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Yorktown’s Comptroller Set to Make History in N. Castle
By Rick Pezzullo and Martin Wilbur                  Goldberg, 47, brings a strong set of skills                                                        Terrence Murphy and Vishnu Patel that
   Three months after the majority of               to the job. She is a recognized fiscal                                                             called for her to resign to allow the board
the Yorktown Town Board voted for her               expert who also holds a masters degree                                                             the opportunity to interview candidates
to resign but kept her in the position,             in public administration. With rapid                                                               for comptroller. The resolution was not on
longtime town Comptroller Joan                      Yorktown supervisor changes in recent                                                              the official agenda available to the public
Goldberg was expected to be approved                years, Goldberg has been relied upon to                                                            and triggered dissention on the board.
Tuesday morning as the first ever town              complete more administrative tasks.                                                                   Grace said Monday Goldberg’s apparent
administrator in North Castle.                         “She’s actually the comptroller in                                                              new job in North Castle was “news
   If approved by the North Castle Town             Yorktown but with the turnover in the                                                              to me,” noting he hadn’t received any
Board, Goldberg, who has served in                  supervisor’s office there she’s become the                                                         contact from any North Castle officials or
Yorktown for the past 16 years and worked           de facto town administrator for the past                                                           Goldberg, who reportedly was out of the
under five different supervisors, would             six years,” Arden said.                                                                            office this week and could not be reached
likely begin her new position in mid-                  Arden confirmed Goldberg’s salary will                                                          for comment.
September, in time to help North Castle             be $135,000, not including benefits. She                                                              “I don’t hold it against her to interview
officials with the 2013 budget process and          currently makes $110,000 a year.                                                                   elsewhere. I guess it would have been nice
the upcoming state comptroller’s audit of              In May, Goldberg said she was                                                                   to know she was proceeding in another
the town’s finances, which is scheduled to          “flabbergasted” by an after midnight                                                               direction,” Grace said. “I wish her the best
begin this week.                                    resolution approved by Yorktown                                                                    of luck. She has to do what is best for her
   Supervisor Howard Arden said                     Supervisor Michael Grace and councilmen                                                                                  continued on page 14
                                                                                                                      Joan Goldberg

                                                                                                       Cortlandt Unhappy with DOT’s
                                                                                                       Response to BMP Petitions
                                                                                                       By Rick Pezzullo                                remedy on the roadway where there have
                                                                                                         Angry Cortlandt Supervisor Linda              been four deaths and several accidents in
                                                                                                       Puglisi said the state Department of            the area of Locust Avenue.
                                                                                                       Transportation’s recent response to a              William Gorton, acting regional
                                                                                                       petition effort to install a median barrier     director for the DOT, responded on
                                                                                                       on the Bear Mountain Parkway was “not           August 15 to the petitions and a letter
                                                                                                       acceptable.”                                    submitted by Puglisi.
                                                                                                         “What does it take to get the state               “The New York State Department of
                                                                                                       DOT to recognize that a barrier/median/         Transportation is aware of safety concerns
                                                                                                       guardrail will stop these serious accidents     on the Bear Mountain Parkway in the
                                                                                                       and fatalities?” an exasperated Puglisi         Town of Cortlandt, and we are considering
                                                                                                       remarked. “This response is the same one        our options as we work toward developing
                                                                                                       that we’ve had over many, many years of         safety enhancements on the parkway,”
                                                                                                       lobbying the state to make this necessary       Gorton stated.
                                                                                                       improvement. They must agree to do this            Puglisi criticized Gorton’s short
                                                                                rick pezzullo photo
William Nazario (right), chairman of the cortlandt Veterans committee, was honored earlier this        project and to begin immediately.”              response and the six weeks it took for the
month as this year’s “National patriot of the Year” by the National convention of the Military order     On July 2, town officials sent petitions      state to react to the petitions.
of the purple heart in Scottsdale, Arizona. Nazario is a Vietnam purple heart recipient and junior     with 1,500 signatures to the DOT and               “In the interim there has been another
vice commander of the Department of New York Military order of the purple heart.                       other state officials requesting a safety                              continued on page 15

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   Fund Drive Started for Paramount Center in Peekskill
   By Rick Pezzullo                          Paramount theatre in Peekskill,”
     With what has been described as a       the board stated in an e-mail. “The
   “severe drop” in funding for non-profit   Paramount budget has been cut to
   organizations over the last two years,    every extent possible zeroing in only
   the Paramount Center for the Arts in      on those expenses that are directly
   Peekskill has launched a fund drive       necessary for the organization to carry
   with a goal of raising $300,000.          out its core mission. In short, more
     The Board of Directors for the Brown    contributed revenue is needed now if
   Street theatre made a public appeal       we are to continue to provide you with
   to members and patrons earlier this       the Paramount experiences you love.”
   month asking for contributions.             Offering a wide variety of live
     “We are in a position that requires     performances, high quality films and
   a candid, direct and honest plea to       visual art exhibits, the Paramount has
   those who over the years have enjoyed     been drawing larger audiences in recent

         Donald Rosenberg
   what has been presented at the historic   months, but, according to the board,
                                             regardless of how successful box sales
                                             are, its donations and contributions
                 Enrolled Agent
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                                             scale in the right direction.
       Enrolled Agent                            “With new leadership in place at
                                             the theatre for the better part of nine
                                             months, our programming and film
                                             presentations have become more                                                                                           rick pezzullo photo
       Non-Filers • Audits Levy              successful than they have been in many    paramount center for the Arts has entertained audiences for more than three decades.
  Non-Filers • Auditsin Compromise
     Liens • Offers • Levy                   years,” the board stated. “Our theatre
Liens • Offers in Compromise                 operations have never been better and     Council last week with Hudson Valley               have requested closing North Division
         Tax Returns Prepared                our dedicated staff and hard-working,                                                        Street to accommodate receptions
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Yorktown Teens to Perform at Apollo Theater
  Two Yorktown teenagers are getting        “Having both of them performing on
an opportunity to perform on the same       the same night is incredible.”
stage where Michael Jackson, Steve             Koller will compete with other adults
Wonder and others began their careers.      for the title “Super Top Dog” performer
  Kristina Koller, a 2012 Yorktown          with the winner receiving $10,000. The
High School graduate, and Zerena            audience votes on who advances to the
Lupo, an eighth grader at Mildred           next round with an applause meter. She
Strang Middle School, will be part of       is the lead singer for the Swing 4 Band
Amateur Night at the historic Apollo        with fellow Yorktowners, including Jeff
Theater in Harlem on Wednesday,             Whalen, who is a music teacher in the
September 19.                               Yorktown School District. Koller is
  Both teens have performed at First        currently majoring in jazz studies at
Fridays Open Mic Night, sponsored           The Hart School of Music.
by the Yorktown Teen Center and the            Lupo will compete against her own
Justin Veatch Fund, and have played at      peers for the title of “Stars of Tomorrow.”   zerena lupo (left photo) kristina koller
other venues locally and nationally.        She has been writing poetry and
   “It is amazing that two of our First     playing guitar for six years. She is a        stations. Lupo will be performing at the
Fridays performers go on to Amateur         member of the Nashville Songwriters           Yorktown Grange Fair on September
Night at the Apollo,” said Helena           Association International and has             8 and The Fieldhome’s Fall Festival on
Rodriguez of the Yorktown Teen Center.      played her music live on several radio        September 22.

