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Killian gets GOP nomination for Senate By JAMES PERO Staff Writer
Boundless Adventures, an aerial outdoor park with several obstacle courses, will open its first New York state location in Harrison this month. For story, see page 6. Photo courtesy Lorrie Funtleyder
Fox sentenced in Manhattanvile student’s death By FRANCO FINO Staff Writer Rye resident Emma Fox has been sentenced to six months in jail, followed by five years of probation, for the death of Manhattanville College student Robby Schartner in 2016. According to Westchester County District Attorney Anthony Scarpino, Fox, 26, has been sentenced on second-degree vehicular manslaughter and a charge of DWI for striking and killing Schartner, who was 21 years old at the time of his death. In October 2016, Schartner was returning from a night out in downtown White Plains around 5 a.m. when he was run over
on Westchester Avenue by Fox, whose blood alcohol content was 0.21 at the time of her arrest; the legal limit in New York is 0.08. After striking the college student, who was found along the shoulder of Westchester Avenue near the entrance to eastbound Interstate 287, Fox drove approximately half a mile before stopping her car, a 2012 Nissan Sentra, near Meadowbrook Road. According to the district attorney’s office, a passing motorist called 911 after noticing damage to Fox’s car. As part of her sentence, Fox’s license has been revoked and she will be required to wear an alcohol-monitoring device and an ig-
nition interlock device must be installed on any vehicle in her household. Originally, Fox was facing up to seven years in Westchester County jail. However, in November, Judge Helen Blackwood promised to sentence Fox to “shock probation,” a split sentence that still included time in jail. In the U.S., a split sentence is a term in which a defendant serves up to half of a term of imprisonment outside of jail or prison. On Feb. 7, Fox told the court, “There’s not a day since Oct. 9, 2016, that I don’t think about what happened and the pain I have caused the Schartner family.”
Schartner’s mother, Donna Juliette Ann Hall, was not present for the sentencing, but his stepfather, Scott Hall, read a statement to the court on her behalf. After describing Schartner as “caring, thoughtful, smart and charismatic,” he said of Fox, “People say she’s made a mistake. There was no mistake. You made a decision to drink and drive.” Last August, the Schartner family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Fox and The Pub, the Rye bar where the defendant drank for hours before killing the college student. As of press time, the suit is still pending. CONTACT: email@example.com
With the Republican nomination in the rearview, former Rye City Councilwoman Julie Killian will prepare to take on Democratic candidate and state Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer in an upcoming special election for a crucial state Senate seat. On Feb. 7, Killian won the nomination in a vote by Republican district leaders over candidate Dan Schorr, a former inspector general in Yonkers and previous candidate for Westchester district attorney. Both Schorr and Sarmad Khojasteh, who stepped aside just days prior to the nomination process, have pledged their support for Killian. The nomination will kickstart Killian’s second attempt to win the 37th District state Senate seat after a failed bid to unseat current Westchester County Executive George Latimer, a Democrat, in 2016. Because of a special election, there will be no primary following the nomination process. Similar to her bid in 2016, Killian—who served on the Rye City Council between 2012 and 2017—will run on a platform of reform and bucking an Albany establishment through term limits and a redistribution of school aid. Both Democrats and Republicans consider the open seat— which was vacated by Latimer, who assumed his role as county executive in January—to be a critical one as Republicans currently maintain just a one-seat majority in the state Senate. In New York, Democrats currently control the Assembly and governorship. While Killian will position herself as an alternative to establishment politicians, Mayer will look to capitalize on a reinvigorated Democratic voting base, fueled in large part by opposition to President Donald Trump, that prompted an influx of Democrat-
Former Rye City Councilwoman Julie Killian, a Republican, will go head-to-head against state Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer, a Democrat, for the vacant District 37 state Senate seat after receiving the nomination from her party this week. File photo
ic votes across the county in November. The resurgence catapulted Latimer and local Democrats across the county to a convincing win over seven-year incumbent County Executive Rob Astorino, a Republican, and established a new super majority of Democrats in the county’s Board of Legislators. Both candidates will look to establish a quick presence in an expedited race that will be decided in a special election on April 24th, a date decided by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, earlier this year. The seat is one of two open seats in the state Senate and the winners will face a quick re-election turn around in November when state legislators will run for a new two-year term. The 37th Senate District encompasses the cities of Yonkers, White Plains, New Rochelle and Rye; the towns of Eastchester, Harrison, Mamaroneck, Rye, Bedford and North Castle; and the villages of Harrison, Bronxville, Tuckahoe, Mamaroneck, Larchmont, Rye Brook and Port Chester. Killian could not be reached for comment as of press time. CONTACT: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Latimer approves gun show ban on county property Hommocks hosts talk on teenagers and social media By FRANCO FINO Staff Writer Westchester County Executive George Latimer, a Democrat, has signed a bill into law that would prevent gun shows from being held on county-owned property. The approval comes just after the Westchester County Board of Legislators, BOL, passed the bill in a 12-5 party line vote on Feb. 5. With his signature, county officials have officially codified an existing executive order to ban gun shows on county property that Latimer made earlier this year just days into taking office as county executive. “There is quite a debate in society at large about the roles of guns and the role that guns have played in the violent deaths of individuals,” Latimer said during a press conference. “So to me, it’s very logical to say, as was said by [former County Executive] Andy Spano almost 20 years ago, that
this type of show is not appropriate in this type of facility.” Gun shows on county-owned property were previously banned after the shooting that took place at Colorado’s Columbine High School in 1999, in which 13 people were killed by two students. After the incident, Spano, a Democrat, issued an executive order banning gun shows. In 2010, former County Executive Rob Astorino, a Republican, lifted Spano’s executive order, which allowed for gun shows to be held on Westchester public properties once again. A show was scheduled to occur at the county center in 2013, but was cancelled after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in 2012. Last year, the BOL passed legislation in a 9-8 vote banning gun shows on county-owned property; however, the bill failed to capture a supermajority approval and was vetoed by Astorino.
