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Parents and High School Jazz Band Performs Detective Sergeant
Teens Learn ‘Tour de Yorktown’ Gullery Retires from
to Save a Life Yorktown Police Dept
in Yorktown By Faith Ann Butcher
After nearly 27 years of service, Detective
By Sam Barron Sergeant Kurt Gullery finished his last day
There are many things that can be done on the job on Friday, Feb. 25 as he retired
once a teenager is in crisis, and much that from the Yorktown Police Department.
can be done to prevent an adolescent from A Yorktown native, Gullery, 48, began
getting to that crisis point. his career as a police officer for the City of
That was one of the messages presented Poughkeepsie Police Department on Sept.
at the Save a Life event held at the Yorktown 18, 1984. On Sept. 22, 1986 he joined the
Community Center (YCC) on Sunday, Yorktown Police Department.
Feb. 27. The event, put on by the Alliance He became a field training officer
for Safe Kids (ASK) and the Yorktown (FTO) in 1990. He was assigned as the
Interfaith Council, was designed to give first pepper spray instructor for the
tips on intervention and prevention to The Yorktown High School jazz band shared its talents with the community on Wednesday, Feb. 9 department in 1991 and later became a
teenagers and parents before things get in the annual “Tour de Yorktown.” The jazz band began the day by playing for the fifth graders firearms instructor in 1992. In 1999 he
out of control for troubled youth. at Crompond Intermediate School. Band members then performed at the Pines Bridge School at was promoted to the rank of sergeant and
Yorktown and Cortlandt have suffered Yorktown’s BOCES campus, followed by a concert for the seniors at The Country House Retirement served as a patrol supervisor. In 2007,
numerous tragedies over the past five Residence. Not wanting to leave anyone out the teens played at Mildred E. Strang middle and he was assigned as the supervisor of the
years, with more than 20 teens dying. Mohansic elementary schools before heading back to the high school. detective bureau. In addition to that, he
The program was divided into sections supervised firearms training and the field
specifically for adults and teenagers. Foundation School. Discussions centered individuals chose from four different training program.
The adult part, held at Yorktown Stage, on such topics as suicide prevention, sessions: My Friend is Partying Too Hard, Gullery now lives in Poughkeepsie with
featured a panel discussion with keynote bullying prevention and drug and alcohol My Friend is talking about Suicide, My his wife Jane, who is also an officer for the
speaker Jan Cheripko, an author on teen abuse. Friend is Being Bullied and My Friend is police department.
alcoholism and an instructor at Family At the teen component, held at the YCC, in a High Drama/Abusive Relationship. Upon leaving headquarters for the final
continued on page 3 continued on page 8
Cortlandt Opposes Anyone Looking County Taxes Drop in Cortlandt and Yorktown
to ‘Frack’ with Water in its Town By Rick Pezzullo
When property owners in Cortlandt
“After 12 years of unrelenting increases
in spending and ever expanding
By Rick Pezzullo There is currently a moratorium on and Yorktown receive their April tax bills, programs, it’s long past the time to change
The Town of Cortlandt has joined a fracking in New York State until July while they will see a decrease in the Westchester the attitudes, costs and how county
growing list of entities publicly opposed its effects on water and air are studied. County portion of their taxes. government does its job. We still have a
to “fracking.” The federal Environmental Protection According to the Westchester County long way to go,” said County Legislator
The town board passed a resolution Agency is currently studying an area in Tax Commission, Cortlandt taxpayers John Testa (R/Peekskill), who represents
last week banning any hydraulic Pennsylvania hard hit by fracking and its will pay 2.26% less than they did in 2010, District 1, which covers Peekskill, northern
fracturing projects, more commonly findings are expected to be released late while Yorktown taxpayers will fare even Yorktown and most of Cortlandt.
known as fracking or hydro-fracking, next year. better with nearly a 3% drop. Peekskill County taxes represent about 18% of a
within Cortlandt’s borders. Hydraulic Groups such as Cortlandt WATCH and residents in District 1 will pay 5.9% less. property owner’s total tax bill. Municipal
fracturing is a drilling technique that Riverkeeper are calling for the moratorium The tax decreases in all three taxes are about 15% and the largest portion
involves injecting toxic chemicals, sand in New York to be extended. WATCH, municipalities are greater than the overall is school taxes.
and millions of gallons of water with high whose president, Susan McDonnell, 2.2% tax drop that the county legislature The Cortlandt tax increase adopted by
pressure directly into the ground to release alerted the town board to the issue of approved in December. The county tax the town board in December was 2.4%.
natural gas in shale deposits. The mixture hydro-fracking, has donated two copies rate varies in each municipality based on Yorktown town taxes in 2011 will rise
of toxins and sediment can leak to the of the award winning movie “Gasland,” property assessments and a perplexing by 1.3% for property owners with town
surface and enter rivers and groundwater. continued on page 12 New York State equalization formula. utilities and 1.9 % for those without.
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The Winery at St. George Approved for Variance by Zoning Board
By Faith Ann Butcher have been a lot of customers who have been Home Improvements Inc., who has been
The Yorktown Zoning Board of Appeals asking us about that” stated DiChiaro, who the project manager and took the lead in
unanimously voted to grant the Winery at has been operating the winery as a non- working with the town in 2010.
St. George its needed variance to be open profit that has been open two nights a DiChiaro bought the former church,
as an eatery on Thursday, Feb 24. The week for “political fundraising” events. All which was built in 1912, from Michael
approval was the last consent, given by a proceeds from the events go toward People Palmetto in 2005 after Palmetto was denied
board, needed by Tom DiChiaro, owner of for Honest Government; a political action the permit to operate a small restaurant
the Winery at St. George, before he could committee DiChiaro formed which makes out of the building. Since then it has been
see his dream come to fruition. endorsements and campaign contributions a series of battles between DiChiaro and
The variance was to allow an eatery in a for local elections. the town, but he claims that is all in the
dwelling built before 1930. Adding a handicap ramp and making past. “This is a happy day. For those who The Winery at St. George was granted a variance by
The building department still has to some adjustments to the kitchen to make supported us, even for the town. Everybody the Yorktown Zoning Board to operate as an eatery.
issue a certificate of occupancy (CO) to the it meet commercial standards need to be can move on,” he stated. Owner Tom DiChiaro hopes the establishment can be
winery, located at 1715 E. Main Street in completed before the CO is granted, tasks “We want to see the winery as the open full-time by spring.
Mohegan Lake, before it can be open to the DiChiaro hopes to complete soon. stepping stone for other businesses to come
public full time. “I do not anticipate any problems since into Yorktown and help the economy,”
“As soon as we get our CO, which we are due diligence and following procedures Sciarra said. “And see that the system board, indicated that the special variance
hoping will happen quickly, then we will be and protocol is how I get things done,” can work.” is for 3 years and must be renewed
open for operation more days a week. There said Chris Sciarra of CS Construction & Gordon Fine, chairman of the zoning thereafter.
Parents and Teens Learn to Save a Life in Yorktown
continued from page 1
Weiner said so many teens feel women are in an abusive relationship and/ these signs are real. There are things you
Each session had an adult facilitator
powerless, but they have the opportunity or are being pressured into sex. can do. Silence helps abusers perpetuate
and provided adolescents with skills and
to empower other teens. Students at the The video encouraged people who abuse.”
tools needed to address the situation so
Family Foundation School in Hancock, are being abused as well as people Diane DeFilippis and Erin Gisolfi of
they can find themselves in a position to
New York spoke about their struggles who witness abuse to speak up and Hope’s Door in Pleasantville described
with drugs and alcohol and taught kids tell someone about what it going on. the presentation as “tremendous” and
“You guys have the ability to make a
the proper way to confront others about Ending an abusive relationship can have stressed the importance of today’s youth
difference in another person’s life,” Rabbi
their substance abuse issues. dangerous consequences, and teens are learning the warning signs.
Robert Weiner of Temple Beth Ann,
My Friend is in a High Drama/Abusive advised to have a safety plan for when they “It’s something to learn constantly,”
addressing the teenagers, said. “It’s within
Relationship featured a video that was put end one. Teenagers were also shown the DeFilippis said. “It’s good for these kids
your hands to do this. If you saved a single
together by students at Hendrick Hudson signs and what it means to be in a healthy to have their eyes opened. It’s been a great
life, it is as if you saved the world. If you
High School that showed the warning signs relationship. help.”
destroy a single life, it’s as if you destroyed
of abusive relationships and the potential “We want to show you the healthy The adult section featured one-hour
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Hendrick Hudson Changes Student Data Software System
By Neal Rentz the Perilous Waters of SIS Migration” committee, Swerdloff stated. After the Swerdloff said in an interview there
The Hendrick Hudson School District and during an interview. section was made the district spoke were many advantages to the Infinite
has considered changing its student data “I knew it was sure to be a significant with parents, staff and other district Campus system, which cost the district
software system since 2008 and it has undertaking,” Swerdloff wrote. “From “stakeholders” about the new SIS, he “under $50,000” to implement. Unlike
come to pass during the current academic the beginning I knew it would involve wrote. the district’s former, SIS system Sasi, a
year. But change took more than a many stakeholders, large sums of money, The migration steps included cleaning wide variety of student data is now stored
year to implement Infinite Campus, a require many months of planning, and the existing data; collecting system in one place. Some of the information
web-based system, and change did not affect every parent and staff person in data, such as the calendar structure and being store in the new system includes
come easily, but according to a district the district.” schedules; beginning to train staff, and report cards, schedules and emergency
administrator, the transition to the new “In the life of an IT director, a SIS viewing and evaluating a demonstration contract information. “It’s pretty much
system was well worth it. migration is pretty much the biggest site for the new SIS, Swerdloff stated. everything related to students,” he said.