Ossining Highway Superintendent Feels Underappreciated by Board
By Robert Christie                          his chance.                                      Before O’Connor could finish, Town        especially at a Town Hall meeting,” she
  Two weeks ago, the Town of Ossining          As he held the microphone in his right     Supervisor Susanne Donnelly, made it         said. “The issue is not about an individual
held a public hearing to discuss changing   hand, the left one being used to keep the     clear to everyone, “We are not talking       but rather what is best for the community.”
the position of highway superintendent      right from trembling, he let the town         about Michael G. Connor.”                       With the transformation of highway
from an elected post to an appointed one.   board know what he believed to be the            Since this proposal has been brought to   superintendent from elected to appointed,
While in attendance, current Highway        real problem: budget and infrastructure.      the public, Donnelly has stressed on many    the board believes the town will spend
Superintendent, Michael G. O’Connor,           “We only have a small amount of chips,     occasions that changing the position was     less, apart from the possible change in
chose not to speak.                         money that we get for our measly 20 miles     not about one person.                        salary.
  At a Town Hall meeting last week at       of road,” he said. “It’s not enough.”             “Mr. O’Connor has the right to speak,                           continued on page 10
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State Legislation Proposed to Ban Smoking in Playgrounds
By Rick Pezzullo                                                                                                                                     Westchester County Medical Society,
  Anti-smoking advocates and officials                                                                                                               said it’s been proven that second-hand
banded together last week at Louis                                                                                                                   smoke can lead to significantly increased
Engel Waterfront Park in Ossining                                                                                                                    risks of cancer and cardiovascular
to show support for state legislation                                                                                                                disease.
that would prohibit smoking in public                                                                                                                    “You name it, you get it,” Lee said of
playgrounds.                                                                                                                                         the long list of ailments associated with
  The bill is being co-sponsored by                                                                                                                  smoking. “Nonsmoking infants and
Assemblywoman Sandra Galef (D/                                                                                                                       children who are chronically exposed
Ossining) and Senator David Carlucci                                                                                                                 to environmental tobacco smoke have
(D/Rockland-Orange) but would not                                                                                                                    an increased risk of respiratory disease
preempt municipalities, such as the                                                                                                                  and malignancy. We need to protect our
Town of Ossining, which have enacted                                                                                                                 children and our future by passing this
more stringent anti-smoking policies.                                                                                                                legislation.”
  “We’re trying to have a common                                                                                                                        The Town of Ossining passed a law in
ground across the state,” said Galef, who                                                                                                            May that prohibits smoking within 50
has had support on similar legislation in                                                                                                            feet of any entrance point, playground,
the Assembly for years but was unable to                                                                                                             playing fields and fenced-in areas like
gain traction in the Senate. “We all care                                                                                                            the dog park and organic garden. Like
about children and that’s why we are                                                                                                                 the proposed state bill, Ossining’s law
here. Allowing smoking on playgrounds                                                                                                                doesn’t include any enforcement or
sends the wrong signal to our kids.”                                                                                                                 penalties.
   “We believe this legislation will have a                                                                                    rick pezzullo photo
                                                                                                                                                        “Most enforcement will be done by
meaningful impact,” Carlucci said. “We               State Assemblywoman Sandra Galef speaks at press conference at louis engel Waterfront park in   peer pressure,” said Town Supervisor
can be leaders. We can set the example.              ossining.                                                                                       Susanne Donnelly.
This is something we have to have a                  and 11 are exposed to second-hand Tobacco. “Even brief exposure to                                   “Enforcement is done by other
zero tolerance policy so young people                smoke. About 350 municipalities in second-hand smoke does your body                             people,” said Galef. “I think there are
don’t have to worry about the kind of air            New York have put in measures to limit damage. Parks and playgrounds and                        still people who don’t want to obey the
they’re exposed to.”                                 second-hand smoke.                             other recreational areas should be               law. The public is usually the enforcer of
  According to the Center for Disease                   “There is no safe level to second-hand places where people can go and not have               this type of legislation.”
Control, almost 60% of children in the               smoke,” said Makeda James, Westchester to worry about second-hand exposure.”
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Somers Town Supervisor Term’s Public Hearing Extended
By Faith Ann Butcher                                                                                                                                    is running for re-election, but that it has no
   Somers residents will have another                                                                                                                   bearing on progress from the town.
opportunity to verbalize how they feel                                                                                                                     After hearing the comments from the
about adding a referendum to November’s                                                                                                                 residents, the councilmen decided not to
election ballot pertaining to the length of a                                                                                                           close the public hearing. While councilmen
town supervisor’s term.                                                                                                                                 Tom Garrity and Rick Morrissey back
   The town board is mulling over whether                                                                                                               holding the referendum, Councilman
to give its voters the opportunity to extend                                                                                                            Richard Clinchy is still undecided in his
the position of town supervisor from a                                                                                                                  vote. Councilman Richard Benedict, who
two-year term to a four-year term. Before                                                                                                               was absent during the August meeting, has
the councilmen vote on the resolution that                                                                                                              vocalized his opposition to the referendum
would move the referendum to the ballot,                                                                                                                in the past.
another public hearing will be held at the                                                                                                                 Clinchy said that he wanted to gather
next town board meeting, which is set for                                                                                                               more information before casting his vote.
Thursday, Sept. 6.                                                                                                                                      Acknowledging that he sees the pros and cons
   Sitting town supervisor, Mary Beth                                                                                                                   of both sides of the argument, Clinchy said
Murphy, has said that she would abstain                                                                                                                 that he had called the New York Association
from the vote since the outcome affects the                                                                                                             of Towns and asked for the state’s reasoning
position she has held since 1998. Murphy                                                                                                                behind having town supervisor’s term be
                                                Somers Supervisor Mary Beth Murphy will not vote on setting a referendum to extend term of supervisor
has not ruled out running for re-election                                                                                                               only two years. According to Clinchy, he
                                                post to four years.
in 2014.                                        enough time to have the discussion on this ballot in November.”                                         was told that the two-year term was set up so
   The initial public hearing was held          really excellent issue.”                              Former town board member Maureen                  that during every town election there would
during the Aug. 9 town board meeting. At          Following Appel, Clifford Wolhberg, Devine spoke out against holding the                              be three seats open and the voters could
that meeting only three residents spoke.        who lives in Heritage Hills, advocated referendum. An opponent of increasing the                        determine the majority party bi-annually,
Mark Appel of Purdys was the first person       not only for putting the referendum on the length of the supervisor’s term, she gave a                  rather than every four years.
to speak at the lectern. He said that he was    ballot, but increasing the term as well.            number of reasons for her dissention.                  It was requested by Clinchy that the public
neither in favor of nor against the notion of      “Everyone I have spoken to in a social             One reason was since the town supervisor          hearing remain open until the September
expanding the term. Appel’s concern was         atmosphere is clearly in favor of the four – does not hold veto power, three seats being                meeting so he become more educated on the
on the process and questioned if having the     year term,” said Wolhberg. “It just does not up for vote every two years permits votes to               subject and that he could speak with more
referendum on the ballot for November           make sense to make someone campaign have the opportunity to change the majority                         community members.
was a good idea.                                hard and then as soon as they get into office vote every two years, Devine said. Another,                  If the town board does not vote on the
    “I am not sure if there is enough time      they have to be out there hard campaigning she said, was that the short term of the                     resolution during the Sept. 6 meeting, it will
for people to consider [the referendum]         again. This referendum needs to be on the supervisor, may impact the individual who                     miss the deadline to add the referendum
properly,” he said. “I do not think there is                                                                                                            to the ballot.

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         Neighbors Concerned About Noise from Planned IBM Helipad
         By David Propper                                    Program as prescribed by the Helicopter                                                                      from other helicopters in the area don’t
            IBM officials delivered a presentation           Association International.                                                                                   compare to that of a dishwasher.
         earlier this month for its plans to build             In July, IBM evaluated helicopter                                                                             “They constantly fly over my house
         a helipad at its T.J. Watson Research               sound levels at four different locations                                                                     and when they do fly, it is very loud so
         Center to Yorktown’s Planning Board,                that are near its property on 1101                                                                           they’re not that high up so I don’t know
         while facing skepticism from concerned              Kitchawan Road. The study, which                                                                             what’s going to change and what’s going
         citizens on how it would affect                     was evaluated by the SSM Group, Inc,                                                                         to be different once we bring more traffic
         neighboring residential areas.                      found the maximum noise levels for                                                                           in the area and I’m very upset about this,”
            The IBM group, led by senior manager             the helicopter to be between 64 to 72                                                                        she said. “...What makes your helicopter
         of engineering and environmental                    decibels.                                     Yorktown residents are upset over a planned                    different from anybody else’s helicopter?
         services Bob DeAngelis, presented a                   The measured sound from the study           helipad for iBM’s Watson center.                               That’s my point.”
         study of the noise level entering and               can compare to a typical business office                                                                        Smiley responded by saying the
                                                                                                           would also be limited to once or twice
         exiting helicopters might make and                  conversation or equipment, a typical                                                                         difference is IBM is committed
                                                                                                           a month.
         vowed to practice the Fly Neighborly                shower, flushing toilet, dishwasher or a                                                                     to practicing the Fly Neighborly
                                                                                                             “It is unlikely the limited helicopter
                                                             window air conditioner, according to a                                                                       Program that would limit the possible
                                                                                                           activities at the “Helistop”... will
                                                             document of the noise level study.                                                                           inconvenience.
                                                                                                           negatively         impact        surrounding
                                                               “So we’re not talking about a lot                                                                             Another resident, Victor Rallis, also
                                                                                                           properties in any significant way,”
                                                             of heavy noises,” George Smiley, a                                                                           found it hard to believe the noise from
                                                                                                           declared the conclusion of the study. “In
                                                             corporate pilot said.                                                                                        the helicopters wouldn’t be significant.
                                                                                                           fact, a positive aspect for the presence
                                                               Smiley estimated that in good weather,                                                                     He also questioned the point of building
                                                                                                           of the “Helistop” will be its designation
                                                             the pilot would be able to fly at about                                                                      the helipad at all.
                                                                                                           by IBM as an available landing location
                                                             1,500 feet to 2,000 feet overhead. On a                                                                         “I want to know why their (IBM’s)
                                                                                                           for medical emergency helicopter
                                                             cloudy day, a pilot might have to fly as                                                                     helicopter is so special that it makes so
                                                                                                           operations for the surrounding area.”
                                                             low as 1,300 feet above, he said.                                                                            little noise?” Rallis said.
                                                                                                             Despite that statement, residents at
                                                               Among other aspects on how the                                                                                “Westchester airport is less than
                                                                                                           the meeting still expressed concerns
                                                             helipad would not be a burden for                                                                            an half-hour away, I think it’s a waste
                                                                                                           over the project and how the noise level
                                                             Yorktown residents, DeAngelis and                                                                            of time and money personally as a
                                                                                                           might affect them.
                                                             director of corporate flight operations                                                                      businessman,” he added.
                                                                                                             One resident, Elizabeth Bastos-
                                                             Bob Murtha said the flight to and from                                                                          In a meeting in February, DeAngelis
                                                                                                           Becerra-Cummings said helicopters
                                                             IBM would primarily be during business                                                                       said how the project was long overdue
                                                                                                           that already fly over her house are loud
                                                             hours on weekdays, and if a flight came                                                                      and would service senior executives,
                                                                                                           enough that she feels vibrations in
                                                             in at night, the helipad had lights that                                                                     important customers and government
                                                                                                           her home. For her, the noise she hears
                                                             pointed upward to the sky. Flights                                                                           officials.