Westchester County Executive George Latimer, a Democrat, has signed a bill into law that was approved by the county Board of Legislators on Feb. 5, banning gun shows on county-owned property. Photo courtesy Wikipedia.org
The vote was sparked by a gun show that occurred at the county center in January 2017. With the Legislature’s bill becoming law, current and future county executives can no longer lift the ban without the Legislature’s vote of approval. CONTACT; email@example.com
The Hommocks Roaring Robots and their coaches accept the first-place trophy for their innovative project design at a First Lego League robotics qualifying event. Photo courtesy Jill Bock
“Please turn off your smartphones and notice your discomfort.” That’s how a recent information-packed panel discussion organized by the Hommocks Middle School PTA began. Moderated by Dr. Alan Dienstag, Psy.D., clinical director at the Larchmont Mamaroneck Community Counseling Center, “Social Media- Our Children’s Secret World,” addressed parents’ concerns about teenagers’ use of social media, smartphones, and the internet. At a time when many teens depend on “likes” to boost self-esteem, and apps are taking the place of face-to-face interaction, it is critical that parents pay attention to the use and misuse of technology. Panelists brought a wide range of expertise to help parents navigate the many ways in which social media affects their children. Tim Nelson, Hommocks guidance counselor, discussed the impact at school, which can range from distraction to students becoming less adept at managing
social situations. Michael Delohery, assistant District Attorney and chief of the High Technology Crime Bureau, highlighted the potential illegal uses of the internet and how to keep children safe. Dr. Juna Bobby, practicing physician and creator of MindBodySpace, addressed concerns about sleep deprivation that can result from overexposure to technology. Dr. Colleen Jacobson, clinical psychologist and professor at Iona College, presented important research about the correlation between rising rates of depression and increased screen time. Laurie Wolk, parent educator and author of “Girls Just Want to Have Likes: How to Raise Confident Girls in the Face of Social Media Madness,” encouraged parents to monitor use and to mentor their kids on how to use tools in a positive way. Dienstag cited surveys about middle school age children and the prevalence of “sexting” and exposure to pornography. He
urged parents to provide a perspective for their children that reflects healthy and realistic relationships. A common theme throughout the evening was the benefit of creating non-screen family time. Parents may underestimate how much influence they have in setting boundaries for their children’s use of social media and smartphones. As Dienstag emphasized, devoting time and attention to becoming role models for our children can help them build stronger relationships at home and with their peers. Additional information about this talk and valuable resources for parents can be found on the Larchmont Mamaroneck Community Counseling Center’s website at communitycounselingcenter.org. (Submitted) The Community Counseling Center is a non-profit agency providing individual, family and group counseling, crisis intervention and school-based prevention programs to adolescents and families.(Submitted)
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What’s going on... Harrison Public Library
SCORE: One-On-One Mentoring
On Mondays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Richard E. Halperin Memorial Library Building. Play is important work.It requires concentration, problem-solving, cooperation, and creativity. It promotes movement, persistence, and self-expression. The library believes in the positive impact of play and invites you to have fun with your child while building early literacy skills part of its Every Child Ready to Read program.
On Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Richard E. Halperin Memorial Library Building. SCORE Westchester matches you with experienced small business advisors who work with you on your specific business needs. These are just some of the items for which business owners often seek guidance from SCORE advisors: starting a small business in Westchester; writing or updating a business plan; identifying sources of funding and preparing documents for financing; creating a marketing plan; launching an additional location; and adjusting to growth. Registration is recommended. Call SCORE to schedule an appointment at 948-3907.
Tuesday Scrabble Club For more information on hours and programs, visit harrisonpl.org. Both locations will be closed on Monday, Feb. 19 for Presidents Day.
Winter Olympics Bingo Through Sunday, Feb. 25 at the Richard E. Halperin Memorial Library Building. Suggested for ages 6 to 12. Stop in the Children’s Discovery Center during the Olympics to play. With a friend or parent’s help, answer questions by marking each correct answer. Any five in a row gets a prize.
