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Town Delays Car Totaled in Route 132 Collision IBM Seeks
Cablevision Sales Tax
STAN giTNeR PhoTo
By Anna Lillian Moser
By Anna Lillian Moser
IBM is currently seeking a tax abatement
A 15-year contract with Cablevision
from state and county sales taxes on a $1.7
remains unsigned following a Nov. 4
million capital improvement project at the
public hearing, with councilmen Jim
company’s Watson Research Center, located
Martorano, Terrence Murphy and Vishnu
along Route 134. If granted, the Yorktown
Patel refusing to vote to approve the
Town Board will have to decide whether it
wants to renew a PILOT (payment in lieu
The contract has come under recent
of taxes) program with the company.
scrutiny, largely by members of the town’s
“It’s up to this board—in conjunction
cable advisory committee, who felt they
with the Ossining School District—to
were left out of the negotiating process.
decide whether we want to sit down
Members said they were also upset that
and talk about an IBM pilot program,”
the town board plans to not reappoint
Supervisor Susan Siegel said.
them to the board once their terms have
Siegel said she can understand why
expired. Cablevision’s previous contract
At approximately 4:15 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 6, a truck heading north collided head on with a car IBM is seeking the abatement, as well as
came to an end in 2009.
heading south on Route 132 near the intersection of London Road. Yorktown police say the driver, renovating certain parts of the building.
“This is not the way to treat people,”
Toriana Patterson, swerved into the other lane. “The nature of the business has changed
said Francis McVetty, a board member
‘Usually when a driver swerves into another lane it’s driver distraction,” said Lt. Kevin Soravilla. and there has to be some flexibility,” Siegel
who also has 24 years experience as a
Patterson was transported to the hospital by the Mohegan Volunteer Ambulance Corps. said. “It’s a difficult building. This building
technician for FOX. McVetty pointed out
that, like himself, other advisory board
The PILOT program is nothing new.
members have many years of experience and federal laws about a level playing either cable provider were virtually non- In fact, the town board and the Ossining
and expertise in different areas of the field. existent. School District have had a PILOT program
cable industry. “This [the town’s Verizon contract] had “We are stuck. We are in a corner and with IBM for the last decade, with IBM
“We need to have more meetings. We to be used as the basis for the contract this is because of the contract we have paying a fixed amount of property and
need to have a new chairman,” McVetty with Cablevision,” Koster said. with FIOS,” McVetty said, adding that school taxes each year. Councilman Nick
added, referring to the advisory board’s “They do have to be competitively once members of the advisory board Bianco expressed a certain amount of
current chairman Bill Rubin. neutral on the face,” added Robert Hoch, started looking at the 2008 FIOS contract weariness over the prospect of renewing
Town attorney Jeannette Koster, a representative with Cablevision. and began criticizing it, they were labeled the PILOT program.
however, said that after the town signed Since the contracts had to mirror one as “unruly.” “If this was creating jobs I would be 100
a 15 year contract with Verizon FIOS another, members of the town board felt Advisory board member Dennis Tate, percent for this,” Bianco said during a Nov.
in 2008, the town has to give both cable there was no longer a need for a cable who has produced and recorded public 4 town board meeting. “I want a guarantee
companies the same contract due to state advisory board since negotiations with continued on page 4 continued on page 3
Mill Court Crossing Approved by Planning Board Man Allegedly Streaks
in Lakeland Parking Lot
By Rick Pezzullo worked long and hard on this.” improve the safety of Red Mill Road rather By Sam Barron
A controversial housing project in The 15 homes are slated to be “market than restore it to its unsafe conditions.” Police are investigating an incident that
Cortlandt first proposed five years ago rate” four-bedroom, single-family homes, Of the 22 conditions imposed by the occurred at Lakeland High School on
was overwhelmingly approved by the priced between $600,000 and $900,000. planning board, three mandate traffic Sunday that led to the arrest of a 34-year-old
town’s planning board last week. Many concerns were raised by board improvements, including improving Yorktown resident for exposure of a person,
However, the development, known as members and residents throughout the site distance at the intersection of Mill a violation.
Residences at Mill Court Crossing, was planning process, particularly about Court and Red Mill Road; putting in Joseph LeBlanc was arrested on Nov. 7
scaled down significantly from its original traffic, drainage and the disturbance of a traffic calming measures on Red Mill and at 6:55 p.m. after police received reports of
27 lots (26 homes, one conservation lot) biodiversity habitat. Several were outlined providing funding for sidewalks along someone streaking in the Lakeland High
to 16 lots (15 homes, one conservation by the town’s conservation advisory Lexington Avenue and other upgrades at School parking lot. Police are investigating
lot) on almost 53 acres on the west side of council (CAC) in a Sept. 13 memo. the Lexington Avenue/Strawberry Road allegations that he approached two people
Lexington Avenue and south end of Mill In that memo, the CAC requested the intersection. and asked them to come into his car,
Court, off Red Mill Road. planning board reduce the number of Despite those conditions and the claiming he wouldn’t hurt them. LeBlanc
“I think it was a good outcome because homes to 10 because of steep slopes and to reduced number of homes, planner Bob was allegedly nude when he approached the
it limited the amount of homes on Mill minimize the impact on wildlife habitat. It Foley, who lives about one quarter mile two people.
Court and preserved a large parcel of also addressed traffic problems. from the development on Lockwood Yorktown Police said the case is under
land,” said planner Steven Kessler, one of “The current traffic situation on Red Road, voted against the project. review and characterized it as a pending
six planning board members who voted Mill poses unacceptable safety issues,” “I just thought this would have a investigation. Lakeland High School officials
in favor of the project. “I think everyone the memo stated. “The goal should be to declined comment, deferring to the police
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Complaints Abound Against New Voting Machines
By Sam Barron preferred the old method of voting. “You
Election Day is over and the results are also had to fill out circles. It reminded me Voting went a lot smoother at Westlake high
in: there is a lot of room for improvement of the Iowa (basic skills) test.” School’s mock election than at some of the
with the new polling system in New York. In New Castle, Town Clerk Jill Simon polling places around the area last week.
This year the state replaced its old lever Shapiro said that three of the scanners freshman Samanth Massaro casts her ballot
voting machines in favor of a system were down all day and that technicians in Anthony Paduano’s AP government class.
where citizens filled in a circle with a from the county were either late arriving The goal was to show students how the voting
marker to denote their choices before or never showed. process works and to remind them of the
having it scanned by a machine. Similar to “Despite a minimum of 10 calls, the importance of representation in government.
the primaries in September, the day was technician never showed up,” Shapiro As for the results, students elected Carl
marred with glitches and voter confusion. said. “We were able to use the emergency Palladino over Andrew Cuomo for governor;
“There was lots of confusion among ballots, but we didn’t have enough.” Joseph Dioguardi defeated U.S. Sen. Kristen
the election workers,” said Pleasantville Shapiro said that many of the snafus last gillibrand; and Jim Russell was selected over
resident Mark Markarian, who said he week also occurred during the primaries. Congresswoman Nita Lowey. The students did
Board of Elections officials were warned of vote to retain Sen. Chuck Schumer over his
IBM Seeks Sales the problems, but did not address them. challenger Jay Townsend.
“Election inspectors felt upset and PhoTo CoURTeSY of eiLeeN fARReLL
powerless to correct things that they
knew were a problem and no one was “Anything new poses challenges,” she in Yorktown, said there were numerous
responding,” Shapiro said. “That was the said. “Hopefully they will look at it and complaints, many concerning the lack of
continued from page 1 most disappointing thing of all.” possibly consider changing the design for privacy and the size of the print.
that the amount of jobs that are there will People also complained that the pens the next election. Many of the districts “It just was not private at all,” Grasso
stay there.” were too thick for write-in votes and that had 50 or 60 percent turnout, so it was a said. “The print was so small, people
The fear, however, is that if the board some polling places were not given privacy good day.” couldn’t understand what they were doing.
does not renew the PILOT program, IBM sleeves, she said. For some, the print was Of the 61 machines Cortlandt had in its People had to use magnifying glasses.”
will leave the area, moving Watson Center hard to read on the ballot and the Green 22 locations, two went down in Croton for He said the board of elections has to do
operations to a building in Southbury, Party line intersected with the Right to four hours. Others experienced outages a better job educating voters.
Conn. where there is more space. Life Party for the state Supreme Court and sporadically for shorter periods of time. “I would recommend larger print and a
“Do you want them to move to Family Court Justice contests. The limited technical support from the darker circle. The board of elections sits in
Connecticut?” Councilman Vishnu Patel “We didn’t take a step forward at all and board of elections took a while to correct a room and decides what has to be done,
asked Bianco. Patel happened to work at the that was a shame,” Shapiro said. “They problems. and we get all the abuse. It’s not right.”
research center for many years. “This is an had to know that 16 technicians for 400 Town Clerk Jo-Ann Dyckman said her Reginald Lafayette, Westchester
international company. This is important. polling places and 1,400 machines wasn’t office received complaints about lack of County’s Democratic board of elections
Yorktown is the birthplace of technology. a good idea.” privacy. Voter turnout was nearly double commissioner, said he expected there
This is a world class facility.” While the day didn’t go as badly in what it has been, with as much as 50 percent would be problems with a new system.
Bianco said IBM’s first obligation is to its Yorktown, Town Clerk Alice Roker said of registered voters coming to the polls. “There will be those who don’t like it,”
stockholders, while his first obligation is to the primaries were smoother because “It was brisk everywhere all day,” Lafayette said. “When people don’t like
the residents of Yorktown. fewer people turned out. Dyckman said. “There were some lines.” something, they voice their complaints a
Mike Burns, who lives near the facility, “I think the inspectors were prepared North Castle Town Clerk Anne lot more then those who like the system. It
said IBM has invested far too much in and knew what they had to do,” Roker said. Curran said two of the town’s districts went about as well as expected.”
the Watson Research Facility to simply “The voter was in shock. Unfortunately, also reported problems. In Districts 4 at But that didn’t make Markarian feel any
abandon it. there were lines at times because a number the Hergenhan Recreation Center, the better.
“If they get a PILOT program, I want to of the privacy booths were inadequate. It scanner had difficulty reading the ballots, “It’s really ticked me off,” Markarian
be on the list, too,” Burns said. wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be.” Curran said. said. “What in the world are we doing
IBM Program Manager of Economic Roker said she believes there will be Some inspectors were also unhappy here?”
Development and Real Estate Operations modifications once the commissioners with how things progressed on Election Rick Pezzullo and Martin Wilbur
Wayne Spinel could not be reached for talk to the clerks about how things went. Day. Tony Grasso, an election inspector contributed to this story.
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Klein Falls Short in Supreme Court Bid Town Delays Cablevision Agreement
continued from page 1
By Rick Pezzullo incumbent Colleen Duffy access shows at Cablevision’s studio on
ANNA LiLLiAN MoSeR PhoTo
Cortlandt Town Justice with 249,495 votes and Commerce Street for many years, said the
Gerald Klein came up Linda Christopher with town had the ability to negotiate had they
short in his bid on Election 243,128 votes. The seven- only reached out to the advisory board.
Day to win a seat on the year term positions carry “Unfortunately I have a bad feeling that
New York State Supreme with them an annual salary you’ve already made up your mind about
Court in the Ninth Judicial of $136,700. this boilerplate contract.”
District. Ending up in fifth and Under the proposed contract,
Klein, running solely sixth respectively were Cablevision would provide a public access
on the Republican line, Westchester County channel devoted to the Lakeland Central
finished seventh in the Legislator Jim Maisano with School District. Currently Lakeland and
eight-candidate field with Town Justice gerald Klein 235,803 votes and Suffern Yorktown must share a channel. Tate
178,430 votes, according to Village Justice Matthew said he believes, had the advisory board
unofficial tallies. Byrne with 235,029 votes. been consulted, there would have been a
The four available seats Right-to-Life candidate second school channel years ago. Tate also
were all claimed by Democrats, led by James Burke was a distant eighth. said the town should have negotiated for
Emmett Murphy, who was cross endorsed While hoping to ride the nationwide discounts for senior citizens. Cablevision representative Robert hoch speaks
by the Republican Party and won his Republican wave, Klein said he was not “If I was involved with this contract we during a Nov. 4 public hearing.
second 14-year term convincingly with surprised by the outcome. would have had that,” Tate said. “You don’t
435,932 votes. “There is still a significant number know what’s going on. You don’t know
Finishing in second was Lawrence of Democratic registered voters in the Cablevision and what you’re dealing with.” members would not vote, postponing the
Ecker with 280,794 votes, followed by ninth judicial district as compared to One way in which Cablevision and contract, which will be discussed again
Republicans,” he said. “The wave came Verizon’s contracts differ is that Verizon during a future town work session.
partially into the ninth judicial district but has no studio, nor is there any stipulation Rubin, who favoured the contract, said
not totally.” to construct one, the town having taken he was shocked and disappointed by the
Klein, 66, who was declared “well- money from Verizon instead. According decision.
qualified” to be a Supreme Court judge by to Hoch, the studio costs $250,000 a year “They chose to ignore the facts--not
the Westchester County Bar Association, to maintain. to mention cable franchise regulations
said he spread 2,500 campaign signs While Martorano and Murphy said they and the advice of the town attorney--
throughout the five counties in the ninth wanted a guarantee that the studio would and instead focused on the future of a
district and met hundreds of people during stay open, Hoch said this wasn’t possible. public access studio that even the current
Need a Photographer for a his journey. “The future of the studio, I honestly franchise agreement signed over 10 years
special occasion, residential or “Visiting all the different areas from don’t know,” Hoch said, pointing out that ago does not require,” Rubin stated in
business location, or just some Walkill, Warwick and Dover Plains to the there are studios in Peekskill and Harrison an e-mail following the meeting. “This
portrait or studio work? inner cities of Yonkers and New Rochelle as well. unnecessary action will only delay the
gives you an important perspective of the While Supervisor Susan Siegel and upgrade of the government channel and
Any Style Any Place different types of cultures contained in the Councilman Nick Bianco voted to approve town board room, as well as the second
five county area,” Klein said. “It was an eye the contract, the three remaining board educational channel.”