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                                                Astorino Should Not Rub Salt in the Wound of Struggling Families
                                            There was something rather disturbing              aside for children’s programs that DSS could          Astorino’s actions, especially considering how
                                         about seeing Westchester County Executive             have tapped into if it miraculously went belly        he campaigned twice on making Westchester
      Adam Stone                         Rob Astorino gloating about a court decision          up.                                                   more affordable and helping hard working         that could make child care unaffordable for              Furthermore, the county Board of                   families. Lending a hand to someone does
                                         several thousand families.                            Legislators, which Astorino tried to make             not mean patting them on the back and then
      laura Markowski                       How could Astorino, a father of three young        the scapegoat, funded the program through             kicking them from behind when they turn
      Associate Publisher                children, take joy in the fact fees for more          the end of 2012, and the county has provided          away. That’s exactly what Astorino has done in
                                         than 2,700 children throughout the county             subsidies for child care for years. Perhaps           this case.
      peter Stone                        in subsidized day care programs will rise             Astorino and his administration need to check            The Board of Legislators has vowed to
      Chief Financial Officer            more than $200 a month during a time when             the record books.                                     appeal the recent decision by state Supreme
      Faith Ann Butcher                  unemployment remains sky high and families               “These programs allow mostly working               Court Justice Robert Neary. Neary should start       are struggling to keep up with escalating food,       mothers who are near the poverty level to             by looking closely at the books of DSS, which
      Chief Operations Officer           gasoline, housing and health care costs?              stay in the work force and contribute to the          Jenkins said had an average budget surplus of
                                            Earlier this year, Astorino tried to defend his    local economy, while paying their bills and           $15 million over the last five years. Something
      rick pezzullo                      heartless plan by claiming the county would run       providing for their families,” said Board of          doesn’t add up with this whole situation,
      Editor-in-Chief                    out of money this summer in the Department            Legislators Chairman Ken Jenkins. “I’m at a           starting with Astorino’s blatant disregard for a
                                         of Social Services if the parental contribution       loss to explain why County Executive Astorino         population that can ill-afford his petty politics,
      Martin Wilbur                      subsidy increase was not approved. What he            has to wrap this mean and disruptive mid-year         and an increase of any kind in their lives.
      Assistant Editor                   failed to disclose was the county has $135            cost-cutting agenda around them.”
      Neal rentz                         million in a non-restricted fund balance set             Most county residents should be stunned by
      Sam Barron
      Reporter                                           Kudos to the Cortlandt Town Board and Planning Board
      Sara Dunn                             Recently the Cortlandt Town Board refused a        the people of Cortlandt and the surrounding           legal suit that claims the PB was being arbitrary          request from Walmart to rezone property across        communities that use Route 6 and the Bear             in their numbers and not being mindful of the
                                         from the Town Center so that they could build         Mountain Parkway. Thank you Town Board.               developers possible financial loss. The court
      ray Gallagher                      and operate a Super Store (roughly the size of           And Kudos Kudos to the Planning Board! The         upheld the Planning Board’s right to limit the
      Sports Editor                      Home Depot). Traffic and the location were            Planning Board stuck to its guns and refused to       number of houses and further said that the PB
                                         the major issues and the ones that worried the        allow far too many houses on a sensitive piece of     is not responsible for the developer’s financial
      Stan Gitner
      Freelance Photographer             community most. Route 6 is already crowded            land at the intersection of MacArthur Boulevard       concern. This is a huge determination since
                                         and the side roads that feed to and from Route        and Red Mill Road. After several years of             many developers will try to get their way by
      Dina Spalvieri                     6 are frequently crowded as well all know. Many       wrangling with the developer, they finally made       claiming financial harm if the number of houses
      Ad Designer                        intersections on Route 6 are viewed as “failed”       their ruling: the developer wanted 26 houses at       is less than they ask. NO MORE!!! The court has
                                         meaning they are too small or too heavily used        the intersection in the North Eastern corridor        spoken.
      Jeff ohlbaum                       width and surface. Our thanks for not re-zoning       of the town. The Planning Board, in effect, said          Thank you Planning Board!       the property to all commercial so that Walmart        “that is too many houses on sensitive land and
      Senior Account Executive
                                         could build and make the traffic worse than it        we will only allow 16 not 26.”                                        Susan S. McDonnell, President
      paul cardi                         is now. This was a decision much in favor of             The developer filed an Article 78 which is a                          Cortlandt W.A.T.C.H., Inc.
      Senior Account Executive
      Nina harrison
                                                        Hayworth Was Very Responsive to Hurricane Irene in PV         I was quite surprised when I recently heard        the hurricane, Congresswoman Hayworth                 extremely helpful during this disaster.
      Account Executive
                                         comments regarding Congresswoman Nan                  and her staff arranged for a “town hall”                                                Robert Tendy

                                         Hayworth’s alleged “poor response” (the               phone conference which included residents,                      Town Supervisor for Putnam Valley
                                         words I heard, not my words) to last year’s           elected officials, emergency personnel, FEMA
                                         Hurricane Irene. I presume this may be a topic        representatives, and others. There were also

               also publishes            of conversation for two reasons. First, the           follow up meetings. I was in direct contact with

            The PUTNAM
                                         anniversary of the hurricane is upon us (August
                                         28), and, second, (and more probably the real
                                         reason) it is an election year.
                                            Like most elected representatives, I was
                                         very much involved in dealing with Hurricane
                                                                                               her office representatives during and after the
                                                                                               storm. Members of the staff came to Putnam
                                                                                               Valley and gave me updates about available
                                                                                               federal resources for residents. Congresswoman
                                                                                               Hayworth also voted for continuous funding so
                                                                                                                                                       r Web Poll
                                         Irene before it hit, while it was happening,          that we could move forward with our recovery              Last week's poll question: Will you
            The   White Plains           and during the extensive aftermath. I can say         efforts. Her efforts, coupled with FEMA’s               try to avoid the Tappan Zee Bridge if
       &   Examiner                      without reservation that Congresswoman
                                         Hayworth was every bit as much involved
                                                                                               work, and, of course, the incredible work of
                                                                                               Putnam Valley’s own employees and emergency
                                                                                                                                                       tolls rise to $10 or more?

                                         as I was. Her office was available to me 24/7         responders, helped our town’s recovery from
    PO Box 611, Mount Kisco, NY 10549                                                                                                                                  Results:
                                         for discussions regarding federal funding             the storm move as quickly as possible.
             914-864-0878                                                                                                                                          Yes - 11 percent
                                         for disaster relief, contact information,                I can say without reservation that                                                                                                                                     No - 89 percent
                                         emergency numbers, etc. Within two days of            Congresswoman Hayworth and her staff were

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Albert Golanec, Jr.                          A Mass of Christian Burial was           Salvatore DiMaggio                           24, Kristen, 22; his mother, Beatrice
  Albert Golanec Jr., a resident of        held at Our Lady of Loretto Church            Salvatore DiMaggio, a resident of         Fiorio and brother Robert Fiorio.
Mohegan Lake, died August 23. He was       in Cold Spring. Interment followed at      Yorktown, died August 24. He was 84.           A funeral Mass was celebrated at St.
68.                                        Assumption Cemetery in Cortlandt.             Mr. DiMaggio was born in Yonkers          Columbanus R.C. Church in Cortlandt.
  He was born March 30, 1944 in Port       Donations can be made to Phelps            on June 10, 1928, to the late Geriaco        The family requests that donations be
Chester to Albert and Stella Golanec.      Hospice, 701 No. Broadway, Sleepy          and Mary DiMaggio. He was the                made in his name to the Lustgarten
On March 22, 1969, Mr. Golanec             Hollow, NY 10591.                          maintenance supervisor for Parks and         Foundation,     1111   Stewart    Ave,
married Patricia vonAchen in Rye. He                                                  Recreation for the Town of Yorktown,         Bethpage, NY 11714 (www.lustgarten.
served honorably in the U.S. Army from     Thomas Wall                                retiring in 1990.                            org).
1965-1971. He then became a police           Thomas James Wall, a resident of            He is survived by his wife Theresa
officer for the City Of Rye in 1971 and    Ossining, died August 19. He was 87.       (nee Norcia) of Yorktown; his daughter       Nicholas DiLello
retired in 1993.                             He was born October 3, 1924 in New       Diane Fanning and her husband Henry;           Nicholas J. DiLello, a resident of
  In addition to his wife Patricia, he     York City to Michael & Anna Gallo Wall.    three grandchildren, Daniel, Caitlin and     Peekskill, died peacefully at his home
is survived by children Jeff Golanec       Mr. Wall was a veteran of WWII, having     Nicole Fanning, all of Carmel, and his       on August 21. He was 86.
(Debbie) (Ret. RPD), Chad Golanec          served in the U.S. Navy. He worked         sister Rosalie Barro. He was predeceased       Mr. DiLello was born April 9, 1926 in
(NCPD), Theresa Moretti, George            for Con Edison, retiring as a chief gas    by his brothers, Anthony and Stanley         Ossining. He proudly served in the U.S.
Romano, Thomas Romano (Melissa),           Ddspatcher.                                DiMaggio.                                    Navy from 1943 to 1946.
his sister Helen Morus, and six              He is survived by his wife Gladys, son       A Mass of Christian Burial was held        He is survived by his beloved wife
grandchildren: Ava, Anthony, Victoria,     Michael (Ann), daughter Janet Accurso      at St. Patrick’s New Church in Yorktown.     Isabella DiLello; six loving children,
Kaela, Anthony, and Kyle.                  (Louis), and grandsons Thomas James                                                     Charlaine DiLello, Diana DiLello, Frank
  A Mass of Christian burial was held      Wall and Christopher Byron Wall. A         James Fiorio III                             Calabro, Jeanne Lipscomb, Kathleen
at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Church.       Memorial Service was held at St. Luke’s      James (Jimmy) Fiorio III, a former         Lucanera-Nagy, Loretta Ford and their
Entombment followed at Rose Hill           Episcopal Church in Somers.                resident of Cortlandt, died peacefully at    spouses; 12 cherished grandchildren;
Memorial Park Cemetery. Donations                                                     his home August 22 in LaGrange with          and a dear brother, Tony Cequeria.
may be made to Friedreich’s Ataxia         Allan Egan                                 his wife, children and faithful pup by his     A Mass of Christian Burial was held
Research Alliance.            Allan E. Egan, a resident of Yorktown,   side after a brief fight with pancreatic     at Assumption Church in Peekskill.
                                           died August 19. He was 83.                 cancer. He was 60.                           Entombment followed at Rose Hills
Pamela Savva                                 Mr. Egan was born and attended             Mr. Fiorio grew up in Peekskill and        Memorial Park in Putnam Valley.
   Pamela M. Savva (nee Brennan) of        Cardinal Hayes High School. He was         graduated from Hendrick Hudson High          Donations can be made to the American
Cortlandt died August 20. She was 66.      a graduate of Manhattan College. Mr.       School in 1971. He had recently retired      Lung Assoc., National Hdq’s., 1301
   Mrs. Savva was a property manager       Egan worked at Westvaco Corp. for 47       from a 33-year career with Metro North       Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Ste. 800,
for the Country House in Yorktown.         years and served in the Army. He was       Railroad.                                    Washington, DC 20004.
She was born August 24, 1945 in Mt.        a former chairman of the Yorktown            He is survived by his wife of 30 years,
Vernon, NY to William and Geraldine        Zoning Board of Appeals and was            Kathy; two amazing children, Thomas,
Dunn Brennan. She was a graduate of        an active parishioner at St. Patrick’s
Lakeland High School. On September         Church.
14, 1968, she married Chris Savva at St.     An avid sports fan, he loved all
Columbanus Church in Cortlandt.            Yorktown events, New York Giants
   In addition her husband, she is         football and West Point Army football.
survived by four children; Chris           He also enjoyed spending time at his
(Tammi) Savva, Jr. of Hopewell Junction,   home in Windham, N.Y.
NY, Kevin (Jennifer) Savva of New            Mr. Egan is survived by his wife of
York City, Kimberly (Kevin) Howard         58 years, Julie Blessington Egan; five
of Raleigh, NC and Amy (Michael)           children, Mary Jane McNamara, John
Kuchera of Fishkill. Also surviving are    Egan, Julie Egan, Nancy Murphy and
four grandchildren, Steven and Dylan       Timothy Egan; and 10 grandchildren.
Savva, and Kaleb and Kolby Howard;           A funeral mass was celebrated
one brother, Peter Brennan; and five       at St. Patrick’s Church. Memorial
sisters, Barbara Sampson, Bernadette       contributions may be made to Hospice
Herkert, Beverly Manco, Geraldine          Care in Westchester & Putnam, 540
Brennan and Jacqueline Brennan. She        White Plains Road, Tarrytown, NY
was predeceased by a brother, William      10591.
Brennan, Jr.
10                                                                                           August 28 - September 3, 2012                                               The Northern Westchester Examiner