Saturday Stories (& a Craft, too!) On Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. at the Richard E. Halperin Memorial Library Building. Ease into Saturday at the Library’s Children’s Discovery Center. Manhattanville College student volunteers will informally read favorite picture books and do a craft. Suggested for ages 2 to 4 years old.
Memoir: Where the Past and Present Collide On Saturday, Feb. 17 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Richard E. Halperin Memorial Library Building. The Harrison Public Library proudly celebrates Black History Month with local writer and artist Sarah Bracey White, who will be discussing her book “Primary Lessons: A Memoir.”
Kitty Yoga with Angela Brandt & FURRR911 On Sunday, Feb. 18 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Richard E. Halperin Memorial Library Building. Adoptable kittens are coming to the library for Kitty Yoga. For adults and ages 12 and up, accompanied by an adult. Please sign up for this event online or by calling the library at 835-0324.
Sing-Along Sundays with Chloe On Sundays from 4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Richard E. Halperin Memorial Library Building. Celebrate early childhood through music and movement. Children and parents are sure to love the captivating songs, live accordion music, and activities designed with specific cognitive milestones in mind. This class will feature a variety of child-sized instruments and props, and a wealth of both traditional and original songs to add to your sing-along repertoire. Get ready for a fun, creative and engaging experience.
On Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the West Harrison Branch. Once a week, come join other patrons who enjoy the board game of Scrabble as much as you do. For adults. Board games will be provided. Seating is very limited. Please register online, at the Reference Desk, or by calling the library at 948-2092.
Gentle Yoga: Health & Wellness Series On Tuesdays from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Richard E. Halperin Memorial Library Building. Ground your mind and body with a gentle yoga. Gentle yoga is a twist on traditional yoga making practicing yoga accessible to those who cannot stand or move easily. This form of yoga is perfect for any age. Chairs and mats are available. Please wear comfortable clothes that allow for movement and bring water. Registration is required online or by calling the library at 835-0324.
The Art of the Guqin: Chinese Music Performance On Wednesday, Feb. 21 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Richard E. Halperin Memorial Library Building. Celebrate Chinese New Year with a special performance given by musician Stephen Dydo, who will be playing the guqin and discussing the instrument’s history. The guqin is an ancient, seven-string Chinese musical instrument from the zither family. Traditionally, it has been favored by scholars as an instrument of great subtlety and refinement. It is sometimes referred to by the Chinese as “the father of Chinese music” or “the instrument of the sages.”
Computer Tutors On Wednesdays from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Richard E. Halperin Memorial Library Building. Accomplished high school students in grades 10–12 will help senior citizens acquire computer skills. Senior citizens (beginners or intermediates) are invited to sign up for computer instruction. Please register online, at the Reference Desk, or by calling the library at 835-0324.
Pajama Party with Chloe On Wednesdays from 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the West Harrison Branch. Wear your pajamas and hang out with Chloe during this evening class, which features songs, music and more. For ages up to 4 years old, siblings welcome. No registration required.
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Chloe’s Sign and Play On Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Richard E. Halperin Memorial Library Building. Give your child the gift of language. Chole’s Sign & Play is a fun class where families can learn to communicate with their pre-verbal children using real signs from American Sign Language. Based on the award-winning Baby Signing Time series, this class will give parents a window into the hearts and minds of their little ones. Through fun songs, stories and games, parents and children will learn many useful signs for everyday communication.
Conservational English On Fridays from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the West Harrison Branch. This is an informal program of conversation and practice of the English language. Practice some English and make new friends.
Conversational Spanish On Fridays from noon to 1 p.m. at the West Harrison Branch. Improve your Spanish skills by practicing with Mariella. Knowledge of basic Spanish required.
MaKey CollaboThon On Friday, Feb. 23 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Richard E. Halperin Memorial Library Building. Come play the fun game and MaKey friends at the library. Use a MaKey to complete electrical connections with others as you join together to face the ultimate collaborative challenge. Two teams play against each other at a time. Each team of three to five people will work together to score points by completing circuits with a chain of human bodies, conductive objects, and wires. All people ages 3 and up are welcome. No registration; first come, first served.
Yoga with Angela On Fridays from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Richard E. Halperin Memorial Library Building. For ages 7 to 12. Relaxing, soothing and fun. Peaceful. Like a day off. This is how tweens describe yoga with local instructor Angela Brandt.
Recreation Please be aware that parents must have a current Recreation ID card to register a child for all programs. Please be prepared to show proof of residency with a current utility bill and a driver’s license. A school report card or progress report is required for a child ID card. The 2018 Recreation ID cards are currently available. Applications for activities can be found at the recreation centers and the Recreation Department website. For the Leo Mintzer Center in West Harrison, call 949-5265; the Sollazzo Center in down-
town Harrison, 670-3179. The Recreation Hotline can be reached at 670-3039. For more information, visit harrison-ny.gov/recreation.
Mini-Day Camp This will be held during the February school break. A fun-filled week of day camp including arts and crafts, sports, games, and special events. Camp is held Monday, Feb. 19 through Friday, Feb. 23, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for grades 1–4 at the Sollazzo Center. Fee: $185, payable to the Town/Village of Harrison. After Thursday, Feb. 8, the late fee will be $200.
