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Pleasantville Mulls Private Garbage Collection
Changes Pondered to                                                                                          The mayor added that while the village
                                                                                                          values the work of its employees, includ-
                                                                                                                                                                is a responsibility on our part to see if it’s
                                                                                                                                                                worth the cost.”
Cut Spending, Taxes                                                                                       ing those in the Sanitation Department,
                                                                                                          the threat of spiraling costs is forcing of-
                                                                                                                                                                   A meeting involving village and union
                                                                                                                                                                officials has been scheduled for this week,
By Martin Wilbur                                                                                          ficials to look at various options. Aside             he said.
   The Village of Pleasantville is exploring                                                              from the looming truck expense, Scherer                  A regional CSEA representative said
the possibility of hiring a private carter                                                                said there is a possibility Pleasantville             last week that if the village is looking for
for its residential sanitation pickup as offi-                                                            could save several hundred thousand dol-              comparable service in a private carter it
cials search for ways to limit spending and                                                               lars a year on salaries and operating costs           is likely to be disappointed. Jennifer La-
hold down property taxes.                                                                                 by hiring an outside company.                         dlee, a communications specialist for the
   Mayor Peter Scherer confirmed that                                                                        “Everything’s on the table, “ said Scher-          CSEA’s southern region in New York,
the Civil Service Employees Association,                                                                  er, who maintained that no decision about             which includes Westchester County, said
the union representing the five workers in                                                                the Sanitation Department’s future has                most other municipalities that have abol-
the village DPW’s Sanitation Department,                                                                  been made. “There’s no truth that we’re               ished in-house garbage pickup have been
was notified last month that there was a                                                                  going after anyone or anything but there                                      continued on page 2
plan to look at alternative ways to collect
   Scherer said the proposal was triggered
because the village will soon be faced with
having to replace two of its garbage trucks
                                                   Pleasantville Mayor Peter Scherer confirmed last
at a cost exceeding $400,000. Before Pleas-
                                                   week that the village is considering using a private
antville commits to spending the money,
                                                   carter to hold down expenses.
officials want to evaluate the village’s sani-
tation program and whether the service
can be provided less expensively by using          were to help the bottom line, he said. Cur-
private carters.                                   rently, the Sanitation Department only
   Another possibility is for the village to       serves residences while businesses need to
make commercial trash pickups if that              hire private firms for trash collection.

Interviews for Mt. Pleasant
Town Board Hopefuls Begin
By Neal Rentz                                        Both Russell and Nicholson said they
                                                                                                                                                                                   PhoTo CoURTESy oF REd CRoSS
   With the appointment of former Coun-            were generally pleased with the direction
                                                                                                             Red Cross workers unload blankets, tarps, kitchen and hygiene kits distributed by the american
cilwoman Joan Maybury as interim super-            of the town and were seeking to join the
                                                                                                             Red Cross in haiti. Efforts throughout Westchester continue this week to raise more money to bring
visor last week, the Mount Pleasant Town           board to give back to the people of Mount
                                                                                                             much-needed supplies to the scene of the devastation.
Board has begun interviewing candidates            Pleasant.

                                                                                                               Communities Unite to
to fill the seat she vacated.                        Russell, a 56-year-old case manager
   At the Jan. 19 town board work ses-             for the New York State Insurance Fund
sion, council members interviewed two              in White Plains, who unsuccessfully op-

                                                                                                              Provide Haiti Relief Aid
of the hopefuls competing for the open-            posed Rep. Nita Lowey in the 18th Con-
ing for the remainder of 2010: Republican          gressional District race in 2008, said he
Jim Russell and Democrat Jim Nicholson,            would like to see aesthetic improvements
both Hawthorne residents. On Feb. 2, the           at the Hawthorne Metro-North station.
town board is slated to interview Denis            In addition, “there should be at least one
                                                                                                             By Martin Wilbur                                   donate money along with musicians and
                                                                                                                Fundraising efforts large and small             students scheduling events, contribu-
McCarthy.                                          working (pay) phone for safety sake” at
                                                                                                             continued throughout Westchester last              tions poured in from nearly every com-
   Maybury said last week that seven resi-         the station, Russell said.
                                                                                                             week as various organizations, houses of           munity.
dents are seeking the open seat, with the            Russell mentioned that he would not
                                                                                                             worship and residents organized drives                While the Westchester chapter of the
board scheduled to appoint the new coun-           seek major changes if appointed to the
                                                                                                             to assist Haiti earthquake relief.                 American Red Cross had yet to calculate
cil member next month. On Election Day,            town board.
                                                                                                                From the ongoing text messaging cam-            the donations it has collected during the
voters will choose an individual to fill the         “I like the town the way it is,” he said.
                                                                                                             paigns to merchants banding together to            past two weeks, its office has been flood-
seat for the final year of Maybury’s un-             Russell said he has participated in sev-
                                                                                                                                                                                     continued on page 4
completed four-year term.
                                                                              continued on page 2
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                                                                                 January 26--June 9, 2008 2010                                                                            The Examiner

Pleasantville Mulls Private Garbage Collection
continued from page 1                          the village was looking to get rid of its           meeting! They want to do this, and after all           ever, there should be a holistic evaluation
disappointed. Ladlee said that not only        sanitation department. While skepti-                is said and done, they will tell the residents         of all village spending items so that the
does a municipality have to endure work-       cal of the possible savings that could be           about it and then notify us with the new               areas with the largest impact can be
ers who are unfamiliar with the commu-         achieved, the letter questioned why of-             rules and regulations! We will be left with            reviewed first.”
nity but that local control is lost.           ficials were considering ending a well-             no say and our opinions simply won’t mat-                 She also said she wondered whether
   “You have a lot of municipalities that      functioning department and expressed                ter.”                                                  officials have taken the impact of cutting
have outsourced their sanitation services      concern for the employees who would                    Julie Anderson, one resident who is                 the jobs of municipal employees, some of
and it’s something that a lot of municipali-   likely lose their job.                              skeptical, said while she applauds the ef-             whom are village residents.
ties have come to regret,” she said.              Furthermore, the letter argued that              forts to hold down spending there doesn’t                 Scherer said that Pleasantville having its
   But Scherer pointed to the Town of          the board has been planning the possible            appear to have been much analysis on                   own sanitation staff is a positive but not
Mount Pleasant, which uses a private cart-     change in secret without discussing the             where else to cut expenses.                            when it becomes obvious that the service
ing company. He said it has been favorable     matter during a public meeting.                        “As a village resident who pays tax-                is significantly more expensive than what
both in level of service and controlling          “The disturbing part of this whole thing         es, I fully understand the need for the                taxpayers can afford, it is time to look at
costs.                                         is that the village is not making this known        village to look at all expenses in an effort           a change.
   The issue surfaced recently after an        to its residents,” the letter stated in part. “It   to best manage the financial impact,” An-                 “ What good would it do if taxes are go-
anonymous letter circulated stating that       has never even been brought up at a town            derson stated. “In order to do this, how-              ing to continue to skyrocket,” he said.

Interviews for Mt. Pleasant
Town Board Hopefuls Begin                      tor would be helpful to Mount Pleasant,
continued from page 1
                                               adding that he’s able to “talk to people on
eral volunteer roles, including serving on
                                               different levels.” If appointed to the town
the community advisory boards for the
                                               board, Nicholson said he would invite
Hawthorne Cedar Knolls School and The
                                               representatives of area corporations to
Pleasantville Cottage School.
                                               see how they could help the town and the
    “You’ve been a great advocate for the
                                               school district hold down spending.
community,” Maybury told Russell.
                                                  He also is concerned that many of his
   Nicholson, a 51-year-old carpenter, was
                                               neighbors have been forced to leave town
a member of the town’s Architectural Re-
                                               because of spiraling taxes and job losses.
view Board and served on the Recreation
                                               One way to hold down town spending is
Commission for seven years. Nicholson
                                               requiring that all municipal employees
said he became interested in the town
                                               pay for a portion of their health insurance
board seat after learning that Robert Mee-
                                               premiums. “You like to see families stay
han was planning to leave the supervisor’s
                                               here,” Nicholson said.
office to become county attorney.
                                                  Though he is a Democrat, Nicholson                  Young Artists on Display
   Nicholson also mentioned that the
                                               said he was not concerned with party la-               The Pleasantville Children’s Center’s annual art show, an exhibit featuring the creations of the
quality of life in Mount Pleasant is good.
                                               bels. “I vote for the right person for the             school’s two-, three- and four-year-old classes is once again on display at the Mount Pleasant
“I think the town’s in good shape,” he said
                                               job,” he said.                                         Public Library in Pleasantville through this Friday. The artwork relates to a specific book read by
   The 25-year town resident, said his pre-
                                                  “We certainly want to keep somebody                 each class and each piece reflects the classes’ interpretation of the book.
vious experience as a union administra-
                                               like you,” Maybury told Nicholson.

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Controversial Winery Owner Sets Sights on Washington
By Anna Lillian Moser
   Tom DeChiaro believes he’s exactly
                                                                                                    ‘They’re certainly not                                      nesses in such a way, DeChiaro said, will
                                                                                                                                                                help them to expand, creating job growth
what’s needed to push the needle in the
right direction. The Yorktown business-                                                             doing a good job over                                       as well as stimulating the economy.
                                                                                                                                                                   “You need to be able to give them the tax
man is throwing his hat into the ring for a
shot at the 19th Congressional District seat,                                                       there and so it’s time to                                   relief they need to invest in their businesses
                                                                                                                                                                and create jobs because that will stimulate
making him one of a number of candidates                                                                                                                        the economy.,” DeChiaro said. “Right now
coming out of the woodwork. The district                                                            get people elected who                                      with all of these tax increases and this over-
is currently represented by two-term in-                                                                                                                        whelming spending in the government, it’s
cumbent John Hall, a Democrat.                                                                      are going to listen to                                      very difficult for small businesses to survive.
   “I’ve been thinking about it for four                                                                                                                        I’m sort of like the poster child for that. I’m
months now and talking to a lot of people,                                                          what the people want.’                                      going through that at the local level.”
and thought, instead of just being one of the                                                                                                                      DeChiaro said that he’s concerned that
people who identify the problem, I’d have                                                           TOM DECHIARO                                                cap-and-trade on CO2 emissions would
to take action,” DeChiaro said. “They’re                                                                                                                        lead to the United States paying billions of
certainly not doing a good job over there                                                                                                                       dollars to other countries.
                                                                                                    David McFadden, a former mayor in Tux-
and so it’s time to get people elected who                                                                                                                         “I think we need to work on emissions at
                                                                                                    edo Park, is also reportedly interested in
are going to listen to what the people want.                                                                                                                    our own pace where it’s economically fea-
                                                                                                    the position.
   DeChiaro, a Mahopac resident, is best                                                                                                                        sible without having American dollars go
                                                                                                       DeChiaro said that if elected, he would
known in Yorktown as the owner of the                                                                                                                           to other countries,” DeChiaro said. “That’s
                                                                                                    focus on three main areas: health care, job
Winery at St. George, an upscale establish-                              anna LiLLian MoSER PhoTo                                                               wrong.”
                                                                                                    creation and cap-and-trade for CO2 emis-
ment located in the former St. George’s         Tom deChiaro, pictured here in december, hopes                                                                     DeChiaro added that rather than pay
Episcopal Church, a stone building sitting      to become the 19th Congressional district’s next                                                                other countries, tax relief should be given
                                                                                                       DeChiaro believes that health care is too
on Route 6 in Mohegan Lake.                     representative.                                                                                                 to individuals, small businesses and corpo-
                                                                                                    large and too multi-faceted an issue to sim-
   The winery, however, is not actually                                                                                                                         rations as an incentive for compliance.
                                                                                                    ply be rectified in one sweeping bill.
open.                                                                                                                                                              DeChiaro describes himself as a “center-
                                                                                                       “It’s a large problem that if you try and
   DeChiaro renovated the building, which       tential congressional run,” DeChiaro said,                                                                      right Republican, and believes that his con-
                                                                                                    tackle all at once [it] can have overwhelm-
is located in a residence zone, without re-     adding that he worked for DSCI, a New                                                                           servatism will appeal to voters. DeChiaro
                                                                                                    ing consequences, unforeseen consequenc-
ceiving proper town permits or appearing        Jersey-based defense contractor, which had                                                                      said that too many times Hall has voted
                                                                                                    es that can seriously impact our country
before the town’s zoning board for a zon-       him meeting with officials and lobbyists in                                                                     blindly along his party’s lines.
                                                                                                    and our economy and our job creation,”
ing change, a move that eventually led to       Washington D.C.                                                                                                    “I think he’s just voting the Nancy Pelosi
                                                                                                    DeChiaro said. “I think our approach
DeChiaro bringing a $30 million dollar             DeChiaro is just one of a handful of Re-                                                                     agenda and I don’t think the American
                                                                                                    should be a more incremental approach to
lawsuit against the town in 2008, claiming      publicans interested in unseating Hall for                                                                      people are very much interested in that
that officials had consciously conspired to     the 19th Congressional District seat, which                                                                     agenda, especially now,” DeChiaro said.
                                                                                                       DeChiaro said that the government
prevented his business from opening.            comprises parts of five counties. The dis-                                                                         DeChiaro said that he’s interested and
                                                                                                    should tackle health care through small
   “Having viewed the dilemma that I had        trict includes all of northern Westchester,                                                                     excited to sit down with Republican and
                                                                                                    pieces of legislation., such as allowing citi-
in Yorktown trying to open my business,         including Mount Kisco. Last fall, Dr. Nan                                                                       Conservative party officials from all of the
                                                                                                    zens and companies to shop around for
and having to deal with the bureaucracy         Hayworth of Bedford announced she would                                                                         counties within the district, which includes
                                                                                                    insurance between states and eliminating
and stuff, it was very frustrating, so I got    run for the seat. A moderate Republican,                                                                        parts of Dutchess, Westchester, Rockland
                                                                                                    penalties for citizens with pre-existing con-
very much involved with the political pro-      Hayworth’s political ideology is very much                                                                      and Orange counties and all of Putnam
cess,” DeChiaro said. In 2009, he formed a      like former Congresswoman Sue Kelly’s,                                                                          County. DeChiaro added, however, that
                                                                                                       “I think health care reform is really a 10-
political action committee called People for    who Hall unseated in 2006. Last week Re-                                                                        should the parties nominate a different can-
                                                                                                    year fix over time,” DeChiaro said.
Honest Government (P4HG).                       publican Neil DiCarlo, a chief compliance                                                                       didate, he would support their decision.
                                                                                                       DeChiaro believes the federal govern-
   “That’s how I transitioned from the po-      officer of Advanced Equities Services Cor-                                                                         “I think I bring a lot to the table,” De-
                                                                                                    ment needs to play a larger role in easing
litical landscape in Yorktown, and how I        poration who lives in Brewster, said he, too,                                                                   Chiaro said. “Good or bad, the winery has
                                                                                                    the burden of small businesses by introduc-
got involved there, and how I got to a po-      is “definitely running.” In Orange County,                                                                      given me a lot of public exposure.”
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Communities Unite to Provide Haiti Relief Aid
continued from page 1                                                                                                               a global disaster relief organization that has                       In another effort last weekend, the CYO       United States in 1978.
ed with calls from residents looking to help,                                                                                       pledged $15 million in aid to Haiti.                              basketball program at St. Patrick’s Church          “We couldn’t sit by while so many people
said Abigail Adams, the chapter’s communi-                                                                                             Swatz said the restaurant has previously                       in Armonk raised about $4,600 through a          are suffering,” said Nadeje Halperin. “The
cations director.                                                                                                                   spearheaded smaller fundraising efforts, but                      bake sale, said North Castle Councilman          heartbreaking scenes unfolding in front of
   Similar to chapters across the country,                                                                                          the level of devastation has motivated her to                     Michael Schiliro, who participated in the        us are made worse with the knowledge that
the Westchester chapter is assisting the                                                                                            try to organize a drive on a larger scale.                        event. In addition to selling goodies baked      their pain will continue for years to come.”
American Red Cross mobilize teams to get                                                                                               Accel Printing will be donating its ser-                       by local families, all the proceeds through         The suggested $10 donation for the con-
vital supplies, such as medicine and bottled                                                                                        vices to print and distribute flyers that will                    admission, sales of other refreshments and       cert, featuring Halperin’s band, Work of Art,
water, into Haiti, part of the more than 500                                                                                        list the participating business throughout                        donations as well as the bake sale will be do-   urban folk and jazz artist K.J. Denhert, and
tons of Red Cross aid that have been sent to                                                                                        the village. Graphic design services were                         nated to Partners in Health, anon                Broadway stars Craig Schulman and Tamra
the earthquake-ravaged capital of Port-au-                                                                                          donated by Ted Plonchak of 914Graphics.                              Schiliro said visitors were buying brown-     Hayden, will also be donated to Partners
Prince.                                                                                                                                “Hopefully, it’ll be a good incentive for                      ies and other treats for as much as $50 and      in Health, a registered nonprofit organiza-
   Although the Westchester Red Cross had                                                                                           people to come to Mount Kisco on that day                         $100.                                            tion that has provided medicine and trained
not dispatched any local volunteers to Haiti,                                                                                       and spend a little time around Mount Kisco                           “With all that’s going on with people with    medical staff to Haiti since 1983. It is sched-
Adams said, the outpouring of support has                                                                                           and visit their favorite shops,” Swatz said.                      the economy and everything, people still         uled for 8 p.m.
been impressive.                                                                                                                       Chamber of Commerce Executive Ja-                              rally,” he said. “They step up.”                    Maintaining the music theme, Green-
   “There are people holding fundraisers.                                                                                           net Deane said the cutoff for businesses to                          At Fox Lane High School, students set         burgh Town Clerk Judith Beville, along
People are coming up with all sorts of ways                                                                                         sign up to appear on flyers was last Friday,                      up a coin drop box in several locations and      with two town employees, have organized a
to try and support the Haiti relief effort, and                                                                                     but the roughly 150 organization members                          through Jan. 22 had collected $1,100 in          fundraiser for this Friday. From 11 a.m. to
we’re so proud to be part of it,” Adams said.                                                                                       and nonmembers are welcome to sign on                             spare change.                                    5:30 p.m., local bands and musicians will be
   One effort taking place this Friday is in                                                                                        throughout the week. Those who are unable                            Meanwhile, Yorktown residents Art and         performing in the lobby of town hall.
Mount Kisco, where the Chamber of Com-                                                                                              to donate 10 percent of their may also put                        Nadeje Halperin are organizing a benefit                 Beville said that visitors to town hall
merce is supporting an idea proposed by                                                                                             out donation canisters for customers.                             concert Sunday night, “Stand for Haiti,” at      can make voluntary donations, all of which
Natalie Swatz, general manager of Bellizzi                                                                                             “The community of Mount Kisco is a                             the Paramount Center for the Arts in Peek-       will be donated to the AFYA Foundation,
Restaurant on Main Street. Participating                                                                                            very close-knit and caring community who                          skill. Art Halperin is an award-winning          with a chapter in Hastings and Yonkers, that
merchants will donate 10 percent of their                                                                                           wants to help. Having merchants and cus-                          songwriter, singer, composer, producer           brings health care and health professionals
profits from sales on Jan. 29 to the Stam-                                                                                          tomers band together to aid in this effort is                     and artist whose wife was born and raised        to countries around the world, including
ford, Conn.-based AmeriCares Foundation,                                                                                            what Mount Kisco is all about,” Deane said.                       in Port-Au-Prince. She immigrated to the         Haiti.