               Yorktown Police                         a male identified as Keith Hoyt allegedly stole       in her purse. Following her arrest, Irwin was          was arrested in Baltimore, Maryland on
August 19                                              two Ford Escorts valued at $3,000 from the            also found to be in possession of 112 bags of          local charges. Holcombe was transported to
      3:55 p.m. – Kim Quickel, 50, of Katonah          business by towing the vehicles from the scene        heroin and three bags of cocaine. More than            Peekskill by the Westchester County Police
was charged with driving while intoxicated,            without permission from the owner. Hoyt               $1,700 which Irwin was carrying was seized             Warrant Squad, arraigned in Peekskill City
a Class E felony, and several traffic violations       voluntarily appeared at police headquarters,          for possible forfeiture.                               Court and remanded to Westchester County
following a traffic stop on Granite Springs            where he was arrested and arraigned by Judge          August 17                                              Jail without bail.
Road. She was arraigned in Yorktown Justice            Raniolo, who remanded Hoyt to Westchester                 8 a.m. – Thomas Holcombe, 41, of Peekskill,
Court and remanded to Westchester County               County Jail without bail.                             a registered Level 3 sex offender, was arrested
Jail in lieu of $10,000 bond/$5,000 cash bail.                                                               for failing to abide by sex offender regulations,                       State Police
August 16                                                            Peekskill Police                        a felony. Holcombe is required to report to            August 22
      7:45 p.m. – Keith Hoyt, 50, of Ossining          August 20                                             the City of Peekskill Police Department every                8:39 p.m. – Stephen McCarthy, 34, of
was charged with two counts of grand larceny                 8 p.m. – Jessica Irwin, 18, of Pennsville,      90 days while he is a resident of Peekskill. In        Fairport, N.Y. was charged with driving while
in the fourth degree, a Class E felony. Police         N.J. was charged with criminal possession of          September 2011, Holcombe failed to respond             intoxicated after being pulled over on the
received a call on August 16 at approximately          a controlled substance, a Class B felony, and         and an investigation by Detective Ralph                Taconic State Parkway in Yorktown for moving
2:27 p.m. from a business owner at 1735 Front          unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation,        D’Aliso resulted in charges being filed after          unsafely from a lane. McCarthy was allegedly
Street reporting the larceny of two vehicles           following a traffic stop on Route 9 for speeding.     he learned Holcombe no longer resided at the           found to be intoxicated with a blood alcohol
that were parked in the parking lot. Following         Irwin, who was a passenger in the vehicle,            address he had provided. A warrant for his             content of 0.11%. He was processed and
an investigation by Detective Brian Shanahan,          was first charged with marijuana possession           arrest was obtained and circulated nationwide.         released on uniform traffic tickets returnable
it was determined that on August 15 at 2 p.m.          after it was allegedly observed in plain view         D’Aliso was notified on July 3 that Holcombe           to Yorktown Justice Court on September 4.

Ossining Highway Superintendent Feels Underappreciated by Board
continued from page 4
    “We believe we save money getting the              if the board is looking to get quality at             feel the board appreciates the work                    that period, if the motion were to pass,
process done quicker and working with                  the highway superintendent position,                  he has done. “There are tangibles and                  the town would begin looking within
other people,” Donnelly said.                          the current salary will not be sufficient.            intangibles,” he said, maintaining the                 the community to fill the position. They
   O’Connor earns $89,536 annually.                    “Anyone with any type of experience                   board does not appreciate the intangibles              must first decide what will be included
According to Councilman Peter Tripodi,                 you’re not going to get at $90,000. What              he brings to the job.                                  in the job description, which will most
the town’s engineer made over $300,000                 you might get at $90,000 is a general                   Donnelly chose not to comment                        likely affect the salary of the new highway
last year. At last week’s meeting, the board           foreman who does not have as much                     on O’Connor’s performance. She did,                    superintendent.
speculated about combining the two                     experience and is willing to take a lower             however, mention that any moves                           The Town Board was scheduled to vote
positions.                                             salary.”                                              concerning the highway superintendent                  this Tuesday on whether to schedule a
   Judy Weintraub, village clerk for the                  O’Connor is in his seventh year as                 position cannot be made until the end of               November 6 referendum on the highway
Village of Pleasantville, said she believes            highway superintendent. He doesn’t                    O’Connor’s term in December 2013. After                superintendent position.

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Child Care Contribution to Increase in Westchester
By Faith Ann Butcher                       by some members of the county Board               Justice Robert A. Neary rejected the      in order to keep the day care program
  Parents who get their child care         of Legislators who challenged the right         case brought by several Democratic          solvent.
expenses subsidized by Westchester         of the County Executive Rob Astorino’s          members of the Board of Legislators,           In the court decision, Neary said that the
County will soon have to contribute more   administration to set the contribution          including Chairman Ken Jenkins              Board of Legislators did not put enough
to participate in the program.             levels for families enrolled in the county’s    (D-Yonkers), challenging the authority of   money into the budget line to support a
  A state Supreme Court justice on         non-mandated, subsidized day care               Commissioner of Social Services Kevin       20-percent cap for parental contribution
Monday dismissed a lawsuit brought         program.                                        McGuire to raise parent contributions       and the McGuire had the authority to raise
                                                                                                                                       the family share up to 35 percent to make
                                                                                                                                       up for the budget shortfall. Additionally

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                                                                                                                                       Nealy determined that the legislators did
                                                                                                                                       not have the responsibility of setting the
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     9AM-5PM                                                                                                             SEPT.Ê3RD        The county executive praised Monday’s
                                                                                                                                           “This ruling vindicates our approach,”
                                                 Northern                                                                              said Astorino. “No one wants to see

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                                                                                                                                       to shore up the solvency of our day care
                                                                                                                                       program. By under-funding the program,
                                                                                                                                       the Board of Legislators left us no choice.”
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                                                                                                                                       day. Astorino’s administration claims an

                                                         $ 99
                                                       $ $ 9999                                   $7 oz Bottles
                                                                                              7 oz Bottles
                                                                                                    Case of
                                                                                               Case of 24 24
                                                                                                                                       additional 622 children will be able to
                                                                                                                                       be served by this program because of the
                      12 Pk Bottles
                  12 Pk Bottles                                                                                                        increased parental contribution.
                                                          12 Pk Bottles
                                                      12 Pk Bottles                                                                       Westchester County budgets $32.5
                   12 Pk Bottles                           28 Pk Bottles                             24 Pk Cans                        million on child care subsidies. Families

             Coors Light or                         Smirnoff
           Coors Light or Main Street, Route 6 • Peekskill
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               Banquetmile West ofTea               Ice
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                                                                                                                                       million in federal and county funds.

