips for Using Your Per- WWII and more. Please reserve your seat for its gypsy-ish, foot-stomping bluegrass

Main St., South Salem. For more informa- sonal Device at sound, with in uences of Irish and Jew-

tion or to RSVP, visit On Wednesday, February 5 at 11 am, Pluck & Rail & Friends in Concert ish rhythms and melodies. Lisa’s Pieces

Brown Bag Film Series the Library is o ering a class on “Android e Nightclub @ Lewisboro Library will perform in the lower level, accessible

Watch Judy and Harriet – and more(!) Tips & Tricks.” Discover how to get the Concert Series is pleased to bring the Garden Room at the Katonah Village Li-

at the Library in February most from your Android device. Attend- popular duo Pluck & Rail to the Library brary. e library is located at 26 Bedford

is month’s “Brown Bag Film Series” ees should bring their device and Google stage on Friday, January 31 at 8 p.m. Road in Katonah. Tickets are available in

showcases a few Best Actress Nominees. Playstore ID and password. Space is lim- Pluck & Rail is the acoustic coupling of advance on the library’s website: www.

On Tuesday, February 4 at 1 pm the Li- ited, so please register. Andrew Sussman of the progressive rock Adult tickets are $10.

brary is showing the lm Judy, starring Defensive Driving Class on February 8 group, Frogg Café, and George Gierer of Student and senior price is $5.

Renee Zellweger. On Saturday, February 8 from 10 am to the folkabilly band, South County. To- Digital technologies

Special lm series 4 pm, the Library is hosting a “Defensive gether they produce gritty songwriting, e Katonah Village Library o ers

e Library is hosting a special lm Driving Insurance Reduction Program.” tight vocal melodies and soaring guitar free weekly drop-in small group classes

series the week leading up to Valentine’s is six-hour course consists of lms and and cello match-ups to craft their unique for digital technologies. ese fun classes

Day that is for those who love - LOVE! discussions about driving attitudes and acoustic sound. For an extra-special eve- allow you to keep up with changes in

It kicks o on Friday, February 7 at 7 pm behaviors. Completion of the course re- ning, they’ll be bringing a few special software, updates, and your cyber security.

with the lm Like Water for Choco- sults in a 10% liability insurance discount guests that night to rock the Library! Individual one-to-one hour sessions are

late. On Monday, February 10 the lm and a maximum of four points o the Reserved seating is $30 per person and also available by reservation on Mondays

is Quartet, on Tuesday, February 11 the driver’s violation record. Space is lim- includes free beer, wine and dessert. Res- and Wednesdays.

lm is Chocolat and the nal lm on ited. Registration and payment required ervations can be made at the Library or Electronic Media Collection is a

Wednesday, February 12 is Murphy’s Ro- by February 1. You must register in per- online at http://www.lewisborolibrary. drop-in program each Monday (11am to

mance. ese three lms will be shown son at the Library with cash or a check org/adult.htm. 12:30pm). is hands-on workshop ex-

at 1 pm. made out to instructor John Coxen. Fee e Nightclub Concert Series are fun- plores the digital media collections avail-

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After its popularity last year, the Li- bag lunch. get. tablets and phones to learn how to down-