Photography provides afford-
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able digital photographs.
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review of traffic. At a certain point you because he feels the chairman ultimately
reach a threshold.” controls the flow of the meetings.
Public Comments Limited “When I ran the meetings I let people
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Yorktown Teen Center Plans For $16,000 Renovations
By Anna Lillian Moser window treatments and refurbishing the ANNA LiLLiAN MoSeR PhoTo
This spring the Yorktown Teen Center room’s pool table.
will undergo a makeover, and as with Rodriquez said when asked, the teens
most makeovers, the purpose of this one said they wanted food more than anything,
is to appear more attractive and younger but one of the major comments, even
looking. before Cerrone’s arrival, was that the room
Starting April 15, 2011, the Yorktown looked too much like a senior center.
Teen Center will be closed for renovations, “Well, we talked to the kids because, you
with a projected grand reopening on May know, we talk to the kids, not that we sat
1. The opening, Yorktown Teen Center down and said, ‘OK, what do you think?’
President Helena Rodriguez said, will A couple of them said, ‘This place looks
coincide with the center’s first ever arts like a senior center.’ I don’t want to bash the
festival. The festival will feature artwork senior center, but it was the senior center
from all different mediums to be displayed two years ago, so it was exactly what they
throughout Yorktown. thought it was.”
“It’s a Tribeca sort of thing,” Rodriguez “We sat down and tried to figure out
said. “But in Yorktown and by teens.” what exactly we were married to in the
Renovations to the Yorktown Teen room, which was practically nothing except
Some of the Yorktown Teen Center’s patrons play video games during a recent open mic night. The teen
Center, which is located in the Yorktown one computer because we had just bought
center will undergo a number of aesthetic renovations this spring.
Community and Cultural Center (YCCC), it,” Rodriguez said. “Everything else was
will be purely aesthetic. expendable.” efforts and does not expect the town to the YCCC any time soon.
“We’re conscious of not altering the Rodriquez estimates the renovations will contribute to the project. Rodriguez did, “We have a guarantee that we’re going to
building or doing anything permanent,” cost about $16,000. She plans to raise the however, ask the town board to guarantee be here a while, I don’t know how long a
Rick Cerrone told the Yorktown Town money through donations and fundraising the teen center would not get kicked out of while is, but I’m hoping at least five years.
Board earlier this year. Cerrone is the New
York Yankee’s former senior director of
media relations. He grew up in Yorktown Yorktown Town Board Gets Tough With Skateboarding Law
and spoke at the teen center’s annual
gala earlier this year. Cerrone has been By Sam Barron Town of Yorktown. “The concern has been primarily at the
instrumental in helping the teen center put Fed up with the damage that According to the law, no one is gazebo where skateboarders have caused
together a plan for the renovation project. skateboarders have done throughout allowed to ride or operate in-line skates, considerable damage,” Siegel said. “It led
“He started putting the idea in our head,” the town, the Yorktown Town Board roller skates, scooters and skateboards to the Lions Club having to spend $25,000
Rodriguez said. “We had been trying to unanimously passed a new law regulating in a careless manner, in a manner that to redo the gazebo.”
keep the place, so we never thought of the the use of skateboards, scooters, in-line endangers or causes risk to a person or Councilman Jim Martorano also
place as being anything different. In our skates and roller skates at the town board’s property, or impedes or interferes with expressed his support for the law, saying
vision we didn’t see that as a vision because Nov. 4 meeting. pedestrian or vehicular traffic. that this allows the cops to better police
our vision was to keep the place; to get The town board said that in-line skates, Penalties for violating the law are $25 reckless skateboarding. Before, the town
money for insurance and not be thrown out. roller skates, scooters and skateboards in for the first offense and no more than $50 had no recourse to effectively enforce
“We weren’t thinking big plans because we certain places within the Town of Yorktown for each offense thereafter. The law also dangerous or damaging activity.
were still struggling to keep what we had. create a public safety hazard and are also bans ice skating and sledding on town “We’re not against kids playing or
He said, ‘This is very nice, you have a good causing damage to town-owned property. property except when designated for use. skateboarding,” Martorano said. “We are
room, but maybe you want to think about The town said it is necessary to provide Towing of someone on skis, sleds or ice against reckless and endangering activity.
how you might attract more kids,’ because for the safety, health and general welfare skates is also not allowed. There is a need for this because people
that’s basically what we said we wanted.” of the residents of the Town of Yorktown Supervisor Susan Siegel said the have experienced this. This will be an
The renovations would include and the users of public spaces within law became a necessity, because of the enforcement tool for our police. I think it
repainting the floor, tiling half the room, the Town of Yorktown, and to protect damage that skateboarders have caused is a good law. How many times do we have
redoing cupboard and closet space, new and preserve public property within the throughout Yorktown. to fix the gazebo?”
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firstname.lastname@example.org One of the great things about Yorktown almost always take place in the evening. Calling out—yelling in many instances—or
is the passion of so many of its residents. People are tired and hungry, they’ve had distracting a meeting with a conversation
Many are truly committed to the town. too much coffee or not enough, so good while others are trying to conduct a meeting
There are dozens of organizations that have humor tends to be in short supply. should never be tolerated no matter how
grown and flourished over the years thanks But this doesn’t excuse the fact that much someone disagrees with the board.
to the hard work of their members. Selfless certain rules should be followed. First, You don’t leave the ringer of your cell phone
Adam Stone volunteers on the town’s committees and the board schedules two public comment on at full blast either.
email@example.com advisory boards have also contributed periods, giving residents ample opportunity These rules are not revolutionary nor do
Publisher greatly to the town. to speak on any topic provided it’s not the they suffocate anyone’s freedom of speech.
There are residents who volunteer at the subject of a public hearing that evening. It’s just a simple matter of respect and
Anna Lillian Moser various food pantries scattered around Residents are limited to three minutes common decency. This is the sort of stuff
Editor-in-Chief town. There are men and women who during courtesy of the floor, although they children in grade school are taught.
coach sports teams for the Yorktown and can come up to the microphone repeatedly It’s also worth noting that town board
Martin Wilbur Shrub Oak athletic clubs. There are women if they have the inclination to do so. members can be just as rude as some
firstname.lastname@example.org who chaperone at the Yorktown Teen During courtesy of the floor, residents are residents. Again, on some level the
Center. There are those who volunteer asked to address the town board. In turn, misbehavior is understandable. When
Bill Primavera their time on one or more of the town’s board members refrain from responding there’s a meeting and it’s near midnight,
email@example.com many advisory boards, commissions and to any comments or questions until after people get punchy regardless of which
Real Estate Editor committees. There are even those residents the public comment period has officially side of the table they’re sitting. It’s no
who simply sit in on weekly town board closed. Too many times, however, residents excuse, however, for board members to
firstname.lastname@example.org meetings. The residents of Yorktown are ignore and refuse to acknowledge the be speaking during courtesy of the floor
Freelance Reporter involved, very involved. three-minute limit, or, when town board or public hearings. During both instances
But passion or concern about an issue members try to stop them, they keep on board members should be silent, listening
Neal Rentz doesn’t necessitate being rude or unruly. going, even yelling at board members and intently and taking notes. Too many times
email@example.com Lately it seems Yorktown Town Board refusing to sit down. board members seem to forget where they
meetings have become increasingly Perhaps some residents feel the three are, acting more like trial lawyers than town
Sam Barron rowdy, with the public and town board minutes is too restrictive, and maybe representatives, cross examining residents
firstname.lastname@example.org members calling out, talking over one the town board should look into giving rather than waiting for a more appropriate
Reporter another, booing, clapping and cutting residents four or five minutes each, but time to speak.
each other off. Admittedly, it can make when someone asks you to sit down and Everyone has the right to express their
Andrew Vitelli for some great entertainment, but really, let another resident have a turn, is it really opinions, but obnoxiousness is out of line.
Reporter as far as town business is concerned, it is necessary to talk back or act nasty toward The old saying goes that you catch more
counterproductive. them? No, you politely sit down and wait flies with honey than with vinegar. Both
Annette van Ommeren On some level, rude behavior is to be your next turn. sides should stop, take a deep breath and
email@example.com expected. If something isn’t going a person’s It’s the same with public hearings, where practice some old-fashioned civility. It
way their natural reaction is usually one of people often talk out of turn or make loud, would be a welcome change.
Dina Spalvieri anger. On top of that, town board meetings rude remarks from the back of the room.
New Voting Machines Are a Waste of Taxpayer Money
Zach Smart I have always felt having the opportunity exactly what is wrong with the State of New device that houses the emergency paper
Sports Reporter to vote was a privilege and that every vote York. ballots. We can track a package around the
counts. After my voting experience at the At about 7:50 am, I went to cast my vote, world, but we can’t track election ballots to
Garrett Steven Turner Pound Ridge Town Hall on Nov. 2, it’s hard only to experience for the second election, ensure that they are counted (remember
firstname.lastname@example.org to believe our state shares those feelings. voting machines that were useless. I what happened to our men and women in
This voting experience reminded me of really should thank the board of elections uniform who voted in the last New York
Bill Kennedy for providing me with an epiphany: “As election?). Faith is only something I want
email@example.com a tax payer, the state of New York is a to have in God, not the election process.
Freelance Photographer Local Business Goes Business from which I pay for services as a While I do appreciate the myriad of
Nick Antonaccio Above and Beyond customer.” Isn’t an election really a service
level agreement? If our elected officials
election volunteers, they were rendered
completely impotent because none of them
Wine Columnist I’d like to relate a pleasant experience don’t perform up to our standards, we can perform voting machine maintenance.
that I had in these times of people taking penalize them by voting them out of office, While I appreciate that “change” takes time,
Gennifer Birnbach but only if the voting machines work. As as a New Yorker, I’m sick of waiting for it.
firstname.lastname@example.org advantage of seniors. I recently had a
new heating and air conditioning system a tax-paying customer of that service, I In business, those that are first to market
Special Sections Director
installed by Sunshine A/C & Heating of demand a refund for all the money spent usually have the biggest piece of the pie. We
Nikki Gallagher Yorktown. They gave me a competitive on those worthless machines for which should reward those who are nimble and
email@example.com price for the work. They completed the I paid. Weren’t we promised the voting require performance guarantees of all those
Account Manager issues would be rectified before the mid- in office or any entity that holds any type of
work in a timely manner. They were neat
and professional. When they completed term elections? contract in the state (like those jokers who
Jeff Ohlbaum I could have filled out an emergency provide the voting machines). I’m sick of
firstname.lastname@example.org the work they called to follow up on it
Community Outreach Manager and the owner himself came back the next ballot with a “privacy screen” that is only waiting on empty promises of our elected
week to re-check the work. When I call truly private if those voting next to you officials and our voting machines.
Paul Cardi are under four feet tall or sitting down on
email@example.com with questions, they answer them in a very
patient way. It’s refreshing to have such a a non-existent chair. Instead, I chose to Amy K. Broghammer
Senior Account Excecutive
good experience when you hear of such vote via the electronic machine reserved Pound Ridge
horror stories out there with contractors for people with disabilities since that felt
more secure than the “backpack” style
taking advantage of seniors.
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A Tentative Budget That Includes Some Hard Choices
Part I of the $10,000 assessment on public water and community. I believe that I’ve achieved will be reduced from four down to
budget process is sewer, and including garbage pick up and that goal and that most residents will not three.
now complete. As emergency medical services, that works be impacted by the few modest reductions • The YCCC will be officially closed
the town’s chief out to an actual increase of $46, for a total in some services. on Sundays. However, Yorktown
executive officer and town tax bill of $2,388.89. Equally important, I believe that this is Community and Cultural Center
chief fiscal officer, For the typical homeowner without an honest budget that neither artificially tenants such as the Yorktown Stage
I’ve submitted town utilities, but with garbage pick up inflates revenue sources or recklessly uses will continue to be able to use the
my 2011 tentative and emergency medical services, the our depleted fund balance monies to lower building on Sunday but they will have
budget to the increase will be $48.74, for a total town the tax rate further. And, in a word of to pay for the required custodian.