North Castle Looking to Encourage More Outdoor Dining
By Martin Wilbur                                                                                                                    taurant owners have shied away from out-                             A critical change that is being proposed      to move into town this year, Roth said ap-
  A North Castle councilwoman is press-                                                                                             door seating because of the expense and                           is for the requirements to be relaxed that       proving the change would show that the
ing to have the approval process eased for                                                                                          time-consuming appearances required                               has held down the number of seats an es-         board is receptive to new proposals.
restaurant owners seeking outdoor din-                                                                                              before the various town boards.                                   tablishment can place outside, Roth men-            “When a new idea comes in they’ll
ing that would allow proprietors to obtain                                                                                             As long as the restaurant adheres to the                       tioned. Currently, restaurant owners have        be willing to listen to it,” she said of the
the extra seating with fewer hurdles and                                                                                            zoning code the Building Department                               been limited to using 25 percent of their        board. “I really feel the town board now
greater speed.                                                                                                                      would be able to sign off on the outdoor                          total floor-area ratio for outdoor seating.      is going to open up to new ideas as they
  Diane Roth, the board’s liaison to the                                                                                            seating, Roth said.                                               That could be increased to 100 percent,          come in.”
Armonk Chamber of Commerce, said last                                                                                                  “I’m really excited about it. This is just                     she said. If so, the typical establishment          Supervisor William Weaver said that
week that with outdoor restaurant seating                                                                                           one of many changes that the town board                           that has had room for only one or two            the board is likely to entertain discus-
having become increasingly popular in the                                                                                           is considering,” said Roth. “We’re always                         tables outside may be able to fit three or       sion on the new outdoor seating at its first
warm weather months, it could help spur                                                                                             trying to reinvent and improve ourselves                          four. The board may also recommend that          meeting in February.
business if more eateries opted to include                                                                                          as a town because we have to compete                              restaurants coordinate the furniture.
the extra seats. In recent years, many res-                                                                                         with other towns.”                                                   With several new restaurants planning

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Bellizzi Owner Makes Girl’s Wish Come True
By Martin Wilbur                                                                                                                                                   cleaning.
   In the more than seven months since                                                                                                                                Next, Albanese’s staff cooked up some
Lily Restivo was diagnosed with leukemia,                                                                                                                          thin crust bacon and egg and spinach, pep-
she’s been forced to stay home most of the                                                                                                                         pers and egg pizza. The adults ate most of
time. That means home tutoring instead                                                                                                                             it but it didn’t really matter since Lily was
of school with her friends, having few play                                                                                                                        having plenty of fun in the game room.
dates and only going outside when her                                                                                                                                 “I was more excited than (Lily) was
doctors give her permission. because they                                                                                                                          for her to come here,” he explained. “You
are afraid of her catching viruses.                                                                                                                                don’t get an opportunity to affect some-
   During that time Restivo has dreamed                                                                                                                            body’s life like that.”
about visiting Switzerland and Hershey                                                                                                                                Since June, Lily Restivo, who lives with
Park, going on a Disney Cruise, meeting                                                                                                                            her parents in Scarsdale, has been under-
Salina Gomez and going to Bellizzi, her                                                                                                                            going chemotherapy. David and Natasha
favorite restaurant.                                                                                                                                               Restivo said last spring their daughter was
   While most of those dreams will have                                                                                                                            preparing for an ice skating competition
to wait, on Sunday morning, Isi Albanese,                                                                                                                          in New York City, when her legs started
owner of Bellizzi on Main Street in Mount                                                                                                                          to hurt. At first, her parents thought that
Kisco, was able to deliver on one of those                                                                                                                         it might have been a result of either ill-
wishes. Albanese opened his restaurant                                                                                                                             fitting skates or too much training.
for Lily, her parents, David and Natasha,                                                                                                                             But when they soon realized that she
and a few friends so they could play in the                                                                                                                        couldn’t walk they knew something was
game room and munch on some breakfast                                                                                                                              wrong. Despite the blow, David Restivo
pizza that his staff cooked up. The morn-                                                                                                                          said the family is grateful that the prog-
ing party was all on the house.                                                                                                                                    nosis is good. It is expected that Lily will
   “It’s wonderful,” said David Restivo of                                                                                                                         need two years of treatments but about 90
Albanese’s generosity. “The things people                                                                                                                          percent of children her age with leukemia
will do to give her the opportunity to do                                                                                                                          make a full recovery.
something. She stays at home quite a bit                                                                                                                              “I hate to say it but if you had to have
as a result of this.”                          Lily Restivo, left, and a friend look on as one of Bellizzi Restaurant’s staff members show the girls how to toss   something it’s the best you can get at this
   “She was talking about it the whole         a pizza pie. Bellizzi opened on Sunday morning to allow Restivo, diagnosed last year with leukemia, to visit the    point,” he said.
week,” beamed her mother Natasha.              store and play in the restaurant’s game room. doctors have recommended that she not come in contact with               Despite the painful treatments and the
   The get-together was organized after        too many children for fear of getting viruses or other illnesses, which could jeopardize her recovery.              sacrifices needed, the Restivos are happy
Judy Farrell, a member of the Westchester/                                                                                                                         that they’re able to focus energies on rais-
Hudson Valley chapter of the Leukemia                                                                                                                              ing awareness for the disease and look to
                                               er wishes until she was healthy enough,                    ite and didn’t hesitate to make her wish
& Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training                                                                                                                              keep a regular routine. Aside from her
                                               Farrell realized that she could help make                  come true. His crew sanitized the premis-
program, met Albanese through fellow                                                                                                                               home studies, Lily Restivo continues to
                                               a trip to Bellizzi a reality.                              es before closing on Saturday night, a typi-
John Jay High School teacher Christine                                                                                                                             take at-home piano lessons.
                                                  Albanese said he was flattered that Lily                cal task, but then came back early Sunday
Bueti, who is was related to Albanese.                                                                                                                                “We try to make this as normal as pos-
                                               Restivo would pick his place as her favor-                 morning to complete an extra round of
While Lily would have to wait on the oth-                                                                                                                          sible,” David Restivo said.

It’s a Knitzvah: Chappaqua Group Knits For Charity
By Joan Gaylord                                as they are about knitting.                                                                                         ask each knitter to say a prayer or
   A dozen women gathered in the social           In the year and a half since the                                                                                 cherish healing thoughts while
hall of Temple Beth El in Chappaqua last       Corps began, they have made hats                                                                                    working on their knitting to ben-
week. Equipped with knitting needles,          for soldiers in Israel and ear-warm-                                                                                efit the recipient.
yarn and an abundance of love, they put        ers for day workers in Mount Kisco.                                                                                    Unlike other knitting projects,
their hearts and hands together to bring       They knit dozens of squares that are                                                                                members of The Knitzvah Corps
comfort to others.                             sewn together to make afghans to                                                                                    plan to keep these shawls close to
   The women are members of The Knitz-         comfort children in Africa orphaned                                                                                 home. When finished, they intend
vah Corps, a group that gathers and knits      by the AIDS epidemic, and they knit                                                                                 to give them to Temple Beth El’s
for others. The name is a variation on the     long strips that became lap robes                                                                                   rabbi, Joshua Davidson, to com-
Hebrew word mitzvah, generally trans-          to share with patients in a nursing                                                                                 plement his work at the temple.
lated to mean “a good deed.”                   home in Yonkers.                                                                                                       “We’ll let the rabbi decide who
   “Stitch and Bitch just didn’t seem right       One month, some of the members                                                                                   should receive a shawl,” said one
for a temple,” laughed one of the women.       knit the tiniest of baby blankets, only                                                       Joan GayLoRd PhoTo member. “He knows who needs
   Each month, the knitters decide upon        12 or 15 inches square, for a perina- Lucille Goldsmith (right) shares a laugh with Cathy dreilinger, the founder help, if they are sick or sick at
a project. As they work, the women talk        tal bereavement group sponsored by of The Knitzvah Corps, which meets monthly in Chappaqua.                         heart.”
and laugh. They unwind by relating their       White Plains Hospital Center. The                                                                                        The Knitzvah Corps, which
personal joys and challenges and help one      blankets will be used to swaddle                ing in a national project known as “The                             gathers on the third Wednesday
another find ways to put the pieces of their   stillborn infants so the parents can hold       Shawl Ministry.” Started more than 10                      evening of each month from September
lives back together.                           their babies and say goodbye. Afterwards,       years ago, the ministry shares kitting pat-                to June, is also an inclusive group. The
   They stay up to date on each other’s        the families can take the blankets home         terns that may be used without charge as                   knitters don’t have to be a temple member
families and health issues and readily set     with them as keepsakes to comfort them          long as the shawl is given away uncondi-                   or even be Jewish to participate. Even an
down their needles to pick up a photo-         as they grieve.                                 tionally. Shawls made from the patterns                    ability to knit well isn’t a prerequisite as
graph someone has passed around the cir-          “That one was sad,” shared Hilary Kent.      are intended to bring comfort, but also to                 the women share knitting instruction as
cle. Cathy Lewis Dreilinger, the founder of    “Not everyone could do that one but it          recognize a long heritage of women help-                   easily as they share laughter.
the group, said the meetings are as much       was important.”                                 ing others.                                                   “The group is simply people who care
about friendship and a sense of sisterhood        Currently, the women are participat-            The originators of The Shawl Ministry                   about others,” said Dreilinger.

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     Maybury Takes Over Reins in Mount Pleasant
     By Neal Rentz                                                                                                                                                       who have been contacting the supervi-
        The changing of the guard in Mount                                                                                                                               sor’s office and looking forward to work-
     Pleasant became official last week as the                                                                                                                           ing with me this year, different constituent
     town board voted unanimously to appoint                                                                                                                             groups and people who have issues that
     veteran Councilwoman Joan Maybury as                                                                                                                                need to be addressed this coming year.”
     supervisor.                                                                                                                                                            Maybury mentioned that she would
        Maybury, 54, succeeded Robert Mee-                                                                                                                               emulate Meehan’s governing style—a fis-
     han, who led the town for 20 years. Mee-                                                                                                                            cal conservative with an open-door poli-
     han was tabbed last month by Westchester                                                                                                                            cy, a strong problem solver and providing
     County Executive Rob Astorino to be-                                                                                                                                constituents with the services they deserve
     come county attorney and was officially                                                                                                                             in a way that makes sense.
     appointed by the Board of Legislators on                                                                                                                               “We can’t certainly afford to expend any
     Jan. 19.                                                                                                                                                            more money than we are right now with
        At a special Jan. 20 meeting witnessed                                                                                                                           the tax burdens the way they’re going,”
     by her family members and town employ-                                                                                                                              Maybury said. “That’s what I’m going to
     ees, Maybury was chosen as interim su-                                                                                                                              try and do.”
     pervisor. Following the meeting, Maybury                                                                                                                               Over the years, Maybury said she has
     said she was excited about her chance to                                                                                                                            developed “a great personal relationship”
     lead the town.                                                                                                                                                      with Meehan. “I’ve admired him tremen-
         “Today’s a wonderful day because we                                                                                                                             dously as supervisor,” she said. “I don’t
     are finally moving forward in a very tan-                                                                                                                           think it was in my wildest (dreams) that
     gible way,” she said.                                                                                                                                               he would be able to swear me in as super-
        Maybury waited until Jan. 25 to take                                                                                                                             visor.”
     over the position on a full-time basis. Un-                                                                                                                            Prior to the town board’s vote to select
     til taking a leave of absence, which took                      Joan Maybury was sworn in as Mount Pleasant supervisor on Jan. 23. Presiding was former Supervisor   Maybury as supervisor, she was praised by
     effect on Jan. 22, Maybury was an elemen-                      Robert Meehan, left, and Maybury’s husband George. The ceremony was attended by several family       her town board colleagues.
     tary school teacher in the Mount Pleasant                      members, friends and residents. Maybury’s former third-grade class and many parents from Columbus       “I look forward to working with you
     School District for the past 11 years.                         Elementary School in Thornwood also attended.                                                        very much,” Councilman Thomas Sialiano
        “Through the month of January I’ve                                                                                                                               said.
     kind of been doing both roles as a teacher                                                                                                                             Maybury has been a town board mem-
     and deputy supervisor. So now I can dedi-                        On her first full day on the job, May-            “get to know them on a more personal ba-         ber since first elected in 1991. She had
     cate all my efforts to this one responsibil-                   bury walked through town hall to shake              sis because we’ll be working together very       been deputy supervisor since 2004, and
     ity, which I’m very much looking forward                       everyone’s hand. She said she wanted to             closely for the next few months. Then I’m        also served in that capacity in 1993, 1996,
     to,” she said.                                                 reintroduce herself to town employees and           going to make some phone calls to people         1998, 1999 and 2001.