Matthew Swerdloff, the school district’s job there is,” Swerdloff stated. “I can The deployment steps included Parents and teachers can get access
director of technology, described the honestly say that the product delivers confirming a start up date for the new to most of the information about
transition in “On Campus,” a trade all that was promised, and that the system; speaking with all stakeholders the students through their personal
publication for the education field in migration, rollover and the first year was about the change and continuing staff computers.
his article, “Jump Right In: Managing as daunting and complex as I thought it training, Swerdloff stated. “My recommendations for a district
would be.” This year the district “talked to moving to a new SIS? Plan well, plan
Swerdloff stated that he wrote the neighboring districts for tips and tricks for the unexpected, and expect to be
Follow article “to offer a roadmap for districts and participated in local and national challenged,” Swerdloff stated in his
moving to Campus; what to consider users groups,” Swerdloff stated. “The article. “This project requires a huge
when selecting a new SIS, tips for process has been educational, rewarding amount of resources, time, and money
managing the selection process, and at times very challenging for all of and personnel all need to be dedicated
involving key stakeholders, and making us. However, 18 months later we have a to the process with the understanding
sure the conversion and rollout is robust, Web based system with a parent that the SIS migration is a priority. With
smooth.” portal that the community has come to these pieces in place, you can reap the
twitter.com/examinerstone Swerdloff suggested that districts
seeking to implement a new SIS should
depend on.” rewards of a new SIS for your district.”
use three steps: selection of a system,
implementing the migration of current
Cortlandt Coffers Feeling the
data to the new system and deployment
of the new SIS. “Each phase had a
Effect of Mother Nature’s Wallop
Search fo EXAMINER MEDIA
discreet start and finish and had very By Rick Pezzullo Cestaro said the town has benefitted
specific goals,” he stated. Only two months into 2011 and the by the fact most of the storms have taken
914-864-0878 The selection process included such Town of Cortlandt has already depleted place during the week. Employees that
firstname.lastname@example.org steps as defining what the district its entire snow removal budget. work on Saturdays are paid time-and-
www.theexaminernews.com needed, working with a district selection “Who knew?” Town Comptroller Glenn a-half, while Sundays and holidays are
Cestaro said of the multitude of wallops double time.
from Mother Nature this winter. “Last Cortlandt utilizes about 45 employees
year we had a lot of little storms. This year from the highway and parks departments
we’ve had a lot of big storms.” to battle the snow. Sanitation workers are
Based on funds spent over the last five also available if needed. The town also
to seven years, $700,000 was set aside in hires private contractors to plow dead end
the budget this year for snowstorms. In roads and streets that are too steep for
2010, Cortlandt spent $755,000. In 2009, full size trucks to traverse. Those private
the price tag was $869,000. contractors have already cost Cortlandt
Two weeks ago, the Town Board $90,000 this year.
authorized the transfer of $120,000 from Fortunately for the town, the rising fuel
the paving line of the highway budget for prices have not presented an additional
snow removal. The town still has $1.18 obstacle since they’re covered under a set
million in that account, and another $1.6 state bid. However, with the unpredictable
million in another highway fund that months of March and April ahead, along
Cestaro called “a source of last resort.” with December, Cortlandt is well in reach
“I would have preferred not to have of hitting the $1 million mark.
spent it all in a four to five week period “It’s not inconceivable, but we hope
but you can’t tell with Mother Nature,” not,” Cestaro said.
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Astorino Proclaims February 24 as Watson Day
By Faith Ann Butcher million pages of research built into the County Executive Rob Astorino
County Executive Robert Astorino system, taking up four terabytes. The (right) gave a proclamation
designated February 24, 2011 as Watson computer cannot hear or see; it receives to David Ferrucci (left),
Day in Westchester when he toured all of its information through text. the lead researcher at IBM
IBM’s research center in Yorktown Winning on “Jeopardy!” is only the in charge of the Watson
Heights. beginning for Watson. IBM is next going project, to recognize the
IBM’s Thomas J. Watson Research to team with Nuance Communications accomplishments of the not
Center in Yorktown Heights is not only to use Watson’s capabilities in the only the supercomputer that
where the supercomputer Watson beat healthcare industry. IBM hopes Watson won on “Jeopardy!” but the
“Jeopardy!” champions Ken Jennings can help give hospitals and physicians scientists who created it.
and Brad Rutter in a two-day match up. critical and timely information about When Astorino asked about
It is also where IBM researchers, led by diagnosis and treatment. the relationship between
David Ferrucci, have been developing IBM also plans to use Watson to see Ferrucci and Watson, whether
Watson for the past four years. if it can help analyze and predict the the researcher looked as
Watson was created as part of IBM’s financial market. Watson as a friend or as
DeepQA research project and had 200 family, Ferrucci replied, “It is
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Foreclosure Extension Approved for Some Delinquent Property Owners in Yorktown
By Faith Ann Butcher Foreclosure petitions were supposed to “This is kicking them out of their homes,” send out foreclosure petitions. Koster
About 200 property owners in Yorktown be mailed out at the end of February, but Councilman Terrence Murphy said in sent out a letter in late January and Siegel
run the risk of receiving foreclosure petitions Councilman Nick Bianco, Jim Martorano reference to the foreclosures. “This is going acknowledges that while some have paid their
for being behind on town taxes, just not yet. and Dr. Terrance Murphy extended the to affect their lives. I’m in favor of giving outstanding taxes or have entered into a
The Yorktown Town Board voted 3-2 on deadline to March 15 for everyone because people time of they approach the town payment plan to clear the lien, others have
Feb. 22 to provide a short reprieve for the one affected homeowner requested an board.” not responded at all.
troubled property owners in order to give extension. Councilman Jim Martorano agreed. A list is being compiled by Koster of
them additional time to come up with the “We want to be vigorous about doing Between 1995 and 2008, about 200 property owners who have not responded.
money. this but we can’t give just one person an properties accrued a total of 740 tax liens in If no action is taken on the part of the
Supervisor Susan Siegel and Councilman extension,” Councilman Nick Bianco said. Yorktown, argued Supervisor Siegel. “Those property owner, court orders will be sent
Vishnu Patel voted against the measure. “We have to give it to everybody.” liens total about $2.1 million that the town in June and the foreclosure petition will
expects to receive each year and does not.” become effective.
Siegel has asked the town attorney, Property owners are responsible for
Advertise in The Yorktown Examiner Jeannette Koster, to work with the tax paying off the delinquent tax bill as well as
914-864-0878 or email@example.com department to let the at-risk property the interest and penalties for not paying on
owners know of the town’s intention to time.
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The Yorktown Examiner,
call 914-864-0878 New York Senator Vincent Leibell’s Fall from Grace Still Hard to Believe
firstname.lastname@example.org Next Monday promises to be a dramatic, had earned the trust of his constituents and campaigns. He always seemed to do
sad and somewhat surreal day in federal countless fellow lawmakers for nearly three everything on the up and up.
Adam Stone court when former State Senator Vincent decades could even find himself in such a Everyone is entitled to make mistakes,
email@example.com Leibell is scheduled to be sentenced predicament was startling. but some mistakes are bigger than others.
to prison. A proud United States Navy veteran, What Leibell did was disgrace himself,
Laura Markowski The 28-year legislator, as respected and Leibell was honored in November at a his family, his friends, his supporters and
Associate Publisher admired politician as there was at any level Veteran’s Day ceremony in Cortlandt for his constituents, and he’s going to pay the
of government, is expected to get between his years of service; his years of successfully consequences.
Martin Wilbur 18 and 24 months behind bars after pleading helping the town get state funding whenever “It is a sad turn of events, and a man
Managing Editor guilty last December to felony counts of they asked. He did the same for all the who did do so much good, also did a lot of
obstruction of justice and tax evasion. municipalities in Westchester, Putnam and wrong,” Southeast Councilman Bob Cullen
Faith Ann Butcher
firstname.lastname@example.org Just a month earlier, Leibell was elected Dutchess that he represented. remarked back in December; so true and
Assistant Editor Putnam county executive, a seat he had his He was an elected official with clout, still so sad.
Rick Pezzullo eyes on for years. Why Leibell would even who other aspiring politicians looked to Unfortunately, all the good that Leibell
email@example.com run for that seat when he was aware as far for advice when seeking higher office, or did for so long is forever tarnished by his
Contributing Editor back as April that he was being investigated just entering the political circle for the first criminal behavior. As quick a plunge from
Bill Primavera for using a non-profit organization he had time. In many ways, he was old school. He grace as has ever been seen in these parts.
firstname.lastname@example.org set up to pocket state funds is mindboggling. didn’t appreciate the brazen candidates As real as it is, it’s still hard to believe.
Real Estate Editor But then again, just the fact that a man who who stooped to personal attacks during
Garrison Man Sentenced for Vehicular Manslaughter in Cortlandt
By Faith Ann Butcher of Reckless Driving, an unclassified a family that was traveling northbound.
email@example.com George Kiaha of Garrison cried in court Misdemeanor, two alcohol-related Vehicle All of the six people in the northbound
Reporter on Tuesday, Feb. 22 as he was sentenced and Traffic Law Violations: Driving While car were injured including the 55 year old
Annette van Ommeren to 2 1/3 to 7 years in state prison for the Intoxicated and Driving While Intoxicated victim, Ralph Wood, who later died of
firstname.lastname@example.org vehicular manslaughter caused by driving with a Blood Alcohol Level above .08, and internal injuries.
Page Designer while intoxicated. one Vehicle and Traffic Law Violation for Kiaha was unconscious when
Dina Spalvieri Kiaha, 26, was previously convicted failing to drive in a single lane. emergency personnel arrived and had to
email@example.com after trial of two counts of Vehicular On September 4, 2009, Kiaha at was be extricated from his vehicle. A blood
Ad Designer Manslaughter in the Second Degree, Class driving southbound on Route 9 in test later determined that he had a blood
Ray Gallagher “D” Felonies, one count of Criminally Cortlandt near Susan Lane when he alcohol level of .11 which is above the legal
firstname.lastname@example.org Negligent Homicide, a Class “E” Felony, crossed into oncoming traffic in an attempt limit of .08.
Sports Editor five counts of Assault in the Third Degree, to pass two vehicles in front of him. When
Zach Smart Class “A” Misdemeanors, one count he crossed into oncoming traffic he struck
Garrett Steven Turner Police Blotter
Sports Reporter YORKTOWN POLICE calling the police. She was remanded to and is due back in court on Feb. 22.