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We went to somebody’s huckle- had $12,000 dollars with me I would Sometimes
stay at my have picked it up right then and there. things
sister’s house MAN berry, whatever that happen that READING,
last weekend to go ski- OVERBOARD is. I have a Rem- ere were arrays of Derringer pistols, WRITING &
ing, but the thermom- ington 870, which the small single or double-shot weapons we can’t explain. CHOCOLATE
eter hit 65 degrees and that you could hide in your boot if you
we weren’t dressed for RICK is a good starter were in a testy poker game at the sa- I recently read an KIM
water-skiing. Luckily MELÉN loon.“What’s that up your sleeve,Tex,” obscure reference KOVACH
we had made a back-up gun, but I thought you ask.“Well, that’d be my arm, Zeke,” to the “Dancing
plan to play some tennis at the local re- I reply, but my other hand is already
sort. When we got there, the place was it might be time for reaching for my boot. Unfortunately,
lined from stem to stern with guns of all the gun has slid underneath my foot
sizes and manufacture. e Eagle Arms an upgrade when and now I’m afraid to move lest I shoot Plague of 1518.”
Gun Show was in town, and I could my toe o , which forces my hand and I
tell immediately that this was going to the last time I went have to check, even though all I have is I needed to learn
adversely a ect my tennis game. two ves.
shooting, I pulled the trigger and the more about this!
A lot of people were covered in You could pick up a silencer at the
camou age, which would have been magazine cap came o and a big spring show, which is good if you’re a secret Historical records document the growing epidem-
very e ective had we been in the jungle agent, for instance, and you don’t want
instead of on a tennis court. If I was out came ying out. It went about 15 feet the guy you just killed to hear that you ic of a dancing mania in Strasbourg. e phenom-
hunting with a bunch of other dudes just killed him. ere were all kinds of
I de nitely would NOT wear cam- and landed on the ground, and still ammo belts, which I could picture me enon started in July 1518 with one woman, Frau
ou age. What if one of them doesn’t wearing wrong. So wrong that not only
see me? I don’t want to be somebody came closer to the clay pigeon than my am I out of ammunition, but my pants Tro ea silently twisting, twirling and shaking in the
whom the police describe as being “in have fallen down.
the wrong place at the wrong time.”My actual shot did. street for nearly a week. Soon other residents were
goal is to simply stay out of the wrong It was getting late and I was getting
place, and that way I don’t have to keep I was talking to somebody last month hungry. All they have to eat at gun pulled into ts of public dancing. By August, this
such strict track of the time. shows is beef jerky and doughnuts,
who was teaching his kid how to hunt, but you can wash it down with some dancing epidemic counted as many as 400 victims,
We stopped at Bubbees Gun and homemade mead of you get thirsty. All
Sport booth, and there you could and it sounds way more complicated of this is putting o a discussion about many collapsing from sheer exhaustion, with some
purchase a 30-round custom engraved the actual intention of the Second
magazine for your AR-15 that says “I’m than I thought. Apparently the key is to Amendment of the Constitution, which fatalities. e dancing plague in Strasbourg didn’t
Your Huckleberry.”If that doesn’t aptly I will de nitely not have here. What I
describe your mood at the time, you ALWAYS be upwind of the prey that will say is that somewhere between a end until September when the remaining dancers
can go for the “Zip it, Hippie”model, pea-shooter and a Sherman tank there
if you’re convinced anyone remembers you are stalking. Or is it downwind? I are weapons ought to be available to for were taken to a mountain top shrine to pray for an
what a hippie is. Or you could go for military use only. It doesn’t seem that
a simple skull and crossbones design, forget, but trust me, it’s important. I’d hard to gure out. I read somewhere end to their su ering.
which will correctly identify your maga- that there are enough guns in America
zine as poisonous if you were to eat it. say you’re doing it all wrong in the rst for every man, woman and child, which Across Europe in the 16th century, historical
tells me rst of all that there are way too
I enjoy skeet shooting myself, and I place. Anybody in law enforcement many guns in this country, and second records recount similar dancing plagues in Switzer-
would have liked to buy a good used of all, that I’m going to have to start
shotgun, but I don’t know enough to will tell you to set up a perimeter to cut being nicer to children. land, Germany and Holland, as well. eories for the
determine whether I’m getting a good
deal or not. I certainly didn’t want to be o the routes of escape. I’ll stay here Say hello at: [email protected] unexplained frenzy and physical movements includ-

and cover the park’s entrance, and you ed summer fevers, malnutrition, religious mania or

hike the 45 miles to the rear so the deer even ingestion of a toxic mold that grows on damp

can’t get out. When you do confront it, rye grains and can produce spasms and hallucina-

try to keep it talking in order to col- tions. In later years, theories for the dancing plague

lect information that you can use later. ranged from mass hysteria to neurological disorders.