     Schools Face Tough Times if State Aid Cuts Hold

     By Sam Barron                                                  she said. “I’m hoping the number is re-             governors typically don’t cut state aid in       have to tap into its fund balance once
        School districts are facing another dif-                    duced through a reasonable process at               election years.                                  again to avoid raising taxes significantly.
     ficult budget season and know exactly                          the state level.”                                      “The challenge for us is how much we            Pleasantville Superintendent Dr. Don-
     who to blame.                                                    Chappaqua Superintendent Dr. David                project,” Fleishman said. “This won’t get        ald Antonecchia said the district will still
        Gov. David Patterson’s budget propos-                       Fleishman said that the district antici-            done for a while. Given the severity of          receive it’s full building aid and will be
     al, released last week in Albany, will see a                   pated a cut in state aid but believes that          the state’s deficit, we were not surprised       evaluating the impact of the loss of state
     cut in state aid for school districts across                   the legislature will put more money in              at amount of reduction.”                         aid as they go through the budget pro-
     the state, with Westchester districts being                    for education. Fleishman said he was                   Fleishman said the district will likely       cess.
     hit particularly hard.                                         surprised by Paterson’s initiatives, since
        In the governor’s proposal, the Pleas-
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Winter Farmers Market a Hit in Mount Kisco
By Joan Gaylord                                                                                                                                           jor highways, making it convenient and ac-
   Locally grown produce in the middle of                                                                                                                 cessible to a broad cross-section of shoppers.
winter is no longer a luxury for area shop-                                                                                                                  “Many people are coming into town to
pers. Community Markets, the organiza-                                                                                                                    shop anyway,” he said.
tion behind the popular weekend farmers                                                                                                                      Though only open since Jan. 9, the win-
markets that dot the county from spring to                                                                                                                ter market appears to be fitting comfortably
fall, has opened an indoor winter market                                                                                                                  into the village’s business community. Janet
on Saturdays at the Boys & Girls Club of                                                                                                                  Deane, executive director of the Mount Kis-
Northern Westchester in Mount Kisco.                                                                                                                      co Chamber of Commerce, said she knows
   “We try and provide the highest quality                                                                                                                of no resistance from local businesses and is
food from vendors who are as local as we                                                                                                                  unaware of any negative comments. Though
can get,” said Susan Coyne, a Community                                                                                                                   limited town parking frequently poses a
Markets representative.                                                                                                                                   challenge for shoppers, Deane said there is
   The Mount Kisco market, with more than                                                                                                                 ample parking at the Boys & Girls Club. Its
a dozen vendors, boasts a bounty of choices                                                                                                               location just beyond the main downtown
including “roots and fruits” —winter veg-                                                                                                                 commercial strip insures it does not con-
etables and fruits—a variety of breads that                                                                                                               tribute to any weekend traffic congestion.
vendors promise to bake the night before,                                                                                                                    Community Markets, which has operat-
artisinal cheeses produced on a family farm                                                                                                               ed farmers markets since 1991, prides itself
in the Finger Lakes region and even locally                                                                                          Joan GayLoRd PhoTo   on helping to strengthen local communi-
prepared pickles and wine.                     More than a dozen vendors every weekend sell fresh produce, breads, cheeses and other products at          ties. Coyne has planned an entire season of
   Ken Migliorelli, of Migliorelli Farms in    the winter farmers market at the Boys & Girls Club in Mount Kisco. The market will be open each Saturday   events to bring neighbors together, includ-
Dutchess County, said they would be sell-      from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through May 22.                                                                      ing cooking demonstrations, recipe contests
ing apples and pears kept in cold storage                                                                                                                 and speakers. She said the first Saturday of
since the autumn harvest. Migliorelli also                                                                                                                every month would feature live music.
has apple cider and pear cider they made on    market benefits the club in beyond the                The farmers market, Skanes noted, is also               “This is not just about shopping,” said
their farm and, come springtime, will offer    rental fee they collect for the use of their          consistent with the club’s goal of supporting        Coyne. “The market is also recreational.”
early season salad greens.                     gymnasium. The market draws new people                healthy life choices.                                   The Mount Kisco Winter Farmers Mar-
   “I wouldn’t have thought you could get      into the facility, customers who may return              Holding the winter market at the Boys &           ket will be held at the Boys & Girls Club of
this selection of produce in the middle of     to participate in the club’s programs or be-          Girls Club also serves the larger community,         Northern Westchester every Saturday from
winter,” said Brian Skanes, executive direc-   come financial supporters of the club’s mis-          Skanes added. The facility is within walking         9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through May 22. Since it’s
tor of the Boys & Girls Club.                  sion to provide educational and recreational          distance of several residential neighborhoods        indoors, the market will be held rain or
   Skanes said the opportunity to host the     programs for youngsters in the community.             in Mount Kisco, and near bus routes and ma-          shine—and snowfall, too.

No. Castle Town Board to Discuss Farmers Market This Week
By Martin Wilbur                               Carthy appealed to Supervisor William                    “I’m all for a farmers market but I’d like        no feedback from the Chamber of Com-
  For the first time since a proposal was      Weaver and the board to publicly discuss              to see the impact on the local businesses,”          merce. No decision will be made by the
defeated last spring, the North Castle Town    the matter if it was considering the estab-           said Councilman Michael Schiliro.                    board at Wednesday’s meeting but the su-
Board is scheduled to formally discuss this    lishment of a market this spring.                        Weaver said that is one of the key issues         pervisor said there was still time to prop-
week bringing a farmers market to town.           While several town board members                   facing the town, along with location. It will        erly evaluate proposals and bring a market
  The issue, which was rekindled a couple      agree with the concept of a farmers market            likely need to be in downtown Armonk for             to town this year.
of months ago by Christopher Carthy, a         coming to town, one of three council mem-             it to have the desired impact of bringing               “I imagine if we can get something go-
Democratic candidate for supervisor last       bers who voted against last year’s proposal,          customers to the commercial district, he             ing within the next month that would be
year, is on the agenda for the Jan. 27 town    said he wants to be sure that merchants are           said.                                                enough time,” Weaver said.
board meeting. At the board’s last meeting,    not harmed.                                              On Monday, Weaver said there was still

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                                                  As most of us go through various stages         pundits of all stripes are constantly harp-    proposal right away when presented to
                                               of our lives, we learn over the years that         ing how government is addicted to spend-       the Civil Service Employees Association
    adam Stone                                 often it’s not what is said that offends oth-      ing. How we must do more with less. How        in early December. If not at the start, then                 ers but how it is spoken.                          our elected officials must look for fresh      sometime soon after it should have been
    Publisher                                     In recent weeks, the Village of Pleasant-       approaches and not be wedded to the            discussed at a public meeting. Pleasant-
                                               ville has experienced a variation of that          ways of the past.                              ville is too small a community for secrets
    Martin Wilbur                              theme—sometimes it’s not what you do                  Sometimes it’s spot on, other times the     that affect so many people to stay under                but how you go about pursuing it.                  observation fails to take in to account the    wraps for long.
                                                  That may be the best way to describe the        mandates and the contractual obligations          As a result, an almost predictable anon-
    neal Rentz                                 proposal officials are exploring that could        the public sector is saddled with.             ymous letter began circulating. At that                 result in the village abolishing its five-            Pleasantville’s Sanitation Department,      point the village lost control of the discus-
    Assistant Editor                           employee Sanitation Department. In the             which is part of its Department of Pub-        sion paving the way for rumor. That serves
    amy Borrelli                               weeks and months ahead village residents           lic Works, has five dedicated employees        no one well.
    Barbara R. Glennon                         must listen closely to what changes, if any,       and their families stand to be deeply af-         In the letter, perhaps the greatest criti-
    Ebru harper                                are made for trash collection, whether             fected. That must not be underestimated.       cism isn’t faulting the village for consider-
    Copy Editors                               Pleasantville sticks with an in-house pro-         But there are also roughly 7,200 residents     ing a change but rather its secrecy. Who-
    Bill Primavera                             gram or finds a less expensive alternative         who will be affected as well. As far as any-   ever was responsible for the communica-             by hiring a private carting firm. Or tries         one can tell, there have been few to no        tion got that right.
    Real Estate Editor                         something else.                                    complaints about the quality of sanitation        Regardless of how this issue plays out,
                                                  There should be no fault with the village       service provided so there are bound to be      hopefully the village government will cor-
    Brian Kluepfel
                                               board examining all its options. After all,        plenty of questions.                           rect its misstep and provide the critical
                                               with the finances of New York State and               The miscalculation that village officials   information to the public on this issue as
    Music Editor
                                               the country in dire straits, politicians and       made was failing to go public with the         soon as it becomes available.
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    Emily Exton                                  On Feb. 9, Northern Westchester voters           opposition to Andy Spano’s housing settle-     his track record. How many more promises                 will have an opportunity to send a strong          ment Mr. Harckham played the old po-           should we allow him to break before we re-
    Keenan Steiner                             message to New York State Assembly leader          litical game by voting with the Democratic     alize that he will bring more of the same to               Sheldon Silver and help end the cronyism           leadership, rather than with his conscience,   the assembly majority?
    Reporters                                  in Albany that has brought runaway taxes           thereby turning his back on the commu-            If we hope to save our schools and make
                                               to Westchester County. We should all re-           nity he represents.                            Westchester affordable, we need to fix the
    Billy Boguski                              call why we went to the polls in November             After Adam Bradley decided to leave the     broken political system in Albany by elect-
    Photographer                               and re-commit ourselves to voting again in         assembly seat to become mayor of White         ing a tough, principled reformer like Mr.
                                               the special election on Feb. 9 to elect Bob        Plains, when the backroom smoke cleared        Castelli.
    annette van ommeren                Castelli, a tough, dedicated reformer as our       Mr. Harckham was seen abandoning a post                                Edward P. Mahoney
    Advertising Designer                       representative in the 89th District.               he had been elected to barely a month be-                               Former Supervisor,
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    Ray Gallagher                              Mandate to Purchase Health Insurance is Off Base                Edwin Heideman’s letter (‘Congress’             tices many people want to avoid?               idea: if health insurance is mandatory how
    Sports Reporter/Photographer               Health Care Plan an Unconstitutional In-              Many aspects of the new medical man-        about making it free?
    Steven Corvino                             trusion,’ Jan. 5-11, 2010) is valuable for call-   date are worse than nothing. Freed from           True, under the mandate certain drugs,               ing attention to two faults of the national        competition against the no-insurance op-       x-rays, procedures and implants might be-
    Zach Smart                                 health care “reform” under preparation: the        tion, may not insurers further standardize     come cheaper or free. Pharmaceutical and                 requirement that everybody buy medical             and reduce the number of accepted treat-       other medical tech companies will still get
    Sports Reporters                           insurance and the secrecy, with a whiff of         ments? May not they become stricter about      profit increases, subsidized by insurance-
                                               misrepresentation.                                 their members’ personal lives? May not it      premium payers, taxpayers and an increase
    nick antonaccio                               Most people want health insurance. And          become harder for members to opt out of        in users. One argument for goading more            those who don’t have it only because of the        “recommendations” from aspirin to vita-        people into using their products will be
    annemarie Mac Sweeney                      cost, should get premium discounts, steep          mins to psychotropic drugs to marijuana        “you already paid me for them.” Will not            enough to enable them to get it without            to microchip implants to just-approved         such companies influence insurers’ deci-
    Contributing Columnists                    sacrificing something else or getting into         no-track-record vaccines to--even without      sions about what to cover? Out of pocket,
                                               (or worsening) financial trouble.                  government or centralized death panels--       might what’s called “less treatment” often
    Jamie opalenik                                But some people shun health insurance           death hastening?                                            cost more than what’s called
                                               for good reasons. Examples include saving             In addition, currently many                              “more treatment”?
    Marketing Director/Editorial Coordinator   money for treatments and health mainte-            people manage both saving/pay-
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    Paul Cardi                                 nance counseling not covered by promi-             ing for uncovered care/counsel-     Column                  misrepresentation. Have we                 nent insurers and avoiding pressure to             ing and buying standard insur-                              been told the real reason for the
    Senior Account Executive                   conform to practices, lifestyle choices and        ance because their insurance                                new medical mandate? We
    Mark Jeffers                               life-and-death decisions that have been de-        comes from their employer at a scarcely        need health care “reform” because premi-                   clared “correct.”                                  visible portion of their income. But with      ums cost too much and insurers cover too
    Business Development Consultant               People who want health insurance should         medical insurance officially “affordable” if   few treatment options. We are told that the
    nikki Gallagher                            be able to afford it. But those who do not         it costs up to 13 to18 percent of one’s in-    mandate’s purpose is to address these is-                  want any health insurance option available         come, may not many fiscally concerned          sues. But it allows those problems to per-
    Account Manager                            to them should not be required to buy it.          employers feel they have no choice but to      petuate and in some cases get worse. Is its
                                                  True, crafting the mandate does include         raise employees’ premiums to those levels?     real purpose to advance profits and the
    Interns alex Pietrocola, Tony Cella        some good proposals: no rejection for pre-         Furthermore, the mandate will allow high-      agenda of certain social engineers?
                                               existing conditions, no lifetime cap and           er premiums for older people, with the old-       This should concern the “left” as well as
                                               permission to buy insurance across state           est being charged three times the base.        the “right.” Some critics of the new medi-
                                               lines. But will insurers shove those with             Education is compulsory, but everybody      cal mandate call it socialism. But is it not
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                            Staci Toporek
                   Baby Planner, Chappaqua
                                      By Martin Wilbur

       n her circle of friends, Staci Toporek   Working through largely word-of-mouth,
       was the first to get married and start   Toporek networked to create associations
       a family. So it was only natural that    with area merchants, doctors’ offices and
       when it was time for Toporek’s friends   tradesmen who either list her service or
to have children, they would turn to her for    who she calls upon to assist her clients.
advice.                                            “I am your concierge,” Toporek said.
    Whatever questions they had, Toporek        “People just call me when they need me for
was there to provide a helping hand or          anything that’s related to leading up to the
words of encouragement to ease their wor-       birth of a baby or after. “                    Staci Toporek with her husband, Jeff, and two sons, Jake and Max.
ries.                                              In many ways, the start of Mommy’s
    “I’ve always been the go-to girl for many   Wooby, named because virtually every
years,” she said. “They’ve always just asked    child–and mom–needs a security blanket         on-the-job training provided the ground-              istry. As Toporek mentioned, “I’m there to
for my expertise and I’ve given it to them      or “wooby,” was a natural progression for      work for her new venture. Less than a year            relax the mom.”
and loved it. They know I have a passion        Toporek. She remembered that as a young        after college, she married her husband, Jeff,            “I give them choices,” Toporek said. “I
for this.”                                      girl growing up in Forest Hills, Queens, she   who works in the financial industry, and              don’t make the decisions for them unless
    Toporek’s passion for helping others who    would naturally gravitate to the moms in       they moved to San Francisco for two years.            they ask, which they do, but I give them
are overwhelmed by an impending birth of        the park with babies, almost as much as she    During her time out west she worked for               choices.”
a child was so great that she decided to use    gravitated to her own friends.                 Worldcom.                                                The launch of Mommy’s Wooby also
her acquired knowledge and life experi-             For most of her time at NYU, where she        Upon the couple’s return to New York,              coincides with Toporek having some ex-
ence to start her own business. For several     graduated with a degree in education and       Toporek was a substitute teacher in the               tra time, now that both of her sons are in
months Toporek has been advising clients,       communications, Toporek was the regular        Scarsdale School District but never pur-              school all day. But she also doesn’t want
but it was only about two weeks ago that        babysitter for a couple with three children.   sued a full-time position: Her first son, Jake,       her operation to grow too fast. After all,
she officially launched the Mommy’s Woo-        It wasn’t just on Saturday nights that she     came along when she was 26. Less than two             Toporek still wants to be a “wooby” for
by Web site, a baby-planning concierge          looked after the three youngsters–she reg-     years later her second child, Max, arrived            her own children, whether it’s to help with
service for the expectant parent. Whether       ularly helped the family Monday through        and she preferred to stay home with them.             homework or to be there to ask them how
it’s advising moms about the basics of          Thursday evenings. The couple, with which         With so many mothers-to-be who are                 their day was when they come home.
changing diapers and sterilizing bottles; or-   Toporek remains close, wondered whether        busy and uncertain about various aspects                 “I want to be the best baby planner out
ganizing a nursery; customizing a registry;     she would be overwhelmed but that was          of preparing for a child, Toporek has found           there. But I have to be careful of what I
or baby-proofing a house, Toporek guides        never a problem.                               a niche to help. Some of her clients are              want to wish for,” she said.
mothers and couples through what can be            “We really established a lifelong friend-   from the area, but many are busy working                 To learn more about Mommy’s Wooby,
a nerve-wracking period.                        ship,” she said. “So it was more than just a   moms in the city who want everything to               contact Toporek at (914) 450-9787, e-mail
    She also helps families plan baby showers   job.”                                          go smoothly, particularly with tasks that   , or vis-
and baby-naming parties, although that is a        Toporek may not have known it at the        they can control, such as designing an ap-            it
small portion of her business at this point.    time, and it may be a decade later, but that   propriate nursery or listing items on a reg-