Bill Kennedy Westchester County Jail, in lieu of $10,000
email@example.com FRIDAY, February 11- bail and was due back in court on Feb. 17. CORTLANDT STATE POLICE
Freelance Photographer 10:40 p.m.— John Tozzo, a 20-year
Stan Gitner old Shrub Oak resident, was arrested and FRIDAY, February 18- FRIDAY, February 19-
Freelance Photographer charged with Assault in the 3rd Degree, a 2:30 p.m.— Nedzad Lalic, a 24-year old 4:30 p.m.— State police stopped Manuel
Nick Antonaccio Class A Misdemeanor, after he allegedly resident of The Bronx, was arrested and D. Sanchez-Mera who was driving his
firstname.lastname@example.org punched a woman in the face several charged with Burglary in the 2nd Degree, vehicle erratically southbound on I684
Wine Columnist times, breaking her nose. He was released a Class C felony, after he allegedly entered in the Town of Bedford. Investigation
Jeff Ohlbaum on his own recognizance and is due back an Illington Road resident and stole revealed Sanchez-Mera to be under the
email@example.com in court on February 17. property. He was remanded to Westchester influence of drugs and to be operating
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County Jail in lieu of $75,000 bail and was the vehicle with a suspended license. He
Paul Cardi SATURDAY, February 12- due back in court on Feb. 22. was arrested, processed and subsequently
firstname.lastname@example.org 5:29 p.m.— Otto E. Deleon, a 41- released on tickets. Sanchez-Mera was due
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year old Peekskill resident, was arrested SATURDAY, February 19- to return to the Town of Bedford Court on
Jeff Horton and charged with DWI, an Unclassified 8:40 p.m.— Jose Diaz, a 46-year old Thursday, Feb. 24.
Account Executive Misdemeanor and DWI with a BAC of Yorktown Heights resident, was arrested
.18 percent, an Unclassified Misdemeanor and charged with Criminal Contempt in
after he was observed driving erratically
on Crompond Road near BJ’s. He was
released without bail and is due back in
the 2nd Degree, a Class A Misdemeanor
after he violated an order of protection.
He was released without bail and was due
court on March 15 at 6 p.m. back in court on Feb. 22. Shirley Altman
Shirley Altman, 74, of Croton-on-
WEDNESDAY, February 16- MONDAY, February 20- Hudson, New York died on Feb. 22 from
The 10:58 a.m.— Lisa Slater, a 26-year old 3:30 a.m.— Francisco Riberio, a 30- leukemia. She is survived by her husband
Putnam Examiner Yorktown Heights resident, was arrested year old Elmsford resident, was arrested of 55 years William, and her daughters
and charged with Attempted Assault in and charged with DWI, a Felony, Meryl of Greencastle Indiana and Janet
PO Box 611, Mount Kisco, NY 10549 the 2nd Degree, a Class E Felony, and Operating with a BAC over .08, a Felony, of Miami Beach. Shirley was a graduate of
914-864-0878 Criminal Mischief in the 4th Degree, a and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation Music and Art High School and Queens
www.TheExaminerNews.com Class A Misdemeanor after she allegedly in the 1st Degree, a Felony. Riberio was College, was an accomplished pianist, a
SMALL NEWS IS BIG NEWS pushed an 81-year old woman, grabbing charged with a felony due to having two poet and writer, a former kindergarten
her by the hair and slapping her across the DWI convictions in the last ten years, teacher and a lover of all things musical
of face. She also allegedly pulled the phone and was operating with a suspended and artistic. A funeral service was held on
off the wall and took a cell phone from license due to an alcohol-related offense. Sunday, Feb. 27, at Beecher Funeral Home,
the victim, to prevent the victim from Riberio was released on $2,500 cash bail 418 Bedford Road, Pleasantville, NY.
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A Strategy to Put Muscle behind Claims of Welcoming Business to Yorktown
Lately it seems to remain competitive with expanding allowing our commercial corridors to be multi-unit entities, as well as individual
that all Yorktown malls to its east and west. You all know commercial! entrepreneurial endeavors with available
politicians and about the failure of that prospect and It might seem promising that every vacant space and new construction.
hopeful candidates the unfortunate situation in which the prospective candidate running for office Further it would be the committee’s
are hitching on to mall now finds itself with low this year is claiming entitlement charge to help those businesses already
the mantra of “We’re
open for business,
There is a long litany of other
Guest to business development,
including the current
here to thrive and prosper by creating
such initiatives as Shop Yorktown.
we’re open for commercial development Commentary supervisor and the president The Economic Development Committee
By Don Peters business.” This flies opportunities that passed up of the Yorktown Chamber of would report to the town board and serve
in the face of what Yorktown for greener pastures Commerce, and that’s all well as liaison between those elected officials
the town’s actions at Cortlandt Town Center when our former and good. But where are their strategies to and the board of the Yorktown Chamber
have been for at least three decades, as supervisors, committees and boards accomplish that? of Commerce. The chairman of the
witnessed by failed attempts of commercial actually seemed proud of their record in Let me be the first to put some muscle committee would be its spokesperson and
developers to advance their opportunities thwarting what they called “attempts to behind not only welcoming business to seek grants to help underwrite its activities
for success in our community. have Routes 202 and 6 look like Central Yorktown, but aggressively seeking it out. and initiatives.
A case in point is the Jefferson Valley Avenue in lower Westchester.” It is a plan that I had begun to develop in Why shouldn’t the town be extending
Mall, which before my administration as Now our homeowners are paying the my term as supervisor, and I would like its hand now to the JV Mall and other
supervisor attempted to expand its space price in their tax bill for our leaders not to continue its implementation because I troubled businesses within our borders?
think it is our only way to restore Yorktown It’s because we really have not had a
Letters as a viable contender for new business.
I would propose a Yorktown Economic
dedicated person or entity to facilitate it.
Better late than never I say, but we must
Tearing Down the Farmhouse will Obliterate the Past Development Committee or BID
(Business Improvement District) that
act now and act decisively.
I welcome our residents, business
I am absolutely appalled by the cavalier street. Such priorities are indeed troubling. would be considered and appointed by people and taxpayers to come forward
manner in which the Yorktown Central The Town of Yorktown is culpable in this the town board. It would be composed to suggest other ideas to support this
School District and the Town of Yorktown situation as well, by not standing up for of community leaders embracing all proposal outline.
are willing to tear down the old farmhouse its own local heritage. In this day and age, disciplines involved with commercial If you are interested in working on an
on Route 202, built in 1812 and more when the town of Yorktown has lost so development to be culled from local ad hoc committee to get this basic concept
properly known as the Melbourne much of its unique character (just note the business persons, marketing practitioners, going, please email me at sportbarn1@aol.
Farmhouse. Its storied history has been urban-like traffic on Route 202 at 8AM on commercial real estate brokers, community com. I would welcome talking with you
well documented in the news media. I a weekday), do we really want to obliterate planners, environmentalists and lawyers. and inviting you to an exploratory meeting
grew up in Yorktown. My family has been the remains of this town’s glorious past? It would be the mission of the committee for developing a concrete plan.
active in civic activities in the town of At present, this is a town that does not to go out and solicit new business, rather
Yorktown for almost 50 years. Those of us even have a Landmarks Preservation than waiting for it to come to the town. Don Peters is a former supervisor of
who have grown up in this town and those Commission, an outrageous situation for We would match regional and national Yorktown, a businessman and chairman of
of us who have moved here more recently a place with a rich history dating back retailers, foodservice chains and other the Yorktown Democratic Committee.
know this farmhouse as part of the iconic before the Revolutionary War.
essence of the history of Yorktown, a town On property that was part of a late 17th
that is part of the fabric of a fledgling
America. And now, inexplicably, it seems
century land grant from King William
III of England, the very land that now
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that some are willing to let this historic
farmhouse, and with it, a piece of who we
holds Yorktown High School and Mildred
Strang Middle School, do we really want
are as Americans, simply disappear.
Given the many thousands of dollars
to teach such a flagrant disregard of our
history and heritage to our children? I, American Behavior Consulting, Inc.
that the Yorktown Central School District for one, certainly do not. Instead, let’s
has spent over the decades to build and set a positive example for our children,
upgrade its numerous sports fields, it one of respect and value for the history Specializing in:
is unthinkable that the district refuses of our community and of our nation, by •Behavior Management
to bear its responsibility to design and preserving the Melbourne Farmhouse for
implement a plan to restore this historic future generations. •Parent Training and
site. The district would rather spend Alan Strauber Education
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minimize school and town taxes within Yorktown what we know is to be true by Language Development
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Mohegan Lake Fundraiser at Applebee’s for Yorktown’s Annual Relay for Life Event
By Sam Barron the survivor’s lap. It is described as an are currently 11 million survivors who will
Yorktown is starting to prepare for its inspirational time when survivors are celebrate their birthdays. We do a little mock
annual summer event. invited to circle the track together and help birthday party.”
The American Cancer Society is signing everyone celebrate the victories achieved Later in the evening of the event, the track
teams up for Yorktown’s 6th annual Relay over cancer. is lined with little white bags with candles,
for Life event, which will be held June 10 at “We send a strong message,” event and people walk the track in silence, in
Jack DeVito Track and Field from 7 p.m. to 7 coordinator Monica Garrigan said last year. remembrance of someone that passed away,
a.m. Already, 59 teams and 244 people have “It sends a strong message to diagnosed is battling or has beaten cancer.
signed up, with more than $3,000 raised so people that they can fight cancer.” “The main theme is to celebrate, remember
far. Last year’s event featured more than 100 Each of the teams will have a member on and fight back,” Garrigan said. “We celebrate
teams and more than 900 people. Teams the track at all times, and teams do pre-event cancer survivors, remember those we lost,
consist of 10 to 20 people. fundraisers including BBQs and bake sales. and fight back against a disease that has Yorktown’s 6th annual Relay for Life event will be
This year, twelve Relay for Life events will A fundraiser will be held at Applebee’s on taken too much.” held June 10 at Jack DeVito Track and Field in
be held across Westchester. The American East Main Street in Mohegan Lake on March All money raised goes to the American Yorktown Heights.