By Susan Siegel community and the tax bill of $1,746.34 (the reason for the caution to the town board, I’ve identified • The John C. Hart Memorial Library
town board. higher increase for residents without potential additional 2011 expenses, such will continue to operate seven days
As Supervisor, I am public utilities is the 2.27 percent decrease as tax certiorari settlements, that are not a week but will modestly reduce the
recommending a $48.30, or 3.65 percent, in the water district tax). included in the tentative budget but which number of hours it is open each day.
increase in the tax rate for the three Throughout the budget process, my cannot be ignored. • For the second year in a row, funds
budget funds that all Yorktown property overriding goal has been to keep the As I wrote in my earlier budget for road paving will be limited to
owners pay: the general, highway and increase in the tax rate as low as possible commentaries, I knew I was going to have whatever the town receives from
library funds. while maintaining the programs and to make some hard choices and that I New York State as part of the CHIPS
For the typical homeowner with a services that I knew were important to our would not be able to please everyone. The program.
starting budget numbers were horrendous. I am also proposing changes in eight
I was faced with a $1.9 million decrease staff positions and the elimination of a
Obituary in non-property tax revenue compared
to 2008, increased expenses totaling $1.3
part time outside contractor for a net
savings of $278,000, the equivalent of 1.64
million, plus the need to “find” an extra percent on the tax rate. These changes
$500,000 in revenue (or make are in addition to saving
Hen Hud Graduate Killed By Drunk Driver Laid to Rest $500,000 in cuts) to make up more than $500,000 a year
By Rick Pezzullo Kozar was born July 8, 1987 in Yonkers for the $500,000 one-time-
only infusion from the fund
Guest in salaries by eliminating 10
staff positions in 2010 by a
A former Cortlandt resident and
Hendrick Hudson High School graduate
to Russell and Kathleen Kozar. He attended
Furnace Woods Elementary School and balance in 2009 that lowered Commentary combination of attrition and
killed by a drunk driver in Florida was Blue Mountain Middle School before the 2010 tax rate increase. an early retirement incentive.
laid to rest last week. graduating from Hendrick Hudson High That left with me two basic It’s now on to Part II of
Douglas James Kozar, 23, was buried School in 2005. He received a bachelor’s of options if I wanted to limit the tentative the budget process. In its capacity as the
last Thursday in Mount Hope Cemetery science in criminal justice with a minor in 2011 tax rate increase to no more than $50: town’s legislative body, the town board
in Hastings-on-Hudson following a business administration at the University Find likely and fiscally prudent sources will review my tentative budget, meet with
funeral mass at St. Matthew’s Catholic of Tampa. of additional revenue, or cut expenses all department heads, and vote to adopt a
Church. Kozar and a 24-year-old female An avid fisherman, he worked as by $811,000. Ultimately, my budget is a preliminary budget in mid-November.
co-worker were walking on a bridge in a catering associate for the Marriott combination of both options. However, That budget will then be presented to the
Tampa, Florida at about 2 a.m. on October Waterside Hotel in Tampa. because there were limited opportunities community at a public hearing scheduled
30 when they were struck from behind Besides his parents of Cortlandt, Kozar to realistically–and prudently–increase for Dec. 2. By state law, the town board
by a 2011 Cadillac. They both died at the is survived by one brother, Matthew the revenue side of the ledger, my primary must adopt the 2011 budget by Dec. 20.
scene. William Kozar of Las Vegas, his paternal focus had to be on where and how to A copy of the 192 page 2011 supervisor’s
The driver of the Cadillac, Dr. Matthew grandparents Rev. Elias and Anna Kozar reduce expenditures. The result is a tentative budget is online on the town’s
Moye, 34, a dentist, was charged with and several cousins and friends. tentative budget for the combined general, Web site at www.yorktownny.org.
two counts of vehicular homicide, two Memorial donations can be made to highway and library funds that is only
counts of driving under the influence, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, 790 $14,445 more than the 2010 budget and Susan Siegel is supervisor of the Town of
manslaughter and driving under the Watervliet Shaker Road #6, Latham, NY includes the following service reductions. Yorktown.
influence with injury. 12110. • The number of bulk trash pick-ups
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Ball Rolls to Victory in 40th District State Senate Race
By Anna Lillian Moser the Democrats who are Republican and claiming to be Ball’s ex- “I think Ball has been has been able to
The atmosphere at Sentrista just as annoyed at the girlfriend. connect with the mood of the people,”
Grill in Brewster was unusually over taxation as myself.” Ball acknowledged, though, that Julian said. “His thing is playing to the
docile for a Greg Ball victory Ball said his first order Kaplowitz was able to take him to a higher voters’ emotions. I think it’s a dangerous
party. Ball himself was of business, even before level of campaigning and intellectual thing to vote based on the emotional
uncharacteristically quiet. He entering the Senate’s debate. rather than that rational and Ball is able to
looked tired and his voice was chambers on Jan. 1, Kaplowitz could not be reached for manipulate emotions.”
slightly hoarse. is to form a reform comment in time for this article. Moving to the state Senate, Ball will go
“I was ready to jump in the caucus, something he Pace University political science from being an official overwhelmed in the
truck,” Ball told supporters. spoke about during his professor Dr. Greg Julian, whose expertise Democratic-controlled to one with more
Ball, however, can’t go driving campaign. is New York State politics, said Kaplowitz’s clout and importance.
off into the sunset, at least not “As a sitting negative campaigning had little to do with “I’m going to the State Senate not only
for another two years. The two- ANNA LiLLiAN MoSeR PhoTo assemblyman I have the Ball’s victory. Instead, Ball has a knack for to fight, but to lead,” he said. “As a majority
term assemblyman won the opportunity to reach tapping into the unrest of an electorate that state senator I’ll have the power and the
Assemblyman greg Ball basks in
40th Senate District race last across the aisle now has been stretched thin by soaring taxes ability to make enormous change at a
the glow of victory.
week, defeating Democratic and begin building the and has developed an increasing distrust of statewide level and I look forward to it.”
Westchester County Legislator reform caucus I’ve always government. The 40th Senate District seat has been
Michael Kaplowitz. wanted to build to begin Since bursting onto the political scene held by Vincent Leibell for the past 16
Kaplowitz refused to concede on election pushing for measures like comprehensive in 2005 before leading up to his first years. Leibell was elected Putnam County
night, but after midnight while returns school tax reform, capping property taxes, Assembly run, he has probably been able to executive last week.
were still coming in from Westchester, freezing school taxes for seniors and some communicate with voters better than most
Ball finally declared himself the winner, form of term limits.” candidates in the region, Julian said.
having won by significant margins in the Ball said he believes Kaplowitz went too
Putnam and Dutchess County portions of
the district. Unofficial tallies from the three
negative with his campaigning, focusing on
personal issues, rather than tangible ones.
Hayworth Rides Republican Surge
counties showed Ball out in front with
47,908 votes to 5,563 for Kaplowitz.
“If my opponent was as focused on tax
reform, term limits and getting New York
to House Seat
“The final numbers have huge margins in back on track as he was on my personal life By Andrew Vitelli With the nation’s economy
Putnam and Dutchess County and it looks it would’ve been a much closer race,” Ball In 2006, with the country struggling to climb out of
like we’re breaking even in Westchester said. unhappy with a Republican- a recession and the federal
County,” Ball said. “I look forward as a The race featured a weekly stream of controlled House, Senate and deficit skyrocketing to $1.42
state senator not only for Republicans and bizarre antics by both candidates, including White House, Dover Plains trillion last year, Republicans
Conservatives and Tea Party activists, but the sudden appearance of a Mahopac resident John Hall, a former hammered Democrats on
for the independents, the blank voters and woman who supported the dynamic Ulster County Legislator, excessive spending and
rode the Democratic promised to rein in both
surge to election in New spending and taxes. Hayworth
Katz Sets Out to Represent the Fighting 99th York’s 19th Congressional
District, edging out six-term
was no different, calling the
ANDReW ViTeLLi PhoTo bailout irresponsible and
By Anna Lillian Moser to disclose all outside revenue, requiring incumbent Republican Sue saying the stimulus hadn’t
Kelly. Nan hayworth celebrated given the economy the
Dr. Steve Katz, who entered politics witnesses for all meetings with lobbyists,
less than a year ago, will be headed to eliminating pensions for legislators and The tables were turned last her election to the 19th expected jolt.
Albany come January to represent the 99th limiting the assembly speaker and Senate Tuesday, as Hall fell victim Congressional District. “I also think she was a
Assembly District. Katz won the seat last majority leader to one term. to a nationwide Republican recipient of what we saw
week against Democrat Brendan Tully and Katz also plans to demand a forensic audit surge that gave the GOP nationwide, where people
Jim Borkowski, a fellow Republican running of the state’s budget. control of the House and closed the gap in are just saying ‘Enough big government,
on the Conservative line, winning 49 percent Along with consolidation of services, Katz the Senate. Hall’s Republican challenger, enough meddling in our lives, enough
of overall votes. believes cracking down on Medicaid fraud ophthalmologist Nan Hayworth, beat with the trillions of dollars worth of deficits
Katz, a 57-year-old Mohegan Lake and even trimming services will help balance Hall with 53 percent of the vote. Her six- that you’re handing us,” Jim DiBella, the
resident, owns the Bronx Veterinary Center. the budget. He also called for pension point victory was significantly greater than Putnam GOP Chair, said after Hayworth’s
During the campaign Katz emphasized his reform and believes a Tier 6 program should any of the pre-election polls predicted, as win. “Maybe the Republicans got this right,
experience and success as a small business be implemented when the next contracts Republicans gained more than 60 seats in and small government is the way to go.”
owner. A Republican and member of the Tea come up. He hopes to freeze, and eventually the House. Putnam Democratic Chair Lynne
Party movement, Katz said he decided to run eliminate, school taxes for seniors and has “This belongs to the voters of District 19, Eckardt believes Hall simply fell victim to
because he was fed up with what he perceived criticized unfunded mandates. and it belongs to a country that is desperate the Tea Party movement and an overall
as an abundance of career politicians who “I did this to help people, and now I’m for change and eager to have the change dissatisfaction with incumbents.
had created a state government lacking going to be able to,” Katz said. that we have made here together in District “I do feel it was really the Tea Party effect
integrity and accountability.6“Now the fun Tully said the backlash against Democrats 19,” Hayworth told a group of boisterous on that race,” Eckardt said. “I personally did
starts,” Katz said on election night, adding across the country hurt his campaign. He supporters at the Hotel Sierra in Fishkill, a lot of calling, and the feedback I got on
that he was very humbled by the entire said despite the defeat, he’s very proud of all shortly after Fox News projected her the John for the most part was overwhelmingly
campaign experience. “I will do the best that the hard work and effort supporters put into winner at around 11:15 p.m. “The federal positive, so I have to think it was more of the
I can.” his grassroots campaign. government that has been laying on us like Tea Party influence than anything else.”
Katz has a six-point plan to clean up “We did our best to fight it, and I think we a stone will be lifted. We are going to shrink Hall has been an outspoken critic of
Albany, starting with term limits for all did a pretty good job,” Tully said. it and get it tamed and under control.” the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in
legislators. Katz also proposes eliminating Hall, who was re-elected in 2008, was the Citizens United case, which allowed
pre-primary endorsements, forcing officials Andrew Vitelli contributed to this story. a supporter of the bailout, the stimulus corporations to pour unlimited money into
program and the health care reform bill, elections. In his concession speech, Hall
all of which put him in the crosshairs of warned of the implications the ruling.
Galef to Serve Another Term in Albany Republicans critical of these programs “I hope you remember who your bosses
and others enacted since President Obama really are,” Hall said, directing the comment
By Sam Barron New York more competitive with other was elected in 2008 (though the bailout, or to the incoming House members, “because
Sandy Galef (D-Ossining) was easily states. She said she would like to see a Troubled Asset Relief Program, was signed it is a new world when millions of dollars
re-elected to another term as state stronger ethics reform bill passed in Albany, by President Bush). of corporate money, including foreign
assemblywoman for the 90th district, as well as seeing campaign finance reform. Hall and his supporters gathered across corporate capital, can be used to drown
capturing more than 60 percent of the vote “Who is going to want to run unless they the street from Hayworth, at the Fishkill out the paltry contributions and the wishes
against Republican challenger William have a lot of money?” Galef said. “I will Holiday Inn, though the mood was far and the votes of the American people.
Gouldman. be an ally for change. I hope we will make less upbeat. Even after Hayworth gave I hope that does not become more of a
Galef, who also defeated Gouldman in changes and differences for individual her victory speech, Hall’s staff was calling reality than it is today.”
2008, has been up in Albany since 1993. lives.” the race “too close to call,” but once the Hall made sure to reaffirm his thoughts
The 90th Assembly District represents With a stable government finally in Associated Press called it for Hayworth on the war in Afghanistan in his parting
Peekskill, Cortlandt, Ossining, Putnam place, Galef believes that New York is Hall acknowledged defeat and called speech.
Valley, Phillipstown and Kent. on the right track. She said that with one the congresswoman-elect to offer his “I hope also that we decide as soon as
“It worked out the way I wanted it too,” governor resigning and another that was a congratulations. Giving his concession possible whether in fact it is possible to
Galef said. “I thank the voters, because lame duck, the state was lacking in strong speech, Hall came out to Come Sail Away stabilize the country and the government
without them, I wouldn’t have succeeded.” leadership. by Styx (a far more somber choice than of Afghanistan and whether we are going
Galef said she believes that on Election “I hope we have one governor for four Frank Sinatra’s New York, New York, which to continue to sacrifice not just our money
Day, voters said they were fed up by years,” Galef said. “That is so important. It had been Hayworth victory tune half an but the lives of our service men and women
high property taxes. For years, Galef has was hard for our state. I thought Paterson hour earlier). While Hall didn’t have nearly for an endeavor that is of questionable
been a strong advocate for consolidating was on the right track, but he wasn’t an the crowd Hayworth had across the street, attainability,” he said. “I have been to
departments and for consolidation and elected governor and he wasn’t running for his supporters received him with a minute- too many funerals and made too many
shared services in school districts. office. He didn’t have the ability to move long ovation after he and his wife, Pam, condolence calls in the last few weeks to
“I will be advocating for many changes,” forces that Cuomo will.” took the stage. take this lightly.”