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Police Blotter
              Mount Kisco                      possession of marijuana, a misdemeanor,        was arrested for DWI at about 7:30 p.m.             Jan. 19: A 14-year-old boy with a serrated
   Jan. 15: A caller reports a group of        at 5:01 p.m. on Main Street near the public    on Nannyhagen Road in Thornwood. The             knife he had obtained from the kitchen
disruptive individuals congregating in         library. The two individuals were seen         officer, who stopped the driver for speeding,    was subdued by school administrators in
Borders Books parking lot at 8:40 p.m.         rolling a marijuana cigarette.                 detected a strong odor of alcohol. She was       the main administrative building on Old
Officer directs the group of youths to            Jan. 21: A 30-year-old Mount Kisco          held in the local lockup until sober and         Orchard Road in North White Plains at
disperse and the individuals comply.           male was arrested at 11:13 p.m. following a    then released on her own recognizance.           2:38 p.m. following a dispute in the gym
   Jan. 16: A petit larceny was reported       domestic dispute on Barker Street.                Jan. 18: A 31-year-old West Harrison          with another student. The boy was taken
at 12:13 a.m. at Grand Prix New York. A                                                       man was arrested on one count each               into custody
caller stated that $100 was taken out of his                 Pleasantville                    of criminal mischief and third-degree               Jan. 20: Complainant came into
pocket while hanging in the locker room.          Jan. 18: Two Bronxville residents, aged     burglary after he allegedly forced his way       headquarters at 12:45 p.m. to report that
   Jan. 18: A 49-year-old Hawthorne man        19 and 21, and a 20-year-old New York          into the Holy Name of Jesus School on            she was bitten on the forehead by the
was arrested on a bench warrant for a          City resident was arrested on Hopper Street    Broadway in Valhalla. The school had been        family’s dog while staying last weekend
previous offense.                              at 8:10 p.m. for possession of marijuana, a    burglarized two other times during recent        at her father’s girlfriend’s residence.
   Jan. 19: A 69-year-old Mount Kisco man      violation.                                     months. The suspect was arraigned in town        Complainant stated she had attempted to
was arrested at 3:52 a.m. on two counts           Jan. 20: A 23-year-old Mohegan Lake         court and is being held on $10,000 cash          get rabies vaccination information from
of criminal possession of a weapon in the      resident was arrested at 2:11 a.m. for DWI     bail. An investigation is continuing.            the woman’s ex-husband, the owner of the
fourth degree. The suspect was reported        on Pleasantville Road.                                                                          dog. The owner provided documentation
to be acting suspiciously on Main Street.         Jan. 20: A Pleasantville woman was                         North Castle                      of rabies vaccination.
After approached by an officer he was          arrested at 11:48 on Bedford Road, for           Jan. 17: A caller reports at 11:40 a.m. that      Jan. 21: A complainant from Leisure
found to be in possession of a cane sword      filing a false police report. The woman, who   an ex-employee of her husband, is calling        Farm Drive reported at 3:08 p.m. that she
and a loaded 177-caliber air pistol.           stabbed herself, claimed that her neighbor     and demanding that he prescribe her drugs.       had a dispute with her stepbrother and that
   Jan 19: Two Mount Kisco men, ages           did it.                                        The ex-employee has called repeatedly and        he threatened her and hit her dog with a
24 and 30, were arrested for criminal                      Mount Pleasant                     has threatened to slit the wife’s throat and     guitar. Officer responded and reported the
                                                 Jan. 15: A 58-year-old Ossining woman        called her a whore.                              matter was adjusted.

James Finan                                    band, John, of Valhalla; two brothers, Wil-    on Jan. 22.                                      treasurer. As a longtime member of Sleepy
   James M. Finan, of Hawthorne, died on       liam (Maureen) Finan, of Valhalla, and            She was 80.                                   Hollow Country Club, she very much en-
Jan. 17 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Suf-     John (Ann) Finan of Hawthorne; and two             Huguenot is survived by her son, Mi-         joyed playing golf and bridge.
fern.                                          sisters, Jeanne (Vincent) Tobin, of Upper      chael, and other loving family members,             Marxreiter is survived by two sons,
   He was 68.                                  Saddle River, N.J., and Patricia (Peter)       Christine Huguenot, Eric and Michelle            Ronald and Robert, one daughter, Amy
   Finan was born on Nov. 3, 1941, to the      King of Montville, N.J. He is survived by      Sherr, Ken and Camille Syno, Joseph and          Courtney, four grandchildren and three
late William and Margaret Finan in White       four cherished grandchildren, Jonathan         Connie Musto, Philip Musto, Virginia             great-grandchildren. Her husband, Max,
Plains. He proudly served in the U.S.          and Arianna Palmiero and Anthony and           Galvin, the Hurley Family, the Callaghan/        died on August 8, 2003.
Army during the Vietnam War. He was a          Daniella Fair.                                 Mullane Family and grandchildren, Ni-               Visitation was at Hawthorne Funeral
union carpenter.                                  Visiting hours were at Hawthorne Fu-        cole, Joseph, Steven, Robert, Michael,           Home, on Jan. 20. Funeral services were
   Finan was predeceased by his devoted        neral Home on Jan. 19. A Funeral Mass at       Kenneth, Kristin, Heather and Elyse.             held at the Briarcliff Congregational Church
wife, Lucille, (nee DelGaudio) Finan, in       Holy Rosary Church in Hawthorne was              Visiting hours were Jan. 24 at Beecher         on Jan. 21 with interment following at Co-
2009. He is survived by his loving chil-       held on Jan. 20 with interment following at    Funeral Home in Pleasantville. A Mass            pake Cemetery in Copake, N.Y. Memorial
dren, James Finan, of Hawthorne, and           Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne.          of Christian Burial was held on Jan. 25 at       contributions can be made in her memory
his fiancee, Sandra Herbst, Michael Finan                                                     Holy Innocents Church in Pleasantville           to the Briarcliff Congregational Church.
and his wife, Andrea, of Hawthorne, Rob-       Jane Huguenot                                  followed by burial at All Souls Cemetery.
ert Fair and his wife, Lucille, of Blauvelt,     Jane Zazen Huguenot, a registered              In lieu of flowers, donations in Hugue-
N.Y., and Kimberly Palmiero and her hus-       nurse and retiree of Jacobi Hospital, died     not’s memory to the Byram Hills High             Carol Sordini
                                                                                              School Youth Against Cancer would be               Carol Sordini died peacefully at Phelps
                                                                                              appreciated. Donations may be sent to 12         Memorial Hospital on Jan. 17.

                                                                                              Tripp Lane, Armonk, N.Y. 10504.                    She was 92.
                                                                                                                                                 Formerly of Pleasantville and the Bronx,
                                                                                              Alice Marxreiter                                 Sordini was born on July 9, 1917, in New

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                                                                                                 Alice L. Marxreiter, of Briarcliff Manor,     York City. She is predeceased by her par-
                                                                                              died on Jan. 17 at her residence. She was        ents, Anna and Alfred Izzo; her brothers,
                                                                                              84.                                              Dr. Charles Izzo, Mario F. Izzo (lost at

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                                                                                                 Marxreiter was born in Hudson, N.Y.           sea in 1944); her husband, Peter Sordini;
                                                                                              on Oct. 1, 1925, to Rossman D. and Flor-         and her precious granddaughter, Anne
                                                                                              ence M. Hedges Leach. She was a graduate         McDonnell. Sordini is survived by her
                                                                                              of Pleasantville High School, Middlebury         daughter, Dianne Sordini, of Pleasantville,
                                                                                              College and Katherine Gibbs Secretarial          and many nieces and nephews.
                                                                                              School. She had worked for advertising             She was a daily Communicant at St.
                                                                                              companies in New York City and Time              John’s (Kingsbridge) and Holy Innocents
                                                                                              Magazine before leaving to raise her fam-        Roman Catholic Church where she was
                                                                                              ily.                                             a member of the Rosary Altar Society.
                                                                                                 In 1950, she married Max Marxreiter           Sordini devoted her life to the care of her

                                                                                              and first lived in New York City, then Os-       family. Call hours were at Beecher Funeral
                                                                                              sining and Briarcliff Manor. Marxreiter          Home. in Pleasantville on Jan. 20. A Mass
                                                                                              was an active, longtime member of the            of Christian Burial was celebrated on Jan.

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                                         Mount Kisco
                                           By Jamie Opalenik

           s soon as you walk into the          members,” Brady said.
           Mount Kisco Athletic Club, you          Mount Kisco Athletic Club prides itself
           are greeted with a warm “Hello”      on being an excuse buster. It opens early,
           and a big smile. If you are in the   closes late and offers childcare, eliminat-
reception area for a few minutes, you are       ing some of the typical excuses. The club
sure to encounter a familiar face.              also offers affordable membership rates.
   “We are not only a part of the commu-        Recognizing that everyone has different
nity and have strong ties to it, but there is   fitness needs, rates are tailored to indi-
also a sense of community inside the club,”     vidual lifestyles. There are junior, adult                      ested in their workouts. “There’s never a                     Road. Plans are still before the planning
said General Manager Tom Brady.                 and senior rates, along with packages for                       lack of imagination; we try to tap into the                   board, but Brady is optimistic an approval
                                                families, single parents, corporations and                      talents of our staff,” said Fitness Director                  will be granted this year.
‘I love the classes here                        nonprofit organizations. The club also of-                      Kathy Margiasso. “We have a staff mem-
                                                                                                                ber now that is thinking about putting to-
                                                                                                                                                                                 To learn more about Mount Kisco Ath-
                                                                                                                                                                              letic Club, visit or
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and have become what                               The Share the Health program rewards
                                                referrals. An existing member receives a
                                                                                                                gether a freshman 15 program for when
                                                                                                                kids come home from college.
                                                                                                                                                                              call 914-242-9760.

I call a ‘spinaholic.’ ”                        $10 monthly discount when he or she re-
                                                fers someone who joins the club.
                                                                                                                   “The knowledge and education of our
                                                                                                                staff is superior, and we care about the

                                                    “With this program, you can end up
                                                with a free membership,” said Brady, “I
                                                                                                                members as a whole. We help them with
                                                                                                                what they need, not just what they want.                         ICELANDIC
                                                like having the members participate. I wel-                     We help them make manageable, bite-size                                     Fireplace Co.
   Brady, 52, took over as general manager      come it. In this time of economic struggle,                     goals,” Margiasso said.                                           Pre-cast Modular Masonry Fireplace
in 2008, and knows what members are             we really try to encourage members not to                          Brady said he not only has a top-notch                                and Chimney Systems
looking for.                                    give up their memberships. That would be                        staff, but he gets outstanding support                                      Enjoy the
    “I have been a member of the club           putting their health second.”                                   from owner Rick Beusman, who allows                                Benefit of a Real Fireplace!
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member empathy and the idea of what             al classes for beginners—spinning, yoga,                        a gym and as a key member of the com-
members want,” he said.                         weight training and Zumba.                                      munity. They participate in local organi-                       ICELANDIC             = 1/2 the price
   The club offers close to 70 group classes,      “I love the classes here and have become                     zations’ and charities’ fundraising drives                       High insulation makes heating efficient
childcare, plenty of equipment and per-         what I call a ‘spinaholic,’ “ said Kay Thom-                    as well as being an active member of the
sonal training. Brady said that even with       as, 67. “I also have plans to take the Yoga                     Mount Kisco Chamber of Commerce and
all the club has to offer, what sets it apart   101 class.”                                                     Rotary Club. This Sunday, Jan. 31, the club
from most other gyms is the array of per-          Thomas joined the staff six months                           will host a Spin and Zumbathon to raise
sonalities.                                     ago after the gym she worked at abruptly                        awareness and money for Doctors With-
   “What makes this club are the members        closed. “The friendliness of staff and mem-                     out Borders.                                                    Sizes and designs for any application.
and the staff. They are so welcoming and        bers here was so welcoming. They gave me                           Continuing the club’s goal of looking                           NOBLECRAFT CONSTRUCTION
helpful to newcomers. Other members             immediate acceptance,” she said.                                to improve its program, the Mount Kisco
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      Author Callahan
       Speaks Out on
     Health Care Reform
                                  By John F. McMullen

              ost Americans want im-           Half of all bankruptcies are now attrib-
              proved healthcare, but the     uted to medical bills.
              issue isn’t so much what the     $2.4 trillion is spent annually on health-
              public wants, but how to       care.
achieve that goal.                             Medicare will be bankrupt in 7 years.
   On the day after the Massachusetts spe-     Healthcare is more expensive in the
cial senatorial election threw the fate of   United States than any place in the world.
healthcare reform into uncertainty, Dan-     Europe spends one-quarter the rate per
iel Callahan, author of “Taming the Beast:   person than the U.S.
Why Medical Costs Are Destroying Our           Medical technology is used much more
Health Care System,” spoke at St. Theresa’   in the U.S. than other parts of the world,
s Roman Catholic Church in Briarcliff        and half of the annual increase in medical
about healthcare reform.                     costs in attributed to the increased use of                                                                                              JiM CaSEy PhoTo
   “I am for a single-payer government-      technology.                                    author daniel Callahan speaks to a crowd about health care and insurance on Jan. 20 at St. Theresa’s
run system, but think that this will never     Callahan said there are four issues that     Church in Briarcliff. at right is Kenneth Woodward, newsweek’s former religion editor and director of the
happen,” Callahan told the audience at the   must be considered. First is organizational    church’s ongoing lecture series.
outset.                                      and managerial, “how to fix an inefficient
   In addition to his books, Callahan is     system and get more information into the
founder of the bioethics-focused Hastings    system,” he said.                                 Finally, how does the country get                  ties for technologically oriented healthcare
Center in Garrison, which he established       Next is the political and ideological as-    through the present situation, Calla-                 should begin with children, remain high
in 1969, having served as the center’s       pect, he said. The United States is the only   han asked. There is too much money to                 with adults during their working life (25
president for 27 years. He is now a senior   major country without universal health-        be made under the present system, and                 to 65), and then decline with the elderly.
scholar at Yale University and co-director   care. About half of healthcare dollars are     many are reluctant to change. There will              He said that 25 percent of healthcare is
of the Hastings-Yale Program in Ethics       spent in government-run systems, such as       be higher and higher co-pays and deduct-              spent in the last year of life, and that this is
and Health Policy.                           Medicare and VA hospitals, which work          ibles, as the healthcare system has shown             for 5 percent of the insured.
   Callahan said that while a large major-   “pretty well,” Callahan said.                  an unwillingness to control costs.                       Callahan also said the fastest-growing
ity of Americans—about 80 percent—             In comparison, there are two types of           In his research, Callahan said has never           age group in the country is those over 85,
agree that healthcare should be improved,    European systems—tax-based (England            met an administrator, doctor or insurance             and that half of children born today can
there are no easy solutions. He pointed      and Canada) and social health insurance        company that would take less money nor                expect to live to over 100. Therefore, deci-
out some of the current problems that face   (France, Belgium and Switzerland), but         a patient who would take less service.                sions need to be made on how to spend
the country:                                 other countries work harder at controlling        “We do know that we can’t keep letting             limited resources and to find ways to en-
   There are 50 million uninsured Ameri-     prices. U.S. costs rise nearly twice as much   costs rise and rise,” he said.                        sure strict cost control in the delivery of
cans, and the number increases by about      annually as Europe, he said.                      Callahan said his view is that the priori-         services.
one million a year.                            Then there are ethical issues of to take
   The percentage of employers providing     into consideration, and what needs to be
health insurance to employees has de-        done to make an affordable and accessible
clined in recent years from 70 to 50 per-    system that is satisfactory to all, Callahan
cent.                                        posed.

