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 October 18 - October 24, 2011
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                                                                               SMALL NEWS IS BIG NEWS                                                                          Volume 3, Issue 135

Ball to Cuomo: Get Your Fracks Straight                                                                                                                 Brewster Considers
By Kerry Barger                                                                             kerry BarGer Photo            had on the surrounding
                                                                                                                                                        Closing Garden
   In contrast to the cool,
crisp air and the beautiful
                                                                                                                          c o m m u n i t y .
                                                                                                                          The     senator    also
                                                                                                                                                        Street Elem. School
sunshine outside Mount                                                                                                    recommended                   By Faith Ann Butcher
Kisco Village Hall Monday,                                                                                                expanding the state’s           High costs of operation and declining
state Sen. Greg Ball                                                                                                      public        comment         enrollment have the Brewster Board of
delivered a heated speech                                                                                                 period, which is set          Education considering the closure of its
on hydraulic fracturing,                                                                                                  to expire on Dec. 12,         Garden Street School as early as the 2012-
calling on Gov. Andrew                                                                                                    another 180 days.             2013 school year. The move is estimated
Cuomo to extend the                                                                                                          Vowing to make             to save the district at least $700,000.
state’s public hearing on                                                                                                 fracking a nonpartisan          A public hearing has been scheduled
the controversial method                                                                                                  issue, Ball said both         for 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 18 at Henry
of extracting natural gas                                                                                                 sides of the political        H. Wells Middle School Auditorium. The
from the earth.                                                                                                           spectrum      are    to       school board is expected to vote on the
   Also known as fracking,                                                                                                blame for the growing         consolidation plan during a school board
Ball condemned the                                                                                                        influence companies           meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 26.
natural gas industry for                                                                                                  hold over government,           During a public meeting in January
the lack of precautionary                                                                                                 which Ball said, doesn’t      2011, an architect from the firm KDG
measures it takes in                                                                                                      have to do with party         revealed that a building’s condition
safeguarding            from                                                                                              lines, but with money         survey found that four out of five of the
potential drilling errors, as                                                                                             and politics.                 Brewster schools were in satisfactory
well as the government for                                                                                                   “Those that control        condition—John F. Kennedy Elementary
its inefficiency in enforcing                                                                                             this industry have            School, C.V. Starr Intermediate School,
regulations to protect                                                                                                    undue influence at            H. H. Wells Middle School and Brewster
private homeowners and State Sen. Greg Ball stands beside Pennsylvanian landowner craig l. Steven during Monday’s press   the highest of levels,        High School. Garden Street Elementary
others that utilize the land. conference on fracking.                                                                       continued on page 12                               continued on page 16
   “[The fracking industry]
is on the precipice of receiving red carpet
treatment here in New York State,” Ball said.
“We saw just miles from our border, not far                                                                                                          Garrison Students
from away here, what has happened with an
industry that has been greatly unregulated-                                                                                                            Score $1,500
                                                                                                                                                      for Boston Trip
-many of the lessons that should’ve been
learned in Pennsylvania could save millions
of dollars for private property owners and
make sure that undue influence doesn’t result
in sportsmen, farmers and property owners                                                                                                            on thursday, oct. 6, the Garrison School’s 8th
being abused by an extremely powerful                                                                                                                grade class took to the field to play soccer against
industry.”                                                                                                                                           the faculty and parents. the game is an annual
   Coming off a recent trip to Bradford                                                                                                              event held to raise money for the class field trip, this
County, Pa. with documentary filmmaker and                                                                                                           year scheduled for Boston, Mass. in May. the event
“GASLAND” director Josh Fox, Ball urged                                                                                                              was a big success with the eighth grade class not
Cuomo to take a trip to the state to witness                                                                                                         only winning the exciting game with a score of 4-3,
firsthand the devastating affects fracking has                                                                                                       but also raising over $1,500 towards the trip.

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                  Out & About  faith aNN Butcher PhotoS

    Girls from Putnam and the surrounding counties came
                                                                 local artists from the communties of Brewster and
    out to Dutchess county Stadium on Sunday to help Girl
                                                                 Southeast and other townships participated in the
    Scouts heart of the hudson council kick off a year-long of
                                                                 village's first annual sidewalk art show. artbeat, as it
    celebrations honoring the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts
                                                                 was appropriately named, allowed artists to showcase
                                                                 their work within the Village of Brewster.                 kerry BarGer PhotoS                                                         October 18 - October 24, 2011                                                                                              3

Lakeland Junior Commemorates Dogs After Life
By Kerry Barger                                                                                    construct two bridges that would be placed            For Woofstock this past August, she
   The Rainbow Bridge,                                                                             in two fenced areas within Sycamore’s dog          painted wooden dog bones and sold them
a poem that has become                                                                             park.                                              via a small donation. Dog owners could label
infamous in the pet                                                                                  “I feel like dogs are going to get a ton of      them with the names of their beloved pets,
world, sets the scene of                                                                           exercise from the bridges, I’m so happy to         which Malandruccolo then nailed to the dog
one’s pet finding eternal                                                                          see them running all over it,” Malandruccolo       bridges she constructed for the park.
happiness in the afterlife.                                                                        said. “I’m happy that this will give them an          Between her love of animals and the timely
Like most pet lovers, the                                                                          opportunity to get healthier.”                     work dedicated toward her Gold Award,
loss of a beloved cat or                                                                             The 11-year Girl Scout, however, went            Malandruccolo has exhibited diligent work
dog supplies us with a                                                                             above and beyond the stipulations of her           ethic and a heartfelt service to the greater
bounty of grief—a family                                                                           Gold Award. After reading the Rainbow              community.
member that doesn’t                                                                                Bridge, Malandruccolo decided to expand               “Most people say that once you’re a Girl
communicate through                                                                                her effort into a commemorative project,           Scout, you’re a Girl Scout for life after you
speech, but by love and                                                                            giving pet owners a chance to honor their          finish you’re gold award, so I just hope to
graditude to its owner.                                                                            pets for lifetimes to come.                        continue helping out,” Malandruccolo said.
                            kerry BarGer Photo
   “By the edge of a
woods, at the foot of lakeland high School junior and Mahopac resident Nicole Malandruccolo
a hill, is a lush, green stands beside the dog bridges at Sycamore Park she constructed with the
meadow where time help of lakeland lumber.
stands still,” the poem
reads. “Where the friends                      to play and exercise. Realizing that the
of man and woman do run, when their time addition would give an ordinary park some
on earth is over and done.”                    extra pep, Malandruccolo set her sights on
   Inspired by this poem and her love Sycamore Park’s enclosed area devoted solely
of animals, Mahopac resident Nicole to man’s best friend. After receiving an email
Malandruccolo decided to dedicate her Girl from a Girl Scouts of America representative,
Scout Gold Award to dogs both in life and Malandruccolo’s troop leader notified her
in death.                                      that she would not have the customary four
   “I love dogs and I love animals, and I years to achieve her Gold Award. With a
couldn’t think of something to do and I deadline set for the end of December, the
called my aunt and she gave me the idea to Lakeland High School junior began her
refurbish a dog park or add something to it,” bridge-building process in April—giving her
Malandruccolo said. While visiting a dog just eight months to complete the process.                        650 Lee Blvd, Yorktown Heights NY
park in Ossining, Malandruccolo noticed           A donation from Lakeland Lumber gave
wooden bridges that gave the dogs a chance Malandruccolo the supplies she needed to

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District Attorney Adam B. Levy to be Honored by NCADD/Putnam
      The National Council on Alcoholism       and built stronger cases, and found           While generating proceeds from public         efforts. Through the years, District
    & Other Drug Dependencies/Putnam           appropriate punishment for offenders to       auctions, the primary purpose of the          Attorney Levy has provided frequent
    (NCADD) will be honoring District          deter future criminal conduct. In 2009,       Asset Forfeiture Unit is to provide law       lectures to students and their parents
    Attorney Adam B. Levy on Oct. 21 for his   the number of DWI arrests fell for the        enforcement with an additional tool           at high schools, middle schools, PTA
    exemplary contributions to alcohol and     first time in four years, and decreased       to help protect Putnam citizens from          meetings and community organizations,
    drug prevention in Putnam County.          again to 2010, to 555 cases. To further       harm by repeat drunk drivers. Putnam          on the criminal and civil consequences
      Since his start in 2008, District        reduce the number of DWI offenses, the        County’s program is so effective that it is   of using drugs and alcohol, social host
    Attorney Levy has worked to educate        District Attorney established Putnam          being implemented by other DA Offices         liability, bullying in our schools, and
    the community about the civil and          County’s first Asset Forfeiture Unit,         around the state.                             other pertinent topics that affect our
    criminal consequences of driving while     which seizes vehicles forfeited as a result     District Attorney Levy is also being        children.
    intoxicated, improved DWI enforcement      of convictions for felony-level DWIs.         honored for his community outreach               “The District Attorney’s contributions
                                                                                                                                           to our community have improved the
                                                                                                                                           quality of life in Putnam County. We are
                                                                                                                                           so pleased to be honoring someone who
                                                                                                                                           stands up for victims, is not afraid to
                                                                                                                                           create and improve the way the criminal
                                                                                                                                           justice system addresses those struggling
                                                                                                                                           with addiction, and contributes so much
                                                                                                                                           to substance abuse prevention in Putnam
                                                                                                                                           County” stated Kristin McConnell,
                                                                                                                                           Executive Director of the National
                                                                                                                                           Council on Alcoholism and Other Drug
                                                                                                                                              The luncheon will take place on Friday,
                                                                                                                                           Oct. 21 at Arms Acres, 75 Seminary Hill
                                                                                                                                           Road, Carmel, in Carmel. The luncheon
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Katz Announces Funding Option for Clean Water Opportunities
By Faith Ann Butcher                                                       faith aNN Butcher Photo City’s Department of Environmental             assistance and grant opportunities.
   Assemblyman         Steve     Katz                                                                 Protection and the state’s Department          “It’s a one-stop application that opens the
announced that he has identified                                                                      of Conservation. The $50 million            door to a variety of revenue sources to help
“outside of the box” funding                                                                          is expected to cover the costs of the       fund some of these expensive projects so that
opportunities for lake improvement                                                                    mandates for the first five-year phase.     taxpayers aren’t further burdened,” Katz said.
projects and other proposals                                                                             The second phase is expected to             Katz announced the opportunity as part
related to the municipal separate                                                                     cost over $450 million and no specific      of his “HealthyLakes” initiative, a measure
sewer stormwater systems (MS4)                                                                        funding sources have yet to be secured.     he is working on with local officials to
requirements for communities in                                                                       The coalition is in its third year of the   help mitigate costs and problems with
the 99th Assembly District.                                                                           5-year phase.                               the federally-imposed MS4 mandate. The
   Katz is encouraging use of an                                                                         In reference to Lake Shenorock,          assemblyman has been particularly engaged
interest-free revolving loan program                                                                  which has not been identified as an         and vocal about finding alternative solutions
to help communities with up-front                                                                     MS4-related project Murphy said             and funding opportunities.
costs for projects without having                                                                     Westchester County gave the town               “While we continue to challenge the
to raise funds through taxes. He                                                                      $100,000 to conduct a study on              federal government on the necessity of this
suggests using the interest accrued                                                                   Lake Shenorock and its surrounding          mandated project, and to encourage New
from the banked East of Hudson assemblyman katz was joined by yorktown councilman terrence community to see what remediation                      York City to fund the majority of this project,
funds to repay the loans.              Murphy and Somers Supervisor Mary Beth Murphy at his “healthy efforts would be possible.                   I will not allow the costs to be passed along
   “In this day and age, with lakes” initiative press conference last week.                              The privately owned lake in              to taxpayers,” Katz said. “Especially when
government budgets as well as                                                                         possession of a defunct homeowners          we have yet to consider each and every
household budgets scraping the                  once a source of drinking water, as well as           association and has been an issue of        opportunity, like the EFC’s Clean Water loan
bottom of the barrel, coupled with the to help neighboring communities offset the contention in the Shenorock community.                          program.”
economic crunch, we need to explore estimated $500 million cost of the federally- Some residents unsuccessfully tried to gather                      The federally-mandated MS4 project
every avenue to fund the big government- mandated MS4 regional storm water project. enough signatures to convert the community                    aims to reduce the levels of phosphorous
mandated projects that taxpayers cannot           “This sounds very interesting,” Somers into a special park district that would tax the          in the Croton Watershed, which accounts
afford,” Katz said. “The Environmental Town Supervisor Mary Beth Murphy said. residents the cost to rehabilitate and maintain                     for roughly 10 percent of New York City’s
Facility Corporation’s Clean Water Revolving Murphy is also the chairwoman of the East of the lake.                                               drinking water.
Loan Fund is a creative, ‘outside the box’ Hudson Coalition. “We will see how this will            Murphy did not know if the interest earned        The EFC’s Clean Water Revolving Loan
opportunity to help fund individual, local, play out with coordinating this with the funds from the East of Hudson funds, which is                Fund was created in the late 1990s with
and regional water projects - including both we will be getting to do the MS4 retrofits.”       already allocated for MS4-related projects,       funding provided by New York City to
the individual and local projects in and          The coalition, which is made up of 15 towns could be used to repay a loan for Shenorock.        protect and maintain their drinking water
around Lake Shenorock as well as the regional and villages that includes Putnam County,            Katz said because of a consolidation           reserves east of the Hudson River. To date, the
MS4 storm water mandate.”                       has about $50 million put aside from monies form, if an individual organization or local          fund has at least $1.36 million still available
   Katz urged the Town of Somers to use funds collected through the 1997 East of Hudson government applies for EFC revolving loans,               through the end of this fiscal year to award
from this program to afford improvement funds that were awarded to Westchester and the application is automatically entered into                  in loans.
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    adam Stone
                                                                              Embracing Purple Throughout October                Known primarily as Breast Cancer               violence each year, a shaky statistic due to        who need it the most. Whether it’s the pink
    Publisher                              Awareness month, another important cause          the many instances where the violence goes          ribbon, or the red ribbon, or the purple
    laura Markowski                        has taken aim at October. Similar to its pink     unreported to a legal authority.                    ribbon, a green shirt or a yellow scarf, by         cousin, purple has painted the doorsteps             In order to combat the hidden injuries that      simply conveying your support through any
    Associate Publisher                    of the community in support of domestic           many women face on a daily basis, it is crucial     type of symbol, you are letting others know
    Peter Stone                            violence awareness.                               to focus on local, immediate avenues of help.       that there is a community of people ready to                On Sept. 16, the Putnam/Northern               The Women’s Resource Center, for instance,          catch them if they happen fall. These are the
    Chief Financial Officer                Westchester Women’s Resource Center               offers a variety of services that have helped       dynamics the form true connections between
    Peter Gerken                           hosted a breakfast kickoff event, launching       women that can no longer helps themselves.          neighbors, classmates and residents of all            its ‘Go Purple’ campaign and catapulting the         For the past 30 years, the center has            kinds.
    Director of Operations                 topic of domestic violence to the forefront of    provided information resources, skills
    Jeff ohlbaum
    Community Outreach Director
    Nina harrison
                                           community discussion in Putnam. County
                                           Executive Paul Eldridge spoke about a
                                           family member’s personal struggle with a
                                           violent relationship. District Attorney Adam
                                           Levy reminisced about his time as rookie
                                                                                             workshops and professional counseling,
                                                                                             giving women an outlet to get their lives back
                                                                                             on track and onto their truest path. Its 24-
                                                                                             hour hotline has given women a life raft to
                                                                                             hold on to when times don’t seem so bright.
                                                                                                                                                    r Web Poll
    Account Executive                      prosecutor, taking on cases dealing with          These services are what makes the Putnam/                Last week's poll question: Should
                                           domestic violence and battling an archaic         Northern Westchester Women’s Resource                  government employees have to
    Patty Winters                          legal system that was unprepared and ill-         Center an absolute necessity for families              contribute toward their health
    Account Executive                      equipped for such cases.                          looking to establish beneficial relationships.         benefits?
                                              Here we are, about one month later, with the      The center is also hosting its annual benefit
    faith ann Butcher                      need to generate a dialogue about domestic        concert, “A Woman’s Voice,” on Friday,
                                                                                                                                                               Yes - 100 percent           violence awareness more important than            Oct. 28 at the Town Crier Café in Pawling.
    Editor-in-Chief                                                                                                                                             No - 0 percent
                                           ever. According to the Domestic Violence          The proceeds will go toward benefiting the
    kerry Barger                           Resource Center, a national organization          nonprofit’s services and the 4,000 individuals                 This week’s poll question:            committed to empowering families to sustain       it aids each year.                                      Should NY State add safeguards to
    Assistant Editor                       healthy relationships, 25 percent of women           Though you or a family member or                    protect property owners from natural
    Nicole Gallagher                       have experienced domestic violence in their       friend may not directly suffer from a violent             gas companies that hydrofrack?              lifetime—moreover, between 600,000 and            relationship or intimate partner abuse, it               Visit
    Community Calendar Editor              6 million are victims of intimate partner         is important to express solidarity to those                         today to vote.
    Neal rentz
    ray Gallagher                                                   Open Letter to Candidates and Their Supporters
    Sports Editor                             Dear Editor:                                   town. The meetings were not televised and           posting, be a man or woman and take credit.
                                              With November fast approaching our trees       blogs did not exist. After the meetings they        Stand in front of the deli and hand out your
    rebecca Bertoldi                       will soon light up the streets and hillsides      went to a local establishment for a beer, their     words of wisdom, let everyone know how          with an explosion of color. The cooler days       families socialized on weekends and yes they        you feel and candidates take ownership for all
                                           allow us to rake the falling leaves, finish       even conversed during election season. They         your supporters, they are a reflection on you.
    Dina Spalvieri                         those landscaping projects and get out and        were gentlemen, they fought for their beliefs,         This letter is not aimed at any one candidate         enjoy New York in all its glory. It is also       but it never became personal and families           or supporter, but rather all candidates for
    Ad Designer                            the campaign season with signs on every           were never part of the equation.                    public office and their supporters. We live in
                                           corner, candidates at the local deli handing         Stealing signs, well yes that is part of the     the greatest country in the world and have a
        Examiner Media also publishes      out pamphlets about why we should vote for        game, both parties are guilty to a degree,          freedom second to none, let’s go back to the
                                           them. Ads in the papers, letters to the Editor    but as a candidate take ownership of your           days when politician was not a bad word and
                                           written by a supporter and signed by another      campaign. When a coward posts a personal            friends could disagree, shake hands and work
                                           neutral party. Now we have the Internet,          attack at a local deli, it is your responsibility   toward the betterment of our town.
                                           blogs and web sites to further endorse our        to find the person and stop their actions. This        When this election is over, I would advise
          The Northern Westchester         favorites. But why has the gentleman and lady     goes for all candidates in every race across        the defeated to call the victor and congratulate