Volleyball Camp Have fun while you learn the fundamentals of volleyball from the Harrison High School volleyball team. For girls in grades 4–8 on Wednesday, Feb. 21 through Friday, Feb. 23 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Louis M. Klein Middle School gym. Fee: $45, made payable to the Town/Village of Harrison. If you have any questions, please call Coach Candy Light at 374-7452.
Certified Pool Operator course The Harrison Recreation Department is pleased to host the next certified pool operator, CPO, course. This is a national certification course sponsored by the National Swimming Pool Foundation and is valid for five years. The course will be held on Tuesday, March 20 and Wednesday, March 21 from 8:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at Leo Mintzer Center, 251 Underhill Ave., West Harrison. This is a two-day course. Attendance is mandatory on both days. Bob Richards will be the certified CPO instructor from Pool and Spa Rx in Ballston Lake, New York. Applications and payment must be received by March 7. For more information, visit harrison-ny. gov/recreation. All registrations will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. Applications are also available at poolandsparx.com. You may also contact Recreation Superintendent Gerry Salvo at 670-3036 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ArtsWestchester ArtsWestchester is located at 31 Mamaroneck Ave. in White Plains. For more information, including gallery hours, call ArtsWestchester at 428-4220 or visit artsw.org.
Sip & Shop On Wednesday, Feb. 21 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the ArtsWestchester Gallery. Join this happy hour pop-up shopping experience, on every third Wednesday of the month, to grab a drink, meet other art lovers, and shop unique designer products on display. For more information, call ArtsWestchester at 428-4220 or visit artsw.org/ shopsip. RSVP encouraged. Email email@example.com if you will attend. Participating designers include Andrea Ross Design & Illustration, Creative Souls Art by Christa Forrest, DAFCO’s African Art Gallery, Galaxy Bijoux, Mateo Mattia, Tupawa, and Unique Beaded Jewelry by Nancy. Proceeds benefit ArtsWestchester’s vibrant exhibition programming. Deadline for our What’s Going On section is every Thursday at noon. Though space is not guaranteed, we will do our best to accommodate your listing. Please send all items to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Rye creates committee to oversee tunnel project American Cancer Society seeks drivers in Westchester
The Rye City Council created the Long Island Tunnel Advisory Committee on Feb. 8 to oversee the stateproposed construction of a tunnel linking Westchester County to Long Island. Photo courtesy NYSDOT
By FRANCO FINO Staff Writer The Rye City Council unanimously approved establishing a committee to collect information on Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed construction of a tunnel linking Long Island to Westchester County, which recently picked up steam after the state began soliciting ideas from private investors. Known as the Long Island Tunnel Advisory Committee, the council created the ad hoc board on Feb. 8 to oversee the proposal, which suggests connecting either the city of Rye or the village of Port Chester to the town of Oyster Bay on Long Island, among other locations. “This project is still a long way away, but of course Rye’s concern is great,” said Rye City Mayor Josh Cohn, a Democrat, who added that a tunnel would promote congestion around the 95 and 287 interstates. “We’re all familiar with how difficult it sometimes is to get on either of those roads during lengthy traffic times.” The advisory committee will be made up of two members from the city Traffic and Pedestrian Safety Committee, three residents from neighborhoods near the pro-
posed location of the tunnel at the Rye-Port Chester border, and two others which haven’t been specified as of yet. In late January, the state Department of Transportation, DOT, issued a request for expressions of interest, REOI, seeking input from private investors on engineering, environmental, operations and financial considerations for a future proposal. An REOI is used to assess interest in a project and to solicit ideas and information from interested parties. “It seems like that is a concrete action towards furthering this project, and it is very important to have a group oversee the development and stay on top of it,” said Rye City Councilwoman Emily Hurd, a Democrat, of Cuomo’s REOI. The state’s REOI was sent out just after the release of an 87-page document last month underlining how much it would cost to construct the bridge or tunnel and how much revenue it would generate in tolls per year. The DOT’s study indicates that an 18-mile tunnel connecting Westchester County and Long Island could cost approximately between $31.5 billion and $55.4 billion, and could potentially produce
$500 million in tolls per year. In 2016, the governor secured $5 million for the DOT to test the plan’s usefulness. Cuomo described the construction of a tunnel as “feasible” last month and said it would help alleviate a great amount of traffic pouring out of Long Island. With the creation of the ad hoc committee, the new city administration will echo sentiments expressed by previous administrations. In 2016, former Rye City Mayor Joe Sack, a Republican, promised to “topple” any proposal that would connect Long Island to the Rye area via a tunnel. City officials and residents have always opposed plans to build a tunnel to Rye as the idea has materialized on numerous occasions since the 1930s. Master builder Robert Moses and former Gov. Nelson Rockefeller, a Republican, pursued building a Rye-Oyster Bay bridge in the 1960s; however, it failed to come to fruition after facing opposition from local and state-elected officials in Westchester and Long Island. As of press time, Cuomo’s office has said REOIs are due no later than April 2. CONTACT: email@example.com