Cancer Society expects to raise more than 3, with ten percent of everyone’s bill being Cancer Society, and helps them run their
$1 million from the events. donated to The Eagles, one of the teams services and programs. Among the services them makeup and a free wig. They also
The event begins with a celebration, involved in the event, as part of Applebee’s that the American Cancer Society offers take patients to and from treatment free of
Dining to Donate program. is its Look Good, Feel Better program charge, and fund cancer research.
To view and print out the flyer which where volunteer cosmetologists work with For more information on Relay for Life,
must be presented for the donation to women going through treatment, giving visit www.relayforlife.org/yorktownny
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“Each team has an onsite fundraiser,”
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Photography provides afford- The event also focuses on the American 7:30PM. We ask you for a small donation of We need candidates for the school
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Contact us for more information: “The more we do to fight cancer, the less also get some discounts at local stores, at In November there will be an election for
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Phone: 914-471-7029 are to celebrate,” Garrigan said. “It’s brilliant; from our property tax consultants. The
town supervisor and two councilman and
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Detective Sergeant Gullery Retires from Yorktown Police Dept
continued from page 1 position then there is a vacancy with the
time, Gullery was saluted by his fellow police officers position.” The department
officers as the lined up both sides of the has already called to receive a copy of the
walkway. civil service lists of applicants and their
“You guys are the best,” he said. “Stay test scores.
safe and remember: every day get home Gullery is the latest lost for the police
safe to your family.” department. Budget cuts made last year
Sergeant James Graham became the eliminated three positions and a dispatcher
new detective sergeant as of Monday, Feb. who went on maternity leave decided
28. to not return. However Gullery will not
The police department is looking from be the last officer leaving Yorktown PD.
within to fill the vacant sergeant position. McMahon told the town board during
According to police Chief Daniel its work session on Feb. 8 that two other
McMahon, “When a sergeant leaves a officers have submitted their paperwork
police officer is promoted to the sergeant for retirement.
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Westchester’s Beauty Queens Salute Local Veterans in Montrose VA Hospital
By Faith Ann Butcher Rodriguez, program manager of Voluntary some of our veterans at our nation’s oldest
Miss Westchester and Miss Westchester Service for the VA Hudson Valley Health Care and best veterans’ hospital, the historic
Teen 2011 paid tribute to local veterans at System. “It’s a great way to increase awareness Montrose VA campus.”
the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Campus of in the community of the role we play in our “Every visit to the VA hospital has been
the VA Hudson Valley Health Care System medical center and to encourage individuals a memorable experience,” said DeLeon. “I
in Montrose, during National Salute to to volunteer and be part of our family.” have had the privilege of conversing with
Veterans Week on Thursday, Feb. 17. DeLeon, Gold and Castelli met with veterans who have made a great difference
Miss Westchester 2011, Christina DeLeon, Gerald F. Culliton, director of the VA Hudson for our country and I enjoy every moment
24 of Yorktown Heights, and Miss Westchester Valley Health Care System, who presented with them.”
Teen 2011, Samantha Gold, 17 of Armonk, them with commemorative “Keeping the “I was able to come face to face with a
along with NYS Assemblyman Robert Promise” pins. “More than a century ago,” part of history,” added Gold, “as some of
Castelli, 89th District, thanked the men and stated Culliton, “President Lincoln made the veterans told me what wars they were in
women for their service to our country. a promise to America’s servicemen and and what their positions were. Some of the (L to R): Christina DeLeon, Miss Westchester
The National Salute is observed annually, women, pledging the care and concern of a veterans were also nurses in the wars. I was 2011; Robert J. Castellt, NY State Assemblyman
since 1978, during the week of Valentine’s grateful nation for the sacrifices they made very pleased and honored to meet Emily, (89th Dist.); Gerald F. Culliton, Director VA Hudson
Day and is an opportunity to say thank you to preserve freedom.” the highest-ranking female nurse from Valley Health Care System; Samantha Gold, MIss
to more than 98,000 veterans of the U.S. Assemblyman Castelli, a combat veteran World War II who was celebrating her 95th Westchester Teen 2011.
armed services who are cared for every of the Vietnam war, said, “While this week birthday on the day of our visit!”
day in Department of Veterans Affairs has been set aside to honor hospital bound
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Busines ek Division Street Grill Restaurant & Caterers
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By Faith Ann Butcher Fridays and Saturdays with some of the
Stepping in to Peekskill’s Division Street most talented jazz and blues artists around.
Grill Restaurant & Caterers provides a In fact, famed blues guitarist Bucky
Manhattan-esque experience without the Pizzarelli who has played with the likes of
hassle of traveling and trying to park in Les Paul and Benny Goodman as well as
New York City. Located at 26 N. Division countless others, will be performing at the
Street in the heart of the community’s artist restaurant on Saturday, March 5. Other
district, this eatery can be the perfect fit to featured musicians include: Jerry Bruno
complement a night at the Paramount Art (bass), Glenda Davenport (jazz vocalist),
Center or be a great spot to drink and dine and the Ray Blue Trio (saxophone jazz
while you listen to live jazz or blues music. and blues).
“It is really hard to find good food To further enhance the experience
around here”, said Janet Barry, general bright, modern paintings done by local
manager of Division Street Grill, “people artists adorn the walls and are for sale if
come back because our food is like what you wish to take a piece of the evening
you would find in Manhattan.” home with you.
The fine dining establishment, which Reservations are a must if you want
has been open since 1998, offers an eclectic to get seated on a Friday or Saturday
array of American and international night and can be made online at the
cuisine for both lunch and dinner. Owner divisionstreetgrill.com.
Arne Paglia works with his culinary staff In addition to the restaurant that seats
to ensure that patrons get food of the 76, a private room is available for parties
highest quality. From the crisp salads Located at 26 N. Division Street in Peekskill, Division Street Grill Restaurant & Caterers offers a Manhattan up to 60 people.
and fresh seafood to the gourmet pasta feel without the hassles of traveling or parking. Paglia, who has been active in downtown
and premise-baked desserts, every bite is Peekskill’s redevelopment, recently
meant to be savored. acquired the former Hugo’s Restaurant
“We have something for everybody on restaurant as “an arena” and that every have to greet everyone with a smile. You building, located 1007 Brown Street across
the menu,” explained Barry who has been customer is entitled to the excellent service. want to make sure everyone enjoys their from the Paramount Center for the Arts.
working for the restaurant on and off since “You have to entertain your customers. meal, if not we want to know what can we According to Barry, Paglia is interested in
it opened. You want to keep them happy and you do to make it better.” rebuilding the restaurant bottom up and
Beyond the food, Barry describes the want them to come back,” she said, “You Live music is performed on Wednesdays, may take the next year to do so.
Parents and Teens Learn to Save a Life in Yorktown
continued from page 3
panel discussions on prevention and “We want to intervene and avoid the
intervention. The intervention discussion handcuffs,” Shanahan stated.
featured members of numerous Gilmore spoke about removing the
organizations including Brian Shanahan stigma of suicide. Suicide is the third
of the Yorktown Police Department and leading cause of death among 15 to 24 year
Betty Gilmore of the American Foundation olds, and for every 15 to 19 year old that
for Suicide Prevention. commits suicide, 100 others attempt it.
Yorktown Police Department aims to “It’s clearly an epidemic,” Gilmore said.
be proactive in protecting the youth not “It’s a problem that needs to be addressed.
reactive, according to Shanahan. He said Suicide does not occur because someone
the police department has been cutting had a bad day.”
down on underage drinking through Suicide results from illness and when
enforcement and education. He also people feel they have no way out, Gilmore
Join Us For discussed the importance of the middle explained. She also talked about myths
and high schools in Yorktown having surrounding suicide, including the
Make Your resource officers. falsehood that if someone talks about
“We want to hear from you to allow us committing suicide it means they won’t
to intervene and help things,” Shanahan do it.
said to the parents. “We are very dedicated “If someone is talking about suicide, it
HAPPY HOUR to helping the youth of the community.” needs to be taken seriously,” Gilmore said.
Shanahan indicated the last thing police “Teens need to have someone they can
officer wants to do is knock on a door reach out to for help. You need to talk to
and tell a parent that something bad has them directly. Don’t ask them why or try
happened, noting he has done that four to talk them out of it. People who think
times in the last ten years. about suicide feel alone and isolated.”
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Westchester Broadway Theater
Gets on One-Knee with
“I Do, I Do”
By Sam Barron away from things.”
What makes a marriage? Sabellico would like it if the play can
That’s one of the questions being help people who are estranged from
bandied about in “I Do, I Do,” the latest family members or spouses to reach out
production at the Westchester Broadway and move forward.
Theatre in Elsmford. The production, “You’ve got to make the best you can
which runs through March 20, follows with what you have,” Sabellico said.
two people over the course of a 50-year “If you walk away with that then this
marriage from the 1920s to the 1970s. show has done something other than
The husband and wife, played by entertain.”
Mark Zimmerman and Laurie Landry, Laurie Landry, who plays Agnes, the
respectively, are the only two characters wife, in the production, said the challenge
in the musical of the show is what makes it fun to do.
“I Do, I Do” was performed on “It’s really like playing a game of chess,”
Broadway in 1956. The play originally had Landry said. “You have to keep thinking
a timeline of the 1880s to the 1930s, but about what’s going on and what’s coming
was updated for this current production. up. It’s like getting on a train. You get
The musical featured the hit song, “My on one spot and 2.5 hours later you get
Cup Runneth Over”. off. Hopefully it will be a good journey.