“What exactly are you doing out here Saint Vitus, a young Christian martyr born in

by yourself in the middle of the woods? Sicily and persecuted to death by Roman Emperors

Nothing to say, huh? Well, that’s no in the year 303, was credited with helping people

antler (a little interrogation humor can su ering from epilepsy. e term St. Vitus Dance

put the subject at ease). Where’d you get was used in the Middle Ages for people a icted

that fancy fur coat? Well? Don’t just sit with involuntary movements. In time, Saint Vitus

there with that deer-in-the- ashlight became known as the patron saint of dancers, actors

look.” and performers.

ere were some interesting his- Across the Atlantic Ocean, young women and

torical weapons for sale, including the adults exhibiting strange behaviors were accused

Maxim Gun, which was essentially the of witch craft. e Salem Witch Trials of 1692-

rst machine gun to be put into regular 1693 document more than 150 people arrested and

production. It was water-cooled, so too charged with a variety of crimes. Were these people

heavy to be operated by one man, but SEE KOVACH PAGE 7

it could re 600 rounds a minute. If I

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Gyro Fun Facts
by Jo Ann
JUST pronounced it “jiro”and Alex- Our tour included a four-day sea and being served in the many Gyros were invented in
JO ANN ander was having none of it. I cruise to Mykonos, where we restaurants along the shore. Turkey in the 18th or 19th
quickly corrected myself. After watched the neon orange sun melt century. In Greece, the
JO ANN all, I was certain this American into the Aegean Sea and the iconic Onto Santorini where we word gyro means turn.
FRANCELLA and everyone I knew back home windmills can be seen from every visited the town of Oia with its
was pronouncing it at least three point of the village. One of the whitewashed houses carved into
When I visited Greece di erent ways. I was happy to windmills has been turned into a the cli s overlooking the stunning
with my daughter, it now have the coveted, correct museum. At any given time, fresh Aegean. e white houses and
was all I expected and pronunciation, and it had only cost
more. First order of business was to me an eleven hour plane ride and sh are being pulled out of the SEE FRANCELLA PAGE 8
stay awake at least until 9 p.m. after a few thousand Euro. Kim and
our arrival in Athens. Not an easy I each ordered three small gyro Founding member of
task, as there is a seven hour time and a salad. e meal was beyond the venerable Old 97’s and
di erence between Greece and delicious and unlike any gyros we acclaimed singer–songwriter
New York and we were dead tired. had ever eaten in the states.
But, I knew if we followed Greece’s
time schedule, we would avoid jet We walked around Athens
lag and be able to enjoy our trip. after our amazing lunch and
reached the Presidential mansion
We arrived at our hotel around where the changing of the guard
noon and decided to get a bite to ceremony was taking place. e
eat. After traveling eleven hours Greek guards are called Evzones.
on a plane and eating three meals
of airline food, we were ready for ey stand expressionless for one
something good…really good. hour before being relieved from
their post in a disciplined ritual.
We settled on a taverna close Sixty nails on the soles of each
to our hotel. Alexander was one of their shoes pound concrete
our charming waiter and also to simulate the sound of battle.
the owner of the establishment.
He led us out to a lovely glass- eir steps are slow, structured
enclosed structure which housed and forceful during the changing
six small round two-person tables. of the guards. eir knee-length
It was delightful. He suggested we skirts, consisting of 400 pleats,
have the gyros. are representative of the 400
years Greece was under Turkish
“Yearrr-rows,”Alexander an- occupation. Every 15 minutes
nounced loud and proud. I had a soldier approaches the guards
and straightens the pleats on their
skirts to keep them in pristine-
looking condition.