                   (3/4             Beach Shopping Center)                                                                                  The new rates are expected to be

                $ $ 9999
                                                      $ $ 9999                                 13
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                  36 Pk Cans
                      36 Pk Cans                     12 Pk Bottles
                                                         12 Pk Bottles                       12 Pk Bottles
                                                                                                 12 Pk Bottles
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Court Declares MTA Payroll Tax Unconstitutional
By Faith Ann Butcher                                County Executive Rob Astorino. “The                         increase traffic; or B) raise fares even higher    It is clear that the tax that was put on use
   Officials from municipalities surrounding        MTA payroll tax is essentially an unfunded                  than planned.”                                     was onerous and should never have been
the metropolitan area have been saying              mandate from Albany. In this case, we were                     State legislators who have been fighting        implemented in the first place.”
it for years and now they have a court              allowed to challenge it. We did. And now                    the MTA payroll tax expressed their                   Ravitz added, “It is a great decision
agreeing with them – the Payroll Mobility           we’ve won an important victory with the                     satisfaction.                                      for taxpayers; it is a great decision of
Tax, which is more commonly known as the            court’s decision that this unfair burden on                    “This is great news,” said state Senator        businesses.”
MTA payroll tax, is unconstitutional.               taxpayers was unconstitutional.”                            Greg Ball (R-Patterson). “I will be fighting          Jen Maher, chairwoman of the Putnam
   On Wednesday a state Supreme Court                  The payroll tax provides more than $1.5                  for full repeal of the MTA payroll tax             County Chamber of Commerce, said
Judge R. Bruce Cozzins, Jr. declared in the         billion in revenue for the MTA annually                     immediately. I will be reaching out to the         that while the MTA is a vital piece of the
case Nassau County vs. MTA that imposing            and some are concerned that the court’s                     governor and my colleagues to make sure            community as it allows many of the county’s
a the payroll tax “does not serve a substantial     decision would destroy the engine of the                    we expedite this even before next session.”        residents to earn a living, the burden
state interest” and is therefore considered         state’s economic vitality.                                     Assemblyman Steve Katz (R-Yorktown)             of its debt should never have been on
unconstitutional.                                      “This decision threatens the foundation                  agrees with the court decision also.               communities that did not reap any benefits
   The MTA payroll tax, which forced                of the state’s economy,” said Paul Steely                      “I am ecstatically happy that the courts        from the tax.
all businesses, municipalities and school           White, executive director of Transportation                 have done the right thing for the taxpayers             “Now that they have found this law
districts to pay 34 cents for every $100 of         Alternatives. “Public transportation is                     of the state and my only question right now        unconstitutional they need to go look at
employers’ payroll in the 12-county MTA             critical to the New York City metropolitan                  is, when are we going to get our refund            other laws, at every level of government—
region, was passed in 2009. The tax was             area--an area which provides 45 percent of                  checks?” said Katz. “The courts have               state, county and town that are holding back
passed to fill a deficit in the MTA budget.         the state’s tax revenue, paying for countless               confirmed that the MTA cannot use us as            residents and business owners,” said Maher.
   Nassau County filed the suit in 2010.            public services from Niagara Falls to                       their personal piggyback any longer. It’s          “Also, I would like to know how the MTA
Subsequently other counties joined the              Montauk. We hope Governor [Andrew]                          time for a forensic audit of the MTA and to        is going to pay back all of the companies,
case, including Westchester and Putnam,             Cuomo resolves this crisis, and that the                    look into the possibility of its privatization.”   schools and governments that have had to
while Nassau County was maintained as the           appeals court will consider the substantial                    Business leaders of the Lower Hudson            pay the unconstitutional mandate.”
lead petitioner in the lawsuit.                     state interest when reviewing this ruling.”                 Valley have pushed for a repeal of the tax            The MTA, which counts on the money
   In Dec. 2011, lawmakers passed                      Commuters and those who utilize the                      for years.                                         from the payroll tax, said it intends on
legislation revamping the tax code and              mass transit system are concerned about                         “We knew when it was passed that it            appealing the decision.
exempting about 80 percent of companies             rate hikes.                                                 would be devastating to our businesses                 “We will vigorously appeal [the] ruling,”
from having to pay the MTA payroll                      “This is not good news,” said Stanley                   community,” said John Ravitz, chief                said Aaron Donovan, the MTA’s media
tax. Schools also became exempt. Large              Fritz a project coordinator for New York                    financial officer of the Business Council of       liaison in a statement that was emailed out
businesses and municipal governments                Public Interest Group (NYPIG) who lives in                  Westchester. “When the repeal was passed           to the press. “We believe this opinion will
were still mandated to pay the tax.                 Harlem and uses the transit system. “The                    last year it was a help, but I do not think we     be overturned, since four prior challenges
   “This is good news for Westchester County        MTA will lose money, which could force                      will be able to ever make up for the long          to the constitutionality of the law making
and its municipalities,” said Westchester           them to either A) cut services which would                  outstanding damage that this has caused.           the same argument have been dismissed.”


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By David Propper                                               off like many. Coming over to United States
   For three years, chemistry and biology                      to visit his friends and cousins in New York
books are what a young Diego Sarmiento used                    City, Sarmiento got a job washing dishes for a
to focus his attention on. Sarmiento, 33, was                  restaurant. While doing his work, he watched
studying to become a doctor back then, in his                  others in the kitchen do their work, which was
home country of Ecuador.                                       cooking and preparing food.
   But a trip to the United States threw his                      “When I came to this country I saw the chefs
life into a completely different direction. Now                working, I started watching Food Network,”
15 years later, Sarmiento can call himself a                   Sarmiento said. “So I got into that.”
business owner, in an area of expertise far from                  Sarmiento estimates he worked at about 25
science books.                                                 different delis and restaurant cooking all over
   “When I got to this country, everything                     Westchester and New York City, with his most          Diego Sarmiento stands proudly in his restaurant.                                                    DAViD propper photo
changed,” Sarmiento said. “Started doing                       recent and previous stint at Finnegan’s Grill in
dishes and now opened my own place, that’s                     Yorktown as a chef.                                   He still sweeps the floors, cooks the food, and             shares more time with his family. His wife,
the dream.”                                                       During that span, Sarmiento also took              washes dishes but the new wrinkle in his job is             Johanna, also works in the deli, having past
   Sarmiento is the owner of Diego’s Deli,                     classes at culinary schools, like BOCES in            his ability to interact with the customers.                 restaurant experience as well. Their three
BBQ and Catering, a new restaurant that                        Yorktown and Culinary Institute of America,              “That’s the difference between being at                  children usually eat meals there, including a
opened August 8 and is located along Route 6                   one of the top culinary schools in New York.          a restaurant like at Finnegan’s, I was there                Sunday dinner.
in Mohegan Lake. Diego’s Deli, which is open                   During that time, Sarmiento was also learning         behind the kitchen,” Sarmiento said. “Now I                    And for a man who hopped to countless
seven days a week, boasts a menu that includes                 how to speak English.                                 can talk to people.”                                        delis and restaurants since immigrating to the
a various selection for breakfast, lunch and                      Once Sarmiento made the decision to open              And Sarmiento wants to hear from those                   states, he finally has a place he can call his own,
dinner.                                                        his own place, he said it took about seven long       customers, and try to accommodate them                      and he’s happy to bring his passion for cooking
   The food served is extensive, featuring                     months of putting it all together and getting         the best way possible. He doesn’t want to say               to Yorktown.
southern ribs and pulled pork, to cold cuts,                   the paperwork done. From previously working           “no” to a customer. One way he believes he’s                   “The American dream man,” Sarmiento
sandwiches and salads. And all of it is home                   at another business along Route 6, Sarmiento          different from other delis. “Customers first,”              said.
cooked, Sarmiento said.                                        knew that’s where he wanted his business to           Sarmiento said.
   “I want to do everything from scratch, not                  open in.                                                 Sarmiento said the biggest challenge so far                 Diego’s Deli is open seven days a week from
doing anything frozen,” said Sarmiento, who                       Now, almost three weeks into Diego’s Deli,         is depending on himself, rather than just being             7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Its address is 1859 East Main
speaks with a strong Ecuadorian accent.                        Sarmiento loves the idea of being his own boss,       part of a larger staff. But that one arduous task           Street (Route 6), Mohegan Lake. The phone
   Sarmiento’s experience in the kitchen started               even if he still does a lot of the grunt work.        outweighs other opportunities. Sarmiento                    number is (914) 743-1680.