Galef said. “We have to make sure we don’t Galef defeated Gouldman 63-37 percent “It has been an amazing experience for Hayworth took 58 percent of the vote
increase spending in this state so we don’t in Westchester County, and 52-48 percent me,” Hall said of his four years in Congress. in Putnam, the only county contained
borrow and raise everyone’s taxes.” in Putnam County. At the end of his remarks, he joked that “As entirely within the 19th Congressional
Galef said she hopes that newly elected Gouldman did not respond to requests my cardiologist told me a few weeks ago, if District. Hall took 53 percent of the vote in
governor Andrew Cuomo will help make for comment. you win, you win; if you lose, you win.” Westchester, the only county he won.
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By Anna Lillian Moser
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sometimes the healthiest options are also
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“We’re trying to help here, we’re trying
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Jariri. A Peekskill resident, Jariri has owned saving to its customers gives Valley
gas stations and deli, but the grocery Market a competitive edge over other ANNA LiLLiAN MoSeR PhoToS
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Valley Market is a welcome addition to supermarkets up the street. “If we didn’t the store’s wide selection of fresh produce.
the Route 6 corridor. Prior to opening, the then why would people come here?”
building was home to Hollywood Video,
“We deal in volume so everything’s fresh $ $ $
but laid dormant and abandoned before and it keeps the prices low,” Perez added.
Jariri saw it. He said what attracted to “And that extends to everything.” Towards Your Total Towards Your Total Towards Your Total
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Designing Homes For Kids’ Safety, Fun and Education
When I observe all could potentially cause he described was a strap that attaches from
the kid safety features of harm, even death. After a wall to the back of a flat screen TV or
today’s cars, strollers and taking care of the safety any piece of furniture that is likely to tip
homes, I wonder how any issues, they can plan a over. He also shared with me a catalogue
of us over the age of 40 child’s room around fun, with all the other safeguard products such
ever survived childhood. education and delightful as doorknob covers, cabinet latches, stove
It’s been a long time since themes. guards, microwave locks, refrigerator
I’ve had a toddler in the Back in the dark ages locks, electric socket covers and guards for
house, but I knew things when I was a child, my folding and sliding closet doors.
had changed significantly older brother and I shared “With toilet seat locks, I suggest that
when my married daughter a room that had only two homeowners remember to unlock them
told me that we could not twin beds, a chair and when expecting company or there can be
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put my grandson into the one chest of drawers. an embarrassing moment,” he said.
crib or the high chair that Not much better than a His strongest caution was that safety Matthew Karabaic, owner of i Luv My Kids,
she had occupied because monastery cell, the room gates at the top of the stairs should be describes the multi-use features of the Play and
they were too dangerous. had only one decoration: mounted into the wall, making them more Study Bed. opened doors lead to a secret hide-
Considering that her a picture of two orphans secure than pressure gates. and-seek playroom, complete with lights and a
bed, from the time she from Boys’ Town in “With pressure gates, there is a bar bookcase.
was a toddler to a teenager, Nebraska, where an older across the bottom and, no matter how
was a stenciled antique boy is carrying a younger many times you remind yourself, you can hide-and-seek playroom under the bed
from the 1840s made with one on his back through easily trip over the bar when the gate is with lights and a bookcase inside where
no thought of safety at the snow, and below is open,” he said. parents can add a rug or even another bed
all, it’s lucky that my wife the quote, “He ain’t heavy, Once the necessity of safety is addressed, for sleepovers.
and I weren’t arrested for Father. He’s my brother.” there is a whole new world of adventure “I warn parents when they come in that
endangering the welfare of For sentiment’s sake, I today in designing a room for a child, their children are not going to want to leave
a child. still have that picture in my room. starting with cribs that convert to full size until they have this.” Karabaic said.
Recently, I showed a home that was so This week I was passing the new location beds, using the back as a headboard and With delivery and assembly, the Play and
heavily protected for child safety that I kept of I Luv My Kids, a kids’ furniture store on the front as the footboard, adding sidebars Study Bed costs $2,700.
embarrassing myself by not being able to the Yorktown-Cortlandt border on Route and slats that are provided Beauty can be To pull together the decorative theme of
figure out the contraptions meant to stump 202, and I stopped in to wish the owner combined with practicality with multi-use a child’s room, I Luv My Kids also offers the
toddlers. I wasn’t immediately able to open Matthew Karabaic good luck. While with furniture where a loft bed might feature services of an artist to create hand-painted
the door to the basement or release a safety him, I asked which safety products are storage for clothes while providing other motifs for walls and furniture, with the
gate at the top of the stairs. I noted that most essential for a home with kids. functions as well. artwork patterned after a favorite story, a
there was even a safety lock on the toilet, “There’s no specific thing that is more I was drawn to a large and fantastic piece place or even to match a bedding set.
but fortunately, my clients didn’t ask to use important than the other,” Karabaic of furniture called the Play and Study Bed
it. Had I stumbled and fallen, I’m sure my responded. “It’s a combination of that features a loft bed and, below, a four- To know more about planning a home for
head would have bounced off something everything, depending on whatever might drawer dresser, steps that each open to kids, visit www.Iluvmykids.com or call 914-
soft like a rubber guard along the raised go wrong in any room in the house.” double as storage, a full desk and a secret 402-5402.
fireplace hearth or a spongy protection on While Karabaic specializes in high
the edge of a chest of drawers. quality furniture and educational toys, he
Today, parents of young children have knew all the safety products from his years Bill Primavera is a licensed Realtor® (PrimaveraHomes.com), affiliated with
a whole new world of products that can in the business, and rattled through them Coldwell Banker, and a marketing practitioner (PrimaveraPR.com). Anyone
ensure their safety from anything that like an inventory list. The first safety device considering selling or buying a home can reach him directly at 914-522-2076.
United For the Troops to Hold Fundraiser at Southside
By Sam Barron Since starting in 2007, United for the hanking you.” grateful soldiers and chaplains.
An organization in Shrub Oak is doing Troops has shipped over 3,000 boxes to Rathschmidt said that aside from “A chaplain wrote to me and said he
what it can to make life better for troops soldiers. The boxes cost $10 to ship and helping soldiers while overseas, it also gave two boxes to a soldier,” Rathschmidt
serving overseas. everything sent is donated. Boxes will be helps them when they return, because the said. “The soldier has been deployed
On Saturday, Nov. 13, from 5 p.m.- sent on Nov. 27, in time for the holidays. soldiers know they are coming home to three times and has never received a
8 p.m., United for the Troops will be While United for the Troops works all something. letter or a package. The chaplain that said
holding its biggest fundraiser of the year year round, September to November is its “They know there are people who care he had never seen his face light up and
at Southside Inn on South Lake Boulevard busiest of time of the year. The gift boxes about them,” Rathschmidt said. “They that he felt so warm when he opened his
in Mahopac. The event will feature raffles, also feature letters from people thanking know that this country has people that are package.”
food and music, along with t-shirts, the soldiers for what they do. concerned about them.” While running United for the Troops
sweatshirts and hats being sold. “We realize these men and women are United for the Troops has taken off since is a lot of hard work, Rathschmidt said he
In 2007, Jim Rathschmidt, a Mahopac doing their best,” said Rathschmidt, adding it started in 2007, and the Rathschmidt enjoys it. He said he felt guilty when his
resident, funded United for the Troops that the group has no political motivation. family has always run it. They have many son was first sent over because the family
after his son, Luke, was deployed to “We want them to come home safe.” volunteers and receive many donations. hadn’t done anything to help the troops
Iraq. Rathschmidt wanted to do what Rathschmidt said that when soldiers Gifts not sent to soldiers are given to local before.
he could to lift morale and let the troops receive a box, it is quite a positive charities. “The soldiers and families that we’ve
know that their efforts were being experience for them. “It’s community run and spearheaded gotten to meet, it’s gone beyond our wildest
appreciated back home by sending them Wish lists from the soldiers are compiled by us,” Rathschmidt said. “Without the dreams,” Rathschmidt said. “The reaction
gifts. Rathschmidt said that his son told and listed at www.unitedforthetroops.org. community helping us, we wouldn’t be and satisfaction that we get comes back
him that many soldiers have no family “The morale gets pretty tough,” able to do any of this.” ten fold.”
back home and often never receive gifts Rathschmidt said. “You start to lose Rathschmidt said the greatest thrill
or letters of encouragement. Luke has track of where you came from, but then of running United for the Troops is the For more information on United for the
recently returned home after serving in you realize somebody back home is e-mails and letters that he receives from Troops, visit www.unitedforthetroops.org
Iraq and Haiti.
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‘Mama’s Night Out’ Helps Raise Funds For Support Connection
By Sam Barron come together and have are not cultural events.”
Yorktown-based Support Connection an enjoyable night of Braja said the theater has hosted some
is discovering that laughter might truly laughter, looking at the events in conjunction with other non-
be the best medicine. lighter side of life.” profits. Many non-profit organizations
The Paramount Theater in Peekskill Barbara Cervoni, also rent out the theater to host their
will be hosting “Mama’s Night Out” on the director of services own events. Braja reached out to Support
Nov. 12 at 7 p.m., featuring three female and communication for Connection after booking the show.
comedians talking about motherhood Support Connection, “We wanted to do something together
and family, with a portion of the proceeds said that she feels the to use this as an opportunity to raise
benefiting Support Connection. Support event is a good fit for money for their cause and raise awareness
Connection provides a wide array of Support Connection, of the Paramount,” Braja said.
services and help, free of charge, for noting that they have Since its founding in 1996, Support
people battling ovarian and breast hosted a comedy show Connection has served thousands of
cancer. before that was well people. In 2009, Support Connection
The three comedians were finalists received. served 560 different individuals affected
on The Search for the Funniest Mom in “We have different by breast or ovarian cancer. Peer
America, a Nick-at-Nite reality show. events that take place Counselors provided 647 sessions of
VIP tickets are $55 and feature a pre- during the year,” one-on-one counseling in 2009.
show reception and raffles. Cervoni. “It’d be nice if
“We rely on the support of the those activities are fun For more information on Support
community,” Executive Director activities.” Connection, visit www.supportconnection.
Katherine Quinn said. “We must fund Cervoni said they org For more information on the show,
our programs and services. This show is “Mama’s Night out,” which will benefit Support Connection inc., will feature are expecting at least visit www.paramountcenter.org.
great family fun, geared toward mothers Nick-at-Nite’s “funniest Mom in America” finalists. 200 people and are
and women, but is open to everyone.” hoping to raise several
Quinn said that they have wanted to “We are here to give you the opportunity thousand dollars.
work with the Paramount Center for the to give you the resources that you need,” “We think it’s a pretty good deal,”
Arts for the past few years, recognizing Quinn said. “People might call here Cervoni said. “You get to see a great show
the beauty of the venerable theater. for emotional support or to find out locally without driving into the city.”
“This is a great opportunity for the two information. We talk to people from Pat Braja, the acting executive director
organizations to work together,” Quinn all over the country. We rely heavily on of the Paramount, said that she is looking
said. “People are looking for things volunteers.” forward to a fun family comedy show. The perfect way to relive all the most treasured
that are affordable and we are bringing Support Connection holds an annual “We thought this would be a great show and special moments of your life.
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Minutes Like Ours’ Frontman Goes From Leadoff Hitter to Lead Vocalist
By Andrew Vitelli age 22’ kind of deal,” said Maher, now 23.
This summer, Peekskill native Matt “There was a lot of experience behind it.”
Maher was cut from the Evansville Otters, Maher’s decision to give up baseball was
a professional baseball team in Indiana. not an easy one, as getting cut from one
Maher had spent his whole life on the team is far from the end of the road for a
baseball diamond, starring for JFK in ballplayer. He considered trying out for
Somers before getting a scholarship to play another pro team, and likely would have if
for Fairleigh Dickinson University in New music weren’t waiting for him.
Jersey, even earning First-Team Academic “I remember driving home [from
All-American honors from ESPN The Indiana] thinking ‘You know what, I gave
Magazine. While it was the end of one this my best shot and I felt like I did great
dream for Maher, it was the beginning of and it didn’t work out,” he said. “Music’s
another. just such a great opportunity, and I think
In addition to being a star athlete, Maher there’s so much more potential in it than
was an aspiring musician and the lead baseball ever had.”
singer and pianist of Minutes Like Ours, a Maher said he had the full support of
Peekskill-based pop band. When he went his mates when he went to Indiana to give
to Indiana, he had left his band mates baseball a try, though when it didn’t work
behind. After he came back, satisfied he out they were glad to have him back.
had given baseball all he had, he was ready “Emotionally for all of us, it was a little
to do whatever it took to make it as a rocker. odd,” O’Gara recalls. “We were all so happy
The band has been catching on quickly; for him to have the opportunity, but we all Minutes Like ours’ song “Lights out” won the pop category in MTV’s ourStage competition in october.
last month, their new single “Lights Out” wanted him to continue to play. Selfishly,
was the top pop song of October in MTV’s we were all happy that he was back so
“OurStage,” an online contest judged by quickly.” high school. unique sound that people are interested in
visitors to the site. The MTV contest isn’t the only indication “Obviously terrible,” he said, “but once I is really a mix of those styles, and everything
“It was one of those things where we he made the right choice. Minutes Like got to college I just started writing a little converging and resulting in a song that
didn’t really put a lot of eggs in the basket. It Ours is already on rotation at WRRV, a bit more.” no one’s ever heard before,” O’Gara said.
was more like ‘Ah, let’s try this out. It seems Poughkeepsie radio station, and will soon His senior year of college, Maher began “I had played with other people in high
pretty cool. It’s MTV,’” Maher recalls. “As be heard on WHUD. While the band is recording songs with Tom Simmons in his school and college, and I had never really
the month progressed, we went from 800th still looking for a record deal, they’ve got free time and first began thinking of music felt as at home with any band as I have with
to 500th to 300th… All of a sudden, it said upcoming shows at the South Side Grill as a career, deciding he would pursue it if Matt, Tommy, Devon and Damon, to be
we were in the top 10 songs.” in Mahopac (Dec. 10) and The Chance in baseball didn’t work out. completely honest.”