KOVACH news reports of homeowners SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8TH
hearing voices turned out to
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In 2012 in the small Western Last month, a husband and
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Roy, more than 18 high school noises on the rst oor of their
students developed twitches, tics home just after midnight. ey
and fainting episodes for months. called the police to report burglars
rummaging around downstairs.
eories for the odd phenomena
ranged from conversion hysteria e couple locked themselves
to possible toxins in the water and in the upstairs bedroom and
soil from the sites of old factories. waited for the police to arrive. e
Strange! o cers searched the home and
discovered that the Roomba robot
Luckily, some unusual phe- vacuum had turned itself on and
nomena can be explained. Have was repeatedly bumping into a
you heard about the fainting goats wall at the bottom of the staircase!
in Tennessee? e breed of Myo-
tonic goats rst appeared in the is was not an isolated
U.S. in the 1880’s. e goats are incident. Last spring, a woman
bred for meat and milk but this in Oregon called police to report
particular breed is characterized that someone was locked in her
by a hereditary condition, myo- bathroom and making noises.
tonia congenita, which causes the Police o cers responded, broke
goats to sti en or fall over when down the bathroom door and
startled. Also known as Tennes- discovered a Roomba vacuum
see Fainting goats, Sti -legged zooming back and forth across
goats or Tennessee Wooden Leg the oor. Weird!
goats, the muscles in their back
legs tighten up and they topple Kim Kovach nds writing ideas
over when something surprises or and inspiration in surprising places.
frightens them!

Just before the holidays, several


Forsooth, arise and begone!

“You were talking in your sleep “What did I say?” he streets of Old England ful, but it was certainly entertaining.
last night,” I said to my husband “Did I say anything else,” he asked, hop-
when he stumbled into the wondered. from lollygaggers. Or
kitchen that morning. I handed him a cup ing for some insight into the source of his
of espresso to jolt him out of his coma. “Begone,” I replied. TRACY maybe he dreamed it nocturnal mumblings.
“I said ‘begone?’” he BECKERMAN was 200 years ago and
“No, I wasn’t,” he said. repeated. I was berating him for I thought for a moment. He had said
“How would you know?” I asked. “You some other things but mostly under his
were asleep. I was not asleep… because you “Yes.” hanging the toilet paper breath so I couldn’t make them out.
were talking in your sleep.”
“I don’t talk in my sleep,” he said as he sat He shook his head. the wrong way and he “I don’t know,” I nally said. “Maybe I
down at the table. e dog came over for dreamed it.”
a scratch behind the ears or maybe just to “I would never say yelled at me to “begone.”
take my husband’s side. “Probably,” he said. “’Cuz I would never
“Well, you did last night,” I said. “And ‘begone.’ I’d say, ‘Get is wasn’t the rst say ‘begone.’”
you were very adamant about it.”
Now my husband was interested. I’m lost,’ but I wouldn’t say ‘begone.’ I think you time he had talked in his sleep. ere was “OK. Anyway, honey, I have to run,”
sure he thought he had perhaps divulged I said, putting on my jacket. “I have an
some husband secret from deep within his heard it wrong. Maybe I said, ‘poupon.’” the time he did a musical countdown and appointment. Would you mind taking the
subconscious, like, the fact that he purpose- dog out?”
ly hangs the toilet paper the wrong way just “Were you dreaming about mustard?” I conducted an orchestra while he slept,
to make me crazy. I thrust the leash at him.
said. smacking me in the face as he directed the “Fine,” he said. “Begone.”

“Unlikely,” he admitted. string section. Another time he yelled out, You can follow Tracy on Facebook at www. and
We were both silent as we wondered what “Who’s there?!” and I jumped out of bed read her blog at

had inspired him to yell out “begone”in his and hid in the closet thinking there was

sleep. Maybe he had dreamed he was a king’s an intruder in the house. And one time he

attendant in a Shakespeare play, or a French told me to bring the camels inside, even

knight in a Monty Python movie. Perhaps though we lived in the suburbs and we

he was a hobbit standing his ground in the weren’t zoned for domesticated desert pets.