“It pretty much covers the major It’s a very challenging and interesting
events of living with one person for 50 experience.”
years,” director Richard Sabellico said. Landry ages fifty years over the course
“It’s about how two people evolve over a of the play, requiring five wig changes
period of time and the change that takes and eight costume changes. At the end
place within people if people are willing of the play, when the characters enter
to learn and move forward and accept an advanced stage, the actors do their
culpability.” costume, wig and makeup change on Mark Zimmerman and Laurie Landry portray a couple over the course of a 50-year marriage in the
Sabellico feels the play really captures stage. Westchester Broadway Theater production of “I Do, I Do.”
the essence of what goes in the minds Like Sabellico, Landry agrees that she
of people who are responsible for each has chemistry with Mark Zimmerman,
other for a long period of time. having known him since they both
“I’m fascinated by the human mind auditioned for an Off Broadway show.
and the way we deal with relationships,” She was thrilled when she found out
Sabellico admitted. “I think this is a play she’d be opposite him.
that knows how to reflect humanity in “As an actor, he’s so generous and
itself. A great deal of the audience can talented,” Landry explained. “If you don’t
see itself in these two people. The overall like the other person or have an affinity
effect is people can recognize that and for that person, it makes it impossible to
say I’ve been there. It’s so much easier to do the show. We try to keep it truthful
see it happening to someone else than it and spontaneous. He is terrific to work
is happening to you.” with. If people don’t buy the relationship,
The play was put together in only a there’s no story.”
week, a challenge for a play with only Zimmerman said the show is a
two characters, and one is never offstage wonderful journey geared toward
for more than three minutes. Sabellico Landry’s character, Agnes.
thinks everything has worked out for the “Agnes is a woman before her time,”
best, and he is pleased with the chemistry described Zimmerman. “She holds
his two leads have. her own in a man’s world and she does
“The audience reaction is quite it with grace and dignity and a lot of
extraordinary,” Sabellico said. “Chemistry fire. I’m really blessed to have someone
is something you cannot teach. It’s either like Laurie to play opposite of. She’s a
there or it isn’t. Fortunately, our two wonderful actress.”
actors knew each other. They get along Being in a two-person show is a
extremely well, and there really is an challenge, Zimmerman admitted,
incredible sense of chemistry. I’ve seen it particularly with all the memorization
happen and not happen.” and singing that is required. “It’s
Sabellico hopes the audience gets the extremely difficult, but very rewarding,”
message that not every conflict is in Zimmerman said. “It’s fascinating how
black and white, and that people have to this show glues the audience to their
see things in shades of gray. seats.”
“It takes two people to create a Like Landry, Zimmerman is thrilled
problem,” Sabellico said. “You have to to be working with his co-star, and that
understand that problems don’t happen without chemistry, the show would
by themselves. I want people to see be doomed. “It’s still a lot of work,”
how moving a loving relationship can Zimmerman confessed. “But the work
be. It’s worth the fight; it’s worth the is less onerous when you admire and
struggle to keep it going. Do not back respect the person you’re working with.”
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Yet Another Setback for Housing this Year? Maybe Not
What would be your response since its launch in the early Even though affordability is very high Further demonstrating that sales data
if told that, after all we’ve been 1980s, Case-Shiller forecasts and housing is incredibly cheap, there are is very local, Monaco noted that in lower
through in the housing crisis have never proved wrong. so many variables in determining whether Westchester, the market experienced a
of the past two years, home Substantiating that anecdotal we’re going to climb out of this hole any rebound in 2010 in both unit sales and
values may continue to decline claim would be too big a time soon. There was optimism prompted prices, propelled by lower property values
this year by as much as 15, 20 project for my purposes and, at by the surge of home sales in the fall of 2009 from the market highs of just a few years ago
or even 25 percent? When I the same time, I am well aware and spring of 2010, but that did not lay and proximity to Manhattan. Some locales
read this forecast by a respected that statistics can be interpreted the foundation for a permanent rebound. had a 40 percent increase in unit sales and
authority last Wednesday in in many ways and that the The other variables are the backlog of a 15 percent increase in the average sales
The New York Times, The Wall aggregate does not always distressed home sales that are now flooding price in year-over-year comparisons.
Street Journal and several online represent all its parts. the market, the uncertainties over the Meanwhile, Westchester County total
blogs, my response was “Holy Since our peak at the very mortgage holding companies Fannie Mae sales data, year over year, is pointing to a
Moley!” top of the real estate bubble, the and Freddie Mac and the proposals afoot to path of recovery. Unit sales in 2010 were up
But when I got over my initial Case-Shiller composite is off reduce the mortgage tax deductions. by 5 percent and the average selling price
panic attack, I reminded myself 31.2 percent, and in some cities Whenever I want the clearest picture of increased nearly 10 percent to $851,124
that real estate predictions are like Atlanta, Cleveland, Las local housing statistics, I consult with the from $775,756 in 2009.
much like weather forecasts, Vegas and Detroit, home prices managing broker of Coldwell Banker in “As you can see, even in just comparing
only less reliable. There is the are below the levels of 11 years Yorktown, Joe Monaco, who is constantly northern and lower Westchester,
national and the local outlook, ago, with more cities about to assessing housing statistics and sharing performance is very local,” Monaco said. “
as on The Today Show when join that group. This means them with his a. Many political and economic factors are
Al Roker finishes his national forecast by that we have a “lost decade” for housing “Buyers and sellers need to obtain and involved in forecasting real estate’s future,
saying, “Now let’s see what’s happening in appreciation in much of the country. understand local information and not be but real jobs, consumer confidence and
your neck of the woods.” We really have to listen to who’s saying swayed bya wide geographical analysis,” financing are the factors that influence
Last week’s forecast neglected to check what before we believe the headlines. For Monaco said in response to the report. consumer real estate decisions,” he
out our neck of the woods. instance, Karl E. Case, Shiller’s partner, “Just in Yorktown, unit sales dropped from continued. “My position is that the
Nevertheless, when Robert J. Shiller differs with his associate on this point and 469 in 2009 to 459 in 2010, and the average American Dream is still alive and well in
speaks, the real estate industry and believes that the outlook is not so dire. He sales price declined only $1,076 from our area, and I believe that now is the time
consumers listen. And when he spoke last feels that the market is at “a rocky bottom $417,219 to $416,143. This performance to buy. And, I believe this so much that I’ve
week, we really listened--and moaned. with a down trend,” according to the Times. provides strong promise that the market assisted two of my own daughters to buy
As the granddaddy of all real estate Favoring the latter opinion is the fact that is stabilizing, a necessary prelude to homes just in the past few months.”
forecasters, Shiller, a Yale economist, the two-month drop in the index during recovery.”
developed the Standard & Poor’s/ November and December was about half Bill Primavera is a licensed Realtor® (www.PrimaveraHomes.com), affiliated
Case-Shiller Home Price Index to help the drop in the previous two months, with Coldwell Banker, and a marketing practitioner (www.PrimaveraPR.com). For
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which addresses the issue of fracking, to hopefully nowhere at all,” Cortlandt
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Happenings Cortlandt. Pre-registration is requested. call Teatown from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Learning Center, 134 Jay St. (Route 22) in
Farm Stories: “Story Time on the Call Jennifer at 914-736-3076 or send her Tuesdays through Sundays at 914-762- Katonah. Info: 914-232-9555 Ext. 0 or go
Farm,” a program for people of all ages to an e-mail at Jennifer@rosenthaljcc.org. 2912 Ext. 110. to www.katonahmuseum.org.
hear stories of farm animal adventures, Music Jam: An old-time music jam Experience Korea: The Korean Spirit
will be held on from 1 to 1:30 p.m. on session and potluck diner will be held and Culture and Promotion Project will Tuesday, March 8
March 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29 at Muscoot from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Hilltop Hanover provide the public with an afternoon of Financial Aid Answers: David
Farm, Route 100, Somers. Info: 914-864- Farm, 1271 Hanover St., Yorktown. The the culture, food and customs of Korean Smedley of the financial aid office at
7282 or westchestergov.com/parks. suggested donation is $5 per person. through the program “The Hidden George Washington University will
Required registration can be made Treasures of Korean Art and Modern answer college financial aid questions
Wednesday, March 2 by calling 914-217-9249. Info: jimg@ Korea” at 2 p.m. at the Katonah Village at 7 p.m. at the Hendrick Hudson Free
Ocean Discussion: Capt. Lada Simek paperclipdesign.com. Library, 26 Bedford Rd., Katonah. Library, 185 Kings Ferry Rd., Montrose.
will present “The Oceans, Above and Admission is free, but registration is To register or receive more information,
Below,” a free lecture and multimedia Saturday, March 5 required. To register or receive more call 914-739-5654.
presentation, at 7 p.m. at The Field Spring Planting Season: Farmer Mary information, call 914-232-3508 or send Art Lecture: The “Gift of Art Lecture
Library, 4 Nelson Ave., Peekskill. Simek Ellen Sheehan will demonstrate how to an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Series – When Giants Collide: Rivalries
is a marine educator, wreck researcher, start seeds for transplant and discuss Comedy Improv: Colin Mochrie and in Western Art” will present “High
master scuba diver trainer and senior which vegetables to start planting now Brad Sherwood, stars of the Emmy- Drama in the High Renaissance:
director at Beneath the Sea, the largest for the spring season from 11 a.m. to nominated “Whose Line is it Anyway?” Leonardo and Michelangelo at 7 p.m. at
non-profit dive exposition in the United 1 p.m. at Hilltop Hanover Farm, 1271 program, will present an evening of the Katonah Museum of Art, 134 Jay St.
States. Info: call Field Library Director Hanover St., Yorktown. The fee is $20. improvisational comedy at 7 (Route 22), Katonah. Prepaid
Sibyl Canaan at 914-737-7110. There will be a 20-participant maximum p.m. at the Paramount Center reservations are required.
Garden Lecture: Michael Ruggiero will and registration is required. Info: 914- for the Arts, 1008 Brown St., Series tickets are $60 for
discuss “New and Interesting Perennials 962-2368 or hilltophanoverfarm.org. Peekskill. Info: 914-739-2333 museum members and $75
and Annuals” at 7:30 p.m. at the John C. Book Signing: Ext. 226. for non-members. Tickets
Hart Memorial Library, 1130 Main St., Chappaqua resident for individual lectures are
Shrub Oak. Info: 914-245-5262. Dennis Sheehan Monday, March 7 $25 ($10 for students).
Wellness Lecture: The discussion will be available to Art Display: “The Original Refreshments will be served
“Relief from Neck Pain” will be presented autograph copies of Art of Peter H. Reynolds: at 7 p.m. and the lecture will
from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Physical Therapy his suspense novel, The Dot and Ish” is on begin at 7:30 p.m. Info: 914-
at Briarcliff (Inside Club Fit), 584 N. “Purchased Power” display through May 1 at 232-9555 Ext. 0 or www.