Formed in 2008, Minutes Like Ours Poughkeepsie, where they will play in The “I was an athlete who became a Maher said there are many similarities
features Tom and Devon Simmons, brothers Bamboozle Break Contest. musician,” he said. “All these other guys between baseball and music, especially the
who grew up in Cortlandt Manor before While his band mates had grown up in were musicians all their lives.” hard work and time that one must put into
moving to Mahopac, at bass and guitar bands their whole life, Maher’s musical In some ways, joining together after both to be successful. There’s also, though,
respectively; Somers native and JFK grad experience is more limited. He had taken each musician had some time to grow one key difference that made his decision
Pat O’Gara on the drums and Walter Panas piano lessons for five years, starting at age individually may have helped give Minutes to pursue music a little more rational.
grad Damon Kost on the guitar. Kost and 5, and in his senior year in high school he Like Ours the original style that’s been “At 25, you’re way too old for baseball if
the Simmons brothers had been in a band won the school’s talent show. gaining so much traction. All the band you haven’t made it yet,” he noted. “Music
in high school and the two new members “I won 300 bucks,” he recalls. “Ended up members listen to different genres of music, you can play forever.”
added some new blood to the mix. getting a keyboard.” which is reflected in the way they play. For more information or to hear some of
“It wasn’t a ‘Let’s start a band together at He also began writing his own songs in “I think what gives us a great and very their songs, visit www.minuteslikeours.com.
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Bird Walk at Croton Point Park:
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Come join us for another trip to this For a complete calendar of groups at all dog owners. The test simulates everyday
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6:45 a.m., or meet at the park’s entrance the AKC. The test can also be a stepping Parade will be held on Sunday, Nov.
booth at 7:30 a.m. Bring binoculars. November 12 stone to therapy certification. The test 14 in Shrub Oak.
Level of difficulty: Easy to moderate. What Can be Done About will take place at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. at Line-up will begin at 1:30 p.m.
Register with Joan E. Becker at jebecker@ Osteoporosis?: Presented by Debbie the Guiding Eyes at 611 Granite Springs at the Lakeland High School east
bedfordaudubon.org or (914) 232-4806. Lenihan, PT Physical Therapy at Jefferson Road in Yorktown Heights. The cost entrance parking lot. The parade will
Genetics and Hereditary Risk Valley. This seminar, held at John C. Hart is $20 per dog and proceeds benefit step off at 2 p.m. sharp from the high
Relating to Breast and Ovarian Cancer: Memorial Library in Shrub Oak, is based Guiding Eyes’ Training School Kennel school, march east on Main Street and
The 11th in a series of educational forums on the Meeks method for the treatment Enrichment Program. Program specifics end at the John C. Hart Memorial
presented jointly by Support Connection of Osteoporosis and how to prevent or and the required online pre-registration Library (distance of march is about .7
and The Cancer Treatment and Wellness arrest common body changes with aging. is available at www.guidingeyes.org/ of a mile).
Center at Northern Westchester Hospital. Learn the do’s and don’ts of exercise caninegoodcitizen. Any breed of dog is A brief ceremony honoring our
This forum is open to the public, and with Osteoporosis/Osteopenia. Program welcome to participate and there is no veterans will follow on the grounds of
will specifically address genetic issues begins at 11:30 a.m. The library is located age limit for dogs taking the test as long the library. Refreshments will follow
regarding breast and ovarian cancer, a at 1130 Main St., Shrub Oak. For more as they are fully vaccinated. For more the ceremony.
topic that is relevant to cancer survivors, information call (914) 245-5262 ext. information, contact Danielle Whitmarsh Please do not park at the library, as
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Peggy Cottrell, MS, CGC, a certified pianist Tom Kohl. Division Street Grill artist Susan MacMurdy, whose work is
genetic counselor from the Dickstein is located at 26 North Division St., on view in the library’s gallery through near Beach Shopping Center. For more
Cancer Treatment Center at White Plains Peekskill. For more information or for December 3. Ossining Public Library information call (914) 739-0500.
Hospital Center who has specialized dinner reservations call (914) 739- 6380 is located at 53 Croton Ave. For more Downtown Music Presents Jay
in cancer genetics for eight years. The or visit www.DivisionStreetGrill.com. information call (914) 941-2416 or visit Hoggard Quintet: Downtown Music, a
program begins at 6 p.m. at The Cancer Poets and Writers on War and Peace: www.ossininglibrary.org. nonprofit performing arts organization
Treatment and Wellness Center at The Slapering Hol Press Second Friday Creative located in the heart of White Plains,
Northern Westchester Hospital, Mt. Cafe Reading Series at the Hudson Valley Writing for features The Jay Hoggard Quintet on
Kisco. Pre-registration is required. Call Writers Center will present the 5th Annual Caregivers: Sunday at 4 p.m. Celebrated vibraphonist,
(914) 962-6402 or (800) 532-4290. Veteran’s Day Reading: Poets and Writers M a r y Jay Hoggard, and his ensemble will
Readers & Writers: Ben Cheever and on War and Peace, featuring readings of Crescenzo, be joined by vocalist, Ruth Naomi
Esmeralda Santiago: Join us to discuss original works by veterans Rod Carlson, author of “Piece Floyd, the Downtown Singers and the
books with an evocative sense of place Matt Coffey and Dan Griffin at 7:30 p.m. of Mind,” Choirs of Grace Church for this joyful
that can make the familiar seem strange, Carlson, Coffey and Griffin have been presents a talk about art and illness, program featuring Hoggard’s original
and the strange familiar. Starting at participants in David Surface ’s memoir as well as a hands on creative writing compositions and selections from the
7:30 p.m., come discuss the power of writing workshop for U.S. Veterans. exercises for caregivers. Find out how Sacred Concerts of Duke Ellington. The
setting--its effect on characters and on The evening also includes readings by the arts, visual, creative writing, music concert will be held at Grace Church at
readers--with authors (Ben Cheever selected community poets and writers and movement can relieve stress when 33 Church St. in While Plains, with a
and Esmeralda Santiago) who live in who submitted work for consideration faced with illness. Crescenzo has worked special pre-concert talk that will begin
the Hudson Valley, which itself holds a by a panel of judges for SHP. The reading as an arts facilitator with persons with at 3:30 p.m. A reception follows the
storied place in literature. Ossining Public is located at the Hudson Valley Writer physical disabilities, Alzheimer’s patients concert. Tickets are available at the door
Library is located at 53 Croton Ave. For Center 300 Riverside Drive, Sleepy and their families and caregivers of all for $25 adults; $20 children/seniors.
more information call (914) 941-2416 or Hollow NY. For information call 914 332 kinds using art to enhance quality of life. Season of Harmony: a presentation of
visit www.ossininglibrary.org. 5953 or log onto www.writerscenter.org Bring a pad and pen or pencil. Crescenzo popular and holiday songs performed a
Admission to the reading is $5 payable at will be available to autograph her book cappella by an award winning women’s
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14 November 9 - November 15, 2010 The Yorktown Examiner
No.1 Mahopac’s Train Derailed in Section 1 Finals
Covering Northern Westchester & Putnam County Sports
No.2 New Ro’ Cops 5th Straight Class AA Grid Title in 23-7 Win Over No.1 ‘Pac
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Mahopac RB Dillon Addonizio
evades a would-be tackler in the indian hB Tom Viento breaks a
indians’ 23-7 loss to five-time tackle as WR Ryan foley sets up
Section 1 Class AA champion New his block in Sunday’s 23-7 loss
Rochelle in Sunday’s title tilt. to New Ro’.
By Ray Gallagher a New Rochelle defense that limited Ro’ red zone. But Foley was sacked, setting
There’s a reason that five-time defending state-ranked (No.17) Mahopac to just up second and long. Eventually, thedrive
champion New Rochelle comes to 131 yards of total offense. Indian QB stalled the drive and New Rochelle sealed
Mahopac every year and wins the Section T.J. Foley scored the lone touchdown for the deal on Lucas’ second TD, capping a
1 Class AA football championship. In Mahopac, getting in on a 1-yard bootleg 13-play drive with a 10-yard jaunt that
eight of the last 11 years, the Huguenots five minutes into the second quarter. took nearly 6:00 off the clock and derailed
have simply been the better team; largely DB James Lenahan set up the score by the “Train Ride” for good.
because they are bigger, faster and stronger returning an interception 45 yards to “I felt like we still had a shot to win
than their respective opponent each and the New Ro’ 32. Foley capped a 32-yard until there was about five minutes left in
every year. drive with a half-yard boot, faking a dive the fourth,” an emotional Indian Coach
Such was the case in last Sunday’s 23-7 to Dillon Addonizio, which opened up a Tom Donahoe stated, noting Mahopac’s
Section 1 Class AA title win over host hole one could drive a bus through. five come-from-behind wins this season. Mahopac’s Mitchell Vallen and Andrew Polito (75)
Mahopac, a participant at the big dance After holding Mahopac on its opening “Until they scored that last one, I thought do what boys do after a tough loss.
for the first time since 1988. Despite a possession, New Rochelle was stopped we might still have a chance.”
raucous, pro-Mahopac crowd and a strong inches short of the goal line on its first The Indians were unable to sustain any “This has been the best season I could
belief that an upset was a brew, the Indians possession, but after turning the ball over pressure on Butts, who went untouched have ever asked for,” RB/LB Tom Viento
were unable to contain New Rochelle, on downs, Caldararo tackled Indian FB in the pocket all day. Quick drops, fleet said. “I’ve been dreaming about getting
regardless of the fact that the Huguenots Dillon Addonizio in the end zone for a hitches and cagey counters were the order here my entire life, and just being here and
were “down” some this year: Down for two-point safety. Lucas made it 9-0 in of the day, thus nullifying speedy LB Victor playing in this game was unbelievable.
them, at least. the blink of an eye, scoring off a 34-yard DiFusco’s dynamic abilities to crunch ball It’s tough losing, but they were a great
New Ro’ RB Jordan Lucas seized the day, touchdown run. After the Foley score, carriers and limit QB mobility. team. Me and my boys went through this
rushing for a game-high 107 yards and the Huguenots took possession with a 9-7 “They’re fact, disciplined and well together. We’ll never forget this as long as
two touchdowns for the second-seeded lead and just 1:12 left in the first half, when coached,” Donahoe said, “so yeah, there’s we live.”
Huguenots, who will face the winner wily Huguenots Coach Lou DiRienzo a reason they keep coming here and Neither will the rest of the warriors he
of next week’s state quarterfinal dialed up a “Jailbreak Screen” win every year. They play the game the ran with, including Frankie Langella, T.J.
(Section 9) and Troy (Section Football for RB Capri Corn from rangy
QB Khaliq Butts. Corn not
way it supposed to be played. This is a
tremendously special group. Obviously,
Foley, Ryan Wagner, Patrick Donahoe,
James Lenahan, Michael Desandre, Joe
2) at 8 p.m. on Nov. 20 at Dietz only has a cool name, he’s this hurts right now, but when they reflect Dugan, Jon Sgoutos, Dillon Addonizio,
Stadium in Kingston in the fast. He raced 59 yards for back on this season they’ll see how they Ryan Hill, Zead Ramada, Austin Snisky,
semifinals of the NYSPHSAA the backbreaking touchdown just really, really overachieved and had a Damiam Martino, Victor DiFusco, Jamie
tournament. before the half, which clearly took the tremendous season.” Chapeton, Joe Gambino, Enda Dunbar,
Lucas, a freakish senior, won Most wind from Mahopac’s sail. The season concluded short of Connor Bronner, Eoin Hughes, Ryan
Outstanding Back honors and added Still, the score was 16-7 through three Mahopac’s goals, but the 2010 Indians will Gray, Mitchell Vallen, Jake Raff, Danny
three grabs for 35 yards, and added an quarters, and the Indians had a shot at be remembered as the team that brought Neilis, Chris Tacca, Brian Goralick,
interception and a fumble recovery for the staging a comeback for the ages. Addonizio Indian pride back to the program, reaching Andrew Polito, Rich Palladino, Connor
Huguenots, ranked No.4 in NYS. cracked off a big gainer, bringing Mahopac the Section 1 title game for the first time Daniel, Robert Mastropole, Michael
Anthony Caldararo, named the game’s to the New Ro’ 34, and RB Tom Viento since 1988 and falling one win short of Lopez, Vincent Bondi, Max Reiser, Steven
Most Outstanding Lineman, spearheaded converted another first down near the New Mahopac’s first championship since 1984. Illescas and Nick Puoplo.
www.TheExaminerNews.com November 9 - November 15, 2010 15
Bo’ Knows Hockey, Scores Game-Winning Goal in Title Tilt
Lakeland Repeats as Class B Field Hockey Champs
By Zach Smart
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For some, the thought of revolving
one’s yearly schedule around field hockey
may seem a bit overwhelming. For Emma
Bozek, however, subscribing to an eat,
sleep and breathe field hockey regimen put
her in position to help defend Lakeland’s
Section 1 championship.