         Examiner                          politician disappeared!
                                              My family has been involved in politics and
                                           our beautiful town for several generations.
                                                                                             this town and this country. Read the letters,
                                                                                             go to the blogs and remember everything that
                                                                                             is published, all the rumors that are spread, all
                                                                                                                                                 him or her and offer to work trogether. Do
                                                                                                                                                 this in private and in public and yes it would
                                                                                                                                                 be nice if you really mean you are willing to
           The White Plains                I am proud to say that my father was an           the ads that are printed are yours and reflect      work for the betterment and taxpayers of
          Examiner                         assessor and then councilman for years.
                                           When he was a democratic councilman,
                                                                                             directly on you and your campaign.
                                                                                                As to the cowards that post anonymous
                                                                                                                                                 Putnam Valley. Afterall I thought that is the
                                                                                                                                                 reason you ran in the first place or maybe I
                                           Sam Oliverio’s father was a republican            blogs, do not sign the letters that they wrote      should just go back to “never never land.”
        The                                councilman. They fought at each town board        or sneak a notice on a bulletin board at a local       Phil Keating
    Putnam Examiner                        meeting for what they felt was best for their     store, if you believe in what you are writing or       Putnam Valley
    PO Box 611, Mount Kisco, NY 10549                                          Lynne Eckardt is a Concerned Citizen
             914-864-0878                    Dear Editor,                                    audience. We can always expect Lynne                  Southeast needs to have a balanced Town               I have attended meetings of the Southeast       to ask intelligent questions and make               Board with different points of view. As a
                                           Town Board for over five years. There have        worthwhile suggestions on a wide variety            responsible small business owner, Cathie
                   Member of               been many changes during this time. The           of topics. Her thoughtful and well-written          Sloat would put her fiscal discipline and a
                                           meetings moved from the basement of Old           recaps of Town Board meetings have been             valuable perspective to work for the best
                                           Town Hall on Main Street in the Village of        very helpful. Indeed, her deep concern and          interests of the residents.
                                           Brewster to a new town hall on Route 22,          knowledge of town affairs is unmatched. It            I will be very pleased to vote for Lynne
    To advertise in The Putnam Examiner,   and the membership of the Town Board              is time for the voters in Southeast to show         Eckardt and Cathie Sloat on Election Day.
             call 914-864-0878             changed completely. But one thing has             their support for better government by                Bradley D. Schwartz
                   or e-mail               remained constant: the presence of Lynne          moving Lynne from a seat in the audience              Southeast       Eckardt as a concerned citizen in the             to a seat on the Town Board.                                                               October 18 - October 24, 2011                                                                                    7

  Putnam Valley Highway Superintendent Race                                                                Lynne Eckardt & Cathie Sloat for SE Town Board
  Dear Editor:                                     It is commendable that Mr. Cobb                           Dear Editor,                                a disproportionate amount of sales tax and
  I strongly support Gary Wulfhop               is calling out to young voters for their                     I recently read Southeast Town Board        gets little in return. Our town suffers the wear
as the next Putnam Valley Highway               support. However, it is important to                       candidate's Lynne Eckardt and Cathie          and tear on our roads, the inconvenience of
Superintendent. It is obvious that Putnam       realize that youthful citizens may not be                  Sloat's proposals for helping our budget      increased traffic and yet we get little in the
Valley needs strong leadership and a            in possession of all the facts, and may                    woes and I was very impressed. While          way of sustainable jobs. Despite this we pay
change from the “good old boy” methods          make their choices based on appearances                    cutting waste is always essential Lynne and   a lion's share of Putnam County's windfall
of the past. We are at a turning point in       or personalities rather than the issues and                Cathie have come up with plans to increase    sales tax. On Nov. 8, I'm proudly voting for
the Town’s history requiring new blood          concerns important to the community as                     our revenue stream. Increasing revenue is     Lynne Eckardt and Cathie Sloat because I
and an infusion of fresh ideas. Gary is well    a whole.                                                   innovative and, wonder of wonders; both       believe that if we want to change business as
qualified to lead the Highway Department.          Gary has spent the last five years pursuing             candidates were specific in an age where      usual in Southeast we have to elect in those
He was handpicked by the Town Board to          state of the art technical knowledge and                   specifics are usually conveniently ignored.   candidates with the best ideas. Lynne and
aid Mr. Smith in doing so, and did. Gary’s      becoming familiar with New York State’s                    Lynne Eckardt has proposed lobbying the       Cathie are those candidates.
recent handling of storm damage during          challenging regulatory environment. It is                  County Legislature to share sales tax. As        Ed Murray
and after Hurricane Irene reflects his          imperative that we elect a competent, well                 she astutely points out, Southeast provides      Southeast
excellent organizational and managerial         informed leader to this important position,
skills.                                         rather than a long term yard man.                                                Southeast Town Council
  I would agree that his opponent, Mr.             When we go to the polls on November
Cobb is a fine person; however I cannot         8, please give Gary Wulfhop your full                        Dear Editor,                                PRESTIGIOUS GRANT FOR BUSINESS
understand why anyone in these difficult        support. He stands for everything needed                     Think of the possible:                      AND TOURISM
economic times would choose him as              in our town, including consistency, strong                                                                  TOWN            OF         SOUTHEAST
Putnam Valley’s Highway Superintendent.         management and fiscal accountability. I                      TOWN OF SOUTHEAST AWARDED                   RECREATION             PROGRAM        FOR
Gary’s wealth of management and planning        encourage all voters to turn out and choose                NATIONAL AWARD FOR FISCAL                     SENIORS AND FAMILIES WINS STATE
experience, both in the private sector as       him over his opponent.                                     RESPONSIBILITY                                RECOGNITION
a small business owner and his past five           Julie G. Sills                                            TOWN OF SOUTHEAST DECLARED                     The Solution:
years as Deputy Highway Superintendent,            Southeast                                               ONE OF THE COUNTRY’S BEST                        Vote for LYNNE ECKARDT and
make him the clear choice.                                                                                 SMALL TOWNS                                   CATHIE SLOAT for a new beginning on
                                                                                                             TOWN OF SOUTHEAST ......A                   the Southeast Town Council. Together,
              Praise For NYS Senator Greg Ball                                                             DESTINATION FOR THE ARTS                      let’s build a new vision for our community.
                                                                                                             TOWN OF SOUTHEAST PRAISED                      Vote Row A or “We the People” on
   Dear Editor,                                 his office, Senator Ball called me directly and            FOR OPEN GOVERNMENT AND                       Tuesday, Nov. 8. We can do it!
   My name is Brian Avery. I am an Active       advised that he would make our daughter's                  CIVILITY                                         J.A.Keyes
Duty Senior Master Sergeant with the New        care his priority. True to his word, within an               TOWN OF SOUTHEAST AWARDED                      Brewster
York Air National Guard at Stewart Air          hour of our conversation, several members
National Guard Base in Newburgh, N.Y.           of the Senator's staff were in contact with
I would like to share with you a recent         myself and my wife offering assistance in
experience my family had with Senator           any way possible.
Greg Ball and his staff.                           Senator Ball and his staff made countless
   My active duty medical insurance for         phone calls to every agency that could
family coverage is provided by TRICARE,         possibly help with our dilemma. They left
and its sub-contractor Health Net Federal       no stone unturned. Calls were pouring in
Services. Recently, our daughter, age 14, was   from all over New York State from agencies
diagnosed with a mental illness that required   offering help. Within two days of Senator
an acute care level of hospitalization,         Ball's intervention on our behalf, Health
followed by several months of care in a         Net Federal Services reversed their original
residential treatment facility.                 decision and approved our daughter's
   As most of you know, health insurance        treatment.
companies are not very compassionate               Senator Ball and his staff saw our daughter
and even less cooperative during times of       for what she is, a child in need. No judgment,
health crisis. TRICARE/Health Net Federal       no hesitation, just help and concern for her
Services is no different. Our daughter's care   well-being and for our family.
was denied. After call upon call, moving up        We would like to express our deepest
the "food chain" of the insurance company’s     thanks and gratitude to Senator Greg Ball
senior management, we got nowhere. Our          and his staff, Ali Skinner, Jim Coleman,
claims and appeal were denied. We are a         Dan Branda, Patricia Simone and all those
hard-working family, not rich by any means,     behind the scenes helping our family.
and could not afford the tens of thousands         GREG BALL FOR NEW YORK - it
of dollars treatment would have cost if our     doesn't get any truer than that.
health insurance would not cover our claim.        Brian L. Avery
My family and I were exhausted of fighting         Yorktown
for the proper health care for our daughter.
   Dealing with such a huge health issue
is bad enough, when it’s your child that is
hurt, it’s even worse. As a parent you feel
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Teen Reaches Out to WWII Vets to Tell Their History
By Martin Wilbur                                    Lowenstein turned to was his maternal                had their doors or
   After Dick Lowenstein passed away last           grandfather, Jack Bassok, also a World               living rooms adorned
October at 90 years old, his grandson, Brad,        War II veteran--and northern Westchester             with American flags.
soon realized that the companionship of a           American Legion posts, he began doing the               However, there are
loved one wouldn't be the only void in his          leg work to set up meetings and interviews           certain graphic details
life.                                               to capture the veterans' thoughts on the war,        most want to avoid
   Following the funeral, Lowenstein heard          their service and their life.                        talking about even
some of his grandfather's war stories for the          "It's really nice because they're really happy    almost seven decades
first time. The elder Lowenstein served in the      to talk to somebody about their story," said         after their service.
Air Force during World War II and if relatives      Lowenstein, who enjoys studying and reading             "They like to talk.
hadn't made an effort to talk to him over the       about history. "I talk to them not only about        They don't like to talk
years and remember some of the stories, the         the war but what they did afterwards and             about certain things
details would have been lost forever.               they really like to talk about that."                but they do like to
   "After that I realized it isn't something that      He said once he works through the initial         talk,"      Lowenstein
just my family is going to have to experience,      awkwardness the veterans usually open                said. "Most of them
but the whole community wants these                 up and enjoy their conversation. Some                are getting up there in
stories," said Lowenstein, 17, an Armonk            have suspiciously asked him whether he's             age. It's nice for them
resident and a Byram Hills High School              soliciting them, but once the ice is broken          to have someone to Brad lowenstein was inspired to collect experiences from the veterans
senior. "If you look down your road I'm sure        the interviews, usually 30 to 45 minutes each,       talk to."                  community after the death of his grandfather one year ago.
you have five veterans, maybe on your block         progress well.                                          His mother, Carol,                               World War II veterans, but didn't rule out
or something, and you never really talk to             "At first, it's a little bit hard, but once you   said she was thrilled when she learned her including those who served in Korea and
them."                                              explain to them I don't want any money, I            son had decided to undertake the project, in Vietnam later on.
   During the past year, Lowenstein has             just want to talk to you, I can do it at your        part because the stories hit home, particularly        "That's the population that needs to be
launched a project called "Hear Your                convenience, things like that. Once you              with her own father. If that was the case with talked to as soon as possible," Lowenstein
History," where he began arranging                  explain yourself, they're happy to talk,"            her family, then others would probably find said. "I don't want to say anything bad but
interviews with World War II veterans to            Lowenstein said.                                     interviews with their relatives equally as time's running out for World War II veterans
record their stories in their own voice. He            Regardless of the branch of service or            enlightening.                                       so it's important to get them first if you have
created a website, www.hearyourhistory.             the theater where the veterans served,                  "I had heard most of the stories before but the ability to get them."
com, and has uploaded the recordings, some          Lowenstein has noticed a few common                  there were things that were new to me," she            Through his website he's also reaching out
with video, that he has completed so far.           threads. The veterans he has spoken to all           said. "It was a really touching moment."            to the public and community organizations,
As of earlier this month, Lowenstein had            downplay their roles in the war, whether they           Lowenstein said he plans to add to his hoping to encourage teenagers to participate
conducted eight interviews, although due to         made a seemingly minor contribution or had           interviews throughout the remainder of his as well. Lowenstein said he would also accept
a technical glitch one recording was lost and       stormed the beach at Normandy. They are              senior year at Byram Hills and hopefully recordings from residents.
he wrote and posted a summary.                      all extremely modest. Also, they all remain          continue when he goes away to college next             For more information or to contact
   With the help of his family--the first person    fervently patriotic. Those he visited at home        year. For now, he's limiting the interviews to Lowenstein, visit