State Rd., Briarcliff Manor. Admission is from 1 to 3 p.m. at Barns and Noble, 3089 the Katonah Museum of Art katonahmuseum.org.
free but there is limited registration. To E. Main St., Mohegan Lake. Info: contact
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Hilltop Volunteer Day: “Volunteer
Thursday, March 3 Day in the Greenhouse” will be held from
Student Visits: Student visiting days for 2 to 4 p.m. at Hilltop Hanover Farm, 1271
youths who will be in grades six through Hanover St., Yorktown. Learn how to
12 next year have been scheduled for start seeds and become part of the farm’s
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7 at Soundview Prepartory School, 370
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Starbright: A hike to Hidden Valley Unbelievable Wine TasTing
2780 Ext. 112. Field to view the night sky will begin at Bounty Of... HeaLTH & fiTness
8 p.m. at Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 LOCaL arTisanaL fOODs
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Teen Time: Lena Roy, author of books be cancelled if there is clouds and rain. arTs & CULTUre ...The Lower
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her book “Edges” at 1 p.m. at the Katonah
Village Library, 26 Bedford Rd., Katonah.
under six. Info: call Teatown from 9 a.m.
to 5 p.m. on Tuesday through the day of
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Fashion Show: The Hendrick Hudson
High School 2011 senior class will Sunday, March 6 saturday, march 19th 11am – 5pm
hold a fashion show at 7:30 p.m. in the Maple Sugaring: An afternoon The mansion on the Hill at Colonial Terrace
school’s cafeteria, 2166 Albany Post Rd., program about making maple syrup will Conference Center
Montrose. Tickets are $20 for adults be held, weather permitting, from 11
and $10 for students. The event will also a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on March 6 and 13 at
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Proceeds will go to the school’s PTSA 914-864-7282 or westchestergov.com/ admission: adults 16 & Over - $5.00
Scholarship Fund. Info: 914-257-5800. parks. senior Citizens and young adults 12-16 - $3.00
Play Dates: Children between the ages More Maple Sugaring: Information Children under 12 free • Valet parking
of 18 and 36 months and their caregivers on maple sugaring will be provided at
are invited to a free play date program 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. on March 6
from 11:15 a.m. to noon on Fridays at and 13 at Teatown Lake Reservation, for more information: Call: (914) 737-3600
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k Sports Covering Northern Westchester & Putnam County Sports
Mahopac Thrashes C. South in Class AA Quarterfinal Win
Indians Heads Back To Barn That Ben Built After 11-Year Hiatus
By Zach Smart "County Center... County Center!" relentless energy on a
Ryan Wagner's shooting hand hung the chorus spread like wildfire, tailing workaday basis. Fans
in the air a bit longer than usual. With off and then re-emerging in the game's roll out a red carpet for
2:53 remaining in the third quarter, the final 28 seconds as Mahopac thoroughly the basketball squad
sharpshooting Wagner was again playing dismantled South -- the sleeper which and the Indians answer
possessed. upset Yale-bound center Matt Townsend the call of the Mahopac
Mahopac's high-horsepower senior and No. 3 Horace Greeley -- to the tune of Maniacs.
two-guard had just drained a deep corner a 73-57 washout. And so the 6th-
3-pointer, capping a rapid-fire 8-2 spurt Perhaps the chants were too much, too seeded Indians shot
that swelled the Indians’ spread to 49-26. early the first time. Then again, this is the No. 14 Clarkstown
Then, for the first time in over a decade, an Mahopac basketball culture making up South out of their gym,
oh-so-familiar chant suddenly permeated for lost time. The Indians are generating punching their ticket to
the walls of Mahopac High School. basketball buzz at the right time, a veteran- the Westchester County
It was immediate, and boy, was it loaded core which has been the stepchild Center for the first time
refreshing to the always-raucous home to football and lacrosse program the past since 2000, when they
crowd that's remained true through the ups couple of seasons. ran into a buzz saw
and downs of the program's recent history. The Indians seem to feed off this known as Ben Gordon.
Gordon, the famed
professional who now
plays for the Detroit
Pistons, was a junior at
Mount Vernon High at
The Indians are
again slated for a date
with historic perennial
power Mount Vernon,
which is seeking its
RAY GALLAGHER PHOTOS
sixth straight Section
I championship, in Mahopac senior Ryan Wagner poured in 19 points in the Indians’ Section 1
the Section I Class AA Class AA quarterfinal romp of Clarkstown South last Tuesday.
"Words can't describe how amazing this want to miss every varsity basketball player's
feels right now," said an ecstatic Wagner, dream of performing before a jam-packed
who poured in 19 points to help spearhead crowd on the biggest stage. Annunziata,
the Indians' dead-eye perimeter game. "I who will graduate in June, did not want the
mean, it's a speechless feeling. I can't even experience of performing at the big house
describe it." (with the spirit of Mahopac, the alumni,
Mahopac is not big on post-game bravado and the high-decibel, loyal, and ebullient
or trash talk, but its actions on the court fan base behind him and his teammates) to
spoke louder than words Tuesday night. elude him.
Anthony Annunziata, a grizzled four-year "I couldn't be happier for the kid
veteran who came close to earning a first- (Annunziata)," said Indians coach Kevin
ever berth in the County Center before Downes. “Two years ago, we were a couple
crumbling under 6-foot-8 forward Keith minutes away from getting to the County
Thomas and red-hot Yorktown two years Center. He knows what it's like. He's one of
ago, had talked all week about defining the the hardest working kids we've had here.
moment. The longest-tenured player on the As the kids like to say, he's the heart and
roster, Annunziata spoke of glowing in the soul of this team."
spotlight and making up for lost time. The Indians played with the heart, hunger,
One of the Indians' nine seniors, and hustle of a team thirsting for a berth in
Annunziata bagged timely three-pointers the Section I Final Four. They hustled, they
and dropped 19 points. got offensive rebounds. They took charges.
He was a playing with a purpose. He They played suffocating defense even while
didn't want to miss the dance. He didn't nursing a 12-point lead. They refused to let
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up. They would not take their foot off the prestigious national honor. flameout. The clamp down operation
gas. Downes was recently executed on Zuvic limited Haldane. All
After gaining a 34-22 halftime lead, the named Section I Coach of season, the Blue Devils relied heavily on
Indians opened up the second half on a 7-2 the Year, honored for his Zuvic's scoring prowess and it finally caught
surge. An Annunziata 3-pointer pumped hand in turning around a up to them.
the lead up to 41-24. Robbie Catalino, who team that went 6-12 last This season featured much of the same
has added muscle to a once-spindly frame, season. until a recent string of games, as other
cushioned the lead with a baseline drive. Downes is a coach who players have taken some pressure of the
Annunziata got free on the left corner bleeds emotion. He's 6-foot-5 senior. Jackson, who eclipsed the
and popped another trey on a trademark groomed a torrent of 1,000-point milestone his senior season, still
catch-and-shoot. Then arrived Wagner's talented seniors and helped carries the burden of go-to-guy albeit his
3-point bomb, which left the senior hanging them make the jump from teammates have picked it up immensely.
his shooting hand high in the sky in art-like also-ran to Final Four. The 6-foot-6 Hoffman has come into his
form. Cimmino is an own, supplementing Zuvic and stuffing the
Handles-happy guard Mark Vaccaro established Hall of stat sheet. Hoffman, a junior, has assured
scored 10 points, circumventing defenders Fame caliber coach who Haldane loyalists that the program will be
on forays to the cup. He and senior T.J. has molded a slew of in good hands. A 31-point eruption against
Foley, who gobbled up rebounds and fired professional talents. He's Lincoln Hall on Feb.8, followed by the 17-
outlet passes to facilitate the running game, likely enjoying watching spot he hung on Dover is indicative of this.
were able to get shots up off the dribble with West Virginia forward/ Hoffman’s rapid evolution as an offensive
ease. Zach Ankier had some key buckets, former Mount Vernon star threat bodes well for the Blue Devils, who
including a key putback that quelled a 6-0 Kevin Jones sprout into an do not have to look far to find their third
Clarkstown run in the first half. NBA draft hopeful. and fourth leg of scoring. It's a different
Downes said he would like to enjoy Cimmino has compared team this year, with balanced scoring and a
the victory for the night, though there's a Hinds to Gordon and veteran vibe to it.
major challenge cooking on Mahopac's said in the past that The Blue Devils defeated Lincoln Hall
front burner. RAY GALLAGHER PHOTOS Hinds may be the best by 11 in the teams’ first meeting, back on
"Mount Vernon is a great program, we Mahopac senior Kevin Mallon and the Indians stopped at nothing to player he’s ever coached. Jan.19. It was a balanced scorebook, with
can only aspire to do what they've been get back to the County Center during a convincing win over Clarkstown Cimmino first made the Zuvic pouring in a game-high 24 and Elias
able to do over the years," said Downes."We South. comparison in the fall of Lopez submitting 15. Lincoln Hall guard
know we're going to have our hands full. Hinds’ junior year, when Corey Blair, who scored 44 on North Salem,
I mean, we have to start thinking about win. We're happy to get to where we're Hinds lit up opponents dialed in from way downtown and dropped
that first thing tomorrow. For tonight, going, we are going to make the most of to the tune of 37 PPG at a tournament in 25 points in the Hall’s win at Haldane Feb.8.
we will enjoy the win. We were definitely this opportunity." North Carolina. Blair followed this performance up with
comfortable in our gym tonight. When you In Wagner, his coach's words resonated. His words have proven prophetic. Last another 25-spot on Kennedy Catholic.
add playing solid defense to how well the "It's just a great opportunity," said season, bouncy southpaw Hinds and In order for the Dane to punch their
kids shot the ball, absolutely, it's a colossal Wagner, hyped to play against arguably the Mount Vernon torched New Rochelle -- ticket to the championship game, where
best high school avenging two regular season losses -- en they will likely meet No. 1-seed Tuckahoe
player in New route to defeating Poughkeepsie in the title (ranked No. 6 in NYS), the Blue Devils
York State in game. Hinds, who reeled off a personal 7-0 must contain Blair and prevent him from
West Virginia- run in the second half, dropped 26 points sticking his NBA range 3-pointers.
bound guard as the Knights earned their
Jabarie Hinds. fifth consecutive Gold Ball.