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Yorktown’s Comptroller Set to Make History in N. Castle
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and I have to do what is best for the Town                                                      “My first reaction to her was that I       you get anything more by going through
of Yorktown. I guess it’s time for her to     “I don’t blame her for                         wanted her to be the town comptroller         the process,” Cronin said.
look for different horizons and for us to                                                    but she did a lot of the jobs of a town          “I think she is well-suited for this
change direction.”                            leaving. I would to. I                         administrator without ever having been a      job, is high energy and has outstanding
  Meanwhile, Grace defended the actions                                                      town administrator,” D’Angelo said.           experience,” he added.
of the Yorktown Town Board in seeking         wouldn’t want to be                               Arden has been a strong proponent             Arden and Cronin acknowledged
other applicants for comptroller.                                                            of hiring an administrator, making it a       that the recent controversy that placed
  “There were certainly issues that I had     where I wasn’t wanted                          key issue in last year’s campaign against     Goldberg at odds with Grace gave them
that deserved adequate exploration,” he                                                      former supervisor William Weaver. He          reason to pause. However, Arden said
said. “There were a lot of concerns on        either.”                                       argued that costly mistakes such as the       after speaking with Grace he believes the
how the office was running on a daily                                                        aborted Westwood organic recycling            disagreement was mainly philosophical.
basis. There were a lot of reasons for us                                                    center project and the loss of the Armonk        “I think for the past few years Joan has
                                              NIck BIaNco
to reexamine that office. I guess she felt                                                   A&P could have been avoided with more         been in charge of the daily running of the
threatened by the process of reviewing        comptroller. Berland, who recently moved       effective town management.                    town and he had much different thoughts
the position. When someone makes              with her family to town, was the director         Despite the town board’s establishment     on how it should be run,” he said.
themselves indispensable, then it’s time      of finance for 12 years at Reuters, a $1.7     of a search committee in late June               Hiring an administrator was formally
for them to go. That’s not a good situation   billion a year company, Arden said. She        which provided a short list of names          discussed for the first time in 2008
for anyone to be in.”                         is currently a finance executive with the      for the administrator’s post, Goldberg        under then-Supervisor Reese Berman,
  Yorktown Councilman Nick Bianco,            Manhattan law firm of Beys, Stein &            was the only candidate the town board         who formed the first of the two task
who opposed the May resolution for            Mobargha. Berland, who is scheduled to         interviewed, said Councilman John             forces. In 2009, the town board voted
Goldberg to resign with Councilman Dave       begin on Sept. 10, will earn $80,000 a year.   Cronin. The committee was comprised           to establish the administrator’s position
Paganelli, said of the approximately eight       The double appointments will mark           of members from North Castle’s two task       but opted not to fund the position while
people the Town Board has interviewed         a significant move to more professional        forces that had been formed during the        the town was under difficult financial
for comptroller, including Goldberg,          management for North Castle, Arden             last four years to study the feasibility of   constraints. Weaver opposed the hiring
Goldberg was by far the most qualified.       maintained.                                    an administrator, plus retired New Castle     of an administrator but formed a second
  “This is their (North Castle) gain. We         “We felt by bringing the two of them on     Administrator Jerry Faiella and Town of       task force last year that recommended a
lose. There’s no question about it,” Bianco   together they would really complement          Mamaroneck Administrator Steve Altieri.       chief financial officer be hired to assist the
said. “I don’t blame her for leaving. I       each other,” he said. “We’re getting two          Initially, the board had considered        supervisor with fiscal matters.
would to. I wouldn’t want to be where I       really good people.”                           Goldberg for the vacant comptroller’s            North Castle becomes just the third
wasn’t wanted either. Our finances are in        Councilman Stephen D’Angelo said            position but found her to possess all the     Westchester town to hire an administrator.
good shape, mostly due to her guidance.”      he liked that Goldberg managed a               qualities officials had been looking for in   All cities and villages in the county employ
  Goldberg’s       appointment       comes    staff of about five or six employees in        an administrator.                             a manager or administrator.
in tandem with the hiring of Faith            the comptroller’s office. He said her             “I think if there’s a candidate that has
Berland, who will be North Castle’s new       appointment will be good for the town.         everything you’re looking for I don’t think

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Playground Dedicated at Former Seaplane Base in Verplanck
                                                                                                 By Rick Pezzullo                               operations a year. Martin also ran a small
                                                                                                   A former seaplane base in the hamlet         flight school and flew sightseeing tours to
                                                                                                 of Verplanck was formally recognized           the Statue of Liberty and West Point.
                                                                                                 by the Town of Cortlandt last week with           In 1991, Martin, who was friendly with
                                                                                                 the dedication of the Jim Martin Aviation      former town supervisor Jack Gaffney,
                                                                                                 Playground.                                    donated all 26 acres to Cortlandt as part
                                                                                                   Located on a portion of a 26-acre parcel     of a life estate legal agreement. Part of the
                                                                                                 on the banks of the Hudson River that          agreement stipulated that a mobile home
                                                                                                 has been renamed Cortlandt Waterfront          park on the property would remain at
                                                                                                 Park, the playground cost approximately        least 10 years after Martin’s death, at which
                                                                                                 $50,000, which was funded from the             time the town would turn it into a park.
                                                                                                 town’s recreation account.                     Martin died July 3, 2006 in Greenwich,
                                                                                                   Jim Martin, a native of England, owned       Connecticut at the age of 87.
                                                                                                 what was known as the Peekskill Seaplane          The seaplane base was officially removed
                                                                                                 Base since 1950. The seaplane base covered     from FAA records in 2007. Cortlandt is
                                                                                                 approximately six acres and included two       also planning to construct a boat launch
                                                                                                 hangars and a Quonset Hut. Between 2004        on the site in the spring. That project is
                                                                                                 and 2005, the base averaged 1,200 aircraft     estimated to cost approximately $85,000.
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                                                                                                 Cortlandt Unhappy with DOT’s Response to
  Follow                                                                                         BMP Petitions

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                                                                                                  fatality (motorcycle tragic accident)         over the years calling for a barrier. The
                                                                                                  and other accidents,” Puglisi said. “This     DOT shelved a planned $60 million capital
                                                                                                  response letter comprised of two brief        project to reconstruct the parkway next
                                                               paragraphs is not acceptable by the
                                                                                                  town government and officials, by our
                                                                                                                                                year because of a reported lack of funds.
                                                                                                                                                The DOT has said it plans to reconstruct
                                                                                                  community and certainly not by the            the interchange of the parkway and Route
                                                      Search for                                  families who lost their loved ones by
                                                                                                  accidents on the state highway named the
                                                                                                                                                6 in 2017, a project that would include the
                                                                                                                                                installation of a concrete median barrier

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                          Top Five Vegan Sources of Protein
By Crista Alfieri, CHHC, AADP                                   an equal amount of boiled peas has     with good fats, but they may not know that                                    1 bunch collard greens (or kale, spinach—
   It’s common knowledge                                        9 grams, and a cup of spinach has      they also provide protein. Peanuts, which are                               your choice)
that vegetarians refrain from                                   7 grams. Sweet potatoes also have      actually legumes, are far higher in protein than                              Your favorite toppings, such as salsa,
eating meat derived from                                        protein- approximately 5 grams         any of the nuts. One ounce contains about 6.5                               avocado or guacamole and sour cream
animals; the strictest of the                                   per one-cup serving.                   grams of protein. Sesame seeds are also high
vegetarians are called vegans.                                     2. Grains: Ancient grains are       in protein, providing the same amount of that                               Directions:
They eliminate meat and all                                     often forgotten foods, nevertheless,   nutrient as peanuts. Nut butters are also an                                   1.      In a medium saucepan, heat drained
animal by-products, including                                   they offer an enormous amount          excellent source of protein – almond, cashew                                beans. Add your favorite seasonings, if desired.
dairy, eggs and honey, from                                     of nutrition, including protein.       and peanut butter each have about 8 grams of                                   2.      Fill a separate medium saucepan
their diet. Depending on how                                    Quinoa provides about 9 grams          protein per two tablespoons.                                                with 1-2 inches of water and bring to a boil.
strict a vegan is, he or she                                    of protein per cup. Not only is it        5.      Protein Powders and Supplements:                                    3.      Wash and chop greens (you can use
will avoid any use of animal                                    a complete protein, containing         These are also good sources of protein; they                                the stems, too) and add to boiling water.
products, such as the wearing                                   eight amino acids, but it is easy to   come in powder or bar form. Be sure to look                                    4.      Cook for 2-3 minutes until greens
of leather and fur.                                prepare and extremely versatile. Other protein-     for high quality ingredients when purchasing                                are bright green and tender. Drain off water.
   One of the questions asked most frequently      rich grains include brown rice, millet, amaranth    protein powders and protein bars, as many                                      5.      On a plate, arrange a portion of the
of both vegetarians and vegans is, “How do         and oats.                                           contain unwanted chemicals and artificial                                   greens, top with a portion of the beans and
you get your protein?” Many people may be             3.      Legumes: These are technically           sweeteners. Any of the supplements such as                                  finish with toppings of your choice.
surprised that there are numerous types of         veggies, and have been a recognized source          hemp, spirulina and chlorella can be a great                                   Enjoy!
foods that deliver adequate amounts of protein     of protein for centuries. One cup of lentils has    addition to a smoothie; a serving of hemp
for the non-meat-eater.                            18 grams of protein! Pinto, kidney, garbanzo        powder, for example, contains about 11 grams
   Protein is an essential nutrient that plays a                                                                                                                                      crista is a certified Holistic Health coach,
                                                   and black beans each provide about 13-15            of protein.
key role in the body’s functions; too much of
the same type of protein, however, can cause
any of a number of diseases. It is important for
                                                   grams of protein per one-cup serving. Soy
                                                   beans provide about 28 grams of protein per
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All Good Things Around the House Will End, But When?
By Bill Primavera
   The harbinger of trouble
                                                                the wizard at my local
                                                                Silicon Valley shop who
                                                                                                  Why must all trusted                            10 years but it has a better chance if the
                                                                                                                                                  water is not hard or mineral-filled. To
ahead with any product or
appliance in the home is
                                                                at first thought it could be
                                                                the electrical connection,
                                                                                                  equipment and                                   lessen the effects of hard water, the tank
                                                                                                                                                  can be drained and flushed once a year to
usually just a little kink in its
operation. Once that whiz is
                                                                which he replaced. But
                                                                after he left, the shutdown
                                                                                                  appliances have so                              prevent mineral buildup, but who has time
                                                                                                                                                  to think about that?
heard or blip is seen, it’s only a
matter of time before the death
                                                                problem continued. When
                                                                he returned and opened
                                                                                                  limited a life span?                               The summation of the survey noted
                                                                                                                                                  that the results were based on average
knell inevitably tolls. The time
in between can produce great
                                                                up the computer again,
                                                                he proclaimed that the            Why can’t everything                            life expectancies. There are exceptions on
                                                                                                                                                  both ends of a product’s life cycle, much
anxiety, even anger, over being
betrayed by something we
                                                                problem was a failure in the
                                                                “mother” board.                   be made to last at                              like my Kenmore dishwasher that stopped
                                                                                                                                                  dead after only a year, but was mercifully
depend on.                                                         Feeling betrayed as I did                                                      capable of being repaired.
   Why must all trusted                                         by the trusted repository         least as long as we do?                            For now, I take comfort in the belief that
equipment and appliances                                        of my work for at least                                                           my Aunt Pearl’s sturdy adjustable desk
have so limited a life span?                                    six years, I denounced            by gas.                                         lamp will last longer than I. But I admit
Why can’t everything be made                                    the computer without                 Refrigerators should last from 14 to 17      every time I push the red button to turn it
to last at least as long as we                                  reservation as a different        years. I guess we’re very tough on ours         on, I hold my breath.
do? Would we ever grow tired                                    kind of “mother.”                 because each lasted less than 10 years
of the same old things hanging                                     At the same time, my           before problems developed, such as our            Bill Primavera is a residential and
around the house indefinitely?                                  television is experiencing        icemaker on speed.                              commercial Realtor® associated with
I think not.                                                    occasional        digitalized        Furnaces will usually last about 20 years.   coldwell Banker and a lifestyles columnist
   The only mechanical/                                         images in reception (I don’t      (although mine, installed 20 years before I     writing regularly as The Home Guru. For
electrical device that I have enjoyed           know how else to describe its quirk), the         bought my house, lasted another 25 years        those seeking advice on home maintenance
without interruption for many years is one      refrigerator’s ice cube maker is producing        with occasional replacement of the starter      or who want to buy or sell a home, visit his
of the biggest and earliest desk lamps made     a prodigious amount of cubes in a deep            and yearly maintenance)                         website,, or
with a technically brilliant flexible arm and   tray that must be emptied daily so that it           A hot water heater can wear out after        call him directly at 914-522-2076.
a rotating device on a base that is heavy as    won’t overflow and the light switch to my
solid lead. Even its twin fluorescent tubes     mudroom half-bath crackles if I dare to
seem to last forever. While every other         turn it on.                                                               Got a News Tip?
piece of equipment in my home office has           Curious about the life expectancy of                              Email Editor Rick Pezzullo at
eventually failed, this one has lived on to     common household products, I happened
see another working day, then another           upon a survey conducted recently by The                  
   The lamp originally belonged to my           Kiplinger’s Report on that very subject.
Aunt Pearl who gave it to my wife and me        The life expectancy of some items was