The American Cancer Society needs more volunteer drivers to support the Road to Recovery program, which provides cancer patients with free rides to receive treatment in Yonkers and lower Westchester. This year, an estimated 110,800 New Yorkers will be diagnosed with cancer, and for some getting to treatments can be their biggest roadblock. A successful transportation assistance program can be a tremendous, potentially life-saving asset to the community. That’s why volunteering for the American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery program is so important. “Every day, we have cancer patients in need of a ride to and from their treatments across Westchester County,” said Maribel Palacios-Perez, program manager at the American Cancer Society. “Even the best treatment can’t work if a cancer patient can’t get there.” Locally, the greatest need is for drivers who can pick up patients at their home and take them to Memorial Sloan Kettering in Harrison, Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, New York-Pres-
The American Cancer Society is seeking volunteer drivers in Westchester for its Road to Recovery program. Contributed photo
byterian/Lawrence in Bronxville, St. John’s Riverside Hospital in Yonkers, Westmed Medical Group in Rye, White Plains Hospital in White Plains, Phelps Hospital-Northwell Health in Sleepy Hollow, New York-Presbyterian/ Hudson Valley Hospital in Croton, and Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco. Nationally, the American Cancer Society currently has nearly 10,000 Road to Recovery drivers but the need for drivers is greater than the number of volunteers. More than 40 percent of transportation requests are unmet. Volunteer drivers are needed to help give cancer patients a much-needed ride. The organization screens and trains all volunteer driver and coordinates the rides for patients. Volunteer drivers donate their time and can pro-
vide as many rides as they want. Agreeing to drive a patient to and from treatment once every six or eight weeks would be tremendously helpful, according to Palacios-Perez. • All drivers must have: • A current, valid driver’s license • A good driving record • Access to a safe and reliable vehicle • Regular desktop, laptop, or tablet computer access • Proof of car insurance The American Cancer Society stands shoulder to shoulder with cancer patients and those supporting them, focused on improving patient access to quality care, including transportation. To learn more about volunteering for the Road to Recovery program, visit cancer.org/road. (Submitted)
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Taylor Brown General Assignment Reporter Boundless Adventures, an outdoor aerial obstacle course, will open its first New York state location in Harrison next month. With nine different eco-friendly, treetop courses, participants are given the choice of four different skill levels with 14 different courses. The first skill level, yellow, starts at 10 feet off the ground, and the most difficult level, black, is 45 feet in the air. Although Boundless Adventures isn’t affiliated with SUNY Purchase College, the park will be located on the campus at 735 Anderson Hill Road. “The park will give students the opportunity to partake in new challenging and exciting physical education classes,” said Chris Bisignano, athletic director at SUNY Purchase. “The park will also provide additional on-campus jobs and generate funds for the college.” Lorrie Funtleyder, who owns and operates the business with her husband, Brian, said they first got the idea for the obstacle course after visiting a similar style of park in 2012 on a family vacation. “[We] just didn’t look back from there,” she said. Funtleyder said that what attracted her family to the outdoor obstacle courses was how it helps families step away from technology to focus on a common goal. “I think that with all the phones and electronics, it’s sometimes hard to communicate with your
children at this point,” she said. The courses include zip lines, rolling elements, ladders, and bridges. Safety is encouraged on the obstacle courses, and participants wear fullbody harnesses on a belay system, which is a series of ropes secured to a safety line at all times. Prior to beginning Boundless Adventures has 14 different courses of varying skill levels. the courses, customers are asked to sign a waiver, and given a 30-minute park will be open on a seasonal instructional lesson on the course rotation. “We look forward to welcomthey will be going on. Participants are then given ing Boundless Adventures to our campus,” Bisignano said. “We three hours to enjoy the course. “The reason we named the hope that, once the park is up and company Boundless Adven- running, community members will tures is because you don’t have take advantage of this unique exto have boundaries in your life if perience and enjoy a new treetop you don’t want them,” said Funt- view of our beautiful campus.” Tickets begin at $54 for ages 7 leyder, of Rye Brook. “It’s all about testing your boundaries and to 11 and $59 for ages 12 and up. For more information, visit being the best you [can] be.” Boundless Adventures hosts boundlessadventures.com. individual customers, as well as groups of campers, parties, and CONTACT: email@example.com nonprofit organizations. Funtleyder said the park is made for anyone “ages 7 to 97.” According to Funtleyder, members of the community have already began responding positively. “People are excited because it’s something that’s good for everybody,” Funtleyder said. The grand opening of the park is on March 31. Thereafter, the
Each course has one to two zip lines.
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Boundless Adventures offers special deals from summer camps, corporate retreats, and groups of friends. Photos courtesy Lorrie Funtleyder
For younger children, Boundless Adventures recommends the Exploration or Motivation courses.