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Local History Explored in Book ‘Around Cold Spring’
By Faith Ann Butcher                              Museum in Cold Spring, uses imagery                  Most of the images in the book were taken    churches.
   Despite their small populations, Cold          from the late 19th and early 20th centuries       between 1880 and 1930 and some have never         Grace has her doctorate degree in art
Spring and the neighboring communities            to explore the local lore. She was able to        been shown to the general public before.        history from Graduate School and University
of Garrison and Nelsonville have rich and         not only use the knowledge she has gained            The book covers an array of topics from      Center of the City University of New York.
diverse histories. In the latest release by       from preparing exhibitions for the PCHS           riverside recreational and commercial           She is an adjunct professor at the Fashion
Arcadia Publishing, “Around Cold Spring”          and the historical society’s catalogues and       activities to celebrations to the weaponry at   Institute of technology in New York City,
author Dr. Trudie A. Grace compiles               in cataloguing the museum’s collection, she       forged at the West Point Foundry.               specializing in 19th and 20th century art.
chapters-worth of photos, prints and              had permission to use some of the images.            Cold Spring is considered a National           The 128-page book is available at area
postcards to help tell the stories of the how     In fact, over half of the pictures in the book    Historic District. The book contains 19         bookstores, independent and online
life once was within the Town of Philipstown.     were from the collection of the PCHS. The         photos buildings and sites that are featured    retailers or through Arcadia Publishing at
   Grace, the curator of the Putnam County        others were contributed by 19 other private       on the national historic registry. There are
Historical Society & Foundry School               collections.                                      also pictures of estates, farms, schools and

  Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall Comes to Kent
   The Putnam County Joint Veterans               responders.                                       about 4 p.m. and then leave Route 684 at        Smith (ret.), Putnam County Executive
 Council (PC JVC) has arranged to bring              There      are      educational    exhibits    Exit 10, Brewster, shortly after.               Paul Eldridge, PCJVC Chairman Peter
 a traveling wall to the Putnam County            including images and profiles of the                The escort will accompany the vehicles        Pennelle, and Director of Putnam County
 Veterans Memorial Park on Gypsy Trail            American presidents and reproductions             through the Village of Brewster, across         Veterans Services Karl Rohde.
 Road in Kent, New York from Thursday             of our important founding documents.              Route 6 to Lake Gleneida, then through             On Friday night at 6 p.m., there will
 Oct. 20 to Sunday Oct. 23.                       Admission is free and all funding for the         the hamlet of Carmel to Route 301 and on        be a prisoner of war (POW) ceremony
   The American Veterans Travelling               project was provided by generous donors.          to Gypsy Trail Road. Residents and local        beginning with an explanation of the
 Tribute (AVTT -                The massive truck and trailer carrying         business people are encouraged to come          setting of the ritual POW Table, followed
 created an 80 percent scale model of the         the American Veterans Traveling Tribute           out to greet the procession, waving flags       by imprisoning a man in a reproduction
 Washington, D.C. Vietnam Veterans                wall to the site will be met by a formal escort   and cheering the participants.                  POW cage of bamboo, similar to ones
 Memorial Wall, the largest available             at the rest stop on the northbound side             The exhibits will be available for viewing    actually used to imprison and torture
 anywhere at about 360 feet in length and         of Route 684 between Croton Falls [Exit           for four days beginning with an opening         American POWs in North Vietnam. There
 about 8 feet in height at the center. In         8] and Brewster [Exit 10] on Wednesday            ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m.        will be two men in the cage for 24 hours,
 addition, the Cost of Freedom Tribute            afternoon, Oct. 19. The Putnam County             Participants for the opening include Master     ending about 6 p.m. on Saturday.
 contains memorials for each war from             Sheriff 's Department, bikers from New            Sergeant Mary Kay Messenger, vocalist              The Ninham Mountain Singers will
 the American Revolution to the current           York State's Chapter 3 of Rolling Thunder,        for the West Point Band; the Marine             present an hour-long performance
 conflict in Afghanistan, for the victims of      and a motorcycle contingent from the              Corps Honor Guard and the West Point            beginning at 6 p.m. on Saturday. The
 Sept. 11, the Fort Hood murders and for          Putnam County Fraternal Order of Police           Honor Guard. There will be introductory         Closing Ceremony for the event will begin
 lost firefighters, law enforcers and all first   [FOP] will depart from the rest stop at           remarks by Brigadier General Donald B.          after noon on Sunday.
10                                                                              October 18 - October 24, 2011                                                            The Putnam Examiner

Is It OK for My 13-Year-Old to Watch Kid Shows?
          Question from a Parent:                own worlds and into a more                                           accommodations that will      explain that while she likes it, most children
   My daughter is a 13 year old, fairly high     social and communicative                                             help them be successful.      her age are more interested in other shows.
functioning kid with autism. She frequently      world. Of course, these                                              Sometimes        something    This may or may not influence her desires or
watches TV shows that are well below             therapies are crucial for                                            as simple as a change         behaviors but, again, it helps her understand
her age, for ex, Telletubbies and Barney.        helping individuals on                                               in lighting can make or       herself. Together you can discuss how she
We encourage her to watch more age-              the spectrum reach their                                             break a person’s ability to   feels about having younger preferences.
appropriate shows which she does mostly,         potentials, but therapy                                              do their job.                    Children and adults with autism are
but several times a week she wants to watch      and even general day-                                                   Your concerns are          often creative and appreciate aspects of
the other shows. I would prefer she watches      to-day interactions can                                              understandable. Clearly,      the environment that neurotypical people
material that will help her understand social    feel like work, even when                                            you want your daughter to     do not. They do see the world differently
situations a little better. Should I not allow   it is rewarding.         It is                                       spend her time engaging       and as we strive to help them fit in to the
her to watch the younger programming?            important for individuals                                            in meaningful activities      normative world, we should also try to see
Why does she continue to watch this? Will        to have activities they                                              that will benefit her. As     things from their perspectives. It is difficult
she outgrow it?                                  find comforting and not                                              long as her television time   but imperative for parents to achieve a
                    Answer:                      overwhelming. You don’t                                              is limited, you can think     balance between helping children fit in
   Many parents are concerned when their         want them to become lost                                             of her time watching these    while maintaining a unique and true sense
children have interests that are young for       in these activities, but it is            By Jamie Black             shows as beneficial to her    of self.
their age. Particularly when children have       OK for them to engage in                                             in some respects. You            Jaime earned her doctorate in clinical
special needs, immature interests raise          them.                                            want to be careful not to judge her, though       psychology from Yeshiva University. She
concerns and fears parents have about               Do you know what your daughter likes you can nudge her in the right direction and,              works in a private practice in New York City
developmental progress. It is very common        about these shows? Could it be the colors, as I mentioned previously, use the shows to             doing psychotherapy and evaluations. Jaime’s
for individuals on the autism spectrum to        voices, etc.? You can use these favorite shows engage her in conversation. Also, you can           specialty is in working with individuals
have special interests. Sometimes these          as tools to open up conversation. Make the explain that Barney, for example, isn’t the             of all ages on the autism spectrum. www.
interests appear immature and other times        show about more than passive television kind of show she will want to watch when          JaimeBlackPsyD@
they are well beyond their years. In either      watching. You can let her watch and then friends are over. Without judgment, you can      914-712-8208.
case, special interests serve to comfort         ask her what she likes about it. If she can’t
individuals. This is true for both children
and adults. Anyone who knows a person on
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Ball to Cuomo: Get Your Fracks Straight                                                           of Marcellus Patriots for Land Rights, was
                                                                                                  among the roughly 30 people who traveled
                                                                                                                                                   clean water, fertile land and clean air and
                                                                                                                                                   I’m not going to be the one on my watch
Continued from Page 1                                                                             from western New York and Pennsylvania to        that poisons it so my children, the seventh
whether it be a Republican president or a        landowners. Under Ball’s law, such provisions    voice their opposition toward fracking within    generation, can’t even come to visit it.”
Democratic governor, and they’re going to do     include mandatory water and soil testing,        the state. Stevens referred to his region as        In an effort to continue the discussion, Ball
anything they can do to push hurdles out of      reimbursements to owners for negligence          “The Alamo,” a breaking point between the        will be hosting a “GASLAND” screening at
the way,” Ball said. “We’ve got to stop this.”   and power to municipalities to enact their       people and the natural gas industry set in a     the Peekskill Neighborhood Center with Fox
  In addition to his demands, Ball is also       own forms of local laws regarding oil, gas and   national spotlight.                              and Frack Action co-founder Claire Sandberg
lobbying for the passage of his Property         solution mining.                                    “This industry has a lot of lawyers, and      this Saturday, Oct. 22 at 1:30 p.m.
Owner’s Bill of Rights legislation, which           Craig L. Stevens, a sixth generation          they’re full of liars,” Stevens said. “My five      “Sen. Greg Ball is one of the only politicians
contains specific mandates to protect            landowner from Silver Lake, Pa. and a member     generations before me did pass my land with      on either side of the aisle who has the heart to
                                                                                                                                                   actually go and see firsthand the horrific and
                                                                                                                                                   abusive conditions the gas fracking industry
                                                                                                                                                   is forcing on citizens and one of the only
                                                                                                                                                   public servants with the convictions and the
                                                                                                                                                   guts to stand up to the gas industry,” Fox said
                                                                                                                                                   in an official statement. “Touring the gas land
                                                                                                                                                   of Pennsylvania should be required of every
                                                                                                                                                   New York representative.”