Shire, or a constable clearing the cobblestone Sleeping with my husband was not rest-

FRANCELLA ing them that the weather was LETTERS
sublime, the food delicious and
FROM PAGE 7 the structures, culture and people GOP chair resigns member, District Leader and At the County level the Democrat
amazing, the most important piece co-treasurer and continue to serve majority voted a 30 percent sales
blue roof tops are painted each of information I gave them was To the editor: our town through my service on tax increase that has been squan-
year to keep the small town look- that I had nally found out how I would like to take this opportu- the committee. ere hasn’t been a dered on things including paying
ing postcard perfect. to correctly say the word GYRO. more important time for us to be for the doubling of their own
So here’s to Greece, a beautiful nity to announce that as of January involved in local politics. Our town County legislature salaries. ere is
Our tour also took us into country with beautiful people and 8, 2020, I o cially stepped down as board continues to lose focus on also a State-level budget crisis.
Turkey where we strolled along an endless supply of “Yearrr-rows.” Chair of the Lewisboro Republican the issues and recently chose to deal
the roads of Ephesus, an ancient Town Committee. is was not with the unfortunate vacancy of our With all this going on, we are
city of ruins on the Ionia coast. Contact Jo Ann at [email protected] an easy decision as I have served as Town Judge position as if it were lucky to have Chris Arnold and his Chair since 2012 and have been on a game of musical chairs by voting family in our Lewisboro commu-
Upon our return home, friends the committee almost since the day to appoint newly re-elected Town nity willing to step in and take my
and relatives asked how we my family moved to Lewisboro in Board member, John Pappalardo place as Chair. A decorated soldier
enjoyed our trip. Besides tell- 2006. Obligations to my family, my to ll that position. e resulting with an accomplished career as a
children and my job made me feel opening on the board was then public servant, I cannot think of a
Feeling like you paid too it was necessary to take a step back treated as a political plum rather better individual to take up the ba-
much in taxes this year? and allow someone new to steer the than an important position of trust. ton in an e ort to make the Town
ship. at said, I am not leaving Additionally, our Town Board Board the best that can be.
Contact your financial advisor the committee. It is my inten- voted to increase their own salaries.
today to learn about investing tion to remain on as an Executive Andrea C. Rendo
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Varsity Roundup1/17-1/26

AJollh-CnoJuanytny ewtsressetlveerns
Kelly Nolan’s three seals win over Irvington

Wrestling tempt to win the game on a three-pointer of their

own was swatted away by Miller, who snatched

WESTCHESTER COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS the ball out of mid-air and dribbled it away as the

Sunday, Jan. 19 (Lincoln High School) clock ran out.

John Jay went home with seven all-county wres- Also leading the way were Mia Puccio (11

tlers (top six) at the Westchester County Champi- points, 7 rebounds), Kelly Nolan (6 points, 4 re-

onships at Lincoln High School. e Indians also bounds, 3 steals) and Annabel Brennan (7 points). John Jay’s Max Grzymala placed third at 152 pounds at the
placed fourth out of 26 teams. Westchester County Championships on Jan. 19 at Lincoln High School.
ird place: Max Grzymala (152) Boys Basketball (7-6)

Fifth place: Spencer Hadlock (99)

Fifth place: Jake Kern (106) JOHN JAY 62, BREWSTER 53

Fifth place: Gavin Fiacco (160) Sunday, Jan. 19 (Brewster High School)

Fifth place: Matt Ferrer (220) e game was tied 27 after two quarters, but

Sixth place: Ian Gallagher (160) John Jay took over in the second half. Shane Mar-

Sixth place: Will Stein (195) tinsen (13 points), Joey Pink (11 points), Mason

DiFalco (9 points), and Ben Konak (7 points)

JOHN JAY 61, HENDRICK HUDSON 13 led the way o ensively. Ben Brevetti had a solid

Tuesday, Jan. 21 rebounding performance and Chris Walsh was

Spencer Hadlock (99, forfeit), Luca Duva (106, strong on the drive. Stephen Ingersoll did a nice

fall), Jake Kern (113, majority decision), Cameron job stretching the oor for John Jay.