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Potholes, cheerleading and Purple Hearts HARRISON HAPPENINGS Mayor Ron Belmont
In speaking with residents concerning issues that face our community, I understand the frustration many feel with potholes on our region’s roadways. January presented freeze and thaw cycles that created the perfect condition for pothole formation. As water or condensation builds up and freezes on the road’s surface and in the cracks, the top layer of asphalt or pavement loosens and at times breaks free, thereby creating potholes. Harrison’s DPW crews work diligently to address potholes on our town roadways. Several main thoroughfares, which run through our municipality, are state or county roads. Should a dangerous condition on a state or county road come to our attention, town personnel will send an alert to the appropriate municipal office. I appreciate everyone’s continued patience as we keep our roadways safe and passable. Please make note of the fol-
lowing February sanitation schedule change: Monday, Feb. 19 is a holiday and town offices will be closed. Garbage and recycling that would normally be collected on Monday will be collected on Tuesday, Feb. 20. Garbage and recycling that would normally be collect on Tuesday will be collected on Wednesday, Feb. 21. There will be no bulk trash pick up on Feb. 21. At this year’s Memorial Day ceremony, Harrison’s Veterans of Foreign Wars would like to honor past and present residents who have received a Purple Heart. It will be a privilege for our community to recognize our combat veterans who were wounded on the world’s battlefields while serving our country. For this sacrifice, they were awarded the Purple Heart medal and to recognize this distinction is a wonderful way to express our heartfelt thanks for their service. This year’s ceremony will take place on May 28. Please submit names to Kerry Marrano, in the mayor’s office in Town Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org or 670-3009. In recognition of the season
preceding Lent, I recently joined the seniors as they celebrated Carnival. Those in attendance wore brilliantly colored beads and enjoyed music, lively conversation and a delicious meal. This annual event is an indication that spring is on its way, and although we have had a comparatively mild winter so far, I’m sure that all who attended the celebration are eager for the warmer weather that’s yet to come. I would like to take this opportunity to recognize the Harrison High School varsity cheerleading team. The team recently competed at the United States Cheerleading Association National Championships, at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, and placed 18th in the nation. Congrats to the entire team on a job well done. In closing, be sure to keep an eye out for announcements and registration dates for our upcoming Harrison spring recreation programs. The spring season will offer several different programs available for children of all ages. For information on scheduled events, please visit our Recreation page at harrison-ny.gov.
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RECORD NUMBER OF BREWERIES IN NEW YORK Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently announced that New York state is now home to 400 breweries, surpassing the previous record of 393 breweries set in 1876. The number of breweries has skyrocketed in New York since Cuomo hosted the state’s first Wine, Beer and Spirits Summit in 2012, with 243 new breweries obtaining licenses, and beer being brewed in 57 of the state’s 62 counties. Additionally, 202 new farm brewery licenses have been issued since the Governor’s farm brewery law went into effect on Jan. 1, 2013. “Once one of the largest producers of beer in the country, New York continues to lower the costs of business by modernizing laws and rolling back red tape to restore the Empire State as the standing leader in the craft beer manufacturing industry,” Cuomo said. “The enormous growth New York’s craft beverage sector has experienced in recent years is a testament to the innovation, entrepreneurship and hard work of our brewers, who are creating jobs, driving tourism, helping our local farms, and instilling pride in every corner of this great state.” “Existence of craft breweries telegraphs that downtowns are vibrant places to gather and socialize,” said state Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul. “The upstate resurgence is visible in brewing rooms across the state— young entrepreneurs living their dreams, new production jobs in formerly abandoned buildings, and farms that have new markets for their products. The hundreds
of brewers across the state are boosting our economy with an increase in jobs and visitors. I look forward to celebrating their continued success for years to come.” On Jan. 1, 2013, Cuomo’s farm brewery law went into effect, mirroring the highly successful 1976 Farm Winery Act that lead to the tremendous growth of wineries and grape production throughout New York state. The new farm brewery license allows craft breweries that use ingredients grown in New York to conduct onsite tastings, open restaurants, engage in self-distribution, and open up to five no-fee off-site branch stores anywhere in the state. In just five years, 202 licenses have been issued, in addition to 29 farm brewery branch stores with tasting rooms now operating throughout New York. The farm brewery law has also led to a resurgence in New York’s hop and barley production.