What was done in the darkness came
to light Sunday, as Bozek’s second-half
goal powered Lakeland to a 1-0 victory
over Rye and yet another Section 1
Class B championship on the campus of
Manhattanville College last Sunday.
Coach Sharon Sarsen, she of the Section
1 icon status, notched her 11th Section
1 championship overall in 29 years of
competition on the Section 1 circuit, and
the fourth time in five years.
“All season we’ve been working towards third straight win over the Tigers since the
fine-tuning our skills and getting better Putnam Valley Cailin Dunphy cracks down on
every game physically,” said Bozek, the Lakeland’s Rebecca Bard in the Tigers’ 4-0
freakish forward who followed through semifinal loss to the hornets.
on junior midfielder Nikki Schultz’s blast
into the circle, laying her stick on the rock Sept. 16 deadlock. Since that Game 1 tie,
and quickly firing one into the back of the Lakeland has outscored the Valley by an
net to give Lakeland all the scoring they 11-0 margin.
would need. With the loss, the Tigers conclude the
“It feels really good,” she added. “One 2010 campaign with an overall record of
of the things that separate Lakeland from hornet Megan Bozek, who cranked the game’s only goal in Lakeland’s 1-0 championship win over Rye, 7-5-5. The Tigers have nothing to hang
other programs is that we do play all year fires a shot in Lakeland’s 4-0 Section 1 Class B semifinal win over Putnam Valley last Thursday. their heads about. They defeated schools
round. It’s important because that extra double their size. They posted crucial
play over the summer carries over and Just when you thought the schedule and fired home a blast from five yards victories. They were the only team in
translates to the field when games get would get lighter during the mundane out. Scavelli lifted the rock into the upper Section 1 to put so much as a blemish on
rough.” summer dog days, captain’s practice and right hand corner off of a dish from Abby Lakeland’s otherwise perfect season to
Lakeland’s hounding defense kept Rye pick-up games at Lakeland and Putnam Murdock. date.
in check throughout. Schultz, a center- Valley High School took off. The team was The laser eluded the grasp of PUTNAM The Tigers simply ran into a buzzsaw
mid by trade, thoroughly draped Rye’s enthused about defending its castle and VALLEY goalie Tori Ferraro. Ferraro had in the Hornets. After the game, Cortina
go-to scorer in Annie Van Wagenen (one playing a fundamentally sound brand of her hands full all evening, as Lakeland touched on the obstacles the team hurdled.
goal, one assist against Pleasantville in field hockey from the jump-start. thrived in the frenetic, go-go transition She accentuated the positive.
semi-finals). Lakeland (17-0-1) players Now the Hornets are back where they game and outshot the same Cortina reflected on the progress
have been pretty familiar with Van rightfully belong; in the New cross-town rival, who tied they made, the overall success that was
Wagenen’s game over the years, having York State tournament, them 1-1 in the first of attained, the wealth of positives that
played alongside her on the Hudson Valley poised to defend their state four meetings between may not outweigh the negative of losing
Empire State team. title and garner a fifth overall the two teams (Lakeland in the playoffs (and failing to earn a
“We knew that we had a great opponent NYSPHSAA championship. went 3-0-1). berth in the Section 1 title game) at the
in Rye,” explained Bozek. “Nikki did a HORNETS SHUT OUT “We call it a rivalry,” moment-- though it will only be a source
great job matching up with Annie and VALLEY IN SEMI-FINAL said Scavelli of the history between of motivation in the long run.
took away some of her fundamentals.” Lakeland forward Shannon Scavelli was Lakeland and the Tigers, a team who they And while Cortina and parents may
The Hornets’ offense was predicated the catalyst for Hornets’ offensive unit in see year-around through tournaments, have consoled the Tigers following
on forcing the corners and providing last Thursday’s Class B semifinals, knifing workouts, indoor leagues, Empire State the loss, Thursday night was a weighty
more shots at net for the team’s surplus through PUTNAM VALLEY’s defense Games, and summer leagues. We both reminder that the road from here does not
of snipers. Lakeland failed to capitalize and pulling up shots at will. Scavelli, one know each other so well. We are pretty get much easier.
on some transition attacks earlier in the of the most talented players to ever put much down the road from each other, so Scavelli and Bozek, the team’s top
game and looked much more polished in on a Lakeland jersey, was an accurate there’s definitely that competition.” scorers and two of the best in Section 1,
the second half. depiction of hell on wheels with a field Scavelli was the jump-starter. Following are only juniors.
“Defensively, everyone had to be on hockey stick. Stokes’ eye-popping save, Putnam Valley
the same page,” explained Bozek. “Rye Scavelli turned in a hat trick to spark went into the locker room sporting the
has some great offensive threats so it was Lakeland’s offensive fireworks, though it look of frustration. Whatever crucial
a matter of us really coming together in was Courtney Stokes’ quick-reaction save points Tigers coach Toniann Cortina
the back field, our communication and at 5:38 remaining in the first half that was drilled home at halftime, she wasted no
chemistry was crucial. It added up to us the true difference maker. time as the Tigers chugged out to the field
holding the shutout today against a great Stokes made a dazzling dive to stonewall 10 seconds before the clock started.
offensive team.” a surefire shot with 5:38 in the first half, Lakeland’s defense continued to stall
Now, Sars and the yet again Section sacrificing her body for the betterment many attacks, with goalie Amanda
1 champions have a major challenge of the team as Lakeland kept Putnam DiDomizio applying a suffocating brand
cooking on their front burner. The road Valley off the scoreboard en route to a 4-0 of defense that helped Lakeland score their
to defending the state championship shutout.
includes a stop against Red Hook, who “Our defense has been amazing for
is eager to avenge last year’s loss in the us throughout the year,” said Scavelli,
opening round of the state tournament. who popped a game-high four goals,
“We’ve played them before, so we know spearheading the Hornets to an 8-0
what to expect,” said Bozek. “It was the shellacking of Harrison in the quarterfinals.
same situation last year. We’ll be ready we Simply put, one of the fiercest scoring
just have to work hard in practice and work threats on this side of Lindsey Toppe has
on the things that need to be improved in embraced the goal-bagging beast within
order to raise our level of play.” her.
Bozek was rarely seen without a stick “The 2-0 lead gave us a boost going into
last summer. The junior played in the halftime and we were able to keep going,
Empire State Games. She competed in but I think we came out with a good
Junior Olympics and played against a mentality in this game,” she added. “We
wealth of top-tier teams during a stay knew we could only control what we do,
in Virginia Beach. She helped Lakeland so we just came out and played our game
blend a unique mix of established veterans and our defense was strong.”
and Scavelli deposited one with 11:47
newcomers, who’ve made a seamless remaining in the first, firing home a spot- hornet captain Chelsea Remling leaps into the Lakeland’s Shannon Scavelli lets out a yell that
transition by solving the chemistry up snipe. arms of co-captain Amanda DiDomizio after the would curl your hair after scoring one of three
experiment in the Hudson Valley Summer Just 27 seconds later, Scavelli leaked goalie locked down her 13th shutout of the season goals she deposited in the hornets’ 4-0 win over
Field Hockey League. out on the break with a full head of steam in Lakeland’s 4-0 Section 1 Class B semifinal win rival Putnam Valley.
over Putnam Valley last Thursday.
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Haldane Wins 1st Section 1 Championship Since 2002
Lakeland Falls to Somers in Class A Semis, 2-1
By Zach Smart and Garret Steven Turner got to the ball and deposited
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Haldane Coach Ahmed Dwidar’s home the game-winner before
Facebook status says it all. a red-clad Tusker crowd, which
“What’s done in the darkness shall soon wasn’t nearly as happy a day
come to light. The road to success is not later in a 2-1 championship
straight. Obstacles have been hurdled, loss to Byram Hills.
mountaintops have been reached and we’re While Lakeland ended the
still not done... NYS Section 1 Class C season without the sought after
champions.” Section 1 title, the Hornets
Dwidar, the 24-year-old coach of weren’t completely sulking
Haldane, spoke all season about defying about the almost-had. hornet Rob Caffrey watches his go-ahead goal
odds, rising to the occasion, defining the “Even without Monte and as harrison goalie winces in pain after colliding
moment and riding it until the wheels fall Peter I thought everyone with Caffrey in Lakeland’s quarterfinal win over
off. The Blue Devils were a feast-or-famine stepped up and played huskies.
team throughout the regular season, great,” said Robbie Caffrey,
habitually scoring a signature win and then the go-to-guy and offensive
following it up with a lackluster loss. The catalyst throughout the 2010
high point came when they tied Lakeland, campaign. “We worked very
3-3 as Sean Daly and Chris Marchese hard to fight back and to tie
would turn in an accurate account of their it. Monte and Peter definitely
scoring abilities. could have helped us but you
In the playoffs, Dwidar’s squad came out can’t think about what could
of the gates hot. They defeated Tuckahoe in have happened if we had
a free-firing attack. They outshot Tuckahoe them. You know, the whole
by a 30-10 margin and out-gunned the Mahopac’s Danny Shea goes airborne for head ball in 3-1
year we played without having
Tigers in a penalty kick shootout, 4-3. quarterfinal win over RCK.
everyone, without a stacked
Converted kicks by junior All-Section deck, so you can’t think about
honorable mention Sean Daly, Jimmy that, really.”
Meekins, Stephen McCann and Alex The No.3-seeded Hornets seemed to
Schaeffer (who stole the show on senior have the upper hand on shot attempts
night) propelled the Blue Devils past and transition opportunities in the first
Tuckahoe into the finals. half, but they failed to capitalize on some
On the campus of SUNY Purchase scoring chances.
Saturday, Dwidar faced against a No.2- The Tuskers got on the board when
ranked Solomon Schecter team that had Rasmussen instigated a penalty kick and Rob Caffrey leaps into the arms of teammate
defeated them earlier in the season in deposited one in the right corner. The Peter Tarone after scoring game-winning goal
a rough-and-tumble affair marred by kick appeared it would hit the right post at against harrison.
penalties. first, but it found the inside of the net as he
This time, Haldane took the momentum fought religiously to elude Mike Scala off coaches from both sides and the game
from the previous win and kept it. The Blue the dribble. stalling for nearly a seven-minute period
Devils thrived in the transition game, ran Sophomore Gonzalo Prando, a talented for Chris Monteferente’s closed-fist shot to
a number of plays through the lightning- youngster with the skill set and tools to a Harrison player’s ribs, Reiche remained
quick Daly, and set up two goals for emerge into the face of the program in composed throughout. The junior kept the
Marchese en route to a 2-0 shutout and the two years (after Monteferente plays out his net intact and displayed reflexes that would
Section 1 Class C title, Haldane first since senior season), popped a goal with 10:45 elicit a response from even a cheetah.
2002. remaining to knot it up at 1-all. Reiche collected nine saves, none more
hornet Chris Monteferante gets some hang time
“He fought like a wolf for that last goal,” “As Sebastian Marquez says, ‘we are a jaw-dropping than the shot attempt he
said Dwidar of Marchese’s second half family’,” said Caffrey, when evaluating how stuffed at point-blank range with 28:38
deposit during which he knifed through kids. We’re definitely not done yet. Don’t far the team had come to get to this high remaining. He stymied one of the best
two defenders, scraping them off the sleep on the ‘Dane.” point. “We started as an immature team open field attacks Harrison had all night.
dribble and depositing a goal into the Obstacles have been hurdled, but we surprised many people this year. He scooped up balls and punted them 60
upper right corner. mountaintops have been reached. Haldane The league championship was definitely yards out, setting up two-on-two situations
“He’s one of the toughest kids to ever play has popped the lips of pundits and overcome highlight of the season for me. Just being and accelerating the fast break.
here,” he said. “He never relents, he never their own expectations. Dwidar, who co- how we went from being teammates to “He made a huge save there,” said
stops fighting. He just has a high-motor owns Silver Spoon in Cold Spring, said he actual brothers was another big part of this Hourahan of Reiche’s pulse-pumping stop
that never really shuts off. My seniors, I has already decorated the restaurant/bar season.” at 28:38. “He’s an All-Section player. You
couldn’t be more happy for them. They with pictures of this year’s team. Caffrey, who popped four know, he’s only a junior but his reaction
were so crucial for us this season.” “I’ll remember this moment game-winners and two walk- when he gets off the ground is something
Dwidar, the first-year head coach who for as long as I live,” said offs, will be one of several else. He seems to get better and better every
is consumed by soccer (his father coaches Dwidar, holding back tears seniors sorely missed by game. Right now he’s holding a record of
on the professional tier in Egypt), could as he thanked the people who the program. According to 25-6, that’s a pretty good start to a career.”
nave have envisioned this type of finish at madethisopportunitypossible Caffrey, it goes both ways. Questionable calls and wars of words
the start of the 2010 campaign. The lack for a young coach climbing the “I’m going to miss it for between officials and players told the story
of depth, short numbers, considerable ladder after one year with the sure,” said Caffrey, who will play lacrosse of the game.
strength of schedule, and a slew of kids who J.V. “We never doubted ourselves, that’s the at Providence next year. “The team is going “The ref came up to me after the game
sat the bench last year created some cause biggest part of this experience. Everyone to be a team reckoned with next year, I have and told me, ‘you’re kids are a bunch of cry
for concern. Dwidar figured it would be a remained unified and the chemistry never no doubt about that.” babies,’” explained Hourahan. “I’d say that
rollercoaster ride with learning experiences dwindled. It wasn’t the size of the group it Hornets Defeat Harrison In is pretty unprofessional.”
and that Haldane would have to fight just was the fight of the group. I was blessed to Lakeland took their lead on adept
Mammoth Referee Meltdown scorer Rob Caffrey’s go-ahead goal with
to make their presence known. have a handful of young men with positive Forget, for a moment, that the game was
And so the Blue Devils will keep fighting attitudes and outlooks who love soccer and 18:26 remaining. Caffrey snaked through
marred by paltry, putrid, and downright
into the New York State tournament. more importantly love Haldane soccer.” a pair of defenders, clearing traffic on his
pathetic officiating. Forget that the referees
“I told them time and time again, ‘define Somers Defeats Shorthanded way to an open net. An untimely collision
painted Lakeland’s field in yellow cards and
the moment’,” said Dwidar of his pre-game between a Harrison’s sweeper and goalie
Lakeland for Class A Chip handed out yellow cards like a fraternity
Etienne Ducasse created such a situation,
speech before they took the grandest stage As Somers’ Dylan Howie tapped home the pledge hands out keg cups at a party.
