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 March 1 - March 7, 2011                                                             SMALL NEWS IS BIG NEWS                                                              Volume 3, Issue 64


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
offer guidance.
                                                  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
the world.”
                                                  dangers. It is reported that one-in-four       signs,” educator Paul Lavallee stated. “All                          continued on page 10

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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

 us on
                                             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
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                                             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
    advertising@theexaminernews.com          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
                                                                                              a tool.”
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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 advertising@theexaminernews.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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      call 914-864-0878                  New York Senator Vincent Leibell’s Fall from Grace Still Hard to Believe
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    advertising@theexaminernews.com      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,
     astone@theexaminernews.com        Leibell is scheduled to be sentenced            predicament was startling.                         but some mistakes are bigger than others.
     Publisher
                                       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
     lmarkowski@theexaminernews.com
     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
     mwilbur@theexaminernews.com
     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
     fbutcher@theexaminernews.com        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
     rpezzullo@theexaminernews.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.
     bprimavera@theexaminernews.com    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
     Neal Rentz
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     Reporter
                                       Garrison Man Sentenced for Vehicular Manslaughter in Cortlandt
                                       By Faith Ann Butcher                            of Reckless Driving, an unclassified               a family that was traveling northbound.
     Sam Barron
     sbarron@theexaminernews.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
     annette@theexaminernews.com       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
     dspalvieri@theexaminernews.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
     rgallagher@theexaminernews.com    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
     zsmart@theexaminernews.com
     Sports Reporter
     Garrett Steven Turner              Police Blotter
     gturner@theexaminernews.com
     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
     bkennedy@theexaminernews.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
     nantonaccio@theexaminernews.com   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
     johlbaum@theexaminernews.com      in court on February 17.                        property. He was remanded to Westchester           influence of drugs and to be operating
     Community Outreach Manager
                                                                                       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
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                                       year old Peekskill resident, was arrested       SATURDAY, February 19-                             to return to the Town of Bedford Court on
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                                       after he was observed driving erratically
                                       on Crompond Road near BJ’s. He was
                                       released without bail and is due back in
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                                                                                       after he violated an order of protection.
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                                                                                                                                          Obituary
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                                       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
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   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
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                                       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,
                                               occupancy rates.
                                                  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
                                                                                                        Are You Concerned AboutYour
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
                                                                                                            Child’s Development?
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.
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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
tax dollars to build drab pre-fabricated                President and Chairman, Calvert           •Social Skills Training
structures than restore and reuse this                        Vaux Preservation Alliance          •Academic & Pre-Academic
important building, located just across the
                                                                                                   Instruction Available for
 The United Taxpayers of Yorktown is Alive and Well                                                Children Ages 2 to 6 years
                                                                                                   Complete Assessments
   The United Taxpayers of Yorktown was        the school and town budgets and their
established in 1976 and continues today in     impact on taxes. We have helped to
                                                                                                   Available for Children Ages 2-6
its fight to act as an advocate for change,    defeated unfair tax increases in school             in the following areas:
to promote the education and welfare of        budgets and bond issues. We use the                •Gross & Fine Motor Skills
our community’s children and to improve        Freedom of Information Law to gather               •Academic Performance
the quality of life in our town. While         information that the governments will              •Receptive & Expressive
keeping those goals in mind, we strive to      not tell us. Then we tell the residents of
minimize school and town taxes within          Yorktown what we know is to be true by              Language Development
the boundaries of the Town of Yorktown.        their own documents. When appropriate,             •Self-help Skills
   We accomplish our mission by                the UTY will endorse candidates who                •Social & Emotional Development
investigating school and town finances.        help advance our mission. The UTY is a             •Overall Adaptive Behavior
The UTY collects and disseminates              nonpartisan organization and will work to
information. Look at our website               support legislation directed toward
Yorktownopengov.org. It is filled with         meeting our goals.
                                                                                                    For any questions or to schedule an appointment
information. Watch our cable shows
like the “Watchdog Report”, “The Senior
                                                 Come and join us, be a watchdog for
                                               your family, friends and neighbors. Call
                                                                                                                         Call 914-522-2280
Forum”, and “30 Minutes” on cable              Ed Ciffone, at 245-1018 or write to the                   or email ABCkidstherapy@gmail.com
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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
                                                       be made, visit http://relay.acsevents.org/
                                                       site/DocServer/applebeesmarch32011.
                                                       pdf?docID=171707                                        Letters
                                                          “Each team has an onsite fundraiser,”
    Need a Photographer for a                          Garrigan said. “All those fundraisers create a           The United Taxpayers of Yorktown is Alive and Well
  special occasion, residential or                     carnival type of feeling. There’s lots of activity,     continued from page 7                             on their property taxes. The time is now
   business location, or just some                     lots of food; people are selling hamburgers             180 Yorktown Heights NY, 10598-0180.              to join us and get started on your property
      portrait or studio work?                         and hot dogs. You can come without a thing                 The UTY meets the last Wednesday of            tax reduction before grievance day comes
        Any Style Any Place                            and be taken care of all night.”                        each month at the Yorktown Town Hall at           up in June.
   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
     able digital photographs.                         Cancer Society’s slogan, “More Birthdays”.              $10 to cover mailings. When you join, you         boards now for school elections in May.
     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
                                                       cancer there is, and the more birthdays there           an oil company and you will get a discount
     Phone: 914-471-7029                               are to celebrate,” Garrigan said. “It’s brilliant;      from our property tax consultants. The
                                                                                                                                                                 town supervisor and two councilman and
                                                                                                                                                                 two Westchester County legislators. Feel
            Email:                                     there are so many things you can do. There
  asapphotography@gmail.com                                                                                    consultants we use will talk to you about         the power and vote.
 72 Putnam Drive, Carmel, New York, 10512                                                                      how you can get property taxes reduced                                            Ed Ciffone
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                                                                                                               Many of our members have saved money                                   President of the UTY