Diner Brew Co., based in Mount Vernon, is one of the newest kids on the block. Photo/Taylor Brown
According to Cornell University, in response to a rising demand for locally sourced agriculture, the acreage of hops grown in New York state nearly doubled from 2014 to 2016, while the acreage of malting barley increased by 374 percent over the same twoyear period. New York is also now home to 13 malt houses, all of which have opened following the demand generated by the new farm brewery license. These have also generated employment and
Broken Bow Brewery in Tuckahoe features a taproom where one can sample beers and bring their own food if hungry. Photo courtesy Broken Bow Brewery
economic development for supporting industries, including bottling, construction, freight, printing and advertising, as well as growing agri-tourism in the state, augmenting New York state’s $100 billion tourism industry. The first commercial brewery in colonial America opened in Manhattan in 1632, after settlers quickly realized the state’s climate was ideal for growing hops and barley. New York state’s agriculture sector expanded throughout the 18th century and received a significant boost when the Erie Canal opened in 1825, helping promote the use of locally grown ingredients in beer production—a strong suit of New York’s craft beverage industry today. Later in the 19th century, the state benefited from an influx of English, German and Irish immigrants who brought with them brewing skills that propelled New York into a thriving beverage boom. Between 1840 and 1900, New York grew more hops and brewed more beer than anywhere else in the country, with the number of breweries peaking in 1876 at 393. By the close of the 19th century,
developments in pasteurization, refrigeration, rail transport and bottling shifted the brewing industry from small-scale production for local consumption to an industry dominated by enormous breweries. By 1910, the number of brewers in the state fell to 194, while an epidemic of downy mildew devastated the state’s hop production, followed by the Prohibition in 1920, which finally killed off the industry. When beer production was legalized following the 21st Amendment in 1933, only a small handful of breweries in the state reopened. Today, a new generation of entrepreneurs are reviving New York state’s position as a leader in craft brewing. In October 2012, Cuomo hosted the state’s first Wine, Beer and Spirits Summit, bringing together dozens of beer, wine, cider, and spirits producers, as well as farmers, researchers, industry officials, and tourism experts, who discussed with state officials, specific legislative and regulatory issues facing the beverage industry. Immediately following the summit, the governor implemented a host of regulatory
changes to spur growth in the craft beverage industry, in addition to launching an aggressive marketing campaign to capitalize on the “buy local” movement. Additionally, institutions including Cornell University, SUNY Morrisville, the Geneva Experiment Station and Hartwick College’s Center for Craft Food and Beverage are now engaged in research and offering testing of barely, malt and beer quality, while colleges including Erie Community College, Niagara Community College, the Culinary Institute of America, Schenectady Community College, Morrisville and Hartwick now have programs to train New York state’s next generation of brewers. Cuomo’s reforms have led to a nearly 290 percent increase in the number of breweries since the governor’s first Wine, Beer and Spirits Summit in 2012, growing from 103 in 2012 to 400 today. This includes 10 large breweries, 44 restaurant breweries, 151 farm breweries, 144 microbreweries, and 51 breweries that hold both farm and micro brewing licenses. (Submitted)
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LEGAL NOTICES Notice is hereby given that SEALED PROPOSALS for: RFB #17/18-22c HARRISON CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT AUDITORIUM RENOVATION AT LOUIS M. KLEIN MIDDLE SCHOOL SED: 66-05-01-06-0-003-037 CONTRACT G – GENERAL CONSTRUCTION CONTRACT H – MECHANICAL CONSTRUCTION CONTRACT E – ELECTRICAL CONSTRUCTION will be received until 2:00 PM on March 21, 2018 at the District Offices of the Harrison Central School District. In the event that on this date the Harrison Central School District is closed or has an early dismissal due to weather or any other emergency, bids will be due at 2:00 p.m. on the next day that the school district is in session. Complete digital sets of Bidding Documents, Drawings and Specifications, may be obtained online as a download for Forty Nine Dollars and 00 cents ($49.00) at the following website: www.usinglesspaper.com under ‘public projects’ beginning on February 20, 2018. Complete sets of Bidding Documents, Drawings and Specifications, may be obtained from Rev, 330 Route 17A, Suite #2, Goshen, New York 10924 Tel: 1-877-272-0216, upon depositing the sum of One Hundred Dollars and 00 cents ($100.00) for each combined set of documents. Checks or money orders shall be made payable to HARRISON CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT. Plan deposit is refundable in accordance with the terms in the Instructions to Bidders to all submitting bids. Any bidder requiring documents to be shipped shall make arrangements with the printer and pay for all packaging and shipping costs. All bid addenda will be transmitted to registered bidders via email and will be available at www.usinglesspaper.com. Bidders who have paid for hard copies of the bid documents will need to make the determination if hard copies of the addenda are required for their use, and coordinate directly with the printer for hard copies of addenda to be issued. There will be no charge for registered bidders to obtain hard copies of the bid addenda. Bids must be made on the standard proposal form in the manner designated therein and as required by the specifications that must be enclosed in sealed opaque envelopes bearing the name of the job and name and address of the bidder on the outside, addressed to: “PURCHASING AGENT, HARRISON CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT”, clearly marked on the outside, “RFB #17/18-22c: AUDITORIUM RENOVATION AT LMK MIDDLE SCHOOL, SED NO. 66-05-01-060-003-037”. The School District is not responsible for bids opened prior to the bid opening if bid number and opening date do not appear on the envelope. Bids opened prior to date and time indicated are invalid. The bidder assumes the risk of any delay in the mail, or in the