Haldane soccer has been on since the 2002 and Caffrey took full advantage to put
game-winning goal in Somers’ 2-1 victory Forget that Chris Monteferente and Peter
season. “You guys are part of history right Lakeland on top.
over Lakeland, the look of devastation was Tarone were negated with yellow cards and
now, let’s keep this going. I mean we have Caffrey then sniped home a 15-yard goal
evident from the Lakeland bench. Junior Lakeland coach Tim Hourahan can’t enjoy
a hungry, solid core of kids here who love to give Lakeland a 2-1 lead they wouldn’t
stopper Chris Monteferente and senior the Section 1 second round win, a vital
playing together and love to win. They relinquish.
D Peter Tarone, two crucial starters who triumph which catapulted Lakeland to the
just went out there and were all heart and “The sweeper ran into their goalie and I
would have played but both were relegated 2010 Section 1 Class A Final Four.
hustle. I can’t even put in words how good just found the loose ball,” said Caffrey.
to the role of spectator because of red cards Steven Reiche played out of his mind last
this feels right now.” Caffrey’s goal was much-needed, as
the previous game, helplessly watched Tuesday night, stoning a slew of shots and
It was a ‘Dane dash to the finish, with the Lakeland let a few opportunies slip by
Somers celebrate their 2-1 Section 1 Class stifling a number of Harrison’s transition
Blue Devils emerging as unlikely Section 1 the wayside. Caffrey, a beneficiary of
A semifinal victory. opportunities. The cornerstone of
Class C champions. sophomore Gonzalo Prando’s crafty
Capitalizing on a flick from offense Lakeland’s defense, Reiche’s ability to seal
“If this is a dream, man, don’t wake me dribbling and dealing throughout the
operator Anders Rasmussen with 1:30 the net shut played a role in the Hornets’
up anytime soon,” said Dwidar. “This has second half, capitalized on the broken
remaining, Howie saw the seam and took penalty-plagued 2-1 win over Harrison.
just been a remarkable ride and it speaks to play.
full advantage of it. With precise timing, he With the referees jawing at players and
the resolve and mental toughness of these continued on page 18
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Hen Hud, Haldane Plunder Section 1… Again!
Sailors Cop 11th Title in Row; Haldane Secures 5th Straight
By Nick Gallinelli Sailors set their tone early. Behind the
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It was a successful few days for the playmaking of Jackie Tamburri and above-
17-0 Hendrick Hudson High volleyball net dominance of Sareeta Nethersole,
team as the Sailors waded past semifinal Coach Swertfager’s team sprinted – or
foe Kennedy Catholic and championship jumped – out to a quick 25-9 win in the
opponent Pelham on their way to their first game of the night, and never relented.
11th consecutive Section 1 title last Behind efficient and effective serving and
Saturday at Somers High. passing --32 assists from Tamburri and 11
The #2 seeded Sailors defeated #3 kills from Nethersole -- the Sailors beat
Kennedy on Thursday and usurped #1 Kennedy handily, taking the next two
Pelham on Saturday as they opened games 25-13 and 25-10.
the door to Regional play this coming The Sailors basked briefly in the glow
week, seeking a fifth NYSPHSAA of their championship, knowing there
championship. are bigger fish to fry. And, although the
“This is a very special team” Sailors Sailors had a lot to be happy about, after
coach Diane Swertfager said after the her team celebrated their win by singing
Section 1 championship game. “We’re “Happy Birthday” to teammate Biana
very confident right now.” Cavalieri, the iconic Swertfager knew that
And on the following Saturday, Pelham Sailors ship had a lot more sailing to do.
tested exactly how high Hen Hud has “They have a lot of heart, that’s why
peaked. In front of MSG television they’ve been so successful this year as
cameras, a mass of Pelham fans and a larger the 3rd seeded team,” Swertfager said.
mass of Hen Hud “bleacher creatures” (as “I’m glad we got to play (Kennedy and
proclaimed by their matching t-shirts), Pelham)… I thought it made our game,
the #2 Sailors and #1 Pelicans faced-off in our level of play better and consistent.
a tough opening game (25-23 final) before It forced us to do some different things, hen hud senior captains Jackie Tamburri, Sareeta Nethersole, Meredith fay, Brittany Kear and Taylor
the Sailors cruised to the title. which gets you ready as you progress and Wickel humbly display the Section 1 championship plaque as the Sailors won it for the 11th year in a row in
And while the game was played at a you want to peak. I think my kids are a convincing behind a three-game sweep of top-seeded Pelham last Saturday at Somers high.
“neutral” school, the similarly-clad Hen peaking beautifully.”
Hud fans made the Sailors feel like they The Sailors, who were state champions
were still home in Montrose. Even before from 2006-08, continue their effort to
the match started, boisterous chants and recapture the throne noon Saturday at
cheers from fellow Hen Hud classmates John Jay High School.
overtook the stadium. And Haldane High, the smallest Section 1
after Hen Hud’s Clarice school, achieved the largest
“Ocho Loco” Mayo sang the
National Anthem, when the
VolleyBall Section 1 award when
the Blue Devils won their
game began, it was almost
like Hen Hud had a seventh
player on the court.
Notebook fifth consecutive class D
championship on Saturday at
The Sailors began the Behind their two consistent
game by taking a quick 3-0 lead behind forces, Lauren Etta (14 kills,
kills from Taylor Wickel, who seemed 7 assists, 6 aces) and Kelsey Flaherty (4
to spend more time above the net than kills), the Blue Devils entered their 6 p.m.
below it, but Pelham’s resilience is what game with confidence, and rightfully so,
kept them competitive. Between effective as they dominated Hamilton, beating the
Pelham serving and the opposite from Hen Lady Raiders in three straight games —
Hud (5 faulted serves in the first game), 25-11, 25-9, 25-15.
the Pelicans were able to quell any glimpse Haldane (15-5-0) seeks to continue
of momentum Hen Hud might have seen. their season and their formidable streak
And after back and forth play and a few on Thursday when they enter Regional 2010 Sailors, including Jessica Pelaccio, Alyssa Cascone, Jackie Tamburri, Sareeta Nethrsole, Carley
coach-referee disputes, Hen Hud found play at Section 4 with an eye on the Corkery, Clarice Mayo, Brittany Kear, Katie D’Ambrosio, Nicole Smith, Meredith fay, Bianca Cavalieri,
themselves with an uncomfortable 23- NYSPHSAA, what would be their first Jessica Sincero, Taylor Wickel, Christine gabrielson, Tina Price and Stephanie gmeiner, pose with Section
21 lead. But, like she did for most of the since 2007, second since 1998. 1 championship plaque.
first game, captain Brittany Kear scored Ray Gallagher contributed to this story.
crucial kills, and the Sailors won the first
After that, according to coach
Swertfager, Hen Hud concentrated on
“keeping it simple,” and they did exactly
that. The Sailors returned to their efficient,
mistake-free game plan, and posted 25-11
and 25-15 wins in the next two games. On
the way, captain Jackie Tamburri amassed
an impressive 46 assists, spikers Taylor
Wickel and Sareeta Nethersole posted
15 and 11 kills, respectively, and Bianca
Cavalieri, helping deliver her own birthday
present, led Hen Hud with 14 digs.
“Sareeta and Taylor take care of business
rather quickly,” said Coach Swertfager
after being endlessly congratulated by
parents, peers and players, “and Brittany
was so smart today on the outside, she’s
played two outstanding matches.”
Captain Clutch Kear concurred, stating,
“All of us, we worked so hard this season
to get this far, and going into the game we
were all just so ready to go. We just put
it all out there… we’re really ready and
excited for the next step – the Regionals.”
And, in regard to that next step,
Swertfager is optimistic, but still cautious.
“We’re very confident, but we know that
going up to Regionals is going to be
tough… I’m looking forward to more fun
in the days ahead,” she said.
On Thursday night at Hen Hud, the Sailor Sareeta Nethersole rises for one of 11 kills in the championship match Sailor Meredith fay rises for kill attempt but is met at the net.
18 November 9 - November 15, 2010 The Yorktown Examiner
Brewster Boys Repeat as Section 1 X-C Champions
Next Stop States For Lakeland/Panas’ Casin
By Zach Smart
Lakeland/Panas’Carolina Casin jumped
out to the front of the pack roughly 10
seconds after the official fired the gun. As
a cluster of runners battled with each other
for position, Casin got right ahead of the
pack and established a thick margin over
the field of 98 runners trailing her.
It was the biggest stage of her young
career, with the junior standout blurring in
the front of the race as the cameras flashed
and the inclement weather kicked in.
The junior was hellbent on finishing
in the top-five. Heading into the race she
had eliminated any residual thoughts of
last year’s almost-had, instead focusing on Brewster Bears and coaches pose with Section 1 Class A title plaque for second Brewster’s Ariana Bottalico looks to Bear Justin Maguire sees the tape ahead
finding her form and running relaxed and year in a row. break the tape as girl’s Section Class A and crosses first in the Class A boy’s
strategically before taking off. girl’s X-C titlist. race at Pawling’s Lakeside Park.
The race pace, one which she had
thoroughly discussed and dissected performance was supplemented by fellow 2-3-4 package in the top-five. the Carmel boys as it is for the Brewster
with Lakeland/Panas head coach Denise freshman Amber Wendler (this Mahopac On the girls Class D circuit, HALDANE’s girls. Hopefully these cats will stay healthy,
Kumrow, was executed to near-perfection. squad drips of promise for the next three Rachel Conklin emerged as the Section focused, and they will continue to churn
Casin opened up her stride and kept it at years), who took 38th place with a time of 1 champion. The Blue Devils eked out a out top-flight races and keep Section 1 on
a constant pace to start, breezing through 21:38. three-point win over Alexander Hamilton the map.
the course, hitting the uphills hard and For the Class A girls, BREWSTER’s to qualifty for states as they took places Carmel was fifth in Section 1 with 137
recovering. She kept her stride, kept with Ariana Bottalico continued to take the 1-2-3 with Conklin, Rose Mackey, and points and an average time of 17:42 per
the front five. world by wildfire. The sophomore standout Samantha Ricketts creating a three-runner 5K. Arlington took home the Section 1
She kept her five-hole throughout, was superb, cruising to a first place finish wrecking crew at that level. crown, scoring 46 points and averaging a
simply refusing to wilt under the pressure in 19 minutes, 46 seconds. On the fellas’ side, the earth, wind, and smoking-hot time of 16:56 per 5K. These
of North Rockland’s Ellie Bottalico, now the Section 1 and fire triumvirate of BREWSTER’s Justin dudes clearly have no regard for speed
Hecker. Hecker hounded her league champion, was the lone Maguire, Charlie Carr, and Adam McIe limits, cruising through the courses with
throughout, stalking her and runner to break the 20-minute helped secure Brewster’s second straight strides longer than John Calipari’s paper
pushing forward in effort to mark during a chippy race with Section 1 championship. The Maguire- trail.
inch closer and closer to the spotty weather. Carr-McIe junior trio copped first, second, HEN HUD’s Cameron Rasmussen
Rebel. This would enable Hecker “This was her race to win,” and fourth, respectively. took eighth place with a time of 17:22.