                                                                                                                                                    Carmel PD Nabs
                                                                                                                                                    Burglary Ring
                                                                                                                                                    By Kerry Barger
                                                                                                                                                       On Wednesday, Oct. 5, a homeowner
                                                                                                                                                    returning to her house on Woodland Court
                                                                                                                                                    at 1:50 p.m. noticed a pickup truck parked
                                                                                                                                                    her driveway and a male walking from the
                                                                                                                                                    back of her residence. Upon seeing the
                                                                                                                                                    man, the homeowner immediately drove
                                                                                                                                                    to Carmel Police headquarters to report
                                                                                                                                                    the incident to officers.
                                                                                                                                                       Police units immediately responded to
                                                                                                                                                    the scene and upon entering the residence,
                                                                                                                                                    they noticed the rear glass door was open.
                                                                                                                                                    At the same time, Sgt. Gary Johanson and
                                                                                                                                                    Detective Robert Bagnarol saw a male
                                                                                                                                                    subject with muddy shoes exiting the
                                                                                                                                                    woods near the house.
                                                                                                                                                       The subject, who was later identified as
                                                                                                                                                    23-year-old Paul Plateroti, gave officers
                                                                                                                                                    conflicting stories of what he was doing
                                                                                                                                                    in the area and why is he was exiting the
                                                                                                                                                    woods. Upon comparison of Plateroti’s
                                                                                                                                                    shoes, officers discovered they matched
                                                                                                                                                    the muddy footprints found within the
                                                                                                                                                    homeowner’s house. Plateroti admitted
                                                                                                                                                    to entering the home, and implicated
                                                                                                                                                    a second suspect—23-year-old Bruce
                                                                                                                                                    Tebbens—who had fled in the truck upon
                                                                                                                                                    the homeowner’s arrival. The truck was
                                                                                                                                                    later found at Tebbens’ residence and
                                                                                                                                                       A stakeout of Tebbens’ home led to
                                                                                                                                                    his arrest at a traffic stop. Tebbens was
                                                                                                                                                    allegedly in possession of a stolen big
                                                                                                                                                    screen television and iMac computer—
                                                                                                                                                    two items that were allegedly taken from
                                                                                                                                                    a residence on Shear Hill Road on Oct.
                                                                                                                                                    4. Additional items were secured via a
                                                                                                                                                    search warrant that was issued. Further
                                                                                                                                                    questioning of the subjects revealed that
                                                                                                                                                    they had committed at least three separate
                                                                                                                                                    burglaries in Mahopac, with the third
                                                                                                                                                    residence that was burglarized being
                                                                                                                                                    located on Ryan Court.
                                                                                                                                                       Both defendants are currently charged
                                                                                                                                                    with two count of Burglary in the second
                                                                                                                                                    degree, Grand Larceny in the third degree
                                                                                                                                                    and Possession of Stolen Property in the
                                                                                                                                                    third degree. They were arraigned by Town
                                                                                                                                                    Justice Joseph Spofford and remanded to
                                                                                                                                                    the Putnam County Jail in lieu of $250,000
                                                                                                                                                    bail and are scheduled to appear in court
                                                                                                                                                    on Oct. 24 at 6 p.m.                                                         October 18 - October 24, 2011                                                                                    13

      Busines ek                                                      Exciting Expressions
      of the W                                                                                    Patterson
By Kerry Barger                                                                                                         kerry BarGer Photo            necessities with commodities, the items
   Tucked away in a small plaza located                                                                                                               within her store are typically the first to be
on Route 311 in Patterson lives a store                                                                                                               cut in a person’s budget, Amato said.
that transforms the ordinary into the                                                                                                                    “They’re novelties, they’re extras,” Amato
extraordinary—where normal people can                                                                                                                 said. “People need food more than they
escape from their daily lives, with costumes,                                                                                                         need a balloon or a favor for a party, so
accessories and other gifts helping to dress                                                                                                          unfortunately the things that I sell are the
up life.                                                                                                                                              first to go.”
   One of the few locally-owned gift stores                                                                                                              By maintaining competitive prices in
in Putnam County, Exciting Expressions                                                                                                                check with larger commercial party stores,
is filled wall-to-wall and from ceiling to                                                                                                            however, Amato has been able to keep in
floor with a wide variety of party pieces,                                                                                                            touch with the needs of the community.
decorations and seasonal costumes. Now                                                                                                                Despite Exciting Expressions’ small
stocked with ghoulish gear for Halloween,                                                                                                             storefront, Amato keeps a large inventory
the store is the place to go for small                                                                                                                available in the back of the store.
gatherings at home to major celebrations                                                                                                                 With a growing stock of balloons, flowers,
like Thanksgiving or Christmas.                                                                                                                       goodie bags and so much more, Amato
   “My husband and I moved up to Patterson                                                                                                            keeps her focus on her customers and her
about seven years ago from Westchester,”                                                                                                              connection to the community. Though
said owner Jackie Amato. “Stores like mine       exciting expressions owner Jackie amato stands amongst a jungle of costumes, accessories and other   she works hard to put the best products
are a dime-a-dozen down there—there’s a          novelty items available at her store on route 311 in Patterson.                                      forward, Amato emphasizes the importance
place to go for gifts, flowers, balloons and                                                                                                          of keeping her customers happy.
things like that and there weren’t stores like   been the one, as long as I can remember           the products. “The public needed the paper            “It’s about pleasing the customer,” Amato
them in Putnam.”                                 between my family and previous jobs, to           goods, the goodie bags, the balloons—all of        said. “When I can make something happen
   A former financial planner, Amato             be the person coordinating events,” Amato         that really came from customers’ requests          for somebody, when they come to my store
opened Exciting Expressions three-and-a-         said. “If somebody was getting married, I         and we wanted to give them what they               and they say ‘you’re probably not going to
half years ago and will celebrate her fourth     would take over things and pull everything        wanted,” Amato said. “We were really doing         be able to help me, I’ve been looking all over
anniversary at 1072 Route 311 in March.          together for whoever it was.”                     what the population was asking for and             for’ whatever that may be and I’m able to
Her lifelong passion of taking matters into        Amato initially envisioned Exciting             that’s really how the store evolved.               put something together for them—it’s pretty
her own hands when it comes to events            Expressions as part-gift store, part-event          Faced with an unstable economy, Amato            rewarding.”
helped her make a career transition from         planning operation. Realizing the void of a       admitted one of the biggest challenges of             For more information about Exciting
the finance world.                               community novelty store in the immediate          owning her business is the uncertainty             Expressions, contact Jackie Amato at 845-
   “For the most part, I kind of always have     area, Amato began to narrow her focus on          of the market. Because people prioritize           878-3011.
14                                                                                 October 18 - October 24, 2011                                                                 The Putnam Examiner

Surprises Revealed in the “Uptick” in Home Sales
   Sometimes reporting the dry statistics         it. However, the association’s                                    low interest rates made                 the high numbers is that more than half the
of home sales released by the Westchester/        report was that the direction                                     Westchester and Putnam real             homes sold were priced over $1 million. In
Putnam Association of Realtors (WPAR)             of the market appeared to                                         estate more affordable than             the second quarter, the number of homes
can be tedious, especially when the news
isn't good. But I always try to find the back
                                                  be improving and, on a
                                                  seasonally adjusted basis, the
                                                                                                 The                at any time in some years,
                                                                                                                    thereby turning some of the
                                                                                                                                                            sold jumped to 27 with an average selling
                                                                                                                                                            price of $903,241 and a median price of
story of these reports of why homes are
selling. Or, as is the case in the past few
                                                  third quarter sales ran at a
                                                  rate of 5 percent ahead of the            Home                    pent-up demand into real
                                                                                                                                                            $745,000, reflecting the fact that less than
                                                                                                                                                            one-third of the homes were over $1 million.
years, not selling.
   When released late last week, this
year's third quarter report fascinated me,
                                                  prior quarter.
                                                     Taking all nine months into
                                                  consideration and forecasting
                                                                                            Guru                       Another factor that augurs
                                                                                                                    well for our market is the
                                                                                                                    increase in sales activity in
                                                                                                                                                            By the third quarter, sales jumped to 37 units,
                                                                                                                                                            with an average selling price of $880,952 and
                                                                                                                                                            a median price of $840,250.
especially when analyzing sales more locally      for the balance of the year, it                                  New York City, which can                   In Yorktown, the first quarter reported
and the trends they would suggest. The first      was projected that 2011’s year-                                  unblock the market there and             that 33 single-family homes were sold with
and second quarter reports of this year were      end performance could come                                       allow more sellers to move               an average selling price of $380,505 and
discouraging as people seemed to be sitting       close to the 2010 market and                                     to the suburbs, including                the median priced home being $355,000.
back. Take your pick as to why: Concerns          establish a mildly growing                                       Westchester and Putnam.                  This indicates that the sales were more on
about Wall Street, unemployment, mortgage         trend line from the depths of                                    While unemployment is a                  the lower end during this period. In the
rates, short sales, foreclosures, the looming     the recession in 2009.                                           serious national problem,                second quarter, there were 42 homes sold
question of property taxes and how we’re             The      report     presented                                 Westchester is outperforming             with an average selling price of $401,985
going to meet local budgets within the tax        average and median sale                                          the state and New York City              and a median price of $380,000, with more
cap mandated by Albany.                           prices of houses throughout                                      with an unemployment rate                homes sold in the upper category. And by
   But when I pored through the latest report,    Westchester, with the median           By Bill Primavera         that trended down from 7.3               the third quarter, sales jumped to 59 units,
I discovered that over and above the good         price falling to $684,005 or                                     percent in 2009 to about 6.5             with an average selling price of $442,231 and
news of upticks in sales in Westchester and       about 6 percent below last year’s                                percent today.                           a median of $410,000, reflecting a steady rise
Putnam, the statistics showed interesting         level of $730,250. That was influenced by a         It is said in the housing industry that real          in selling prices over the three quarters.
trends in our area, which leads me to believe     greater number of higher priced homes sold estate is very local, and when I checked                         If another recession is not on the horizon,
that the elusive formula that we have waited      in the previous year. The homes selling for the results for different towns, I discovered                 the overall assessment of the third quarter
for--the right (lower) price points and           less than $1 million decreased by 8 percent that both the higher-priced communities                       by the WPAR points more to an emerging
the lowest mortgage rates in decades--has         on average from a year ago, and the average and lower-priced markets experienced                          recovery than to backsliding into a
hopefully arrived and further suggests that       price among properties selling for less than impressive growth in units. But while selling                “moribund” market. So are we feeling more
this quarter’s encouraging report may be          $1 million was $590,000, with the median prices decreased significantly in an upscale                     optimistic?
more than just a hiccup.                          falling to $540,000.                              community like Chappaqua, they actually                   Bill Primavera is a licensed Realtor®
   In a nutshell, the WPAR reported a bump           Interestingly, in Putnam County there was increased appreciably in more moderately                     (,            affiliated
in the past quarter of 8 percent in sales in      no change from the $330,000 third quarter priced communities such as Yorktown                             with Coldwell Banker, and a marketing
Westchester and 13 percent in Putnam.             medians posted in both 2009 and 2010.               In the first quarter, there were 12 single-           practitioner ( For
The board’s take on the promising news               Explaining the bottom line of increased family homes sold in Chappaqua with an                         questions or comments about the housing
was that it was a counter reaction to the         sales, the WPAR report proffered that the average selling price of $1,121,291 and the                     market, or selling or buying a home, he can be
two disappointing quarters that preceded          combination of lower prices and extremely median price at $1,173,500. Responsible for                     reached directly at 914-522-2076.