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Latest Westchester TweetUp Raises Funds for Haiti
By Chris S. Cornell                                                                                                                                         other example of the power of social me-

                                                                                                                                                            dia. The organizers were looking for a way
            nyone looking for proof of the                                                                                                                  to help in the aftermath of the Haiti earth-
            power of social media needed                                                                                                                    quake, and they had gotten to know Shel-
            to look no further than the third                                                                                                               terBox team member Yi Shun Lai at the
            Westchester TweetUp, at the Ja-                                                                                                                 first two TweetUps held last year. Lai used
cob Burns Film Center’s Media Arts Lab in                                                                                                                   social media extensively as a way to amplify
Pleasantville on Jan. 21.                                                                                                                                   her communications efforts.
   The event brought together more than 80                                                                                                                     “ShelterBox has been using social media
people interested in learning more about                                                                                                                    to its advantage during this highly impor-
how to communicate their message through                                                                                                                    tant time,” said Lai. “Since social media is
various forms of new media. It also fea-                                                                                                                    now regarded as a place to get quick news,
tured a keynote address by “Be the Media”                                                                                                                   it makes sense that our home office would
author David Mathison as well as network-                                                                                                                   use this medium to quickly and easily
ing opportunities for guests. This was the                                                                                                                  document the moment our boxes hit the
third event organized by Westchester140, a                                                                                                                  ground, for instance, and that we would
group of six Westchester residents that pro-                                                                                                                use another account to quickly update our
motes community through social media in                                                                                                                     followers on what our teams are doing in
Westchester.                                                                                                                                                the field.”
   The event, which was fully booked                                                                                                                           “And, of course, when I’ve had a great
within six days of being announced, raised                                                                                            ChRiS CoRnELL PhoTo   fundraising day and multiple folks or com-
more than $1,300 for ShelterBoxUSA, a           Michel Balkind, left, and anthony Colasacco, right, exchanged social media ideas with event speaker david   panies are responsible for it, well, I get to
non-profit organization assisting in the re-    Mathison last week during a Westchester TweetUp at the Jacob Burns Film Center’s Media arts Lab in          thank them quickly and publicly,” Lai add-
lief efforts in Haiti.                          Pleasantville.                                                                                              ed.
   More than a dozen of the attendees live                                                                                                                     Denise Treco, the Jacob Burns Film Cen-
or work in Pleasantville, but guests from all
over Westchester and beyond comprised
                                                  ‘Our TweetUps provide a comfortable, non-intimidating                                                     ter’s director of marketing and owner of
                                                                                                                                                            Flour & Sun Bakery in Pleasantville, was
the attendee list. Tim Massie traveled from        environment for people to discover, explore and share                                                    enthusiastic about the event. She said she
Poughkeepsie to attend the event with                                                                                                                       was pleased that the film center was able to
hopes of meeting others who share his view             their social media experiences and practices.’                                                       bring the Twitter community together to
of social media’s usefulness and potential.                                              SARAH O’GRADY                                                      meet face-to-face, and visit the media arts
   “It’s important to meet others who are us-                                                                                                               lab as well.
ing social media so I can learn from them,”     speak about ways they can employ social                Westchester, both in face-to-face conversa-             “The key to successful marketing has al-
said Massi, the chief public affairs officer    media to amplify their message through                 tions and online, via e-mail, Twitter and            ways been about [building] relationships,
and an adjunct professor at Marist Col-         Twitter, Facebook and blogs without addi-              Facebook.                                            Treco said. “Social media allows you to do
lege. “I’m teaching future communicators,       tional expenditures.                                      “This event was a success; people are             just that in a meaningful way.”
and [my students] need to know how to get          Mathison, an internationally recognized             still talking about it,” said Sarah O’Grady,            The venue was donated by the Jacob
their messages across and break through         media consultant, speaker, publisher, radio            a founding member of Westchester140.                 Burns Film Center, Mathison donated his
the clutter. Traditional forms of media will    host and hi-tech entrepreneur, has more                “Immediately following (the event), people           speaking services, and food and drink was
still be around, but as we learned Thursday     than 25 years of experience in content dis-            wanted to know when the next one would               provided by the sponsors, POUR Café and
night, each person has the potential to be      tribution. More than 5,000 copies of “Be               be. Our TweetUps provide a comfortable,              Wine Bar, Sundance Deli, Flour & Sun
his or her own medium.”                         the Media” sold in just 11 days via his Web            non-intimidating environment for people              Cupcake Bakery, and Captain Lawrence
   Other attendees included communica-          site, blog, Twitter and Facebook accounts.             to discover, explore and share their social          Brewery. Attendees also went home with
tions professionals, small business owners,     Mathison is also a former vice president at            media experiences and practices.”                    gift bags, overflowing with goodies donat-
representatives from local non-profits, stu-    Reuters, the world’s largest news agency,                 The selection of ShelterBoxUSA as the             ed by local businesses.
dents and attorneys. They heard Mathison        The event was widely discussed throughout              recipient of the event’s proceeds was an-

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Rx Architectural Service for Starters and Fixer-Uppers
                         When realtors see a
                      new listing described
                      as a “fixer-upper” or
      The             “sold as is,” we’re in-

  Home                clined to think that it
                      will be purchased by

                      a contractor who will
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                         Regular       buyers,
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                       major redesign and
                       renovation,      might
                       be loathe to buy a         The Rx architect Michael Piccirillo has taken a dated split-level in central Westchester and is transforming into a stylish French Tudor for his client.
                       distressed property,
                        even with some of
 By Bill Primavera      the incredible deals      about their needs and what they don’t like               need redesign and renovation in three dif-                waiting until final plans are in place and
                        in short sales and        about the structure, over and above the                  ferent ways, each would have a different                  everybody loves them, but then we find
foreclosures that are out there right now.        obvious upgrades that would be needed.                   fee,” Piccirillo explained. “For instance, if             that we have to pull back,” he said.
But if they had the right guidance and an         Suggestions would be made about out                      the work involves just basic interior reno-                  When the design is completed, it goes
accurate projection of costs in advance,          how the space might be rearranged or                     vations, gutting the bathroom and kitchen                 out to bid to contractors and kitchen com-
they might be encouraged to move for-             expanded to accommodate the buyer’s                      and replacing the windows, the fee for de-                panies, and together with the client, the
ward, especially if that service is free.         lifestyle preferences and a rough estimate               sign and oversight of the work can be as                  work is awarded. Once the work begins,
   Michael Piccirillo, an architect I know        would be provided of those renovation                    low as $2,500. If the client wants to blow                Piccirillo said that clients can pull out of
and a colleague of mine on Yorktown’s             costs. Based on that input, the buyer can                out the roof and gut the interior, the fee                the process at any time during construc-
Architectural Review Board, offers such a         decide whether to move forward with the                  can be considerably higher, but the client                tion to continue on their own, “but most
service.                                          purchase.                                                knows exactly what it is in advance.”                     clients want me to be involved all the way
   In the current market, I see many more            Next, Piccirillo schedules a second                       The only fee adjustment occurs if the                 through.”
buyers pondering whether to bid on low-           meeting, also free of charge, where he dis-              project requires his attendance at town,                     For more information, contact Michael
priced houses that need significant work.         cusses a specific plan for upgrading and, if             planning or zoning board meetings.                        Piccirillo at 914-245-2278 or visit www.
What they may lack is the discerning eye          needed, expansion. If client and architect                   Once the design of the project is in        
of a professional to know what can be             agree with a specific vision for the prop-               place, Piccirillo would bring in one or two
done with them and how much it would              erty, he would then prepare a formal pro-                of the 10 contractors with whom he works                     Bill Primavera is a licensed Realtor®
cost. And, if that service is free, there is no   posal with a flat fee for professional ser-              to project the costs of the job to know if                (, affiliated with
risk involved.                                    vices, along with a schedule of estimated                it’s within budget. If not, he makes adjust-              Coldwell Banker, and a marketing prac-
   Here’s how the process works.                  costs. For the fee, there is the coordination            ments in the design and/or materials.                     titioner ( He can be
   Either the realtor or prospective buyer        of all the construction work that needs to                   “If the client has a $200,000 budget,                 emailed at or
contacts Piccirillo to do a walk-though           be done. The flat fee naturally depends on               but the contractors say the job is running                reached directly at 914-522-2076. Follow
of the property with them free of charge.         the scope of the project.                                higher than that, we’ll re-evaluate what                  him on Twitter for housing market updates
While on the premises, the buyer is asked            “If there are three different capes that              we’re doing then and there, rather than                   at Twitter,com/HomeGuruNY.

Contractors Contend with New Lead Dust Containment Rule
By Michael Murphy                                 keeping.                                                 fied and utilize the prescribed lead dust                    The experienced remodeler will tell you
   Homeowners should make note of                    The ruling states that it applies to hous-            containment methods.                                      that it is a lot of work. Nevertheless, it’s
April 22, 2010. If your home was built            ing or “child-occupied” businesses such                     Before your remodeling project be-                     a federal law, and the fines for non-com-
before 1978 and you plan to have reno-            as schools or day care centers built before              gins, you should receive a pamphlet en-                   pliance are quite stiff, up to $32,000. The
vation work performed by a professional           1978. The renovation project would have                  titled “Renovate Right: Important Lead                    ruling does make environmental sense.
remodeling company, here’s one more im-           to disturb more than six square feet of                  Hazard Information for Families, Child                    Scientists have found lead dust to be haz-
portant question to ask before hiring this        potentially contaminated surface inside                  Care Providers & Schools.” Your contrac-                  ardous to humans, particularly young
individual or business to beautify or up-         a building or home (about the size of the                tor will perform a simple lead paint spot                 children, when the particles become air-
grade your home. As of April 22, besides          average window) or 20 square feet on the                 test. If lead is found in the paint, he will              borne through remodeling practices such
asking for references, a home improve-            outside. (about the size of the average ex-              use a HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate                   as demolition, sanding scraping, cutting,
ment license and insurance papers, ask,           terior door) In other words, it doesn’t take             Air) dust collection system using plenty                  or sawing.
“Is your firm EPA-certified in lead paint         much to trigger the ruling.                              of heavy-duty plastic and tape to contain                    Contractors need to contend with this
safety training?”                                    If you live in a home built before 1978,              the lead dust particles. A warning sign will              lead dust containment law on two levels,
   Contractors nationally will be required        and you want to replace your windows, re-                discourage the unprotected from entering                  legally and environmentally. As a pre-
by the federal government to be certified         model a small 5-foot by 7-foot bathroom                  the control area.                                         1978 homeowner, before choosing your
through an eight-hour training course in          or paint your home, your contractor needs                   Once the demolition, cutting, sanding                  remodeling contractor, your responsibility
lead dust containment practices called            to be EPA certified. In fact, if it’s weather-           or scraping work is completed, the certi-                 is to ask that question. “Is your firm EPA-
Lead Safety for Renovation, Repair and            ization work, window replacement, HVAC                   fied renovator will conduct (and record)                  certified in lead paint safety training?”
Painting. Your contractor will now be re-         modification, work involving demolition                  a thorough visual inspection to verify that
sponsible for “on-the-spot” lead paint test-      of plaster walls, drilling or sawing into                no lead dust or contaminated debris was                     Michael Murphy is director of New Proj-
ing, setting up for lead dust containment,        painted wood or plaster, sanding, scraping               left behind. The warning sign comes down                  ect -Green Project Development for Mur-
lead dust collection, supervising and veri-       or other activities that causes dust, your               and your contractor can proceed with                      phy Brothers Contracting in Mamaroneck.
fying cleanup, including mandated record          contractor has to be EPA-trained, certi-                 your renovation project.

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Local Essayist in Search of ‘Immortality’ With New Book
By Sam Barron                                                                                        ing the death of Nelson Rockefeller, whose       9/11 had on his family in the book. (He
  Most families know that suburbia is not                                                            funeral he covered, as a way to teach his        was working downtown that day and saw
always the 1950s sitcom with the white                                                               kids about mortality.                            the second tower burst into flames and
picket fence that it’s often portrayed to be.                                                           “I loved walking on [the] trails [in          people jumping out of the building.) “My
  That’s one of the points brought home in                                                           Rockfeller State Park],” Hadad said. “At the     concern was for my family,” Hadad said. “I
writer Herbert Hadad’s memoir “Finding                                                               funeral I saw Rockfeller’s two young sons        thought Sept. 11 was going to ruin their
Immortality: The Making of One Ameri-                                                                filled with great trauma. I realized my little   joy of being New Yorkers. As it turned
can Family.” The book is a collection of es-                                                         boys are going to be big boys and I’m going      out, they said no, they were very resilient,
says that Hadad wrote for The New York                                                               to grow old; there is mortality. The lesson      they wouldn’t allow the attack to ruin it for
Times and Gannett about his marriage                                                                 of the funeral is not the news account, but      them.”
and raising his family in Pocantico Hills,                                                           that Rockefeller taught me we’re not going         Hadad said he did face some discrimi-
where he still lives today.                                                                          to walk these trails forever.”                   nation after the attacks, and that he felt

‘In the course of
                                                                                                        Despite some stories that might cast          personal shame. He said that some people
                                                                                                     him and his family in a negative light, Ha-      associated him, his family and his Arabic
                                                                                                     dad said he has received a positive recep-       name with terrorism.
raising a family                                                                                     tion from them about the book. He said
                                                                                                     his wife had no problem with his essays--
                                                                                                                                                        Hadad said that he hopes people enjoy
                                                                                                                                                      the stories and see their own lives in them,
everyone has the                                                                                     even one that talked about the temptation
                                                                                                     to not be monogamous--as long as it was
                                                                                                                                                      recognizing the universality in the small
                                                                                                                                                      family drama.