                                                                                                               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!”
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domiciliary and nursing homes.
                                                veterans, we should never forget that their
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                                                                                                 Peekskill
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

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                                                                                                           and high schools in Yorktown having                    surrounding suicide, including the
        Make Your                                                                                          resource officers.                                     falsehood that if someone talks about
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                                                                                                           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.

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                                                                                                              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
homebuyers and investors make informed       indicating that the slide might be slowing          questions or comments about the housing market, or selling or buying a home, he can
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Tuesday, March 1
                       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 vkozelka@wlsmail.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
register or receive more information, call    Terry Cordingley at 888-361-9473 or
914-762-2222 Ext. 132.                        terry@tatepublishing.com.
                                                 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
8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on March 3 and        volunteer army. Info: 914-962-2368 or             Discover The               CULinary CrafTs
7 at Soundview Prepartory School, 370
Underhill Ave., Yorktown. Info: 914-962-
                                              hilltophanoverfarm.org.
                                                 Starbright: A hike to Hidden Valley            Unbelievable               Wine TasTing
                                                                                                                           HOme imprOVemenTs
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
Friday, March 4                               Spring Valley Rd., Ossining. The event will                                  JeWeLry & anTiqUes
  Teen Time: Lena Roy, author of books        be cancelled if there is clouds and rain.                                    arTs & CULTUre                 ...The Lower
                                                                                                                           LanDsCape Design iDeas
for teens, will discuss her work, including   The program is not suitable for children                                     finanCiaL serViCes             Hudson Valley
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
                                                                                                                           TeCHnOLOgy experTise
                                                                                                                           anD mUCH mOre!
                                                                                                                                                          Has To Offer!
Info: 914-232-3508.                           the event at 914-762-2912 Ext. 110.
  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
                                                                                                           119 Oregon road, Cortlandt manor, ny
include raffles, desserts and baskets.        Muscoot Farm, Route 100, Somers. Info:
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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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 time.
                                                                                                   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.
                                                                                                semifinals.
                                                                                                   "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
                                                                                                                                                    Vernon.
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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
tournament.
            Mahopac (15-5-2)
   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
                                      Notebook
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
                                                                                                                         Union Center.



 Brewster Sends Three to X-C State Meet                                                                 Top-Seeded Carmel, Mahopac, PV Reach End of Line
                                                                                                        Continued from Page 16

                                                                                                        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
                                                                                                        C championship.
                                                                                                                                           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
                        Heralded      Mount
                    Vernon vs. upstart
                    Mahopac this Friday
                    (5:00 p.m.) in the
                    Section 1 Class AA boys
                    basketball tournament
                    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

                                  Direct
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.


                                   Rays
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
State-ranked
(No.12) White
Plains



Lakeland/Panas forward
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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