Girl Scouts Kicks Off 100th Anniversary Celebration
By Faith Ann Butcher                                kerry BarGer Photo                                                                                      sell them. We would schlep the cookies
   Women and girls from throughout the                                                                                                                      around the neighborhood and sell them for
Hudson Valley region gathered at Dutchess                                                                                                                   50 cents a box.”
County Stadium in Wappingers Falls on                                                                                                                          Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson CEO
Saturday. They came from White Plains to                                                                                                                    Pam Anderson agreed. “I loved selling
Middletown, in all shapes, sizes, color and                                                                                                                 cookies,” Anderson said. “I thought I was
ages. They were from all walks of life but                                                                                                                  a business woman and that was how I
they all had one thing in common—they                                                                                                                       learned to use my confidence was by selling
were Girl Scouts.                                                                                                                                           cookies.”
   The Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson                                                                                                                         “This is girl power at work,”
Council, which has its headquarters in                                                                                                                      Congresswoman Nan Hayworth, who
Pleasantville, held a 100 Anniversary                                                                                                                       spoke at the event, said. “The Girl Scouts
Kickoff event to jump start a year filled                                                                                                                   are actively making a difference in their
with activities planned to honor the birth                                                                                                                  communities. They are learning great
of Girl Scouts a century ago. The Heart of                                                                                                                  things. They are learning how to become
the Hudson represents girls in Westchester,                                                                                                                 leaders. They are an asset to all of us and I
Putnam, Rockland, Dutchess, Sullivan,                                                                                                                       take inspiration by what they do.”
Ulster and Orange counties.                                                                                                                                    Girl Scouts USA currently has 3.2 million
   Over 4,000 people attended the sold-out        troop 2502 out of Philipstown was among the 4,000 people that attended the Girl Scout’s 100 anniversary   members and over 50 million American
event.                                            kick off event at Dutchess county Stadium.                                                                women have been Girl Scouts throughout
   Kacey Morabito Green, the co-host of                                                                                                                     the years, according to Anderson. The Heart
“Mike and Kacey in the Morning” radio             others were participated in the opening              songwriter, recording artist, author and             of the Hudson council serves over 31,000
show on WHUD, emceed the event. As a              parade. The thing that was brought all of the        former scout and troop leader, volunteered           girls and has over 15,000 adult volunteers.
past Girl Scout Morabito Green, a former          girls together, though, was the sing-along.          to perform for the crowd. Shih, a resident of           Heart of the Hudson will host a day-long
girl scout herself, said she felt honored to be      They knew the songs and they knew the             Huntington, N.Y., understands the positive           event at the Westchester County Center in
part of such an event. “I remember putting        responding body movements. Together                  influence Girl Scouts has on the lives of girls      May that will recognize recipients of the
on my uniform and as you put on the vest          they became a unit. Several guests led the           and has performed for Girl Scout’s national          Gold Award. In June, Girls Scouts will hold
and the pins,” said Morabito Green who            sing-a-long at different times throughout            anniversary sing-along events in 1997, 2002          a celebration in Washington D.C.
lives in Cold Spring. “You knew you were          the event. The Dotted Half Notes, a chorus           and 2007.                                               Registration is ongoing and Anderson
part of something big,”          said Morabito    made up of Girl Scouts from the Heart of                “I loved being a Girl Scout,” said Shih.          encourages girls in between the ages of 5
Green, a Cold Spring resident.                    the Hudson area that practices in Mahopac,           “My favorite part of being a Girl Scout              and 17 to join. For more information, visit
   Scouts were active throughout the day,         led quite a few songs for their peers.               was going door-to-door selling Girl Scout  
some dressed in vintage uniforms while               Patricia Shih, an award-winning singer-           cookies; back then that was how we would   October 18 - October 24, 2011   15
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 Nominees Sought for Women of Excellence Awards
   Nominations are now being accepted for      Women of Excellence Awards Banquet           Putnam County Women in Leadership                  Professional Women of Putnam and the
 the 2nd Annual Putnam County Women            on Feb. 3, 2012 at Putnam National Golf      Award – Not for Profit Sector.                     Mahopac News.
 of Excellence Awards. These annual            Club. Nominations must be postmarked           Last year’s winners—Rebecca Bertoldi,              For more information, criteria
 awards will honor women in Putnam             by Dec. 31.                                  publisher of Eventful Magazine, Donna              and guidelines, or to download a
 County who demonstrate professional             The award categories are: Putnam           Massaro, owner of The Freight House                nomination form please visit www.
 excellence, are a positive role model and     County Female Entrepreneur of the Year       Café and Ann Link, former fire chief of       or
 who display commitment to community           Award, Mahopac Female Entrepreneur of        the Mahopac Falls Fire Department—will   
 service. All nominees and award winners       the Year Award, Putnam County Woman          be this year’s judges.
 will be honored at the Putnam County          of Excellence in Community Service and         This event is brought to you by

Brewster Considers Closing Garden Street Elem. School
Continued from Page 1
School was classified as unsatisfactory.       for 2013 is 3,180, Deputy Superintendent        Certain building modifications would             year by consolidating the schools.
   “The system is functioning unreliably       Timothy Conway told those at the Oct. 11     have to be done to accommodate the                    However, district leaders also see this as
or has exceeded its useful life,” the report   school board meeting.                        additional classes such as converting the           a positive opportunity for the educational
read. It was estimated that the renovations      It is suggested that students in the       music and science rooms at CVS into                 experience of the students. By having all
and repairs that would be needed to bring      district in grades kindergarten, first and   regular classrooms.                                 of the students within a grade level in one
the elementary school up to date would         second attend JFK; students in grades           The closing of the school would result           school, the district will be able to have
exceed $11.6 million.                          third, fourth and fifth attend C.V. Starr    in the layoffs. With one less school,               developmentally-focused        instruction,
   This past spring, the district formed       and then continue on to the middle           the district would be able to eliminate             according to Superintendent of Schools
a Long Lange Planning Task Force to            school and high school as is currently       a principal position, maintenance and               Dr. Jane Sandbank.
consider recommendations for the future        being done.                                  clerical staff as well as several teachers.           For many residents, generations of
use of district facilities. The task force       It is projected that even with the         Manya Bouteneff, director of instruction,           their families have traveled the halls of
found that declining enrollment within         consolidation of the schools, the number     curriculum and professional personnel,              the Garden Street School. Garden Street
the district made the closure of the           of students who would be attending JFK       said that the layoffs would be done                 opened in 1927 and housed all 12 grades
Garden Street School a viable option.          next year (610) is still fewer than the      through seniority throughout the district.          until 1959.
   Since 2002, the number of students          number of students who attended the             With the district already looking at the           The district intends on leasing out the
attending Brewster school’s has dropped        school in 2002 (631).                        budget for 2012-2013 school year and the            Garden Street building. Officials said that
by more than 350 students and the trend          Conway also mentioned that the Town        effects of the imposed 2 percent tax cap            they have already begun reaching out to
is expected to continue. Brewster went         of Southeast has indicated that there are    legislation, Dr. Stephen Jambor said more           local organizations.
from a total of 3,708 students in 2002 to      no housing developments being planned        layoffs are possible. However, the district
3,344 in 2011. The projected enrollment        within the district in the near future.      would be saving almost a million dollars a



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        TuESdAY, OcTObEr 18Th
  Art: Putnam Arts council:                49TH
                                                      Internet Awareness: George Fischer
                                                   Middle School PTA and Administration
                                                                                                   Anthony at 845 531-1790 or Tom at 845 270-
                                                                                                                                                     for updating the seniors last month on the
                                                                                                                                                     2011 forum in Albany earlier this year. We
ANNUAL JURIED FINE ARTS EXHIBIT                    Presents “Internet Awareness”: A Parent             Military collectibles Show: Patterson         will be taken applications for anyone who
At Belle Levine Art Center, 521 Kennicut           Presentation by NY’s Finest Speakers. Find      Recreation Center. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. American      would like to join. Dues is $5.00 a year and
Hill Rd., remains on view through 11/11/11         out what children and teens are commonly        Revolution to present day. Several historical     we meet normally the second Saturday of the
during Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Friday             doing on the Internet. Understand “Social       displays manned by uniformed Living               month.
10-3 and Sunday 1-4pm Details on all our           Networking” Learn how to keep our children      Historians.       Admission: $5/pp; children        church Services: The Jacobs Brothers will
programs and services at putnamartscouncil.        safe & risk free on the Internet New York’s     under 12 are free accompanied by an adult.        be in concert at New Life Bible Church. All
com                                                Finest Speakers is a Law Enforcement Public     The Hudson Valley Bloodmobile will be             are welcome to attend located at 476 Farmers
  Story Time: Jonathan Kruk, Hudson                Speakers Bureau providing public seminars       on-site. Donate a pint of blood and get free      Mills Road, in Carmel, for more information,
Valley’s best storyteller, presents his “Legends   to educate on Internet Awareness, Drug          admission for the show! Part of the proceeds      please call the Church at 845 225-4620
and Lore of Sleepy Hollow and the Hudson           Awareness and Keeping our Students Safe on      of the event goes to The American Veterans
Valley” 7 p.m. at the Hudson Valley Trust          the Internet. George Fischer Middle School      Historical Museum.                                         SuNdAY, OcTObEr 23rd
Bldg, 2 Route 164, Patterson. Fun for the          – Auditorium 7:00-9:00 p.m. All CCSD                Morning Song: Poems for New Parents:             crafts for a cure: 1-5 p.m. Mahopac
whole family. To make reservations and             parents/guardians are welcome to attend         Kent Public Library. 1 p.m. The program           Firehouse Rte 6 & Croton Falls Road Bring
reserve books, email HudsonValleyTrust@                                                            is sponsored by Arts on the Lake and there        the whole family to this amazing arts & crafts or call 845 878-7071.                             FrIdAY OcTObEr, 21ST                   will be activities for children too. The book’s   event to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma
  book club for 7th and 8th graders will             Ghoula Palooza: Haunted Mansion at 10         editor, Susan Todd, along with poet Susie         Society. Come join in activities for girls and
meet at the Kent Public Library. 4:30-5:15         Fair St. will be open at 7:00 p.m. 22, 28 and   Patlove, Kent Supervisor Kathy Doherty            boys from beading to scratch art. Recharge
p.m. The book is “The Hunger Games” by             29 and on Sunday, Oct. 30 from 3-7 p.m.         and Kent Town Justice j. Peter Collins are        at one of our snack tables and then go create
Suzanne Collins. Stop by or call the library at    Admission is $5/children ages 10 and under      scheduled to join in.Copies of the book will      some more! Win raffle prizes or silent auction.
845 225-8585 if you need a copy of the book.       and $10 for all others. Refreshments and        be available for purchase. For info visit www.    Tickets for crafts will be sold at the door. For
                                                   pumpkins available. Student volunteers in or call 845 228-2685.           more info e-mail
      WEdNESdAY, OcTObEr 19Th                      grades 7-12 are needed to pose as actors from       EXPLOrEr POST 11 – Pasta Night: 6:00             bATIK: Composed of five world class
  book club: The first meeting of Kent Public      7-11 p.m. on the weekends listed above and on   PM to 8:00 PM Cost: Adults $12.00 - Ages          musicians who perform on a range of
Library’s 5th and 6th grade Book Club. 4:30-       Sunday, Oct. 30 from 3-7 p.m.. Community        6-10 $8.00 - under age 5 eat FREE Menu:           instruments including saxophone, trumpet,
5:15 p.m. Register at or       service hours! If interested in volunteering,   In addition to being able to choose between       flugelhorn, marimba, vibraphone, tabla and
call 845 225-8585 for more information.            contact Regina at or call    “Spaghetti & Meatballs” or “Spaghetti with        synthesizers. Founded by Carmel resident
                                                   845 406-8321.                                   Garlic/Oil” your meal will include salad,         Barry Hartglass, this talented group will
      ThurSdAY, OcTObEr 20Th                         Pajama Party: The Friends of Putnam           dessert and a breadbasket on each table!          perform at Mahopac Public Library. 2 pm.
   debt control: Debt management tips at           Hospital Center will host their annual Teddy    Beverages will include soda (with unlimited       Registration is requested for this concert;
the Library Is your debt load too high for         Bear Pajama Party: 6pm - 8pm. Co-Author         refills), as well as coffee, tea. 845-234-3127    visit, or call 845-
your income? How do you gain control of            Jackie End will read “Chicken Fingers-Mac           ATYPIcAL; Life with Asperger’s in 20 1/3      628-2009, ext 100.
your debt and get your finances in order? Bill     and Cheese.Why Do You Always Have To            chapters – is a funny and moving memoir              Music: piano trio. 4pm. Kurt
Hammond, a Financial Advisor with Edward           Say Please?” Come in your pajamas. Make         that demystifies this syndrome which is a mild    Briggs, violin, Renée Cometa Briggs, piano,
Jones, will present a workshop entitled “Debt      your very own Yogurt Smoothie compliments       form of autism. The Mahopac Public Library        Matt Goeke, cello. Douglas Anderson, Franz
Control” at Mahopac Public Library 6:30            of THE FREIGHT HOUSE CAFÉ. Let’s                is pleased to present Mr. Saperstein at a book    Joseph Haydn, Brank Bridge and Hilary Tan.
pm; registration is requested. To register         Do It Together Workouts; Fitness for the        talk and signing on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 2 pm;    Admission is free, contributions are welcome.
for the Debt Control workshop, visit www.          whole family compliments of ALL-OUT.            this program is co-sponsored by PARC, the         Chapel of Our Lady Restoration, 45 Market, or call 845-628-2009,          Live entertainment by the Emmy Award-           Hudson Valley Autism Resources Center, and        Street, Cold Spring, NY (845) 265-5537.
ext 100.                                           winning nutrition media company, FOOD           Putnam Independent Living Services. Copies           harvestfest: Carmel Recreation & Parks
   clearpool Education center. Located             PLAY . Face Painting and Pumpkin Fairy          of Atypical; Life with Asperger’s Syndrome in     Dept.’s hosts its annual Harvestfest at
in Carmel, NY is now offering specially            compliments of. JUST 4 Fun. Free Admission      20 1/3 Chapters will be available for purchase    Sycamore Park, 790 Long Pond Rd., 12-4
designed, nature-based, outdoor recreation         - Free Parking Sponsored by Dr. Ben             ($15/copy) and can be signed by the author at     p.m. Wear your costume. For info on being a
and exciting team building programs for            Dancygier of Valley Pediatric Dentistry and     this event. Registration is required; register    vendor ($20/table), to volunteer, or for more
all Girl Scouts in grades 4-6. Programs are        Aflac. PUTNAM HOSPITAL CENTER, 670              online at, or call         details, call 845 628-7888.
offered the 3rd Thursday of every month            STONELEIGH AVENUE, CARMEL. (845)                845-628-2009, ext 100.
from 4:30-6:00 p.m. $50/troop per program.         279-5711 EXT. 3581 For more information             Nature: Christ Church Hall, Pawling.                MONdAY, OcTObEr 24Th
Space is limited. Registration required. Please    contact: FriendsofPHC@gmail.lcom                Nature-inspired art exhibit, folk music,            Free Vaccine: The Putnam County
inquire about additional programming for all         Maine-ly Murder Night: ACTS Ministry          falcons, owls, frogs & turtles, children’s        Department of Health will be offering
ages. Contact Stacey Damiano at 845 225-           Players of Gilead Presbyterian Church come      activities. Contact Laurie Wallace at 845-        FREE flu vaccination for Carmel Central
8226, ext. 106 or sdamiano@greenchimneys.          together for “A Maine-ly Murder”: Putnam        279-8858 or visit                School District students in Grades 1-12
org for more information. Upcoming                 National Golf Club in Mahopac. The evening          coat drive: Don’t Throw it Away, Used         (NOTE: Kindergarten students will not be
programs include: Team Building-Low Ropes          of dinner theater begins at 7:00 p.m., and      Clothing Collection Drive 23rd 10:00 am -         accommodated due to scheduling). Consent
Adventure on Oct. 20; Being Thankful-              includes a three course buffet, a cash bar      3:00 pm Putnam Lake VFW #9257 4 Fairfield         forms are required and must be returned to
Recycled Crafts on Nov. 17; and Giving Back        and the original comedy/drama by William        Dr Patterson NY For info call (845) 279-4097      your child’s school by Friday, October 14.
to Wildlife-Birdhouse Project on Dec. 15.          Brett, Diane Lester, Ron LoAlbo and Mariah      Sponsored by the Putnam Lake VFW Ladies           Forms are available on our website at www.
   Pegasus Program. Runs Thursday                  Warren. Adult seating is $40 per ticket, and    Aux #9257                               
evenings from 6-7:30 p.m. for eight weeks          includes all of the food, fun and audience          Putnam county AArP chapter 1183
at 110 Old Rt. 6, Carmel. Sessions are held        participation you can handle! Can you figure    monthly meeting: 1 p.m. at the William                 The Putnam Examiner is happy to help
at the Putnam Co.Youth Bureau. Pegasus,            out who killed Brad and Suzanne? The answer     Koehler Center, Rte 6, Mahopac, N.Y.                spread the word about your community
sponsored by the Putnam Co. Youth Bureau,          may surprise you! Contact Stephen Lester at     Our guest speaker for this meeting will be          event. Please submit your information at
is an educational program for children ages        845 225-7589 for tickets and more info.         nutritionist Allison Stillwell from Hannaford       least three weeks prior to your event to
6-14 and their parents/guardians who have                                                          Supermarket. Allison will be given the    
a loved one suffering from alcoholism or                 SATurdAY, OcTObEr 22Nd                    members tips on eating healthier and staying           Please make sure to call or e-mail
other drug dependency. Pre-registration              carmel cubs 2012 cooperstown                  fit. Guests are always welcome. Doors open          ahead and confirm all events. The Putnam
is required. Contact Adriene Iasoni-Aull,          Fundraiser: Texas Holdem Tournament.            at 11 a.m. for anyone who would like to come        Examiner prints time and dates supplied by
LMSW at 845 808-1600, ext. 46122 or                VFW, Carmel, NY 7:00 p.m. sharp--first deal.    early and relax with friends. We would also         each organization and is not responsible for                  For reservations call Tommy at 914 403-4728;    like to thank Sandy Galef Assemblywoman             misinformation.
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                                                                           The Putnam