to form a wedge with Alexis said Bears coach Joe Scelia. “That’s Maguire coasted and roasted, leaking in Rasmussen, who was bitten by the injury
Hatcher (third place, 19:32.68). what I told her prior to the race. She had front of the crowd as he clocked a 16:25. bug for much of last season, earned
After a mindful first mile where she to go out in the front and after that first Sandwiched in between Carr (16:33) and his first-ever performance in the state
relaxed in her standard long distance mile she really took over and never looked McIe (16:42) was Eastchester’s Victor championship. PUTNAM VALLEY’s
running form, Casin went out. She kept back.” Palumbo, who recorded a 16:36 third-place Jimmy Hertzel also qualified for states after
her distance on the Class AA crowd, Brewster’s youth was felt around the finish. turning in a sixth place finish in Class B,
turning in an efficient stalk job on Hatcher. section as 8th-grader Jaime Maguire took CARMEL’s Eric Holt ran his best race a race that was dominated by perennial
She sprinted out the final 100 meters and sixth place in 20:45. Prodigious neophyte since the Brewster Bear Invitational. The power Pearl River.
finished with a time of 19 minutes, 43 Brynn Bottalico, a 7th-grader, displayed wiry harrier beat out a familiar foe in YORKTOWN sophomore James Shea
seconds. The fifth place finish qualifies for her regal running bloodline by placing 30th MAHOPAC’s James McDonough (16:56, took 13th in the Section, registering a time
New York State championships at the exact in 22:30. Maguire was the third individual ninth place overall) to take eighth place of 17:36.
same rugged 3.1 mile course. state qualifier. Prior to the meet, Scelia had in 16:43. Holt, a sophomore with lofty The Bears totaled 53 points to hold
“She wanted to make states because she mapped out where she needed to finish in aspirations to bring Carmel X-C back into off Somers by double digits. The Bears
hasn’t made states in track or cross-country order to make states and rack up points. the realm of Section 1 relevance, appears to turned in an average 5K of 17:10, with
before,” said Kumrow, who has anointed “Jamie is just a tremendous hill runner,” be the future of the program. augmented pack depth. Beyond the big
Casin as the most talented runner she’s explained Scelia. “This course really has McDonough, who had been inconsistent three, sophomore Alec Budd (18:01) took
ever groomed. “She just wanted to sit back, that monstrous hill and Jamie just worked early on, concluded a storied career in 23rd place. Silas Gallagher (18:13) and
run intelligently that first mile and then that to her advantage.” commendable fashion. He shattered the Winfield Greene (18:21) took 27th and
go out hard. She was just really excited to When asked to assess Maguire’s young 17-minute margin and finishes his career 29th, respectively.
make states. She’s really looking forward to bundle of talent, Scelia said she is at the as one of the Indians’ all-time greats. Next Stop: New York State
seeing what she can do from here on. It’s same tier that newly-minted Section 1 and Carmel’s Benito Muniz, an upstart eighth Championships, as the big Bear bus makes
obviously one of the tougher expectations league champion Bottalico was at two years grader, was undaunted in trying to key on a Nov. 13 return trip to Lakeside Park in
to make states, so it’s kind of nice for her to ago. The Bears placed fourth as a team, Holt and stay with the stallion. Pawling.
make it this year. Last year, she got edged piling up 119 points. Track and Field/ The Rams’ upfront strength and charming “Last year, we made states and we were
out a little bit so this year she was a little XC guru Tim Fulton and Somers placed youth was certainly evident, as Muniz just happy to be there,” explained Scelia.
more determined.” second behind Tappan Zee. Tappan Zee’s clocked a 17:18 as the 16th place finisher. “This time were actually looking to do
Beyond Casin, sophomore Meagan pack was unflappable and they boasted a The youth movement is as promising for some damage.
Hopkins turned in a 20:53.58 to cop a
crucial 21st-place finish. Heidi Weinberg,
a stabilizing force for the Rebels all season, Haldane Wins 1st Section 1 Championship Since 2002
was clocked at 21:07 in 25th. Lakeland/ continued from page 16
Panas finished fifth overall, posted 148 His open-net snipe, which he clearly head coach Chris Emery called a meeting play, Joseph Iraola was able to punch one in
points. The team averaged a 21:14. shredded the defense to fight for, more with his players and ever since that moment just inside the goalie box.
North Rockland took the Sectional title, than made up for the several shots that the Indians have stepped up their game. “I think we fought all the way down to
registering an untouchable 40 points to sailed over the post as Lakeland battled to Mahopac was unable to get the Hollywood the whistle,” Emery said. “We scored a goal
knock out Arlington. The Red Raiders had pop that elusive game-sealing goal. ending they were looking for, falling behind with six minutes left and we fought the
six runners finish in the Top-14, painting “We played with a sense of urgency,” 3-0 in the first half, and digging themselves entire game. I was proud of my boys today.
Pawling’s Lakeside Park in the dirty devil’s said Monteferente, who scored a goal with to deep a hole to crawl from and fell to the The effort picked up the second half of the
bloodshot eyes-red. seven ticks remaining in the first half to No. 1 seeded Raiders, 3-1. season and these guys played their hearts
“As a team the girls ran very well, we deadlock it at 1-all and provide the Hornets “Unfortunately today wasn’t our day out and I’m really proud of them.”
were 20 seconds faster than last meet,” said a big swing of momentum. “Coach is but it felt good. We accomplished so Unfortunately, for team captains Adam
Kumrow. “Some of the girls ran a little bit always talking about playing with a sense much,” Emery said. “We went on a 10- Basuljevic and Renato Chira, this was their
better, some of the girls ran around the of urgency and getting that go-ahead or game winning streak to get here. We shot last game of their high school career.
same time. The course conditions were a insurance goal. You can’t be content with a ourselves in the foot in the first half today. Despite the loss, Chira’s spirits are lifted
little less than ideal, so I’d say I was pretty tie or a loss. We were leaving the middle open and not knowing his team could “leave here and say
pleased with how they did overall.” Prando and Marquez each doled out an to follow the ball. That third goal really we left everything on the field.”
CARMEL’s Annie Gould gave an assist for the Hornets. Ducasse paced the killed us. It would have been okay if it was The Indians played for the intangibles:
efficient account of herself. The junior was Huskies with seven saves. 2-0 at the half. The second half we were the pride, the glory, the hard work and
clocked at 20:33 to take 14th overall. Boxed Mahopac Emerged as Class AA very compact in the middle. We let them most importantly for their teammates.
in by North Rockland’s Amanda Eckerlie Contender play with the outside more and that worked “I’m going to miss these kids,” Basuljevic
throughout the race, Gould out-kicked the The Mahopac Indians (14-5-1) came to a lot better for us.” said. “This has been family for the past six
Red Raider’s Kailey Dwyer. Scarsdale High School riding high on their Not only did the Indians represent months and you never want it to end. They
MAHOPAC freshman Kiera Sheridan 10 game their school well in unfamiliar territory did everything they could and it’s been a
continued to stake her claim as one of the winning streak as they entered the on Thursday afternoon, but it was evident great experience.”
elite freshmen on the Class AA circuit, Section 1 Class A for the first time anyone the entire team was leaving it all out on the
placing 33rd in a time of 21:23. Her could recall. After starting the season 4-4, field, giving it their all. In the 6th minute of
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A Day in the Life of Champions
Titles Galore For Putnam/Yorktown Locals
In my orderly RAY gALLAgheR PhoTo RAY gALLAgheR PhoTo
traipse across the
Section 1 landscape
weekend; I learned
a few things about
amateur sports, the
last bastion of athletic
By Ray Gallagher innocence. Some thing
I knew, and some things
were new to me.
I learned that Section 1 sports, though
oft-criticized, are alive and well, that the
market for competition is so engrossing;
not even the paper shufflers at the top
of the totem pole can destroy it. You can
learn a lot from a bunch of kids if you just
watch and listen.
I learned that Hendrick Hudson can rely
on its volleyball team each and every fall
to represent in the state tournament, and
that winning Section 1 championships
can become almost frivolous when you’ve
won 11 in a row and soulfully expect to
make the annual trek to Glens Falls, home
of the NYS Final Four. Yeah, Coach Diane
Swertfager’s built herself the eminence of
a lasting dynasty; one that conjures up the hen hud’s Taylor Wickel and Sareeta Nethersole were quite the 1-2 punch in Mahopac’s Dillon Addonizio and T.J. foley left the field Sunday knowing they gave
notion of Section 1’s premier program Saturday’s Section 1 Class B championship, leading the Sailors to an 11th- it all they had in the indians’ 23-7 loss to five-time champion New Rochelle in
these days. straight Section 1 title. the Class AA title tilt.
The Sailors (16-0) demonstrated it yet
again last Saturday, knocking off top-
seeded Pelham (25-23, 25-11, 25-15) in
these two are jetting to toward the top of We already knew that New Rochelle a champion. Heads high, boys… heads
the Section 1 Class B championship at the
the all-time great list. At the very least, (9-0) was as good as it gets when it comes high! We’re all proud of you.
swank new facility at Somers High, which
they’re in the discussion. to football, but that notion was reaffirmed Every time former Giants great
I’ll dub “The House That Roman Built” for
We also learned that Brewster High is in the undefeated, state-ranked (No.4) Tiki Barber opens his mouth and says
$h!+s and giggles.
the place to be if you’re a harrier looking Huguenots 23-7 defeat of top-seeded host something negative about NY Giants
The Sailors stole a page from the
to repeat as Section 1 Cross Country Mahopac (8-1) last Sunday. Mahopac, Coach Tom Coughlin and the G-Men,
Beatles’ “A Day in the Life” when they
champions. Coach Joe Scelia’s Bears which posted its best season in a quarter they get on a run and begin to look like
“woke up, got out of bed, dragged a comb
held off Coach Tim Fulton’s Somers century, just didn’t have enough speed and the best team in the NFL. Thank you, Tiki;
across their heads” and won another
club behind its big trio of pace-setting failed to match New Ro’s shifty athleticism. for being a lot like Joan Rivers and not
championship. And just like Lennon and
Justin Maguire (16:25.86), the individual Thus, one of the best seasons in Mahopac knowing when to shut your yap. Make like
McCartney would lead the Beatles to the
Class A champion, second-place finisher history came to a screeching halt on a day Betty White already and man up!
top of the charts, Taylor Wickel (15 kills)
Charlie Carr, and Adam McIe (4th). The when half the town turned out to toast
and Sareeta Nethersole (11 kills) would
Lakeside Park course in Pawling could
do likewise, slaying the Pelicans at the net
do little to contain Bears sophomore ANDY JACoBS PhoTo
with Brittany Kear (10 kills) and all-world
Ariana Bottalico, who cruised to a first
setter Jackie Tamburri playing equivalent
place finish in 19:46 for the Class A girl’s
parts, much like George
individual title. Yeah, da
Bears can cruise.
I’d hate to be the guy that
We learned that
had to pick an MVP on this
Haldane, which copped two
Hen Hud team. It would
Section 1 championships
be almost impossible
last weekend (boy’s soccer
to do, what with the
and volleyball) is still king
aforementioned stars and
of the small schools, and
striker Meredith Fay, plus
that a team’s overall record
back row of liberos Jessica
doesn’t mean squat these days when
Pelaccio, Bianca Cavalieri and Clarice
geography, rather than school size, dictates
Mayo adding to the orchestra of this well
league setup. Haldane, despite posting an
tuned symphony, which seeks its fourth
8-9-1 overall soccer record, nudged past
NYSPHSAA title in the days ahead.
Solomon Schecter, 2-0, to wear the Section
Imagine this if you would; the Sailors
1 Class C boy’s soccer crown, its first such
look to improve upon the following:
fitting in since 2002.
2004-’05 NYS runner-up, 2006-’07-‘08
When Blue Devil Chris Marchese is Lakeland’s emma Bozek and Shannon Scavelli may just go down in hornet history as the best 1-2 punch
NYS champs, 2009 NYS runner-up, 119-1
scoring one goal in each half and Sean ever after leading Lakeland to its 11th Section 1 title in Coach Sharon Sarsen’s 29-year tenure.
overall record since 2006.
Daly doing his thing about the pitch, it
Not many teams can match up with those
sure makes life easier for first-year Coach
numbers, but the Lakeland High field
Ahmed Dwidar, who takes his team to
hockey program sure comes close after
the regional semifinals for a meeting
winning its 11th Section 1 championship
with Section 9 champion Webutuck on
in the past 29 years by locking up a 1-0
Tuesday at 6 at Middletown High School’s
win over second-seeded Rye last Sunday
on the campus of Manhattanville College.
The Lady Blue Devils and Coach Melissa
Juniors Emma Bozek (26G, 19A) and
Rossano will also be boarding a bus in the
Shannon Scavelli (34G, 16A) are the
hopes of attaining higher ground. After
current Gretzky and Messier on the
taking a 25-11, 25-9, 25-15 match over
Hornets, scoring goals at an alarming pace.
Hamilton in the Section 1 Class D volleyball
Yeah, Bo’ knows hockey, having scored
championship Saturday at Somers High,
the lone goal in the title tilt and Scavelli
Haldane will face the Section 4/9 winner
scored thrice in a 4-zip won over Putnam
Thursday where a trek to Glens Falls and
Valley, giving them a combined 60 goals
this season. They hit on 22 as freshman
and added another 66 as sophs during
Lakeland’s fourth state championship run
the NYS Region 1 title will be on the line.
If the names Flaherty and Etta ring a bell,
it’s no coincidence, as Kelsey Flaherty and
Lauren Etta follow in their sister’s footsteps
in the fall of ’09, giving the dynamic duo
toward Glens Falls. Given their youth, they
an astounding 148 combined goals since
might even win states before all is said and
2008. I think we learned something here,
done… just like their big sisters did.
too; in a program as strong as this one,