Wierl (120, fall), Daniel Kola (126, fall), Connor Track and Field
Mulcahy (132, decision), Max Grzymala (152, de-

cision), Jimmy Norris (160, forfeit), Gavin Fiacco

(170, forfeit), Will Stein (195, fall), Matthew Fer- WESTCHESTER COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS

rer (220, decision), and Max Andrade (285, fall) Friday, Jan. 24 ( e Armory, New York City)

picked up points for John Jay. • Sophomore Andrew Lucassen (6.95) n-

ished in 10th place out of 155 runners in the boys’

JOHN JAY 63, LAKELAND PANAS 21 55-meter dash.

ursday, Jan. 21 • Senior Kitanya Brown (8.02) and junior Abi-

Spencer Hadlock (99, forfeit), Luca Duva (106, gail Scinicariello (8.20) nished in 36th and 60th

fall), Cameron Wierl (120, fall), Connor Mulcahy place, respectively, out of 133 runners in the girls’

(132, decision), Donald Schaus (145, fall), Max 55-meter dash.

Grzymala (152, fall), Gavin Fiacco (160, fall), Ian • Senior Samuel Posner nished in fourth

Gallagher (182, fall), Will Stein (195, fall), Mat- place (10:05.08) out of 12 runners in the boys’ The Indians’ Spencer Hadlock competes in a 99-pound wrestle back
thew Ferrer (220, fall), and Max Andrade (285, 3,000-meter run. match.

fall) picked up points for John Jay. • Junior Kelsey Crawford (10:39.42) nished

in third place and Clodagh McGroary (11:12.31)

RIDGEFIELD CHALLENGE nished in eighth place out of 17 runners in the

Saturday, Jan. 25 (Ridge eld High School) girls’ 3,000-meter run.

ree wrestlers made it to the championship • Senior Morgan Johnson (3:11.60) nished

round of the Ridge eld Challange: Luca Duva in 11th place and freshman Lily O’Shoughnessy

(99), Gavin Fiacco (160) and Matt Ferrer (220) all (3:21.00) nished in 23rd place out of 51 runners

placed second. Will Stein (195) took fth. in the girls’ 1,000-meter run.

Girls Basketball (7-7) • Senior Kitanya Brown (1:47.62) nished in
13th place out of 41 runners in the girls’ 600-me-

ter run. Abigail Scinicariello (1:54.72) nished

BREWSTER 50. JOHN JAY 43 33rd and Alyson Parker (1:55.58) nished 34th.

Friday, Jan. 17 ( John Jay High School) • Sophomore Max Goodman (4:45.88) nished

Stats were not reported for this game. in 10th place, Senior Connor Jenkins (4:52.88)

nished in 20th place, and sophomore Liam

JOHN JAY 48, IRVINGTON 46 Touhy (4:59.10) nished in 28th place out of 36

Saturday, Jan. 25 ( John Jay High School) runners in the boys’ 1,600-meter run.

Cornell-bound Kendall Miller had a mon- • Junior Liliana Carey (5:20.33) nished in 16th

ster game for John Jay (19 points, 18 rebounds, 5 place out of 25 runners in the girls’ 1,500-meter

steals, 5 blocks) in perhaps their most impressive run.

win of the season. • Junior Abigail Scinicariello (47.35) nished in

Down 1, senior Kelly Nolan, on an assist 39th place out of 64 runners in the girls’ 300-me-

from Sarah Pieratti, drained a three-pointer from ter dash. PHOTOS: ROB DIANTONIO
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SEE ROUNDUP PAGE 13 Donald Schaus is in control against Port Chester’s Steven Hightower.




hardt (41.10) nished in 51st John Jay’s Gavin Fiacco competes against Peekskill’s Omar Dinnall in Kendall Miller was dominant in a 2-point victory over Irvington on
place out of 67 runners in the a 160-pound quarterfinal. Saturday, Jan. 25.
boys’ 300-meter dash.