Jordan Flows in Carmel’s 29-13 Win Over Mahopac
                                                 Sports                    Covering Putnam County and Northern Westchester Sports

Rams take back Higgins Trophy behind RB/LBs Show
By Ray Gallagher                                                                                                                                                           set up a field goal as time
   It was all on the line                                                                                                                                                  expired in the half.
Saturday afternoon when                                                                                                                                                       Rams HB James Blank
Carmel visited Mahopac                                                                                                                                                     powered the opening
in the 37th annual                                                                                                                                                         drive of the third quarter,
gridiron         showdown                                                                                                                                                  but the Rams turned it
between the neighboring                                                                                                                                                    over, fueling hope for an
Putnam County rivals.                                                                                                                                                      Indian comeback when
But when it came to                                                                                                                                                        Brandon         Fitzpatrick
walking the line, it was                                                                                                                                                   scooped up a loose fumble
Carmel who walked the                                                                                                                                                      deep in his own territory.
walk, working a 29-13                                                                                                                                                      Carmel’s McCabe picked
league win over the now-                                                                                                                                                   off a Donahoe pass, but
slumping Indians, losers                                                                                                                                                   Fitzpatrick had his back
of four-straight. Carmel                                                                                                                                                   again, snaring an INT
now holds a 20-17 lifetime                                                                                                                                                 midway through the
edge in the series.                                                                                                                                                        third, but the Indians
   Ram FB/LB/DE Jordan                                                                                                                                                     could not convert on
Samuels was a one-man                                                                                                                                                      fourth down late in the
wrecking crew, wreaking                                                                                                                                                    third and surrendered
havoc on both sides                                                                                                                                                        possession.
of the ball. The senior                                                                                                                                                       It was still a game
scored a TD on both                                                                                                                                                        early in the fourth when
sides of the ball, plowing                                                                                                                                                 Mahopac turned it over
in from 11 yards out                                                                                                                                                       on downs. Carmel struck
for Carmel’s first score.                                                                                                                                                  quickly when Wachter
He later gave the Rams                                                                                                                                                     found a wide open Joe
                                                                                                      ray GallaGher PhotoS
a 13-7 lead they would                                                                                                                                                     Gervasi, a junior, for a
not relinquish when the carmel QB Dillon Wachter (r) fires a strike to Joe Gervasi (l) who couldn’t have been more open in the rams’ 29-13 win over host Mahopac.          40-yard TD pass at 9:20,
sacked Mahopac QB                                                                                                                                                          game over!
Patrick Donahoe, scooped the fumbled and                                                                                                                   “We worked hard all week to put this
scampered 54 yards for the score early in                                                                                                               together,” said James Blank, who rushed
the second quarter.                                                                                                                                     for 106 yards on 16 carries. “That’s what
   At 2:53 of the first, Donahoe gave the                                                                                                               happens when you play good football and
Rams a 7-0 lead, keyed by Nick Russo’s 11-                                                                                                              you block and tackle the way you’re capable
yard, fourth-down pick up. Carmel WR                                                                                                                    of. It’s a good feeling to go out and get the
Mike McCabe then caught the Mahopac                                                                                                                     Higgins trophy back.”
defense napping as he streaked uncovered                                                                                                                   Cayea used that as a motivational tool
down the seam for a 40-yard grab inside the                                                                                                             this week against the badly banged-up
Mahopac 20. That set up Samuel’s first score                                                                                                            Indians, who were without a half dozen
on fourth-and-one at 11:18 of the second.                                                                                                               starters out with injuries.
   At 9:11, Samuels struck again with the                                                                                                                  “We just haven’t played well and we’ve
play of the game; a momentum swinging                                                                                                                   turned the ball over a lot against a really
game-changing sack, scoop and 54-yard                                                                                                                   tough schedule, so this was without a doubt
run to the house.                                                                                                                                       the best game we’ve played all year,” Rams
   “This meant so much to me because I’ve                                                                                                               boss Todd Cayea said. “This was by far our
been playing varsity football for three years                                                                                                           cleanest game of the season. I told our kids
now and I’ve never beaten these guys,” said                                                                                                             I know this hasn’t been the kind of season
Samuels. “It was (Ryan) Shilling’s senior                                                                                                               we were hoping for, but you can change all
year when I was a sophomore and we lost                                                                                                                 that today. This is Carmel-Mahopac, this
this game, so this was my third and final                                                                                                               is your legacy now; how do you want to be
year at getting that trophy back to Carmel. I While picking up a block from No. 73 Mike Marinello, carmel rB James Blank chugs for some of the 106 remembered?
didn’t want to go out like the last two senior yards he accumulated in rams’ 29-13 win over host Mahopac last Saturday.                                    Carmel will travel to winless Fox Lane
classes did. I was focused all week long.”                                                                                                              Saturday (4 p.m.) while Mahopac tackles
   The Rams responded with another short- a punt, giving Carmel the ball on the Indian from QB Dillon Wachter at 3:49 for a 20-7 once-beaten host John Jay EF Saturday at
field score after the Indians couldn’t execute 28. Cody Levens hauled in a five-yarder lead. Tyler Sutter’s grab off a double-reverse 7 p.m.                                                                 October 18 - October 24, 2011                                                                                              19

State-Ranked Tigers (No. 2) Remain Unbeaten, Stomp P’Ville, 48-7
By Ray Gallagher
                                                                                                                                                                                             aNDy JacoBS PhotoS
   State-ranked (No.2)
remained        unbeaten
with 48-7 thrashing of
visiting     Pleasantville
last Saturday, doing so
behind another sterling
performance from QB
Jesse Maniero, who
rushed for 104 yards and
two scores and dialed up
Alex Starr for an 80-yard
scoring aerial. Starr also
rushed for a score while
Maniero hit on 4-of-4 lucas Garcia, who rushed four times for 29 yards, returns a kick in
passes for 105 yards.       48-7 win over P’Ville Saturday.
   Junior RB Brian
Soares (#36 above)                                 Saturday (2:30 p.m.) with the league
added three rushing touchdowns and 147 title and top seed in the upcoming
yards rushing as the Tigers made short Class B playoffs are there for the
work of rebuilding Panthers, running out taking for Coach John “Big Cat”
to a 20-0 first-quarter lead. Mark Carruba Catano’s Tigers, who also got big
(8 tackles) and John Brennan (10 sticks) led plays in the kicking game from
the defense.                                       Lucas Garcia (pictured No.9) and the
   Croton (6-0) will visit Westlake this special team’s unit.
                                                                                                   tigers rB Brian Soares led croton with three scores against P’Ville last Saturday in a 48-7 mauling.

Yorktown Roughed up in Playoff-Hurtful Loss to White Plains
                                                                                                   By Ray Gallagher                                    fast physical type of football. We beat them
                                                                                                      Having scored 21 points on the road in last year, and they played with a chip on their
                                                                                                   White Plains and produce 231 yards rushing shoulder. We did a lot of things wrong and did
                                                                                                   and another 215 passing, Yorktown Coach not play our best football by any means but I
                                                                                                   Mike Rescigno saw his offense produce give a lot of credit to them, they outplayed us.”
                                                                                                   enough offense to keep pace with White                The loss puts 3-3 Yorktown’s playoff hopes
                                                                                                   Plains for three quarters, but a suspect defense in grave jeopardy with once-beaten North
                                                                                                   allowed a gross of yardage and touchdowns in Rockland on the horizon this Friday (7 p.m.).
                                                                                                   a season-deflating 40-21 loss to the Tigers.        The Red Raiders (5-1) come into the game
                                                                                                      Husker QB Nick Mariano hit on 8-of-15 sky-high after a 28-8 win over previously
                                                                                                   passes for 215 yards, including five spins to unbeaten John Jay EF. The Huskers will have
                                                                                                   TE Christian Dedkuvaj for 130 yards. He their backs to the wall and their playoff lives
                                                                                                   also rushed for another 137 on nine carries, on the line in this one, which will determine
                                                                                                   including a TD. Husker sophomore RB whether or not Week 8 is meaningful.
                                                                                                   Connor Vercruysse scored off two
                                                                                                   short plunges.                               aNDy JacoBS Photo
                                                                                                      “It was a tough one,” senior captain
                                                                                                   Eric Cooley said. “I don’t think we
                                                                        Bill Becerra Photo         were mentally prepared to play their
at left: husker DB Brian Miller makes one of three solo sticks he would make in yorktown’s 40-21
loss to host White Plains last friday night.
Put Valley Falls at Westlake, Drops 2nd in Row
By Ray Gallagher                                                         carries against the spellbound Tigers defense, which
   After winning two games in a row, the Putnam Valley                   best get it right before its Week 7 challenge from visiting
Tigers have dropped two in a row to even their record                    Edgemont (2-4) this Saturday (7:00 p.m.).
at 3-3 on the year, with the Class B playoffs just around                  Gentile rushed for 87 yards on 11 carries, including a
the corner. The Tigers, who have seen RB/DB Anthony                      touchdown, while Mikey Walsh caught four aerials for 99
“speedy” Gentile (pictured above) excel this season, will                yards and a touchdown, and Rick Ortiz caught two for 68
likely qualify with a low seed after falling to host Westlake            yards and a touchdown from QB Connor Gembecki (9-
by a 40-29 count. Essentially, Westlake ran one play all day:            of-17, 198 yards, two TDs). Gembecki also led the defense
Dan Bassi left, Dan Bassi right and Dan Bassi up the gut.                with 15 tackles, along with Ortiz (14) and Big Will Marro
   Bassi races for 342 yards and four touchdowns on 41                   (13). The Tigers’ main undoing was their four turnovers.                  anthony Gentile had another big day for the tigers against Westlake
20                                                                            October 18 - October 24, 2011                                                                 The Putnam Examiner