                                                                                                      Medical Alert
when she retired, telling us at the time that   surprising and others, from my personal
it was indestructible. She was right. It was    experience, incredulous.
already at least 30 years old at the time          Here are a few highlights from the
and we’ve put another 30 years into it. It      survey:

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has always stood next to my main office            Washing machines and dryers typically
computer du jour, which since my first          last 11 to 12 years, with top loading
primitive Wang has been replaced more           washers lasting a bit longer than front-
times than I can remember.                      loading models.
   Last week the latest edition of my              Dishwashers fare better, lasting
main computer began to shut down                an average of 13 years. (Here’s a tip:
unpredictably on its own. I panicked until      Dishwashers actually run better and                    Medical Alert
I found that I could get it to restart. But     longer if you use them regularly, otherwise            Monitoring
after an hour or two it would shut down
again and my unsaved work would be
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New Preschool/Daycare Opens in PV                                                               29      30      31
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  Lisa Montalto-Rodrigues (left) and Vera Iaconis are all smiles after cutting the ribbon          J        E        F        F       E        R     S      O        N
Aug. 18 to their new preschool/daycare center “Once Upon a Time” on Peekskill
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Hollow Road in Putnam Valley. The school will be open year-round and serve children
from infancy to elementary school ages. “We will have a ‘back to basics’ approach,”                A        T       E                 M A            U      L        E        D
said Montalto-Rodrigues, a former Lakeland Board of Education president who                     37                                                 38
formerly served as director of the former Flying Goose preschool and also worked at                B        A       Y                                 E     D        D O
the International Preschool. “We feel the name of the school reflects a back to basic
mentality, thus the traditional fairy tale theme.” Iaconis also worked at the International
Preschool. Interested parents should contact the school at (845) 284-2941 or by email                                                                        SMall neWS iS Big neWS
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Forensic Science Enters the Realm of the Vineyard
   “Thieves           Plunder                                Presenting the forensic       stolen in Antioch, Calif., 400 miles south       SH: It would be difficult to harvest nearly
Californian Vineyard.” This                                  viewpoint, in true CSI        of Oakley. This all sounds a bit peculiar to   3,000 clusters manually in a short period of
is a headline I came across                                  fashion, I’ll appoint an      me, my dear Mr. Williams.                      time. Not only that, but, using my powers
last week and it immediately                                 individual of utmost             BW: Mr. Planchon, 90 years old, farms       of observation, I’ve been able to deduce
piqued my curiosity. I’ve read                               reputation:       Sherlock    a well-known vineyard that dates to the        that Mr. Planchon had built a fence around
about other incidents of stolen                              Holmes. You can provide       early 19th century. He sells his grapes to     his vineyard, which was the only fenced-
grapes in other countries                                    your own visuals from the     Rosenblum Cellars, a highly regarded           in vineyard in the surrounding region. Oh
(notably France), however,                                   media; the houndstooth-       producer of Zinfandel wines.                   yes, the fence was six feet tall, making it
this incident was (somewhat)                                 capped Basil Rathbone            SH: No other thefts have been reported      quite difficult to maneuver sufficiently to
closer to home and had a few                                 personification,        the   recently in the specific or broader area of    carry off 1,200 pounds of contraband.
twists.                                                      disheveled         Robert     Oakley. Why did the thieves single out           BW: No suspects have been identified.
   Here’s my synopsis of the                                 Downey Jr. personification    this prized crop? How were they aware of       Anyone with information on the crime can
news story as reported in the By Nick Antonaccio             of a brilliant but slightly   its value and desirability? How did they       call county dispatchers at 925-646-2441
Contra Costa Times: A fourth                             unbalanced investigator, or       maneuver through the vineyard, seemingly         SH: Hmm, my dear Williams, could this
generation farmer in Oakley (northeast of any of the other 72 actors                                      aided only by flashlights,      possibly be an inside job? Perpetrated by
San Francisco and south of Napa Valley) who have portrayed Holmes                                         accumulating nearly 3,000       a disgruntled employee? Drunk workers?
reported that thieves stripped and carted in movies, television, radio                                    clusters of grapes?             An insurance fraud? Mind you, Williams,
away the grapes from 81 plants in his and theater.                                                          BW:       Mr.     Planchon    this is speculation at the moment. I must
vineyard. He startled them but they sped       BW: Mr. Planchon said he                                   estimates the haul was worth    continue my investigation in earnest. I
away in a pickup truck. The farmer, Stan drove down and found two                                         approximately $1,500.           will report back to you at an appropriate
Planchon, estimated the thieves absconded vehicles apparently being                                         SH: Perhaps. Zinfandel        interval.
with about 1,200 pounds of grapes.          used by the grape thieves and                                 grapes ripen later than other
   Several detailed facts in the article was able to park his truck to block one of        varieties. Given the weather conditions I’ve      Nick antonaccio is a 35-year Pleasantville
seemed questionable and led me to them.                                                    researched for the 2012 growing season, it     resident. For over 15 years he has conducted
speculate about the underlying premise of      SH: I find it strange that the blocked      is reasonable to assume that grapes on the     wine tastings and lectures. He is co-host
the story. Allow me to present a fictional vehicle, which incidentally was a pickup        vine in August are two weeks--or more--        of “Glass Up, Glass Down,” a local cable
dialogue analyzing the components of this truck with sufficient capacity to hold the       from achieving the desired level of ripeness   television series on wine and food; he also
news story.                                 stolen grapes, was able to escape when         to achieve a high market value. A certified    offers personalized wine tastings and wine
   Presenting all factual information, I’ll blocked by Mr. Planchon’s truck–and            winery would be aware of this, making the      travel services. Nick’s credo: continuous
appoint a trustworthy news broadcaster, didn’t damage his truck or injure him.             unripened grapes virtually unsalable, even     experimenting results in instinctive behavior.
who has a reputation for (mostly) unbiased The second vehicle was abandoned. I’ve          in the black market.                           You can reach him at nantonaccio@
reporting: Brian Williams, the current learned that it happened to be covered in              BW: The vehicle that escaped had no or on Twitter @
poster child for telling-the-facts-with- gasoline and was riddled with bullet holes.       apparent grape harvesting equipment on         sharingwine.
no-subjectivity-attached      broadcasting. Police have verified that this vehicle was     board or left behind in the vineyard.
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Tuesday, Aug. 28                            hosting a special summer blood drive.         Series will conclude with a performance      Native American dance, plus open-
  New Synagogue Members: The                Donors from all towns are welcome to          by Mike and Miriam Risko at 7 p.m.           hearth cooking demonstrations, games,
Yorktown Jewish Center, located at          participate. Pleasantville Firehouse,         at Engel Park, which is located across       live music and hands-on craft activities
2966 Crompond Rd., Yorktown, is             75 Washington Ave., Pleasantville.            from the Ossining Metro-North station.       for children. Philipsburg Manor, 381
offering a special deal for new and/        2:30 to 8:30 p.m. Info (including how         The free event will be held weather          N. Broadway (Route 9), Sleepy Hollow.
or former members to join/return to         to volunteer): 914-747-2408 or email          permitting.                                  10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $14. Seniors: $12.
our community. The Center offers                      Hilltop Hanover Events: A series of        Children (ages 3-17): $8. Children
many activities and fellowship. Call                                                      events are being held this weekend at        (under 3): Free. Also Sept. 2 and 3. Info
the Center office at 914-245-2324 for       Thursday, Aug. 30                             Hilltop Hanover Farm, 1271 Hanover           and tickets: 914-631-8100 or visit www.
more details, or go to http://www.             Walt Disney Film: The 1971 film            St., Yorktown, A farm stand, featuring                  “Bedknobs and Broomsticks” will be            fresh Westchester-grown vegetables is        Sunday, Sept. 2
  Farmers’ Market: The Putnam Valley        screened at 6:30 p.m. at the Ossining         open of Fridays from 2 to 6 p.m. and           Farmers Market: A farmers market,
Grange Farmers’ Market is held every        Public Library, 53 Croton Ave.                Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. U-Pick      which will be held every Sunday through
Tuesday from 3 to 7 p.m. at the corner of   Admission is free and the movie will          Vegetables are sold on Saturdays from        October except for Jewish holidays, will
Mill Street and Peekskill Hollow Road       be presented in the Budarz Theater. The       10 a.m. to 4 p.m.                            begin today from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the
(Adams Corners).                            film, which has a running time of 117           Sabbath Services:         During the       parking lot at Temple Beth Shalom, 760
  Senior      Benefits     Information:     minutes, stars Angela Landsbury. Info:        summer months of Daylight Savings            Route 6 (located at the corner of Croton
Trained volunteer counselors help           914-941-2416.                                 Time, the Yorktown Jewish Center,            Falls Road), Mahopac. Info: 845-628-
older adults and their caregivers find         Summer End Reading: Writopia Lab           2966 Crompond Rd., will begin Friday         6133.