same experiences.’
                                                                                                     well written.                                      “We’re all distinctive and alike in many
                                                                                                        “They seem quite thrilled with it, and        ways,” Hadad said. “In the course of rais-
                                                                                                     they’re proud of me,” Hadad said. “It makes      ing a family everyone has the same experi-
                                                                                  hERB hadad PhoTo   me feel good. There appears not to be any        ences.”
HERBERT HADAD                                                      author herb hadad                 self-consciousness about some of the inti-         Hadad’s book can be purchased at Ama-
                                                                                                     mate stories; they seem to love the book.”
   Hadad, 63, currently works as a press                                                                Hadad also addresses the effect that
officer for the U.S. Department of Justice.         they would have was through their chil-
He moved to the suburbs in 1977 after the           dren, and he remembered that when he
birth of his first child. While living there,
he began writing essays to critical acclaim.
                                                    was thinking of a title.
                                                       “The book is a family affair in every way,”
                                                    Hadad said. “The children gave me mate-
                                                                                                     The Big Read Kicks Off on Feb. 6
The book, composed of 60 essays, chron-
icles his family’s journey until his oldest         rial for the book, the children helped me           Residents will read aloud the entire          Riverfront Library. This event kicks off six
son turns 12. (Hadad’s children are now             edit the book, and they shot the pictures        book “The Things They Carrie,” this year’s       weeks of related events, (including mov-
32, 31 and 28 years old.)                           for the book. It really is a family affair.”     The Big Read selection for Westchester           ies, lectures, writing workshops, etc. ) to
   “After some time, I realized I had the              While the family enjoyed growing up           County. On Saturday, Feb. 6, join                encourage as many people as possible to
contents of what might be an interesting            in Pocantico Hills, life there was not with-     ArtsWestchester, the Westchester Library         read and discuss “The Things They Car-
book,” Hadad said.                                  out its troubles: Being half Jewish and          System and representatives of organiza-          ried.” The Big Read is an initiative of the
   Hadad found the inspiration for the              half Arab meant that the family occasion-        tions throughout Westchester as selec-           National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).
title of the book after a walk with author          ally faced racism. Hadad struggled with a        tions are read from this seminal piece of            To participate in the “Read-a-Louds”
Benjamin Cheever. The authors were dis-             drinking problem. And he wrestled often          literature about the Vietnam War. Read-          or for more information on the events
cussing the longevity of what they write.           with thoughts of his own mortality. The          a-Louds will be held from 12 to 5 p.m. at        surrounding The Big Read, please call
Hadad realized that the only immorality             first story in the book involves Hadad us-       City Center in White Plains, The Jefferson       ArtsWestchester at 914-428-4220 ext. 235
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  The Examiner is happy to help spread the word      for children up to five years old; with an           com.                                                Tuesday, Feb. 2
about your community event. Please submit            adult. Mount Pleasant Public Library, 350               “The String Family.” Learn about bows,              Toddler Time. Stories and a simple craft for
your information at least three weeks prior to       Bedford Rd., Pleasantville. 11 to 11:20 a.m.         bridges, pegs and the giant bass at the Music       children two and a half years old and up; with
your event to           Free. Siblings welcome. Also Feb. 2, 4, 9,           Conservatory of Westchester’s first Kids on         an adult. Mount Pleasant Public Library, 125
                                                     11, 23 and 25. Info: 914-769-0548 or www.            Central concert of the season. Offers children      Lozza Drive, Valhalla. 10:30 to 11 p.m. Free.
Tuesday, Jan. 26                                                       a fun, informative, and hands-on introduction       Also Feb. 9 and 23. Info: 914-741-0276 or
   Look Good, Feel Better. Designed to help             Multilingual Mother Goose. Share                  to the orchestra’s largest section–the strings.
women in cancer treatment learn techniques           and learn rhymes and songs in different              Music Conservatory of Westchester’s Helen              Weekly Meditation Sessions. Northern
to restore their self-image and cope with            languages.                                           Demetrios and Michael Stadther Recital              Westchester Hospital’s Cancer Treatment
changes in appearance. Northern Westchester             Chappaqua Public Library, 195 S. Greeley          Hall, 216 Central Ave., White Plains. 3 p.m.        and Wellness Center, 400 E. Main St., Mount
Hospital’s Conference Center, 400 E. Main St.,       Ave., Chappaqua. 2:30 p.m. Free. For children        $15. Seniors and students: $10. Free for            Kisco. Every Tuesday, 11 a.m. to noon. Free.
Mount Kisco. 5 to 6:30 p.m. Free. Registration       up to five years old; with an adult. Registration    conservatory students and faculty. Info and         Registration required. Info and registration:
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or 1-800-227-2345.                                      Adventures in Time: Dragons. A story and             Full Moon Hike. Hike to the Pine Forest to          Colorful Tuesdays. Fight winter blahs with
   WESPAC Foundation Presents an Evening             a craft. Mount Pleasant Public Library, 350          see who is out on a winter’s night. Teatown Lake    color-themed stories, crafts and treats. This
for Haiti Relief. Includes a program of Haitian      Bedford Rd., Pleasantville. 3:30 to 4:15 p.m.        Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Rd., Ossining.      session’s color is green. Chappaqua Public
food, music and discussion featuring veteran         Free. For children in grades 1-3. Limited class      6:30 p.m. Members: Free. Non-members: $5.           Library, 195 S. Greeley Ave., Chappaqua. 2:15
civil rights worker Colia Clark and Pierre           size; registration required at library. Info: 914-   All Welcome. Not suitable for children under        p.m. Free. Tuesdays through Feb. 9. Registration
LeRoy, president and founder of the Haitian          769-0548 or            6. Info: 914-762-2912 ext. 110.                     required. For children three to five years old.
People’s Support Project. Thomas H. Slater              Diagnosis & Management of Celiac                     From Bossa to Tango: Sounds of South             Info and registration: 914-238-4779.
Center, 2 Fisher Court, White Plains. 6:30 p.m.      Disease in Children. Mount Kisco Medical             America. A performance by the Westchester
All donations go to the HPSP. Info: 914-449-         Group’s Founders Conference Room, 110 S.             Jazz Orchestra. Irvington Town Hall Theater,        Wednesday, Feb. 3
6514 or                              Bedford Rd., Mount Kisco. 6 to 7 p.m. Free.          85 Main St., Irvington. 8 p.m. $35. Seniors: $30.      “Catacombs of Rome.” A film that
                                                     Registration required. Info and registration:        Students: $5. Group discounts available. Snow       chronicles the history, tragedy and drama of
Wednesday, Jan. 27                                   Contact Cheryl Hackert at 914-242-1466.              date: Jan. 31 at 3 p.m. Info and tickets: 914-      the Christian experience in ancient Rome.
   White Plains Hospital Center’s New                   Tania Bruguera: On the Political                  861-9100 or                   Westchester Community College’s Classroom
Flanzer Center Open House. ER Tours,                 Imaginary. Opening reception for the exhibit                                                             Building, Room 100, 75 Grasslands Rd.,
free health screenings, health information,          by Bruguera, a Cuban-born artist, exploring          Sunday, Jan. 31                                     Valhalla. 11:15 a.m. Free. Info: 914-914-606-
giveaways, raffles and refreshments. White           issues of exile, displacement and Instability.          Story Sundays. Join us for seasonal stories      6790.
Plains Hospital Center’s main lobby, 41 E. Post      Neuberger Museum of Art, 735 Anderson                and activities about nature, animals and               Memoir Writing Class II. Participants
Rd., White Plains. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Info:     Hill Rd., Purchase. 6 to 8 p.m. $5. Seniors          ecology. Appropriate for children four to           record significant events in their lives and
914-681-1119.                                        and students: $3. Children (under 12): Free.         seven years old accompanied by an adult.            share
   Mother Goose. Simple songs, stories,              Through April 11. Info: 914-251-6100.                Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley           personal stories in a “non-critical”
and a craft for walkers under two and a half            Mother/Daughter Book Group. “Camille              Rd., Ossining. 11 a.m. to noon. Members:            environment. Led by Edith Glass. Chappaqua
years old. Mount Pleasant Public Library, 350        McPhee Fell Under the Bus” by Kristen Tracy          Free. Non-members: $5. Info: 914-762-2912           Public Library, 195 S. Greeley Ave., Chappaqua.
Bedford Rd., Pleasantville. 10:15 to 10:45 a.m.      will be discussed. Mount Pleasant Public             ext. 110.                                           1 p.m. Free. Info: 914-238-4779 or www.
Free. Also Feb. 2, 3, 9, 10, 23 and 24. Info: 914-   Library, 350 Bedford Rd., Pleasantville. 7 to           Diddy Gomerman Art Exhibit Opening     
769-0548 or            8 p.m. Free. Refreshments served. For girls          Reception. Gomerman, of Briarcliff, will               Craft Table. Mount Pleasant Public Library,
   Book an Adventure. Stories and a simple           in grades 4-6 and their moms. Registration           exhibit her paintings that use watercolor, oil      125 Lozza Drive, Valhalla. 2:30 to 4:30
craft for children three years old and up; with      required at library. Info: 914-769-0548 or           and acrylic. Mount Pleasant Public Library,         p.m. Children under the age of 6 may need
an adult. Mount Pleasant Public Library, 350                               350 Bedford Rd., Pleasantville. 2 to 4 p.m.         assistance to complete the project. Info: 914-
Bedford Rd., Pleasantville. 11 to 11:30 a.m.            Italian Conversation Group. For all levels.       Free. Exhibit runs through Feb. 25 and can be       741-0276 or
Free. Also Feb. 10 and 24. Info: 914-769-0548        Mount Pleasant Public Library, 350 Bedford           viewed during library hours. Info: 914-769-
or                     Rd., Pleasantville. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free. New         0548 or               Thursday, Feb. 4
   Here We Are Together. Songs and stories           members welcome. Info: 914-769-0548 or                  Pleasantville Chamber Music Society                 Pleasantville Garden Club Program. “The
for children up to five years old; with an adult.                        Presents Manhattan String Quartet.                  Garden Through Four Seasons” with master
Mount Pleasant Public Library, 125 Lozza                                                                  Perform Schubert’s Quartet #12 in C Minor           gardener Marie Iannotti. Presbyterian Church,
Drive, Valhalla. 1:30 to 1:50 p.m. Free. Siblings    Saturday, Jan. 30                                    (Quartettsatz) and Quartet in D Minor (Death        400 Bedford Rd., Pleasantville. 9:30 a.m. All
welcome. Also Feb. 1, 3, 8, 10, 22 and 24. Info:        Practice English. Informal conversation           and the Maiden), along with Shostakovich’s          welcome. Info: Contact Dory Baldwin at 914-
914-741-0276 or www.mountpleasantlibrary.            for speakers of other languages. Led by ESL          Quartet #13 in B-flat Minor. Presbyterian           747-4217.
org.                                                 teacher Ginger Ramsey. Chappaqua Public              Church, 400 Bedford Rd., Pleasantville. 3 p.m.         O! Baby! A gentle program for babies of
   Got Game? Take a break and challenge              Library, 195 S. Greeley Ave., Chappaqua. 9:30        Free.                                               all ages, who are not yet walking, and their
yourself by playing Wii, Playstation and             a.m. Free. Also Feb. 13, 20 and 27. Info: 914-          Dance Concert for Children. Westchester          caregivers. Sing, bounce, look at books and
various board games. Chappaqua Public                238-4779 or                Community College’s Danceworks dance                play together. Mount Pleasant Public Library,
Library, 195 S. Greeley Ave., Chappaqua. 3 to           Bridge and Scrabble Club Guided Play              company gives children a chance to participate      350 Bedford Rd., Pleasantville. 10:15 to 10:35
5 p.m. Free. For youngsters grades 5-8. Also         and Instruction. Match wits with Manhattan           in the performance and to learn how a               a.m. Free. Also Feb. 11 and 25. Info: 914-769-
Feb. 3, 10 and 24. Info: 914-238-4779.               Bridge Club owner Jeff Bayone and Stan               choreographer creates a dance. Westchester          0548 or
   ProClinix Sports Physical Therapy:                Kurzban. Bridge is not for beginners; singles,       Community College’s Academic Arts Theatre,             Memoir Writing Class. Participants
Chiropractic Wellness. Professional sports           pairs and small groups welcome. Scrabble: All        75 Grasslands Rd., Valhalla. 3 p.m. Free. Info:     record significant events in their lives and
injury or back and neck injury screenings            levels welcome. Chappaqua Public Library,            914-606-6716.                                       share personal stories in a “non-critical”
performed by Chery A. Sun, a New York State          195 S. Greeley Ave., Chappaqua. 10 a.m. Free.                                                            environment. Led by Edith Glass. Chappaqua
licensed physical therapist, and Dr. Alan H.         Also Feb. 13, 20 and 27. Info: 914-238-4779 or       Monday, Feb. 1                                      Public Library, 195 S. Greeley Ave., Chappaqua.
Siegel, a New York State licensed chiropractor.                               Preschool Playgroup. Come meet other             10 a.m. Free. Info: 914-238-4779 or www.
THE GYM, 99 Business Park Drive, Armonk.                Winter Wolves. Learn about the mythology,         parents and babysitters while your children
5:15 to 8:15 p.m. Free. By appointment only.         biology and ecology of wolves in North               play; for children up to five years old and their      Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered. A
Also Feb. 3 and 10. All attendees will receive       America and visit ambassador wolves Kaila,           caregivers. Mount Pleasant Public Library, 350      meeting for those who are at risk of breast and
a complimentary day pass to THE GYM. Info            Apache, Lukas and Atka and a pair of critically      Bedford Rd., Pleasantville. 10:45 to 11:30 a.m.     ovarian cancer with appetizers. Croton-on-
and appointments: 914-202-0700.                      endangered red wolves, too. Guests will              Free. Also Feb. 8 and 22. Info: 914-769-0548 or     Hudson. 6:30 p.m. Free. E-mail for location
   Importance of Exercise and Nutrition              enjoy hot beverages in our woodstove-heated                       of meeting. Info: Contact Melissa at 914-584-
Presented By Mount Kisco Medical Group.              classroom. Wolf Conservation Center, South              Stories and More. Stories and a surprise         3394 or at or visit
3535 Hill Boulevard, Yorktown Heights. 6 to          Salem. 10 a.m. Adults: $15. Children (under          activity. Chappaqua Public Library, 195 S.
7 p.m. Free. Registration required. Info and         12): $12. Dress for cold weather. Hot beverages      Greeley Ave., Chappaqua. 4:30 p.m. Free. For           “Through the Eyes of Three Generations
registration: 914-962-3180.                          served. Pre-registration required. Also Feb. 6,      children in grades K-2. Also Feb. 8, 15 and 22.     of Jays.” The first installment of a three-part
   Adult Bereavement Support Group.                  13, and 17 at 11 a.m. and Feb. 15 and 18 at          Info: 914-238-4779 or www.chappaqualibrary.         lecture series, author and historian Barnet
Northern Westchester Hospital, 400 E. Main           noon. Info and registration: 914-763-2373 or         org.                                                Schecter will discuss his forthcoming book,
St., Mount Kisco. 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Free.                                         Stories With the Pace Setters. Story time        “The Devil’s Own Work: The Civil War Draft
Registration required. Info and registration:           Saturday Morning Stories: Stories, songs,         for children five to eight years old. Each          Riots and the Fight to Reconstruct America.”
914-242-7611 or 914-666-4228 ext. 168.               finger plays and puppets for children two            week different collegiate athletes from Pace        John Jay Homestead, 400 Jay St., Katonah.
                                                     and a half to four years old and their families.     University will visit the library and read          7 p.m. Registration at 6:30 p.m..Members:
Thursday, Jan. 28                                    Mount Pleasant Public Library, 350 Bedford           some of their favorite childhood books to the       $15. Non-members: $25. Also March 18
   O! Baby!: A gentle program for babies of          Rd., Pleasantville. 11 to 11:30 a.m. Free. Also      audience. Mount Pleasant Public Library, 350        and April 15. Info: 914- 232-8119, e-mail
all ages who are not yet walking and their           Feb. 6, 13 and 27. Info: 914-769-0548 or www.        Bedford Rd., Pleasantville. 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. or visit www.
caregivers. Come sing, bounce, look at books                            Free. Also Feb. 8 and 22. Info: 914-769-0548
and play together. Mount Pleasant Public                Singles Lunch & Movie. Join the Single            or                       Breast Cancer Support Group. Northern
Library, 350 Bedford Rd., Pleasantville. 10:15       Gourmet-MetroNY for lunch. The lunch is                 Informal Writing Workshop. Bring your            Westchester Hospital, 400 E. Main St., Mount
to 10:35 a.m. Free. Info: 914-769-0548 or            followed by a showing of the 1950s thriller          short prose, poetry, ideas or a simple desire       Kisco. 7 p.m. Free. Info: 914-962-6402 ext. 15                        “Panic in the Streets” at the Jacob Burns Film       to write to an evening of supportive feedback       or
   Book an Adventure. Stories and a simple           Center, which is optional. Lunch at the Iron         with fellow writers. Led by Joan Schulman.             First Thursdays. Teatown’s monthly
craft for children three years old and up; with      Horse Grill, 20 Wheeler Ave., Pleasantville.         Chappaqua Public Library, 195 S. Greeley            environmental discussion group continues
an adult. Mount Pleasant Public Library, 125         Social at 1:30 p.m. Lunch at 2:15 p.m. $67           Ave., Chappaqua. 7:30 p.m. Free. Mondays            with rotating, timely topics. Teatown Lake
Lozza Drive, Valhalla. 10:30 to 11 a.m. Free.        (includes three courses and glass of wine).          through Feb. 8. Info: 914-238-4779 or www.          Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Rd., Ossining.
Also Feb. 4, 11 and 25. Info: 914-741-0276 or        Reservations required. Info and reservations:                               7:30 to 9 p.m. Free. Adults only. See website              ,            914-                                                 for topic and details. Info:
   Here We Are Together. Songs and stories           600-4267 or www.SingleGourmet-MetroNY.                                                                   914-762-2912 ext. 110.                                                       January 26 - February 2, 2010                                                                         17

Wine Grapes Are Healthy, With or Without the Alcohol
                       I accumulate read-
                    ers’ questions and                How can a single substance claim to play                                              room temperature, the aging potential of
                                                                                                                                            wines over a period of several decades and
                    comments, then peri-
                    odically address one                    a major role in our health?                                                     other topics that have piqued the curiosity
                                                                                                                                            of readers. Looking to confirm or debunk
                    of them in a column.                                                                                                    a wine-centric accepted paradigm, prac-
                    For what it’s worth,       are numerous when red wine is consumed        of polyphenols, a new subcategory of nat-      tice or theory? E-mail me.
                    these columns are my       in moderation--two five-ounce portions        ural foods dubbed superfoods is gaining
                     thoughts on facts and     per day for men and one glass for women.      popularity. Blueberries, pomegranates,            Nick Antonaccio is a 30-year Pleasant-
                     misconceptions swirl-     When consumed in excess, there is a high      raspberries, broccoli, spinach, acai ber-      ville resident. For more than a decade, he
                     ing around the wine       risk of damage to multiple organs. As in      ries, nuts, wild salmon and black table        has conducted wine tastings and lectures.
 Nick Antonaccio
                     world and those that      most matters, moderation is the key to the    grapes, long components of the Mediter-        Antonaccio is co-host of “Glass Up, Glass
                     are popping up on         optimization of wine’s benefits.              ranean diet, all contain beneficial antioxi-   Down,” a local cable television series on
readers’ radar screens.                           Last, resveratrol is available commer-     dant compounds. By incorporating these         wine and food that can also be seen at
   There is a plethora of information adrift   cially in a non-alcoholic form (see be-       superfoods into a sustained and balanced and he offers personal-
in the “Bacchusphere,” some soundly im-        low).                                         diet, the antioxidant benefit of red wine      ized wine tastings and wine travel services
bedded in scientific studies or validated         There are those who question the ve-       can be replicated.                             at Nick’s
anecdotal experience and some steeped          racity of the anecdotal claims of the ben-       Enterprising companies have capital-        credo: continuous experimenting results in
in myth and lore. This week’s column is        efits of resveratrol. How can a                            ized on the growing repu-         instinctive behavior. You can reach him at
focused on a topic that has received wide-     single substance claim to play                             tation of the powers of this
spread publicity in the news media.            a major role in our health,            You Heard It        antioxidant. Resveratrol-in-
   The popular belief: Drinking wine has       protecting the heart and brain,        Through the         a-capsule, sans alcohol and

significant health benefits. Fact or myth?     preventing cancers, fighting                               calories, is now available
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   The premise requires dissection. First,     studies have been undertaken to ascertain     100 glasses of wine, with no known side
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18                                                                                 January 26 - February 2, 2010                                                                          The Examiner