Yorktown Stirs Soccer Pot With Another Big Win
NWE/Putnam Boys Soccer Poll
By Ray Gallagher                                for this season's sectional tournaments will    this season.
   Chomp! Chomp! These are the sounds of        be determined on Oct. 26. Outbracket               No.             2
this foolhardy scribe stuffing crow down his    games for each of the four classes in           SOMErS             –
throat, having erroneously dabbled in the       Section 1 will be played the following day.     Coach Palumbo’s
whacky world of soothsaying by predicting       The first round is scheduled for Oct. 28, the   Tuskers (7-3-2)
a 2-1 Lakeland win over Yorktown last           quarterfinals on Nov. 1, the semifinals on      were far from
week. But big Zef Saljanin and his Huskers      Nov. 3. All championships games will be         satisfied after a
would have none of that. The senior striker     played at Purchase College on Nov.5th.          1-1 tie with John
scored the game’s only goal in overtime and        No. 1 YOrKTOWN – I wish I got to see         Jay EF, which
Yorktown would truly reinforce the notion       Coach Ed Polchinski’s Huskers (9-2) knock       says a lot about
that it could make some real noise in the       off Lakeland in OT, but I was on a riverboat    the makeup of
upcoming Class AA tournament.                   cruise celebrating the one-year anniversary     the        Tuskers.
   “It was a great game both teams had          of a local Magazine called Putnam Eventful      “That’s the thing,”
chances to win,” middie Ryan Roche said,        (on newsstands now). Apologies for having       said Tusker Nick
“but we just kept on fighting and came out      done so, but this is the confirmation we        Fecci (6G, 3A),
with the win. We’re just hoping to continue     needed to make this move to No.1. Having        “most        people
playing at this level                                              outshot Lakeland 15-         consider tying
to capture our goal, a
league championship.”       Boys’ Soccer                           10 and having scored
                                                                   the only goal, athletic
                                                                                                them a good
                                                                                                thing, but the
   Well, that game alone
shook up the poll, and       Notebook                              Yorktown proved skillful
                                                                   enough, which came into
                                                                                                team is very
                                                                                                disappointed. We
here’s another thing…                                              question having seen a       had numerous
Somers is pushing hard for No.1, but Coach      ho-hum 1-0 win over Hen Hud. But they           chances        that
Ed Polchinski’s Huskers have now knocked        are big and good and this two-head goalie       could have gone
off Lakeland and Arlington, a pair of quality   monster of Luis Lizarabura and Jacob Sigler     in.     I    would
W’s that cannot be ignored, so Coach Joe        looks more and more legit each time out.        even go as far
Palumbo’s streaking Tuskers (4-0-2 in last      The Huskers are alive and well in the hunt      to say that they
six) will have to wait at least another week.   for the League I-B title with a 6-1 league      got lucky to
More importantly, league titles are up for      record, and Friday's tilt with host Arlington   escape without
grabs with Yorktown, Somers and Ossining        (6-2) will likely determine the champs. You     a loss. The most
still in the hunt.                              can bet Arlington is hell-bent on evening       important thing
   Sectional tournament schedule: Seedings      the score after losing to the Huskers earlier   is Coach has us
                                                                                                playing at top
                                                                                                form and we
                                                                                                will be a force
                                                                                                to be reckoned
                                                                                                with come the
                                                                                                   Those       that
                                                                                                doubted         the
                                                                                                2010       finalists
                                                                                                after a shaky
                                                                                                start should have
                                                                                                known        better.
                                                                                                Somers, North
                                                                                                Salem and John                                                               ray GallaGher Photo
                                                                                                Jay-East Fishkill
                                                                                                                      yorktown hotshot Zef Saljanin and the huskers had this pollster spitting feathers
                                                                                                are all duking it
                                                                                                                      after a 1-0 ot win over lakeland last thursday.
                                                                                                out for the league
                                                                                                I-A crown. The                                       champions Scarsdale on the ropes for 50
                                                                                                trio have knocked the snot out of each minutes (tied 1-1) before the Red Raiders
                                                                                                other while vying for bragging rights.               worked a 3-1 win. Win over White Plains
                                                                                                   No. 3 LAKELANd– Coach Hourahan’s was a long time ago, but it’s still there.
                                                                                                Hornets (7-3-1) will fall from the state                Ossining plays in a league it should win
                                                                                                ranking after losses to Arlington (1-0) and outright, and the III-B title will belong to
                                                                                                Yorktown (1-0). As I was told by a Somers the Pride if they can knock off Westlake
                                                                                                fan recently, it’s time I stopped overhyping and Croton. If they don't, then we got a
                                                                                                the Hornets. It’s hard when they’ve shown story.
                                                                                                great consistency over the years, plus I’m a            No. 5 PANAS – When a 1-1 tie with
                                                                                                former Hornet, ya know. But I guarantee Lourdes and a 4-6-1 Panther record gets
                                                                                                another solid Final 4 run, which is what you into the Top 5, It should tell you about
                                                                                                we’ve seen too much of recently. At some the state of soccer being played in the
                                                                                                point, the finishers on this club are going NEW/Putnam area.
                                                                                                to have to start finishing, or the end will             No. 5 MAhOPAc – Time is running
                                                                                                come sooner than the intended finish (is out on Coach Emery’s Indians (3-5-1) and
                                                                                                that some kind of Yogi-ism I just invented a 1-0 loss to Jay CR didn’t help the cause
                                                                                                or what?).                                           or the direction this underachieving unit (I
                                                                                                   No. 4 OSSINING – If Coach Scamarone’s think we’ll all agree on that) is headed.
                                                                                                Pride (5-3-2) had reigning Class AA                                                            October 18 - October 24, 2011

Rams Go Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness, Defeat Somers
By Kerry Barger                                                                                                                                                                    another.”
   Just like most                                                                                                                                                                      Going into a
do,      this      past                                                                                                                                                            four-game        week,
Wednesday’s field                                                                                                                                                                  however, the Rams
hockey            game                                                                                                                                                             have found a way to
between             the                                                                                                                                                            celebrate a cause that
Carmel Rams and                                                                                                                                                                    unites us not just as
Somers         Tuskers                                                                                                                                                             teammates, but as
witnessed the usual                                                                                                                                                                people, as well.
pregame         rituals,                                                                                                                                                               “As a high school
with stretching and                                                                                                                                                                athlete, I think that
passing       between                                                                                                                                                              it’s important to
players.            The                                                                                                                                                            bring awareness to
atmosphere of the                                                                                                                                                                  all different types
game, however, is                                                                                                                                                                  of cancer,” Rattigan
what set this game                                                                                                                                                                 said. “We are so
apart from most in                                                                                                                                                                 lucky to be able to go
Section 1—plus the                                                                                                                                                                 out on a field every
pink.                                                                                                                                                                              day and play because
   In     honor      of                                                                                                                                                            there are some
October as Breast                                                                                                                                                                  people who can’t do
Cancer Awareness                                                                                                                                                                   that.”
month,         players
from the Rams                                                                                                                                                                           Field hockey
highlighted         the teammates celebrate with Devan tookmanian after her goal during carmel's 4--0 win against Somers.                                                                 roundup:
color pink in their                                                                                                                                                                   Lakeland         6,
gear, their uniforms                                                                                                                                                         Yorktown 1 – Shannon
and their home field—                                                                                                                                                        Scavelli scored a hat trick
all in the spirit of                                                                                                                                                         for the Hornets. Emma
‘Playing 4 the Cure,’                                                                                                                                                        Bozek, who recently netted
a national movement                                                                                                                                                          the 100th goal of her career,
geared toward the                                                                                                                                                            Kristen Conroy and Gabby
plight of those fighting                                                                                                                                                     Celentano each scored a
breast cancer.                                                                                                                                                               goal for Lakeland.
   “Playing for ‘the                                                                                                                                                           Mahopac 3, Somers 0
cure’ is playing for                                                                                                                                                         – Courtney Shea, Jackie
more than yourself, for                                                                                                                                                      Reiser and Tori Cirocco
more than your team,                                                                                                                                                         each scored goals for the
for more than your                                                                                                                                                           Indians. Kayla Jones made
school,” said Carmel                                                                                                                                                         16 saves for Somers.
head coach Andrea                                                                                                                                                              Putnam Valley 6, hen
Caso. “This is highly                                                                                                                                                        hud 0 – Kim Gallo netted
empowering            and                                                                                                                                                    a hat trick for Put Valley
motivating.”                                                                                                                                                                 and goalie Tori Ferraro
   Being the first time                                                                                                                                                      made three saves for the
the team has ever                                                                                                                                                            shutout.
honored a cause in                                                                                                                                                             croton-harmon           1,
such a way, the Rams                                                                                                                                                         Ossining 0 – With 28
donned pink hair bows,                                                                                                                                                       minutes left in the second
florescent eye paint                                                                                                                                                         half, Dani Douglas scored
and tops uncommon                                                                                                                                                            off an assistant from
of their usual uniform.                                                                                                                                                      teammate Erin Ricciardi.
Outlined in pink                                                                                                                                                             Goalie Kayla Barlow made
lettering, the team                                                                                                                                                          12 saves for the shutout.
wore t-shirts labeled the rams' Megan o'Brien flies down the field against Somers' alyssa                                                       kerry BarGer PhotoS            Yorktown 5, Kennedy
“Playing for the Cure,” tiriano.                                                                                                                                             0 – Nicole Quigley scored
a mantra that helped                                                                                carmel forward Sara rattigan (left) battles for the ball against Somers' two goals for the Huskers.
propel them into their                            overall depth.                                    Quinn cartelli.                                                          The defense allowed just
game against Somers.                                “Since last season, this team has surely                                                                                 one shot on goal. Katie
   “Breast cancer affects me personally come a long way,” Caso said. “Going into improved their record to 8—0—2, making                                                      Frederick made one save
because both of my grandmothers are the game against Somers, we needed to them one of the only unbeatens left in for Yorktown.
survivors,” said Sara Rattigan, the Rams’ focus on the execution of ‘our game.’”                      Section 1. Compared to last season, the                  Game of the Week – Hoping to avenge
senior forward. “I liked how we were able           By focusing on themselves, the Rams Rams are a cohesive unit with more their first-round loss in the Kelly Cortesi
to recognize how lucky we are to be healthy were able to put together a complete game, experiences and a year of bumps and tournament, Putnam Valley will take on
and how we can play in honor of those who both offensively and defensively. Rebecca bruises under their belts.                                               visiting Lakeland on Saturday at 12:30
have not been as fortunate.”                      Eisenstein, Abigail Millard, Sara Rattigan             “With a new coach and new players p.m. The Hornets have been putting up
   This theme of playing for something and Devan Tookmanian each put the ball we all had to get a feel for each other and some impressive offensive performances of
bigger than themselves helped the Rams in the back of the net, while the defense recognize what works and what doesn’t,” late, but will need to be explosive against
pull off a 4—0 victory against the Tuskers. only allowed one shot on goal.                            Rattigan said. “This year we basically the the Hornets’ strong defense and imposing
Four separate players netted goals for              With a big victory against the Brewster same exact team, we already know each attack.
Carmel, showcasing their teamwork and Bears this past Saturday, Carmel has other so well that it’s easy to click with one
22                                                                              October 18 - October 24, 2011                                                            The Putnam Examiner