• Sophomore Andrew Lu-
cassen (19-03.00) nished in
seventh place and senior James
Meikle (18-05.00) nished in
17th place of 39 jumpers in the
boys’ long jump.

• Senior James Meikle (39-
02.50) nished in eighth place
out of 22 jumpers in the boys’
triple jump event.

• e John Jay Girls 4x800 re-
lay team (10:26.68) nished in

fth place out of 14 teams.
• e John Jay Girls 4x800 re-
lay team (10:26.68) nished in
fth place out of 14 teams.
• e John Jay Boys 4x200
relay team (1:44.80) nished in
20th place out of 25 teams.
• e John Jay Girls 4x200
relay team (2:08.49) nished in
21st place out of 21 teams.
• e John Jay Boys 4x400
relay team (3:49.98) nished in
12th place out of 22 teams.
• e John Jay Girls 4x400
relay team (4:27.38) nished in
10th place out of 17 teams.

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HOCKEY JRoyhenhJoamy esewnidths
4-1 defeat

BY RICH MONETTI Stephenson (and his 32 saves on the

CONTRIBUTING WRITER night) did stand up pretty well as John Jay

kept the pressure on.He gloved a solid wrist

After wins last week against Clarkstown shot from Charlie Oestreicher and got his

and Pelham, John Jay took their 11-1-1 stick on a breakaway by Kyle Petchek. e

record into Friday Night’s matchup versus momentum left Rye in position to ride

8-5 Rye. their goalie’s play, and had Schultz weaving

e resulting back and forth game at through the John Jay defense to even the

the Brewster Ice Arena did not surprise score with 3:35 left in the rst.

Coach Alex Smith. e 1-1 tie continued into the second

“I expected the game to be like that,” and so did the strong goalie play. John Jay’s

he said. “Rye is better than their record Nick Petrella, who had 28 saves, sticked

suggests. ey play a tough schedule, and away a great power-play opportunity from

Coach [Rich] Myers has his kids playing Schultz, and Stephenson stayed on top of

in a system that works.” the fray as an onslaught of Indians whacked

But by the time the nal buzzer sound- away at a loose puck above the crease.

Jack Browne digs in. ed, John Jay had plenty of separation, and But John Jay broke through at 6:45

PHOTO: RICH MONETTI the Garnets went home with a 4-1 defeat. when Mike McKeon and Jack Browne set

Free Family Event! e rst period mostly had John Jay’s up Wierl to the left of Stephenson. On

Mattie Wierl and Rye’s Jonah Schultz the other end, a Rye power play toward

showing their moves o on their respec- the end of the period had Petrella holding

tive ends of the ice. e strong stick and o the visitors again, and John Jay took a

skate play did give both goalies the chance one-goal lead into intermission.

to shine, though. e third period continued the back

But Rye’s Ben Stephenson would falter and forth script, but some handy work be-

rst. Wierl found Kyle Petschek from the hind the Rye net proved too much. To the

corner, and out front. e Rye goalie didn’t SEE HOCKEY PAGE 15
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HOCKEY remaining. Kyle Petschek in the fray
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health, it is never too late to do the name, the application for nursing brought up to date and resubmit- the ability to shelter and protect

planning. home Medicaid is led. Because a ted, and the applicant should then virtually all of one’s life savings

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by transferring their assets to a icaid will calculate the period of applicant’s monthly income, such utilized as a Medicaid application action.

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percent of one’s assets by imple- ineligibility for Medicaid nursing issory note and/or annuity pay- planning. e implementation of National Academy of Elder Law

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