Quakers Trounce Hackley to Conclude a Big Week
By Andy Jacobs
  Coach Dave Fernandes isn’t so sure the
improbable buzzer-beating baskets that
recently turned victory into defeat for
his Horace Greeley basketball team twice
within six days were the worst thing that
could have happened.
  “I think it builds character,” he said.
“You grow from it. I hate to say it, but you
get a little tougher skin. Life isn’t always
  Perhaps the character building began
this past week when the Quakers returned
to the court for the first time since the
crushing loss to Port Chester and swept
their way to three straight wins, capped by
Saturday afternoon’s 66-32 demolition of
visiting Hackley. Greeley began the game
with a 16-3 run and the outcome was nev-
er in doubt the rest of the way.
  “This was a huge win for us,” said Fer-
nandes afterwards, pointing to the break
in the schedule that comes now with a
week of mid-term exams. “This is a good
way to end. Losing this game would’ve
been tough.”
  It would’ve been tough because it took
just four seconds for the Quakers to es-
tablish their superiority over the Hornets
from Tarrytown as Adam Honig raced in                                                                                                                    adam honig of horace Greeley rises for a shot
for a layup off the opening tap. A 3-point-                                                                                                              over hackley’s John Khalili in the Quakers’ lopsided
er by Sam Budlong then gave Hackley its                                                                                                                  victory. he scored a game-high 22 points.
only lead of the game before the Quakers
erupted for seven successive baskets, six
layups and a Honig 20-foot jumper out of
the left corner, that had the Quaker stu-
dent section suggesting Hackley “warm
up the bus.”
  Taking the cue, even Hornet coach
Steven Frolo told his players “this game’s
gonna be over at the half ” during a tim-
eout following an 8-0 Greeley burst mid-
way through the second quarter gave
the Quakers a 30-13 bulge. He had just
watched as the Quakers’ Matt Townsend
dove to the floor at midcourt and, from
his knees, tipped the ball ahead to Billy
Sadik-Khan for another layup.
  The Hornets responded with a nice
jump hook by center Jon Salandra on an
offensive rebound, but Greeley soon an-
swered with back-to-back 3-pointers by
Honig and Robert Cross to increase the
lead to 21 points. It was 43-21 at the half
as Cross hit a jumper from just behind the
foul line with six seconds left in the sec-                                                                                                              Greeley senior Mitch Rubin drives along the
ond quarter.                                                                                                                                             baseline in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s game
  If the game wasn’t quite decided by                                                                                               andy JaCoBS PhoToS   against hackley.
halftime, it surely was when the Quakers       The Quakers’ Gibby Graves sails in for an easy basket during Saturday’s 66-32 rout of hackley.
began the third quarter with 13 straight                                                                                                                 several hustle plays that earned the Quak-
points, six of them from Honig and four                                                                                                                  ers extra possessions. “Matt went for every
from Townsend. Greeley’s lead was up to                                                                                                                  loose ball,” said Fernandes. “He doesn’t
                                                                                                            Greeley’s Matt Townsend dives to the
35 points and the overwhelmed Hornets                                                                                                                    just score for us. He does everything. He
                                                                                                            floor to tip the ball to a teammate in
never got closer than 30 after that, even                                                                                                                rebounds for us, he’s talking on defense,
                                                                                                            Saturday’s easy win over hackley.
with Fernandes providing plenty of play-                                                                                                                 he makes everybody else better.”
ing time for some seldom-used bench                                                                                                                         Some 20 hours earlier, Townsend and
players.                                                                                                                                                 Honig each scored 18 points to lead Gree-
                                                                                                                                                         ley to another home victory, 58-48 over
                                                                                                                                                         Harrison. The Quakers trailed 12-4 after
                                                                                                                                                         one quarter, but Honig had 12 points and
                                                                                                                                                         Townsend eight in a big fourth period that
                                                                                                                                                         erased the Huskies’ one-point lead head-
                                                                                                                                                         ing into the final eight minutes.
                                                                                                                                                            The Quakers’ first win of the week
                                                                                                                                                         came at Rye on Wednesday when Honig
                                                                                                                                                         provided perhaps the finest shooting per-
                                                                                                                                                         formance of his varsity career, hitting six
  Game Gear Sports                                                                                                                                       3-pointers and scoring 37 points in a 66-
                                                                                                                                                         54 win over the Garnets. “He’s had a great
       375 Adams Street                                                                                                                                  week,” said Fernandes. “No one realized
                                                 “One thing is, when you go into the                 hits his two foul shots. So our first posses-       how many points he had because he takes
     Bedford Hills, NY 10507                                                                                                                             a certain amount of shots every game. But
                                               locker room up so much,” said Fernandes,              sion, we scored, and I think we held them
      Phone: 914.666.9200                      “sometimes there’s a big letdown and a                to like four in that quarter. So that was           he didn’t miss. He just didn’t miss.”
                                               team like Hackley isn’t gonna quit down               a great third quarter and the fourth quar-             Unfortunately for the Quakers, the mo-
                                               by 20. They’re just not going to. They’re             ter was just getting through it. Today I got        mentum they built this week could be halt-
      “Your Sporting Goods                     gonna come out, play hard.”                           some of the other guys in to get them a             ed by the mid-term break that will keep
         Headquarters!”                          So Fernandes was especially pleased                 little playing time.”                               them inactive until Friday’s game with
                                               with the way his team continued to domi-                 Even though he didn’t play at all in the         Somers. “It’s good for us right now where
        Baseball & Softball                    nate in the second half. “What really was             fourth quarter, Honig still finished with a         we’re at,” said Fernandes. “We needed to
           Superstore                          great,” he said, “is the first play, we got a         game-high 22 points. Sadik-Khan had 14              get on a little bit of a roll. We’re at 9-4 right
                                               good look inside to Matt. He gets fouled,             and Townsend added 12 to go along with              now, but this is the lull you worry about.”                                                             January 26 - February 2, 2010                                                                                               19

Thundercats Use Freestyle Events to Defeat Fox Lane Swimmers
By Emily Exton                                                                                                                                             events, which really helped us,” Malone
   “We’re a stroke team,” Fox Lane swim-                                                                                                                   said. “This was definitely our best meet of
ming coach Carolyn Johnson said midway                                                                                                                     the season.”
through Thursday’s meet against the com-                                                                                                                      While they struggled in freestyle, the
bined squad from Briarcliff, Byram Hills,                                                                                                                  Foxes were carried by their butterfly, back,
Pleasantville, Valhalla and Westlake at Pace                                                                                                               and breaststroke swimmers. Connor White
University.                                                                                                                                                placed first in the 100-yard breaststroke
   The Foxes trailed 57-25 after the diving                                                                                                                and 100-yard backstroke, while teammate
competition, and had already been swept                                                                                                                    Matthew Karle took first in the 100-yard
in both the 100-meter and 200-meter free-                                                                                                                  breaststroke and 200-yard individual med-
style events. So Johnson was counting on                                                                                                                   ley. Karle’s strength in breaststroke helped
strong performances from her butterfly                                                                                                                     him pull away during the race, as he fin-
and breaststroke swimmers during the                                                                                                                       ished with a commanding half-lane lead.
second half of the meet, but knew that the                                                                                                                 The Foxes also won the 200-medley relay
freestyle races would definitely have an im-                                                                                                               with a team consisting of Karle, White,
pact on the outcome.                                                                                                                                       Chris Cerutti and Cameron Stephens.
   “You come in and you kind of know what                                                                                                                     “We’ve just been very fortunate,” Johnson
the competition is,” said Johnson. “But you                                                                                                                said of her skilled stroke swimmers. “We
always hope that maybe something will                                                                                                                      have very good backstrokers too.” Natural
turn around that will spark the team and,                                                                                                                  talent helps, but being fresh and not over
to me, there’s always a chance.”                                                                                                                           practicing strokes has also been beneficial
   Despite her hopes, the Thundercats’                                                                                                                     to her team. “Freestyle is practiced all the
                                                                                                                                   andy JaCoBS PhoToS
speed overpowered the Foxes’ skill, as they                                                                                                                time, and a lot of kids get stale doing that,
                                               Fox Lane’s Matthew Karle swims the breaststroke during the 200 individual medley at last Thursday’s
held on to win their Senior Day meet, 99-                                                                                                                  so the other strokes are very refreshing,”
                                               meet at Pace University. he finished in first place.
84. The victory helped the Thundercats                                                                                                                     she said.
improve to 3-3 on the season, while Fox                                                                                                                       Connor Farrell’s impressive diving per-
Lane fell to 2-4, with the Section 1 champi-                                                                                                               formance also helped the Foxes, but it
onships right around the corner.                                                                                                                           wasn’t enough. Farrell easily took first
   The Thundercats were dominant in all                                                                                                                    place with 239.67 points, followed by Max
freestyle events, but head coach Dan Ma-                                                                                                                   Kesten of the Thundercats and teammate
lone was hesitant to categorize his swim-                                                                                                                  Tommy Wolkwitz of Fox Lane.
mers as solely a freestyle club. “That was                                                                                                                    Johnson was pleased with the individual
a big surprise for us because generally in                                                                                                                 performances her swimmers turned in, de-
the past I think we’ve been more of a stroke                                                                                                               spite the end result. “You’ve got to focus on
team as opposed to a freestyle team,” he                                                                                                                   the little things when you come to a meet
said, in response to the outcome of the                                                                                                                    like this,” she said. Even though the loss left
freestyle races.                                                                                                                                           the Foxes with a losing record for the sea-
   Pleasantville senior Dan Gilroy recorded                                                                                                                son, they have several swimmers who have
personal bests to take first place in both                                                                                                                 already qualified for sectionals, which, to
the 50-yard (23.33) and 100-yard freestyle                                                                                                                 Johnson, is where the emphasis should be.
(51.50). Henry Fletcher came in first in                                                                                                                      “My focus is on postseason,” she said.
the 200-yard freestyle, and the Thunder-                                                                                                                   “It’s great to have a winning record com-
cats swept the event with Stephen Shine                                                                                                                    ing out of the dual meets, but to me it’s how
and Max Brynin taking second and third.        dan Gilroy of Pleasantville high School took first in both the 50 and the 100 freestyle races at last       you perform at sectionals and then at states
Shine and Brynin switched places for the                   Thursday’s meet with Fox Lane.                                                                  that really tells you what kind of swimmer
500-freestyle, with Shine taking first in                                                                                                                  you have.”
5:18.10, and Brynin finishing second. In
the 100-yard freestyle, Fletcher came in
second to Gilroy, while teammate Ruan
Zorgman placed third. The re-
lay team of Brynin, Fletcher,
Gilroy, and Shine also

                                                                          came out on top
                                                                    in the 200-freestyle re-
                                                                 lay, followed by a second
                                                               Thundercats team.
                                                                The plethora of Thundercat
                                                           swimmers placing in the free-
Connor Farrell of Fox Lane took first-                   style events helped to build a large
place honors in diving at last week’s meet            lead that the Foxes could never over-
against the Thundercats.                         come. “A lot of the guys really stepped            Connor White of Fox Lane is on his way to victory in the 100 butterfly at last week’s swim meet. he also
                                               it up and had tremendous swims and best              won the 100 backstroke.
                                               times in pretty much all of the freestyle

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Bobcats’ Spectacular Foul Shooting Dooms Fox Lane
By Andy Jacobs
   As if the Fox Lane girls’ basketball team didn’t already
have enough obstacles to overcome on Friday night at By-
ram Hills High School, the Bobcats decided it would be a
good time to put on a free-throw-shooting clinic.
   By the time it was over, the hosts had made all but
one of their 21 attempts from the foul line, assuring they
would have no trouble beating the Foxes for the second
time this season and improving their gaudy won-loss re-
cord to 11-1.
   According to coach Kim Adams, the sensational shoot-
ing from the line by the Bobcats was no accident. “Obvi-
ously, that’s a point of emphasis for us,” she said after her
team’s 55-40 victory over Fox Lane. “We really stepped up.
It makes it easier to win games when you can shoot free
throws like that.”
   It’s also easier to win games scoring the first 12 points
of the evening and then building a 20-point lead early in
the second quarter as the Bobcats did. With Victoria Ci-
pollone connecting on successive 15-footers, first from
the left side and then from the right, Byram Hills quickly
jumped out to a 4-0 lead. It took the Foxes nearly four and
a half minutes to finally get on the scoreboard with a Julia                                                           andy JaCoBS PhoToS
Raue drive through the lane. By then, the Bobcats had                 The Foxes’ olivia azrak searches for a teammate to pass to as Marla
already made their first four free throws and Jenna Hogan             Milone of Byram hills defends.
had scored two baskets.
   Unfortunately for the Foxes, Raue’s basket was soon fol-
lowed by a pair of conventional three-point plays by the
Bobcats’ Beatriz Williams that increased the Byram Hills
lead to 18-2. Williams wound up scoring 18 of her game-
high 24 points in the opening half and turned out to be
the most proficient of the Bobcats at the foul line, making
all 10 of her attempts.                                                                                                                     Fox Lane’s allison Lombardi gets set to send a shot over Lauren
                                                                                                                                            Riggs of Byram hills. She led the Foxes with 17 points.

                                                                                                                                               Fox Lane was led by Lombardi’s 17 points and seven
                                                                                                                                            rebounds. Raue, who missed the previous game against
                                                                                                                                            Byram Hills early in December, had 10 points and eight
                                                                                                                                            boards. Jacqueline Colao added seven points. Hogan,
                                                                                                                                            6-for-7 from the line as the only Bobcat to miss a free
                                                                                                                                            throw, finished with 15 points. Riggs had eight points and
                                                                                                                                            grabbed nine rebounds. Cippolone scored six.
                                                                                                                                               “We played a nice game,” said Adams, whose team
                                                                                                                                            hasn’t lost in more than six weeks. “Definitely some things
                                                                                                                                            we need to work on towards the remainder of the season.
                                                                                                                                            We kind of got a little bit lazy and we weren’t moving our
                                                                                                                                            feet on defense and we weren’t executing on offense. But I
                                                                                                                                            think we got it back towards the end of the game. We took
                                                                                                                                            back control of the game.”
                                                                                                                                               Hart, meanwhile, will be looking for more consistency
                                                                                                                                            from her young Fox Lane team. “I wish we could play the
                                                                                                                                            first three minutes like we did the last three,” she said. “The
                                                                      Byram hills’ Lauren Riggs sends a bounce pass past Fox Lane’s         first quarter was obviously huge. You can’t get down 21-7
                                                                      Rebecca Frawley during Friday’s game in armonk.                       in the first eight and get back in it. The first three or four
                                                                                                                                            minutes was just ugly, ugly, ugly. We played much better
                                                                                                                                            in the second quarter, outscored ‘em. We’ve just gotta play
                                                                      maintain it and grow it.”                                             with that intensity at the beginning.”
                                                                         The Bobcats limited Fox Lane to just four points in the
                                                                      third quarter, a Raue put-back and a 15-footer by Brit-
                                                                      tany Sinnott, stretching their lead to 43-27. Williams, who
                                                                      also had a game-high 13 rebounds, reached the 20-point
                                                                      plateau for the second straight game when she caught an
                                                                      entry pass in the lane and scored on a layup with 1:15 left
                                                                      in the period.
                                                                         A basket by Vicki Colon and two free throws by Ho-
                                                                      gan to start the fourth quarter gave the Bobcats back their
                                                                      20-point lead. Fox Lane went on a 10-2 run to close with-
The Bobcats’ Jenna hogan takes the ball to the basket in the fourth   in 49-37 with a minute and a half left, forcing Adams to
quarter of Friday’s win over Fox Lane.                                summon some of her starters back from the bench. Cipol-
                                                                      lone, Riggs and Hogan then each made both ends of one-
                                                                      and-ones at the foul line to finish off the Foxes and extend
   “We came into this game knowing we had to keep
                                                                      the Byram winning streak to 10 games.
Williams and Hogan off the ball,” said Fox Lane coach
                                                                         “They were pressuring the ball pretty well and some of
Ayo Hart. “But we just didn’t do that. Most man to man
                                                                      our other girls couldn’t handle the pressure,” said Adams,
(defense), someone gets beat you step up to help. But I
                                                                      “so I needed to just have some stability to end the game
couldn’t get the kids to forget that and just stay with those
                                                                      the way we wanted to. We wanted to end it strong and so
kids. So we leave her to come help, they dump it to her,
                                                                      I put our starters back in just to make sure we were stable.
and she just had a field day.”
                                                                      Any time you get a lead, you worry about your team kind
   Williams had eight points by the end of the first quarter
                                                                      of relaxing a little bit. I think we did a little bit and we
and the Bobcats took advantage of nine Fox Lane turn-
                                                                      need to work on that.”
overs to build a 21-7 advantage. Their lead grew to 20
                                                                         As for the 7-6 Foxes, the defeat was their fourth in the
points when they opened the second period on an 8-2 run,
                                                                      last five games and showed they still need to drastically
getting a fast-break layup from Lauren Riggs and then six
                                                                      reduce their turnovers and prevent opponents from dom-
straight points from Williams. But Fox Lane managed to
                                                                      inating on the glass. “I think the key things today,” said
work its way back into the contest, getting eight points
                                                                      Hart, “were the turnovers in the first quarter which led to
from Allison Lombardi and outscoring the Bobcats 14-6
                                                                      their 21 points, secondly the offensive opportunities that
the rest of the half to move within 35-23 at intermission.
                                                                      we gave them which often led to two or three offensive
   “It’s sometimes hard to play with the lead,” said the
                                                                      rebounds and we would then foul. You get the free throws,
Bobcats’ Adams. “But I told the girls there are no excuses
                                                                      the rebounds and the turnovers and you can pretty much                 alex Guiliani of Byram hills gets past Fox Lane’s allison Lombardi
at this point in the season. We can never let a team come
                                                                      sum it up right there.”                                                on her way to the basket in Friday’s win by the Bobcats.
back against us. When we establish a lead, we have to                                                                 January 26 - February 2, 2010                                                                                        21