information about government benefits       will hold an End-of-Summer student            night Sabbath services at 8 p.m. and           Healing Yoga: Yoga classes for
to help them stretch their budgets every    reading from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Little Joe’s   Saturday morning Sabbath services will       women with breast cancer are held at 5
Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the       Books, 25 Katonah Rd., Katonah. Info:         begin at 9:15 a.m. Everyone is invited       p.m. on Sundays at Hudson Yoga, 5 Old
John C. Hart Memorial Library, 1130 E. or 914-              to attend. Info: 914-245-2324 or www.        Post Rd. South, Croton-on-Hudson.
Main St., Shrub Oak. Get information        401-4159.                                                Weekly classes are being conducted by
on Medicare health and prescription            YJC Web Site: The Yorktown Jewish                                                       rotating instructors. The suggestion
plans, nutrition assistance, the Home       Center has launched a new Web site            Saturday, Sept. 1                            is $15. Info: Ellisha Simpson at 914-
Energy Assistance Program (HEAP),           at          Cookout and Cruise: Rhythm                 319-4010 or send an e-mail to info@
tax relief programs, and much more.         Features include a live status feed from      Brothers Line Dance Studio will present
Info: 914-245-5262 Ext.227 or http://       the synagogue’s Facebook page, which          Lets-Float-On, a three-hour cruise on          gives instant updates on events. The site     the Hudson River and cookout The             Tuesday, Sept. 4
  Checkmate: A chess program is held        is connected to the synagogue’s Google        cookout will be held at 5 p.m. at the           Yorktown      SEPTA      Fundraiser:
every Tuesday at 4 p.m. at the Ossining     calendar.                                     studio, 3199 Albany Post Rd., Building       Celebrate the last day of summer
Public Library, 53 Croton Ave. It is held      From a Child’s Perspective. Parents        37, Buchanan. The cruise will begin at       vacation with Twist Frozen Yogurt Bar
in the second floor conference room.        and children are invited to travel back       7:30 p.m. at the Charles Point marina, 5     & Sweet Shop, 2202 Saw Mill River Rd.,
Info: 914-941-2416 Ext. 336.                to the 19th century and explore the           John Walsh Blvd., Peekskill. Tickets are     Yorktown. Twist will donate a portion
                                            home of Washington Irving through             $55. Info: 845-494-0639 or 914-882-          of the day’s proceeds to Yorktown
Wednesday, Aug. 29                          a child’s eyes. Play games, hear stories,     2262.                                        SEPTA. SEPTA is the district wide
   Photography Exhibit: “Eclectic           race through a scavenger hunt, and              Overeaters Anonymous: Worried              Parent Teacher Association organized
Quintet,” a photography exhibition          participate     in   hands-on-activities,     about the way you eat? If food rules         to provide information and support
featuring works by photographers from       including a new craft each week.              your life, Overeaters Anony-mous             to parents and caregivers of children
the Westchester Photographic Society,       Washington Irving’s Sunnyside, 89 W.          may have the answer for you. There is        with special needs and general learning
is being held this month in the library     Sunnyside Lane, Tarrytown. 10 a.m. to 5       no weigh-ins, dues or fees. The group        challenges. Info: 914-588-4248 or www.
gallery at the Ossining Public Library,     p.m. $12. Seniors: $10. Children (3-17):      meets on Saturdays from 8:30 to 9:30
53 Croton Ave. Info: 914-941-2416.          $6. Members and children (under 3):           am at the fourth floor conference at the        Baseball Exhibit: “SPRING Fever,”
   Dog Park: Donations for the future       Free. Info: 914-631-8200.                     Graymoor Spiritual Life Center, 1350         a collection of vintage baseball items
Somers Dog Park, which will be located                                                    Route 9, Garrison. Info: call/text Lisa at   from guest curator Bob Mayer, is being
next to the town highway department         Friday, Aug. 31                               917-716-2488.                                exhibited through September at the
on Route 100, are being accepted.             Shabbat                 Service/School        Shabbat Services: Chabad of                Yorktown Museum, located on the top
Donations should be made to Town            Registration:. A Shabbat service will         Yorktown holds Shabbat morning               floor of 1974 The museum is open on
of Somers (put dog park on the memo         be held at 7:15 p.m. at the Hebrew            services at 10 a.m. at the Yorktown          Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
line) and mailed to: Town of Somers         Congregation of Somers, located at            Nursery School, 247 Veterans Rd (next        Commerce St. Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig,
Dept. of Parks and Recreation, PO Box       Cypress Lane and Mervin Drive. Also,          door to the VFW, and across the street       Roger Maris, Mickey Mantle and Sandy
46, Somers, NY 10589.                       the synagogue has announced that              from the running track). Kiddush             Koufax are just a few of the players
   Every Day Summer Activities.             registration for its Hebrew school,           luncheon is provided following the           represented. Info: 914-962-2970.
Special activities for kids every weekday   which begins on Sept. 9, is underway.         services. All are welcome, no affiliation
through August. Wednesdays: Board           Info: 914-248-9532.                           necessary. Hebrew/English prayer
Games; Thursdays: Puzzles; Fridays:           Dance Party: Hip Hop Dance Parties          books will be available. Services are
Lego Day; Mondays : Drop-in Art;            with Christian Morel will be held on          held on the first Shabbat of each month.         The      Northern     Westchester
Tuesday: Put on your own puppet             Fridays from 6 to 7 p.m. this summer at       Info: 914-962-6600 or go to www.               Examiner is happy to help spread the
show. Ruth Keeler Memorial Library,         the Energy Movement Center, 925 South                            word about your community event.
276 Titicus Rd., North Salem. 12 to 5       St., Peekskill. The suggested donation is       Green Corn Festival. Explores                Please submit your information
p.m. Free. Info: 914- 669-5161 or www.      $10, but no one will be turned away for       the history and culture of the area’s          at least three weeks prior to your              the classes. Info: 914-930-1504.              Native American residents. Enjoy               event to Neal Rentz at nrentz@
   Blood Drive. The Pleasantville             Ossining Waterfront Concert: This           folk tales, song and storytelling and a
Volunteer Fire Department will be           summer’s Ossining Waterfront Concert          participatory presentation of traditional
24                                                          August 28 - September 3, 2012                            The Northern Westchester Examiner

‘King Henrik’ Inspires Kids to Keep Dreaming
                                                                                                        By Faith Ann Butcher
                                                                                                        Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist had an active presence
                                                                                                        at the first Henrik Lundqvist Hockey ProCamp over the
                                                                                                        weekend at Brewster Ice Arena in Brewster. Over the two-
                                                                                                        day workshop Lundqvist worked hands-on with the young
                                                                                                        hockey players—giving them pointers, camaraderie and
                                                                                                        words of encouragement.
                                                                                                        “It is important to dream and set goals,” said Lundqvist to
                                                                                                        the campers. “Then as you reach a goal you create another
                                                                                                        one.” He even encouraged the handful of female players to
                                                                                                        dream of making it to the NHL.
                                                                                                        The camp, which had players from age 7 to 15, featured
                                                                                                        skills clinics, scrimmages and drills.
                                                                                                        During a specialized clinic for goalies, Lundqvist spoke
                                                                                                        about the importance of staying focused while in the
                                                                                                        goal—not dwelling on a bad move or getting too elated on
                                                                                                        a good save. “It is not good to allow yourself to feel too
                                                                                                        high or too low, because that is when you let your guard
                                                                                                        down. You have to let those moments roll right off of you.
                                                                                                        Your team is depending on you.”
                                                                                                        There were almost hundred campers on the ice and dozens
                                                                                                        of players where from Westchester and Putnam. There
                                                                                                        were some who traveled from as far as Colorado and Texas.
                                                                                                        “This was the first camp that he has ever done that had his
                                                                                                        name attached to it,” said Steve Santini, owner of Brewster
                                                                                                        Ice Arena. “He took that very seriously and was actively
                                                                                                        involved with the kids during the entire camp. They all
                                                                                                        looked like they were having fun out there.”


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