"Just because we State-ranked (No. 12) Mount
know how good Vernon will be a tall order.
he (Hinds) is, Mahopac knows the pressure
we know he's is on the other side. They're
headed to West playing with house money, so
Virginia on a full they might as well embrace
ride. It's going to the moment. Embrace the
be great to play lime light. Embrace Section I's
against a player biggest stage.
like that." HALDANE punched their
While the ticket to the Barn That Ben
pinnacle of Built with a 50-25 dismantling
their coaching of hapless Solomon Schecter.
careers remains The No. 2 Blue Devils are
to be seen, both back where they belong in
Mount Vernon the Sectional semifinals, with
Coach Bob a rubber match against No.
Cimmino and 3 Lincoln Hall Monday. All-
Mahopac Coach State forward Jackson Zuvic,
Kevin Downes whose versatile enough to play
are enjoying anywhere from the 2-5, hung
epic moments in 18 points in the quarterfinal
their career. triumph. Lead guard Jimmy
Cimmino has Meekins and Paul Mackey
been chosen to each put up eight points while
coach the East Will Hoffman added six.
squad at the Last year, Haldane's dreams
M c D o n a l d ' s of taking home that elusive
Mahopac’s Robbie Catalino has provided some bulwark along the
A l l - A m e r i c an Gold Ball to Cold Spring
front line, something the Indians will need a ton of against Mount
Indian T.J. Foley gets a good look at two points in a win over Clarkstown South. game this year, a were dashed with a semifinal
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Top-Seeded Carmel, Mahopac, PV Reach End of Line
By Zach Smart up their offense in the final six
Mount Vernon coach minutes and turning in key
Patricia Wallace-Moore plays down the stretch.
underwent a self-actualization The Knights, with steely
towards the end of the regular resolve and composure, proved
2010-11 campaign. It wasn’t they have Carmel’s number in
an epiphany as much as was a death-or-glory battles. The
simple wake-up call. Knights ability to connect on
The Knights needed to the shots they needed, bagging
buy into the team concept, a crucial three-pointer that
sharpen their cohesiveness altered the momentum of the
and start meshing the way game in the waning minutes,
only a team, which has carried proved profitable.
the torch proudly for Section “I think Mount Vernon
I girls basketball can. Wallace- went through a couple of
Moore implored the team bumps in the road early on,
to play the brand of playoff they had Watson out the first
basketball their familiar time we played them,” O’Hare
with. It came to fruition last said. “They were on a very hot
week, when the No. 8 Knights shooting streak the last 11
pulled off the biggest upset of games. They came together
the girls Section I Class AA at the right time and they’re
tournament to date, knocking certainly going to be a force in
off No. 1 seed CARMEL, 59- the Final Four.”
55 in a marquee Section I Horne dropped in 17 points
quarterfinal. and collared 12 boards to pace
“It came down basically the Rams (18-2), which have
within the last three minutes gone a robust 34-7 over the
or so,” explained Carmel last two seasons. In both post-
coach Dan O’Hare. “We went RAY GALLAGHER PHOTO seasons, Mount Vernon served
stone-cold, we had some Carmel’s Nicole Oliver powers to the rack in the top-seeded Rams’ as the pulse-stopper.
good looks on some big shots, 59-55 Class AA quarterfinal loss to visiting No. 8 Mount Vernon O’Hare told his seniors
Mount Vernon hit the big last Tuesday. not to let the season-
shots when they needed to. ending loss overshadow all
We just couldn’t put the ball And so, the mighty, top-seeded Rams, they’ve accomplished in this
in the basket in those last three minutes. ranked No. 12 in NYS Class AA, have fallen. monumental season. Record-
We kind of got the shots we wanted they Brittany Horne’s illustrious high school wise, it has been one of Carmel’s
just didn’t fall for us.” career, one which witnessed her overcome best in recent memory. Carmel
nagging injuries, eclipse the 1,000- truly registered its presence as BILL KENNEdY PHOTO
point/1,000-rebound milestone, a Section I power, a buzz saw Olivia Vetere fires jumper in the 7th-seeded Indians’ 54-40 Class AA
evolve into a walking double- with a wealth of weapons on quarterfinal setback to visiting No. 18 New Rochelle last Tuesday
double, and garner a scholarship to both ends of the floor.
Georgetown, has concluded. The “I didn’t want this last game points, including a monster 3-pointer in
next page in Horne’s career will open to define their accomplishments over this the second half, to pace Mahopac (12-8).
up once the 2011-12 Big East slate season,” explained O’Hare. “We’ve had Kerry Bakken added 11.
kicks off. some tremendous seasons. As disappointed The Indians overcame a 0-18 quagmire
Mount Vernon avenged a 57-51 as we were with the loss, we had a lot to be with one of their best seasons in recent
loss at the beginning of the season, proud of and a lot to be thankful for.” memory. The silver lining after an
riding the potent touch of Sade A steady progress should continue next exasperating season-ending loss is that the
King. King poured in a game-high season, as the Indians defied doubters and
19 points. She fired in a trio of
timely 3-pointers. Luburdia Gordon
Rams bring back
three starters and
Girls Hoops were one of the best surprise
stories in Section I this
and Danisha Watson supplemented a bench player, Notebook season. Certainly, 2010-11
was something to build on.
King’s offensive exploits by scoring who will be
19 and 12, respectively. Careece flushed into the Another team predicated
Moore, who bagged two deep treys role of key piece for next season. on defense and holding a team under their
that helped catapult the Knights No. 7 MAHOPAC, the ailing program scoring average, No. 8 PUTNAM VALLEY,
over the Rams in last year’s Sectional that was resuscitated behind a defense- buckled and crumbled under a star-
semifinals at the County Center, first philosophist in Mark Pavella, crashed spangled Irvington team. The top-seeded
added nine points, including the into a sudden halt as they encountered a Bulldogs, which have lofty expectations
back-breaking three inside a minute buzz saw known as No. 18 New Rochelle. to win back-to-back New York State and
left. The game was as physical, black-and-blue federation championships, were led by the
Horne dropped in 17 points to dotted as Mahopac’s stellar victory over three-headed monster of Marley Giddens
lead the Rams (18-2), which have Poughkeepsie in the first round. In the (22 points), Alexis Martins (20 points),
gone 34-7 over the last two seasons, end, however, New Ro’ hit the glass with and Brittni Lai (14 points).
both of which came to a screeching workmanlike persistence and capitalized The state-ranked (No. 1) Bulldogs seized
on second chances. The end result was a an early 21-5 lead and never let up. Putnam
RAY GALLAGHER PHOTO halt at the hands of Mount Vernon.
Last year, the Knights turned the 54-40 victory. Valley, which returns essentially the same
Carmel’s Brittany Horne flies up court in the top-seeded
Rams’ 59-55 Class AA quarterfinal loss to visiting No. 8 corner on a thrilling, back-and-forth The Huguenots were led by Mary team next year, was paced by Carey Berry’s
Mount Vernon last Tuesday. battle at the County Center, cranking Miceli’s 12 points. Olivia Vetere scored 12 Continued on Page 18
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Mahopac, K/PV Fall in Final 4 Clashes; Brewster Falls in Quarters
By Garrett Steven Turner
Local hockey clubs may not have
reached the pinnacle this winter, and
while none of them were on hand at West
Point for the D-I or D-II championships,
they left their mark with some solid
playoff hockey throughout the Section 1
The Indians did all the right things
this year. They stressed defense as their
top priority, they won 15 games in the
regular season, they even brought home
a league title but that still wasn’t enough
to get them out of Suffern’s bracket. After
dominating Mt. Pleasant, 5-2 last Tuesday
night, Mahopac looked ahead to its next
test against #1 Suffern. Defense was what
Mahopac did all year but unfortunately
on Thursday due to a couple of missed
assignments, Suffern got out to an early
lead and the Indians never were able to
catch up as they lost 4-1 to the Section 1
premier program, ranked No. 3 in NYS.
GARRETT STEVEN TURNER PHOTOS
“Suffern is 3rd in New York State
Mahopac’s Tyler Gyscek, who notched a goal and two assists in a 5-2 quarterfinal win over Mount Pleasant, wreaks some havoc at the Brewster Ice Arena last
overall,” Mahopac Coach Steve Tuite said.
week when he and teammate dillon Savitzky ran roughshod over the Ice Cats.
“I think going into the game we knew we
had to play a pretty much perfect game. game winning streak had to come to an ranked No.12 in NYS, it was strength
Overall, I thought our guys did very end on Wednesday night in a 4-1 loss to verse strength, according to L/P Coach
well. Unfortunately, we made a couple of Pelham, the eventual D-II champion. Joe Bart Mucci. Lakeland/Panas—the more
defensive mistakes, which Wegwerth had their lone offensive squad—was held to three goals
led to their first couple of
goals. I’m very pleased Hockey goal in the defeat, as his
team couldn’t get anything
by White Plains—the better defensive
squad—as the Tigers went on to win
with what happened this going offensively. This 5-3. White Plains controlled the puck
year. There are some Bears team stood tough throughout the majority of the game but
games you look back all year and things started the Rebels never went away. Christian
upon that I wish we had to click at the end. Their season ends on Gjelaj, Robert Caffrey and Ryan Lynagh
so we could get out of the bracket with a loss but overall it was a definite success, had one goal apiece. However, with
Suffern. In all, it was a very successful something they will surely build upon in
year. As a team last year, we got close to 2012.
winning the [league] title and our goal Lakeland/Panas (8-12-2)
this year was to get the title back.” The Rebels were another team who
Brewster (14-6-2) was able to experience success in the
Brewster got off to a hot start in the playoffs. In their first game against
beginning of the week in their first Clarkstown they were able to pull off a
playoff game against Sleepy Hollow/ win in a four-overtime thriller. In their
Irvington in an 8-1 beat down. Sean 7-6 victory, Robert Caffrey had four
Henderson was able to get a hat trick in goals, Connor Bubolo had two goals and
the win. Joe Wegwerth finished the night Frank Celentano had one. It was nice to
with two goals while Matt Bentson, Sean get a win in the playoffs, however; their
Hamilton and Eric Dolce had one goal next test would prove to be too much.
each. Unfortunately, Brewster’s nine Against second-seeded White Plains, The Indians celebrate a Mike Sclafani goal in a 5-2
quarterfinal win over Mount Pleasant last week.
basically capitalized on our mistakes. We
had a good effort as an overall club. We
really started to come on in the playoffs. I
thought we had a respectable playoff run.