State-Ranked (No. 10) Somers Boys Can’t Keep Pace with No. 7 Brewster
Somers girls edge Mahopac for 7th league X-C title since 2000
By Ray Gallagher                                                                                                                                             better than they showed. We had too
   The league title was just a                                                                                                                               much left. These are all great kids,
precursor, as far as the Brewster                                                                                                                            who will learn from this. I believe
boy’s cross country team is                                                                                                                                  in all of them. I don't mind losing to
concerned. Certainly, Somers                                                                                                                                 Brewster. They are talented and well
would make for a nice test, but                                                                                                                              coached. I mind not performing to
Coach Joe Scelia’s Bears are                                                                                                                                 our best, and today was not our best.
eyeing prizes like a Section and                                                                                                                             We'll get back at it tomorrow and I
NYS title, so in their minds they                                                                                                                            can promise you that no matter who
were supposed to tune-up with                                                                                                                                wins sectionals my boys will run a
a win over a perennial Tusker                                                                                                                                better race than they did today.”
powerhouse.                                                                                                                                                    Mahopac’s Dean was the lone
   Actually, there weren’t many                                                                                                                              Indian boy in the top 10, which hurt
folks at Bowdoin Park who weren’t                                                                                                                            Mahopac’s overall finish (sixth).
expecting the outcome we got                                                                                                                                 26 Indian Sean O'Gara (18:50.23)
when Brewster’s Justin Maguire                                                                                                                               was 26th while Vinny Dambrosio
led the Bears to the boys team                                                                                                                               (18:53.33) was 29th.
title as he cruised to victory with                                                                                                                              SOMErS GIrLS STELLAr
a time of 16:29.20. The Bears ran                                                                                                                                         ShOWING
off with the title when Adam McIe                                                                                                                              The Somers girls team, paced
and Charlie Carr made for a 1-3-                                                                                                                             by third-place finisher Brewster
6 finish for the reigning Class                                                                                                                              Bottalico won her fifth invitational
A champion Bears. Meanwhile                                                                                                                                  of the season and was hardly pushed
Brewster’s Ariana Bottalico ran                                                                                                                              down the stretch. Somers’ second-
the course in 19:35.50 to take                                                                                                                               place finisher Bene Abbate (20:58)
home top individual honors last                                                                                                                              did her best to push Bottalico, and,
Thursday on a dreary, cool fall late                                                                                                                         along with 4th-place Jackie Krueger
afternoon in Poughkeepsie.               Brewster’s ariana Bottalicco won her Brewster’s Justin Maguire runs away Bear adam Mcie was third overall at (21:04.45) and 6th-place Sarah
   “The boys know every year how 5th invitational of the year at the league from the field at the league meet at the league meet at Bowdoin Park last Corning (21:05.20), narrowly edged
to step it up for big meets,” said meet at Bowdoin Park last thursday.          Bowdoin Park last thursday.             thursday.                            Mahopac for the league title.
Scelia, who saw his Bears win a                                                                                                                                “Our girls ran hard (finished 3rd),”
4th-straight fall X-C league title.                other runners who                  Cross Country                           out the top 10. So             Scelia said of Brewster. “Our top six
“Many of these athletes have been a part of I think will be right                         Notebook                            much was expected runners will all be back next year so this
these league titles in track as well. The goal there at the end of                                                            between            the experience will help. Ariana won her 5th
is another section title. We still need to work the season - Erik De                                                          reigning Class A straight invitational easily - Jamie Maguire
tremendously hard the next three weeks. At Los Rios, Winfield                                                                champion Brewster and Dylan Scerri had a great second half of
the league meet, we ran with passion and           Greene, and Max                                                           boys and defending the race to help them make all-league and
emotion - that's what must happen at this          Paukner. It's nice to                                                     Class B champion score key points for us.”
stage of the season. Justin ran the 18th all-      have such a deep team                                                     Somers,       but     it   Winning by a score of 43-54, state-
time fastest time at Bowdoin Park, running         right now.”                                                               never materialized. ranked (No.15) Somers took three of the
16:29 to win handily. Justin is a monster.            Carmel’s Eric Holt                                                     Essentially, No.10 top six places to secure the program’s
He lives for these moments and always rises (16:40.81) was a                                                                 Somers didn’t make seventh league title since 2000. The Somers
up. He deserves all the accolades because relatively close second                                                            the grade while the girls ran an impressive average of 21:29, the
he puts in the work. Adam is coming back           to Maguire, with                                                          7th-ranked        Bears 3rd best in Somers history (only 12 second
very strong - he had a rough start to the          Brewster teammates                                                        did in a battle of behind the record of 21:17 set in 2004
season, but I have never seen him more Adam McIe (third at                                                                   sate-ranked powers. when the legendary Mary Alice Howard,
driven and focused. He is a stellar runner         17:02.28) and Charlie                                                     Brewster ran away Alex Swiatocha and Sarah Keating led the
and is peaking very well. Charlie had a solid      Carr         (17:13.23)                                                   with the team title Tuskers to states that year).
race coming off of being sick at last week's rounded out the top                                                             by a 38-58 score over      “The girls ran an exceptional race,”
Manhattan race - Charlie has that mental six.                                 DaViD SaMMel Photo DaViD SaMMel Photo Somers.                           Somers X-C boss Tim Fulton said.
toughness that always propels him to the              James Shea of                                                             “I cannot say           Mahopac’s Corine Florie (20:37.30) did
                                                                             tusker Bene abate led tuskers Jackie kruger
top when it counts.”                               Yorktown (17:26.84)                                 placed fourth in the  anything          great her best to keep up with the defending
                                                                             the tuskers girls to a
   The coach was also impressed with Nick was seventh and seventh league title league meet.                                  about my boys sectional champion and finished second,
Cortina's11-th-place race. Cortina is an           Tusker David Sammel                                                       today,” an honest yet well ahead of Somers’ Abbate and fourth-
                                                                             since 2000.
X-factor, according to Scelia.                     (17:28.52)                                                                        accountable place Jackie Krueger.             Sarah Corning
   “We need Nick to keep fighting and shave        was         the                                                                   Somers boss (21:05.20) of Somers was sixth while
some time off,” Scelia said.                       first Somers                                                                      Tim Fulton Mahopac’s Serina Hughes (21:24.50) and
   Promising freshman is Eric Fedio (5th r u n n e r                                                                                 said.      “We Alexandra Desarden (21:30.44) were ninth
man at the league meet) showed no matter to                  cross                                                                   ran a terrible and 10th, respectively. Tusker Christine
how young you are, you will succeed in the in              eighth.                                                                   race. (Scott) Nolan (21:53.40) was 12th while Licursi
Brewster program with all-out effort with          Mahopac                                                                           F r i e d m a n Kristi (22:24.05) was 18th.
summer training and workouts, which                j u n i o r                                                                       (11th place)       The Mahopac girls were at their best,
produced a 17th-place finish.                      Ash       Dean                                                                    had a good pushing the Tuskers to the brink with
   “Eric has done this beautifully,” Coach ( 1 7 : 3 3 . 8 9 )                                                                       a p p r o a c h three top 10 runners. In addition, 16th-
Scelia said. “Nick Barbara (19th) has much was               ninth                                                                   and a solid place Rebecca Levy (22:20.50) and 17th-
more in him and I think we will see it soon. and Somers’                                                                             day but the place Kiera Sheridan and Kate Winchell
Sam Bedrosian (22nd) rounded out our top Justin Zorn the Bears were solid at the league meets, taking 1st (boys) and 3rd other four (22:29.95) did their part, rounding out the
seven with a solid race. We have several r o u n d e d (girls).                                                                       are      much top 20.                                                                October 18 - October 24, 2011                                                                                                23

Somers High Prepping for Another Strong Post Season
                         During my three-              And when you talk                                                           represented in a most             another to be the best they can be.
                      year hiatus from all-         Class B track and                                                              positive manner since                Deegan’s girls are driven by consecutive
                      out local coverage by         field or cross country,                                                        I’ve been walking the             losses in the Class A championship, and there
                      a former newspaper            the       conversation                                                         local beat.                       appears to be little standing in their way this
                      employer and during           begins and ends                                                                   And here they are              November as the favored Tuskers prepare
                      the transitional period       with Somers. Under                                                             again in the throes of            for a third sectional championship under
                      of growth and expansion       the tutelage of one                                                            another wonderful fall            Deegan. Remember, there’s a reason we play
                      at     the      Examiner      Roy Arnesen and                                                                campaign at Somers:               the games and Somers will find that out
                      newspapers, the one           protégé Tim Fulton,                                                            Coach          Keenan             when standouts Beth Coppolecchia, Melissa
 By Ray Gallagher
                      school I really missed        the Tuskers have won                                                           Deegan’s girls soccer             Menta and Melissa Rodriguez take the pitch
                      out on covering for a few     close to 20 sectional                                                          program ranked No.2               for the upcoming sectionals. Still, don’t be
years was Somers High School.                       championships,                                                                 in NYS Class A with               surprised if you see the Tuskers boarding a
   Having covered Somers regularly from             including the NYS                                                              an unblemished 12-0               bus for places like Middletown and SUNY
1989 to until September of 2006, I know that        cross country title                                                            record (9 shutouts);              Cortland in the not-to-distant future.
the Tuskers are always in it to win it, but from    in 2004, second in                                                             Coach Joe Palumbo’s                  Palumbo’s soccer team has a similar
2006 to now Somers has really kicked it up a        2005. These two have                                                           boys’ soccer team in              mindset. Improving since day one, the
notch (almost across the board).                    been Section 1’s top                                                           the midst of a league             Tuskers (7-3-2) plan on getting back to the
   A baseball club that had been at or near the     ambassadors while                                                              title run and Coach               Section 1 finals for a third consecutive year
bottom of Section 1 Class A has developed           developing        some                                                         Tony        DeMatteo’s            with guys like Spencer Irwin and Nick Fecci
into one of the premier programs under              25      All-Americans                                                          football team squarely            leading the way, you can expect a Final 4
Coach “Easy” Joe Wooten, winning three of           – from the great                                                               in the mix of Class               run or better: Two-time champion Byram
the last five Section 1 championships. “Easy”       Heather Kohnken to                                                             A       championship              Hills, Lakeland and upstart Port Chester be
Joe, dubbed for his laid-back approach, has         the swift Alex Bean                                                            contenders.                       damned!
these cats playing graphic baseball. Since the      -- during Arnie’s 27                                                              These three coaches               DeMatteo’s Tuskers (4-2) just gave state-
three-peat (2007-09), the Tuskers have been         years on the scene.                                                            hate to lose as much              ranked (No.2) Poughkeepsie its only game
the class of the Class A baseball diamond,             When the Tuskers ray GallaGher Photo                                        as anyone I know.                 of the year in a 21-12 loss, and should they
having fallen one win shy of a fourth               go indoors, there is a                                                         Heck, Deegan is                   take care of business in Week 7 against
championship in five years this past spring.        slight dip in the level With athletes like Melissa rodriguez on the field in a just as competitive               Eastchester, the Tuskers will be one of the
The days of doormat status are long gone            of competition. Since variety of sports, Somers high has often figured in in Fantasy Football                    toughest No.4 seeds in Class A history…
when it comes to Somers baseball.                   Derek Hyra and Willy the championship mix over the last decade.                as he is girls’ soccer               With an October nor’easter quickly
   You know what you’re getting in lacrosse         Dietrich left back in                                                          (though I do believe              approaching, we are already on track for the

from the Tuskers; a championship effort             the wee ‘90s, the hardwood                                           my nephew K-Rock will take                  third wettest year in state history, which leads
every season. Somers has reached a Section 1        hasn’t been overly kind to the                                       him down this year on the                   me to believe we are in for the third worst

final, be it Class C of Class B, nine of the last   Tuskers, but they make up for                                        fantasy scene).                             winter ever, possibly THE worst. Now I’m no
12 years, winning six championships along           it with one of the best wrestling                                       And that’s what they do over             Al Roker (though my weight does fluctuate
the way. Whether it was Coach Tim Schurr,           programs in Section 1 under                                          at Somers as well as anyone                 in that bicentennial club range), but I’d say it’s
Coach Jim Donohue or Coach Lew Janavey, it          the watchful eye of Dennis                                           has over the years; they have               time to get your snow blowers tuned up and
didn’t matter… all the Tuskers do is compete        DiSanto. From the Realbutos                                          coaches in place with a system              your ice choppers sharpened; we’re in for one
and win regularly on the lax green.                 to Rob Smith, Somers wrestling has been that works and great athletes driving one                                whale of a winter, gang.

Brewster Bears Celebrate Turf Transition
By Kerry Barger                                                                                                                                                      pillars of education—athletics.”
   Like most high schools in Section 1 satisfied                                                                                                                        Once one of only a handful of schools
with their grass-to-turf upgrades, Brewster                                                                                                                          without a turf field, the community of
High School finally got the opportunity to                                                                                                                           Brewster began lobbying for an updated
hold its field dedication ceremony prior                                                                                                                             athletic facility back in late 2006. The field
to the night’s Homecoming game this past                                                                                                                             complements improvements that are being
Friday—securing two important victories for                                                                                                                          made to Henry H. Wells Middle School,
the Bears.                                                                                                                                                           giving a fresh look to the conglomerate of
   School officials and community leaders                                                                                                                            Brewster schools located on Route 312 and
celebrated with fans, families and athletes                                                                                                                          Foggintown Road.
in honor of one of the district’s newest                                                                                                                                Starr Foundation vice president Courtney
additions, which was dubbed as the high                                                                                                                              O’Malley, who spoke of the foundation’s
school’s “seventh classroom.” Bears Field                                                                                                                            founder Cornelius Vander Starr as a full-
officially opened for business back in August,                                                                                                                       time philanthropist and lifelong athlete,
as falls sports like football, field hockey and                                                                                                                      commended the community of Brewster
soccer began to make use of the coveted             BhS athletic director lance Pliego (far right) initiates the field dedication ceremony at Brewster high School   for its persistence in getting Bears Field
multipurpose athletic field.                        last friday. (from l to r): Dr. Stephen Jambor, John frates, courtney o’Malley and Dr. Jane Sandbank each        underway for its current and future students.
   Dr. Stephen Jambor, president of the             addressed the crowd in honor of the school’s new turf field.                                                        “This is the first time I’ve laid eyes on
Brewster Board of Education, commended                                                                                                                               this field and I think it’s far exceeded our
the “Field of Dreams” committee as one of the         Through extensive fundraising, a                      dedicated group of people,” Jambor said.                 expectations, and our expectations were
project’s driving forces, fostering the school’s    generous grant by the Starr Foundation, and                The Brewster Sports Foundation, which                 pretty high,” O’Malley said.
vision of a turf field into reality.                community involvement via the passage of a              influenced fundraising efforts within                       Brewster High School’s football team
   “They believed that this ‘classroom’ was         bond by Brewster and Southeast taxpayers in             the community, played a major role in                    capped off the night’s celebration with a
important for the kids to have because it           2009, the high school obtained the necessary            establishing the turf as a realized effort.              Homecoming victory over Hendrick Hudson
helps to teach the lessons of life,” Jambor said.   funds to construct a 1,400-spectator facility.          President John Frates referred to the field as           High School. The Bears defeated the Sailors
“Fair play, effort, self-discipline, respect and      “It exists now as a living proof of the old           a “fortune” that “is a direct result of an idea.”        36—0, a shutout attributed to the night’s
teamwork are on the lesson plans that are           saying which reminds us how you should                     “The idea to advocate for infrastructure,” he         atmosphere and the unbreakable spirit of the
taught right here.”                                 never underestimate the effect of a truly               said, “that would allow one of the necessary             fans.

                                   Carmel Takes
                                   Back Higgins
                                 Trophy, Defeats
                                Mahopac, 29-13

ray GallaGher PhotoS

carmel's Jordan Samuels
carries a couple indians into
the end zone for an 11-yard
score in the rams' 29-13
win over host Mahopac last
Saturday where the rams
(inset) took back the Bryan
higgins Memorial trophy after
a two-year stay at Mahopac.

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