Buzzer Beater Propels Pleasantville Past Valhalla
By Steven Corvino
   Pleasantville boys’ basketball coach Bob Delle Bovi walked
out of the locker room after the Panthers’ home game against
Valhalla on Wednesday afternoon proclaiming the better
team lost.
   Fortunately for him, the Panthers wound up on the win-
ning side of a 37-36 battle with the Vikings to remain unde-
feated this season. Nolan Robinson’s basket with two seconds
remaining rescued the Panthers and pushed their winning
streak to 13 games, while the loss dropped the Vikings to
   “I knew it was going to be a tough game, but we made it a
lot tougher,” said Delle Bovi afterwards. “We had them on the
ropes, but, to their credit, they never quit and they made us
play out of rhythm.”
   With just 15 seconds remaining, it seemed Valhalla was
about to hand the Panthers their first loss of the season. The
Vikings pushed the ball in transition, which enabled John
Meaney to get an open look for a 3-pointer that gave the Vi-
kings a 36-35 lead.
   Instead of calling a timeout to draw up a play, the Panthers’
Delle Bovi opted to let his experienced team decide the out-
come of the game on its own. So Robinson dribbled the ball
the length of the court and hit a driving layup with only sec-
onds remaining to propel the Panthers past Valhalla. The Vi-                                                                                  Pleasantville’s Jack Bramswig scores on a reverse layup during last
kings’ desperation heave at the buzzer fell well short.                                                                                       Wednesday’s home win over Valhalla.
   “I always feel the advantage is to the team with the ball in
transition,” said Delle Bovi. “I didn’t want them (the Vikings)
to get a chance to set up. I have confidence in my kids.”
   Before his game-winning shot, Robinson glanced at Delle
Bovi to see if he wanted a timeout. “I was looking at Coach                                                             andy JaCoBS PhoTo
and I just saw him waving down to come down the court and             a determined nolan Robinson comes away with a rebound in
I just looked to penetrate and kick,” said the senior guard. “No      Pleasantville’s one-point win over Valhalla last week.
one was open, so I took it myself. I was just gonna look to
drive and penetrate and try to draw the defense in and pass it        You’re playing against the number one team in the state, a
out. But they collapsed and I spun and the lane was open, so I        class above you. What more can I ask for?”
shot. I knew it was going in. I just didn’t wanna get called for         It was a defensive battle throughout, with the Vikings hold-
the charge. I kinda hit a kid going in there.”                        ing a 17-15 edge at the half. Both defenses were very physi-
   Robinson ended up with a game-high 13 points. He also              cal and were constantly putting pressure on the ball. Valhalla
chipped in with five rebounds and six steals. The Panthers’           managed to take the Panthers out of their offensive rhythm
leading scorer, Jack Bramswig, was held in check for the ma-          and didn’t allow them to pile up the points they usually get
jority of the game and finished with just seven points, but           from both the perimeter and the paint.
grabbed six rebounds and had two steals. James Jensen and                “We played horrible,” said Delle Bovi. “Part of the credit
LaQuinn Shuler each scored nine points for the Vikings in             goes to Valhalla. They came to play. We were a step slower
the losing effort.                                                    today.”
   “It’s Valhalla-Pleasantville,” said Viking coach Dave Grein-          Though the offense was inconsistent, Delle Bovi recognizes
er. “When I grew up, Pleasantville was the biggest game on the        that if the effort is there defensively, his team will have the op-
schedule and I went to Valhalla. It has to be a big game.”            portunity to win every game.
   The Vikings stumbled a bit to begin the third quarter and             “I always preach defense,” he said. “What you have to re-
were held scoreless for nearly the first four minutes. They were      member is, on a day when you’re not playing well, if you’re
outscored 12-5 in the quarter. The struggles continued into           playing defense, at least it keeps you in the game. I always tell
the fourth quarter as the deficit was pushed to nine points           the kids hustle never had a bad day.”
with only five and a half minutes left in the game. But Valhalla         Both teams finished the week with victories on Friday.
still had hope as its defense stepped up and held the Panthers        Pleasantville jumped out to a 17-3 after one quarter and
scoreless over a four-and-a-half-minute stretch. The Vikings          coasted to a 50-38 win over visiting Westlake. Matt Nicolai
went on a run that cut the Panther lead to 32-31 with two and         scored 16 points to pace the Panthers, while the Wildcats got
a half minutes remaining.                                             19 points from Walter Hickey and 13 from Stefano Carlacci.
   Even though the Vikings didn’t quite pull off the upset,              The Vikings traveled to winless Keio, where they rolled
Greiner was pleased with his team’s performance. “I can’t be          to a 52-31 triumph. Jensen led the way with 13 points and
prouder of my guys,” he said. “I never question their heart.          Joe Portsmouth added 12. Most significantly, point guard
                                                                      Dan Annunziata made his return from an elbow injury and                 Valhalla’s James Jensen fires a jump shot from the corner in the
                                                                      chipped in with eight points.                                           Vikings’ heartbreaking loss at Pleasantville.

The Vikings’ LaQuinn Shuler sets up the offense in last week’s game   nolan Robinson (23) and his Pleasantville teammates celebrate after his game-winning basket with two seconds left against Valhalla kept the
at Pleasantville high School.                                         Panthers unbeaten this season.
22                                                                                                                           January 26 - February 2, 2010                                                                                                                                  The Examiner

Westlake Adds to Winning Streak by Topping Panthers
By Steven Corvino                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ron, who had a game-high 19 points.
   The Westlake girls’ basketball team                                                                                                                                                                                                         Tina Karaqi scored 15 points and Erika
could not have started the new year any                                                                                                                                                                                                        Schmid ended up with 14 points. The
better. The Wildcats have played seven                                                                                                                                                                                                         Panthers also had three players reach
games in 2010 and the results have all                                                                                                                                                                                                         double figures. Meghan Reda had 16
been the same.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 points, Kristina Howe14 and Lindsey
   On Friday afternoon, the outcome was                                                                                                                                                                                                        Gilfeather 13.
no different as the host Wildcats beat the                                                                                                                                                                                                        Despite her team’s second road loss in
Pleasantville Panthers 68-52 to extend                                                                                                                                                                                                         three days, Panther coach Gina Perino
their winning streak to seven and im-                                                                                                                                                                                                          praised the effort. “They’ve always hus-
prove their overall record to 11-3. The                                                                                                                                                                                                        tled,” she said. “The hustle has never left.
loss dropped the Panthers to 4-10.                                                                                                                                                                                                             Even the tough losses, the hustle has nev-
   “Pleasantville is a strong program that                                                                                                                                                                                                     er left the building with these kids.”
doesn’t give up, and they are one win away                                                                                                                                                                                                        Midway through the third quarter, it
from sectionals,” said Westlake coach                                                                                                                                                                                                          seemed the Wildcats were well on their
Sean Mayer after the game. “I knew this                                                                                                                                                                                                        way to an easy victory as they built a 47-
was a game they might look at as a game                                                                                                                                                                                                        28 advantage. Instead of giving up, the
they could win. I knew they were going to                                                                                                                                                                                                      Panthers were able to claw their way back
be hungry. I knew they were going to be                                                                                                                                                                                                        into the game and used a 17-2 run to slice
ready. And any time you play Westlake-                                                                                                                                                                                                         their deficit to 52-50 with just over five
Pleasantville, there’s always that extra                                                                                                                                                                                                       minutes remaining.
little something. But again, even with all                                                                           andy JaCoBS PhoToS                   Maggie Bathon (left) and Lindsey Gilfeather                                             “We have had trouble putting the ball
that, our girls responded.”                                         Rebecca oliva of Westlake lines up a shot in                                          of Pleasantville try to take the ball away from                                      in the basket, which has been all season
   Three players scored in double digits                            the first half of Westlake’s home game with                                           Valhalla’s Lauren arnau during Wednesday’s game
for the Wildcats, including Amy Mar-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  continued on page 23
                                                                    Pleasantville last week.                                                              won by the host Vikings.

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continued from page 22
long,” said Perino. “That
spurt in the third quarter
was the best we played in
a while. If they can con-
tinue that, that’s the team
I thought we would be.”
   But Westlake was just
too strong down the
stretch. The Wildcats
were able to answer back
by crashing the offensive
boards to earn second-
chance      opportunities.
With just over three min-
utes remaining, Schmid
grabbed an offensive re-
bound and scored on a
put-back to push the lead
back up to double digits.
Less than a minute later,
Marron was able to do
the same to put the game
   “I told the girls that
basketball is a game of
runs, you have to re-
spond,” said Mayer. “And Pleasantville’s Meghan Reda drives for a basket in the Panthers’ loss
I think we did a nice job at Valhalla last Wednesday afternoon.                                       Westlake’s Claire Mulgrew looks for a teammate
with that. I knew we                                                                                  to pass to in the Wildcats’ win over Pleasantville
were gonna make some shots there and           break affecting his players.                           on Friday.                                           Erika Schmid of Westlake puts up a shot in the
we did.”                                          “We’ve been on a roll and all our bod-                                                                   lane as Pleasantville’s Kristina howe looks on
   With their long winning streak, the         ies need a time for rest,” he said. “Right             their week with a Wednesday afternoon                during Friday’s game won by the Wildcats.
Wildcats have been one of the hottest          now, I just want them to focus on their                loss at Valhalla. The Vikings outscored
teams in the league for the past three         school work and take a little break from               them in every quarter and went on to
                                               basketball. We’ll get it back. I’m not wor-                                                                 game’s only two 3-pointers. Gilfeather
weeks. But due to midterm exams, they                                                                 a 47-32 victory. Tamara Tribble led the              scored eight points for Pleasantville,
now face a week of inactivity. Mayer,          ried about a break hurting our thing.”                 winners with 13 points and Christina
                                                  Meanwhile, the Panthers had begun                                                                        while Reda and Howe each had six.
though, isn’t worried about the long                                                                  Mitarotonda had 12, which included the

P’ville Grapplers Secure Second League Title in a Row
  By Tony Pinciaro                                                                                                                                            “It went well and I think we did as we ex-
   Harrison had reeled off four consecutive                                                                                                                pected,” Rodrigues said. “Zach (Patierno)
wins, including Andrew Planamento’s pin                                                                                                                    wrestled really well and had a tough weight
of Michael Kar in the 112-pound bout, to                                                                                                                   class. It was one of his best tournaments of
grab a double-digit lead.                                                                                                                                  the season. He lost in the first round Fri-
   Pleasantville knew it was time to kick it                                                                                                               day and had to wrestle two more matches,
into high gear and the Panthers responded                                                                                                                  then came all the way back to wrestle for
in dominant fashion. The Panthers won the                                                                                                                  third place. That shows his character and
last nine bouts to earn a 52-21 victory over                                                                                                               his mental toughness.”
Harrison and a second consecutive league                                                                                                                      Grippi decisioned Matt Spano of R.C. Ket-
title.                                                                                                                                                     cham, 2-0 on a first-period takedown and
   Andrew Serino initiated the run with a                                                                                                                  Speno handled Arlington’s Jimmy Duckham,
4-2 victory in the 119-pound weight class.                                                                                                                 9-2. Rodrigues registered a 25-10 technical
Bryan Vallejo (135), Nick D’Agostino (152)                                                                                                                 fall over Valley Central’s Nick Smith.
and Peter Talesnik (152) had pins and Blake                                                                                                                   “Spano is long but Tommy scored first
Artuso (130) and Kevin Bernarducci (145)                                                                                                                   and rode him out,” Rodrigues said. “Tom-
won by technical fall.                                                                                                                                     my was a hammer on top. Spano got in on
   Pleasantville coach Bob Bernarducci                                                                                                                     a couple of shots in the third period, but
credited 145-pounder Steve Stelzl and                                                                                                                      Tommy had great defense.
171-pounder Mike Morra with having nice                                                                                                                       “Sam does a great job on his feet and
wins, as did 189-pounder Vinny Velardo.                                                                                                                    when he took Duckham down, Sam’s
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   Stelzl scored a reversal in the final sec-                                                                                                              strength is on the mat.”
                                                 Peter Talesnik is about to pin Stephan o’Connell of Byram hills at 160 pounds in last week’s match at
onds to earn a 4-2 win over Rob Carducci                                                                                                                      Even though Rodrigues had never wres-
                                                 Pleasantville high School.
and Morra used a third-period escape to                                                                                                                    tled Smith before, the Fox Lane junior did
win 1-0 over Zach Guarnero.                                                                                                                                not alter his approach.
   “Steve did a good job of hanging in there     ners of each bracket met in the final.               was important for us, especially with one               “Being from Valley Central I knew he
with him before reversing him,” Bernar-             Pleasantville went 4-0 to win its pool-           dual meet left. It was good for our 10th and         was tough, but I did my thing and didn’t
ducci said. “Mike has been wrestling prob-       -beating Clarkstown North (38-31), Port              11th-graders who need to step up for sec-            worry about what he did,” Rodrigues said.
ably the best of anyone on our team. He          Chester (72-9), Croton (75-12) and Irving-           tionals.”                                            “My goal is to continue improving on my
wrestled real tough against Guarnero.            ton (63-12). The Panthers met Sleepy Hol-               Pleasantville began the week with a 66-           feet. I feel I’ve been getting stopped on my
   “He worked a real good 2-on-1 and was         low in the championship match and what               15 win over Byram Hills, coached by for-             shot so I’ve been working on some new
looking for the tilt. The first time Mike        a tight match it was, with the Headless              mer Carmel wrestler Bill Twardy Jr.                  takedowns because I want to make sure
wrestled him let him come to his feet a lot.     Horseman eeking out a 37-36 win.                        Velardo, Kar and Vallejo all had first-pe-        they are crisp.”
This time Mike kept him on the mat by us-           Juan Pablo Loja’s win in the 119-pound            riod pins and 285-pounder Obum Anychie                  Rodrigues said Fox Lane wrestled well
ing more wrist control.”                         bout was the difference as Chris Madera              pinned with one second remaining in his              in the victory over Somers, especially the
   Pleasantville, now 17-3, was happy to         closed out the match with a pin for Pleas-           bout.                                                Grippi brothers, Peter and Tommy, and
add another league title to the banner in        antville.                                               Byram Hills received wins from Diego              Pasqualini. Even though 2009 Division I
the gymnasium, but the Panthers are look-           “It was a good, well-wrestled match,” said        Monastra (96), Alex Varnhagen (103) and              103-pound state champion Brian Realbuto
ing ahead.                                       Bernarducci of the final. “Sleepy Hollow is          Brandon Lynn (130).                                  beat Tommy Grippi, 4-2, Rodrigues said his
   “We have been working toward peak-            always tough and to have a close match with             Fox Lane continued its strong showing             teammate wrestled very well. Peter Grippi
ing for the sectionals because we still have     them says something about our team.”                 this season with a 50-22 win over annual-            pinned a tough opponent in Brett Emanuel
some unfinished business,” Bernarducci              Bernarducci noted that Kar, Vallejo,              ly-tough Somers, improving to 15-1. The              and Pasqualini scored a 13-0 major deci-
said. “We also want to be at our highest         Kevin Bernarducci, D’Agostino and Morra              Foxes finished the week with a third-place           sion over veteran Gjon Kolaj.
mentally for sectionals.”                        all went 5-0 and Talesnik went 3-0.                  showing in the two-day Beacon tourna-                   Fox Lane will close out the regular sea-
   Pleasantville, which had opened the              Last year, Bernarducci said Occhipinti            ment.                                                son against archrival John Jay Friday, then
week with a victory over Byram Hills, went       was considering a change in format. The                 Steven Rodriguez (125), Tommy Grippi              go to the Super 16 tournament at Yonkers
to the newly-configured Croton tourna-           coaches, who are good friends, discussed it          (112) and Sam Speno (103) were champi-               Saturday. The following Saturday are the
ment. This year, Croton coach Sam Occhi-         and it was decided.                                  ons and Pat Fay (119) was a finalist. Matt           large-school divisional tournaments.
pinti altered the format of his tournament,         “I thought it was a good idea because             Pasqualini and John Grecco both took                    “It’s always a good match when we
going to a dual-meet format. The 10-team         everyone would be getting five matches,              third, Zach Patierno was fourth and Zach             wrestle John Jay because we are both good
field was divided into two pools with each       and we were home by 5:30 p.m.,” Bernar-              Ettlinger and Danny Clune both finished              teams and we’re both competitive,” Rodri-
team getting four matches before the win-        ducci said. “Wrestling in this tournament            sixth.                                               gues said.
Jack to the Rack

Jack Bramswig and the Panthers
Remain Unbeaten by Overcoming
Valhalla with a Last-Second Shot

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