The senior class finished their sectional
record as 5-3, which is awesome in the
Rebel Sam Vamberg pushes up ice in a 5-3 playoffs. There was some disappointment
quarterfinal loss to White Plains last week. with Richie getting hurt but that happens.
The older guys were still able to put
Caffrey’s offensive performance being together a nice season for their last one.”
stifled most of the night, the Rebels really JFK/PV (14-6-3)
couldn’t get any offensive push. K/PV was eliminated in the D-II
“White Plains is a strong club,” Mucci semifinals by top-seeded Rye, 2-1, in
said. “They were a two seed for a reason. overtime. Rye was later denied its fourth
They have a very good defense. A couple of title in five years in a championship loss
their goals were blown coverage and they to Pelham.
Mahopac’s Brady Alexander pushes up ice in a 5-2 quarterfinal win over Mount Pleasant last week.
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Iowa Style Wrestling Crowns 5 Champs
By Ray Gallagher
Mahopac's Andrew Scopino (285 pounds), Steve Pagliucca (140) and Brewster's Mike Parise (103) all
traveled to Albany for the NYSPHSAA Division I wrestling meet. While none placed in the top six, all three
helped Section 1 to a second-place finish and perhaps its best showing in history. Iowa Style Wrestling,
which is run by Mahopac grad and former NYS champion John Degl, had a ton to do with the success of
Section 1 as five ISW wrestlers snared state titles, incuding (Div. 2) - 130 - Ryan Osleeb, North Salem; (Div.
1) - 103 - Jimmy Duckham, Arlington; 130 - Steven Rodrigues, Fox Lane; 135 - Brian Realbuto, Somers;
285 - Malcom Allen, New Rochelle.
TOM PARISE PHOTOS
Brewster’s Mike Parise works his opponent last Saturday at the Albany Times Union Center. Mahopac’s Steve Pagliucca gets after his opponent last Saturday at the Albany Times
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19 points. Point guard Dana
Tatnell added 16 for the
Tigers, which will likely
emerge as the hunted next
season under first-year
Coach Ed Wallach.
HALDANE heads back to
Senior Jason diNardo qualified for States familiar territory this week,
in the high jump for the second straight when the state-ranked (No.
year (matching his school record jump 5) Blue Devils seek the
of 6 feet 2 inches). elusive Gold Ball. A Section
I Class C championship
has been the goal on the
Junior Adam McIe qualified for States in chalkboard since Day 1 for
the 1600 meters (has a school record Haldane, which is led by a
time of 4:24.2). versatile guard-forward in
Fordham-bound Liz Milner.
The Blue Devils have plenty
Brewster High had three of its of experience playing in the
finest qualify for the NYS Track & big house and thrive under
Field Championships last Sunday at the high stakes of playoff
the NYC Armory. The three athletes basketball. Expect Coach
who qualified, sophomore Ariana Tyrone Seawright’s team
Bottalico, junior Adam McIe and to meet expectations as the
Sophomore Ariana Bottalico senior Jason DiNardo, will all March mayhem begins this
qualified for States in the 3000 compete at the State Championships Saturday when the Blue
meters with a school record best next Saturday, March 5 at Cornell Devils host the winner
10:25 in the event. University. of the Hamilton/Keio
semifinal game in the Class
BILL KENNEdY PHOTO
Mahopac Samantha Nardo takes a run at the tin in the 7th-seeded
Small NewS iS BiG NewS Indians’ 54-40 Class AA quarterfinal setback to visiting No. 18 New
Rochelle last Tuesday.
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Glam vs. Spam: Give Mahopac Puncher’s Chance vs. Mt. Vernon
Vernon vs. upstart
Mahopac this Friday
(5:00 p.m.) in the
Section 1 Class AA boys
boils down to ‘Glitz
vs. Grit’ or ‘Glam vs.
By Ray Gallagher Spam’, seeing how
Coach Kevin Downes’
Mahopac Indians are
the substantial underdogs. It was essentially
the same thing back in 1985 when the
lightly regarded, eighth-seeded Villanova
Wildcats shot 78.6 percent -- including
90 percent (9-for-10) in the second half
-- to stun defending NCAA champion
Georgetown and Patrick Ewing, 66-64, in
the greatest NCAA final ever.
Every once in a blue moon a Buster
Douglas comes along and shocks Iron
Mike Tyson and throws the whole world
for a loop; the proof is in the pudding: “The
Miracle on Ice”, “Joe Namath’s Guarantee”
in Super Bowl III, “The Miracle Mets”.
Since they were like five years of age
and old enough to know the names of
former Knight greats like Ben Gordon,
Gus Johnson, Jonathan Mitchell, Dexter
Gray or Michael Coburn, the vast majority
of the players on the Mount Vernon
basketball team have spent the last 10-
12 years dreaming about playing for the
Section 1 Class AA hoops championship at
Westchester Count Center, the cathedral of
Section 1 basketball. RAY GALLAGHER PHOTO
The kids at Mahopac High have done the Carmel’s Brittany Horne has a tough time coming to grips with the top-seeded Rams’ devastating 59-55 loss to visiting No. 8 Mount Vernon last Tuesday at George
same thing… for about 10-12 minutes now. Fischer Middle School where the Knights celebrated and the Rams lamented.
Besides its great arsenal of athleticism,
Mahopac is believed by many to have the
following going for it against the state- Vernon has shown cracks in its armor Hinds -- Section 1’s Mr. Basketball -- beat Not sure when the rest of Section 1 will
ranked (No. 12) Knights: There’s the at times this season, though they are still them the way NBA-bound Ben Gordon did realize that Mahopac is showing superior
proverbial “Snowball’s Chance in Hell”, the the team to beat; despite Poughkeepsie’s his junior year (2000). There is a scenario athleticism to most schools in Section 1
good ol’ “When Hell Freezes Over”, the unblemished mark (20-0). Jabarie Hinds- in which this can happen and they’ll call it this year, but I’ve had a pretty good look-
well-known “Fat Chance” and, my favorite, led Mount Vernon, respectful of all but something special if they do… something see at it since September. In addition to
“Better Chance of Seeing God”. fearing none, will likely view Mahopac like “Carnage at the County Center” and league titles his fall in field hockey and
Nobody is giving sixth-seeded Mahopac as a pesky bump in the road en route to it’ll be right up there with the Miracle Mets. football, which reached the Class AA finals
a chance against No.2 Mount Vernon in Glens Falls, where they eventually head Hey, stranger things have happened; maybe before falling to New Rochelle, the Indians
Friday’s Section 1 Class AA semifinal every March to the Queensbury Hotel… the Knicks are back, too… have now reached the Class AA Final 4 and
when the two “Not-Bloody- doted about like the kings of You had to feel for Carmel’s Brittany secured league championships in both ice
Likely” combatants tip the scene… their MSG-led Horne and the top-seeded Rams last hockey and boy’s basketball, plus a league
of at the White Plains- entourage sure to follow. Tuesday when their hopes and dreams were title in gymnastics and a Final 4 appearance
The thing is, this little dashed in a 59-55 loss to 8th-seeded, two- in boys soccer last fall.
based Westchester County
Center for the right to face bump in the road is a series time reigning Section 1 Class AA champion Mahopac Athletic Director Frank Miele
the winner of top-seeded of pot holes, more like a Mount Vernon at George Fischer Middle is likely making like Super Bowl MVP John
Poughkeepsie vs. No.5 sink-hole city filled with School. The ball simply would not go down Elway; going out on a high note (if indeed
New Rochelle next Sunday. despicable little nuisances… for Horne’s Rams down the stretch and they he pulls up the landing gear and flies off to
Heck, Mahopac is the only one of four at least to this point in the season. The took the loss as hard as one would expect a the greener pastures of retirement). It may
semifinalists not ranked in the state polls thing is; Mt. Vernon comes with its own pack of championship hopefuls, who gave be the worst-kept secret in local history,
(No. 2 Poughkeepsie, No. 12 Mt. Vernon, steamroller, an army of athleticism the their all but came up way short in a tough, but if Miele does actually flap on out of
No. 21 New Ro’), which would be an Indians have not seen while facing the era-ending loss. Horne (17 points and 12 here, someone has some pretty big shoes to
indicator that Indians haven’t been taken Yorktowns and Brewsters of Section 1. The rebounds), a five-year veteran for Coach fill over there, seeing how this could be a
seriously just yet. Knights have seen the nation’s best and Dan O’Hare, will head to Georgetown this year for the ages (with a pre-2005-type of
“We’re not done yet,” assured senior stared them down, but they’ve also fallen to summer with all the personal milestones spring) in Class AA Mahopac athletics. He
guard Anthony Annunziata, fully aware a sub-standard White Plains team, 63-59, one could wish for (well over 1,000 points can thank the Class of 2011 as he sets sail.
of the consequences of such bravado, not even three weeks ago. and rebounds), but minus the title she “Athletes, athletes; look at our athletes,”
after dropping a career-high 19 in a 73-57 My point is simple; if ever there were a yearned. I’m sure I speak for my sporting Miele repeated over and over as the Indians
quarterfinal win over Clarkstown South Mount Vernon team ripe for the picking, brethren throughout Putnam County whipped up on Clarkstown South last
last Tuesday. ala 2005, this one is plucky but vulnerable, when I say thanks for keeping us on the week.
Fear not, Nunz; it can be done. Mount provided 12 Villanova-inspired ballers are map, kid!... Let’s hope like heck they show up Friday.
hell-bent on making someone other than
Rebel Surge Repelled
L/P Iced by
Frankie Celentano, who
scored the game-winning-
goal in the Rebels’ opening-
round four overtime win
against Clarkstown on
Feb.20, pushes up ice
in L/P’s 5-3 quarterfinal
setback to White Plains last
Tuesday. The 2010 Section
1 D-I runner-up Rebels,
who struggled with some
consistency issues this
season, proved to be a tough
out in the playoffs.
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