handling of the mail by employees of the Harrison Central School District, as well as of improper hand delivery. Each proposal submitted must be accompanied by a certified check or bid bond, made payable to the “HARRISON CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT”, in an amount equal to ten percent (10%) of the total amount of the bid, as a commitment by the bidder that, if its bid is accepted, it will enter into a contract to perform the work and will execute such further security as may be required for the faithful performance of the contract. Certification of bonding company is required for this bid, see Instructions for Bidders. Each bidder shall agree to hold his/her bid price for ninety (45) days after the formal bid opening. A pre-bid meeting and walk thru is scheduled for 3:00 PM on February 28, 2018 at the project site. Potential bidders are asked to gather at the main entrance to the building. Although the pre-bid meeting and walk-thru are not mandatory, it is highly recommended that all potential bidders attend. It is the Board’s intention to award the contract to the lowest qualified bidder in compliance with the specifications providing the required security who can meet the experience, technical and budget requirements. The Board reserves the right to reject any or all bids, waive any informality and to accept such bid which, in the opinion of the Board, is in the best interests of the School District. By order of the Board of Education Harrison Central School District 50 Union Avenue Harrison, New York 10528 Gene George | Purchasing Agent Dated: February 20, 2018
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Cards on the table LIVE MIKE Mike Smith
At its absolute best, sports fandom allows even the most grizzled and jaded onlooker to shed that cynicism for a short time and remember what made him or her fall in love with the entire spectacle in the first place. Among baseball fans in particular, there are few things that possess the ability to kick the nostalgia into overdrive quite like the prospect of seeing oneself on a card. And I found out firsthand just how strong that pull is this weekend. As many of my readers may know, I’ve spent the last 12 summers of my life playing in men’s baseball leagues around New York City and working with the various leagues to increase their visibility on social media. From taking photos at the games to maintaining comprehensive stats and even recording podcasts about the goings-on around the adult baseball scene, I’ve got-
ten a lot of positive feedback from players—ranging from 18 to 45—who appreciate the fact that my efforts lend some level of legitimacy to what basically amount to weekend beer league ballplayers whose best years have passed them by. But my latest endeavor—actually printing honest-to-goodness baseball cards—has ramped that enthusiasm up to a fever pitch. I got the idea last season, when one of the league’s longtime players lost his 10-month-old daughter to pediatric cancer. His teammates held various fundraisers to raise money for the St. Jude Children’s Research Fund in her honor, and it seemed only natural to me that our league, the MABL NYC, should pitch in and continue the fight. But in a league full of players who think nothing of spending $200 on a Marucci bat for themselves— yet balk at chipping in an extra $15 to pay the umpires each week—what would be the best way to get them to commit their energy and money to a good cause?
By selling them their own baseball cards. I spent the offseason tinkering with Photoshop, calling printing companies around the country, and perfecting a design which I thought would appeal to most of the players. I crunched the numbers, wrote some short bios and had a few samples made up. On Feb. 11, I took them to our league meeting in Queens, and the response, quite frankly, was more than I could have hoped for. Since the meeting, I’ve been fielding calls from the organization’s 300-plus players, the majority of whom I’ve never met, asking me when they can get their hands on a card of their own. But the more I thought about it, I realized that I shouldn’t have been surprised by the flood of phone calls and emails. Almost every young baseball fan growing up who got his hands on a baseball card wondered what it would be like to see himself in one of those packs, sandwiched between a perennial all-star, some journeyman catcher like Mike
Sports Editor Mike Smith recently created baseball cards for the members of his adult baseball league as part of a fundraising effort. He is beginning to realize that demand for the cards may be even greater than he previously thought. Photo/Mike Smith
LaValliere, or if he was truly lucky, a piece of stale chewing gum covered in powdered sugar. When we were kids, the thought of a card of our own meant that one day, a new generation of youngsters might look
up to us as heroes, the same way we looked up to guys like Ken Griffey Jr. and Frank Thomas. For guys my age right now, these cards represent something different. Those hopes of playing in the MLB might have
long since passed us by. But even though the dream might be dead, the kid behind the dream lives on.
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Fullteron, Logan claim section crowns By MIKE SMITH Sports Editor On Feb. 10-11, the area’s top wrestlers took to the mat at Sleepy Hollow and Clarkstown South high schools to compete in the annual D-I Section I Tournament. When the dust had settled, some familiar local faces took their spot atop the podium earning well-deserved championship honors. Among grapplers in The Review’s coverage areas, New Rochelle 182-pounder Jake Logan and Mamaroneck’s 145-pounder Crew Fullerton both won titles and cemented their spots as two of the best wrestlers in Section I. Logan, a junior, entered the 201718 as one of the most promising wrestlers in the area and was the topranked 182-pounder all season. In the finals on Sunday, he put a stamp on his terrific season, pinning Horace Greeley’s Jacob Ferreira with 10 seconds left in the first period. Logan had previously topped Ferreira twice, earning a 5-4 win at Eastern States and a 3-1 decision at the Westchester County Championships on Jan. 20, but Sunday’s match— which served as the show-closing finale—lacked the drama that made their first two matches so compelling. “It was definitely nice for Jake to get that moment because coming into the tournament, there was a lot of chatter that [Ferreira] was going to beat him,” said New Rochelle coach Eddie Ortiz. “But I don’t think Jake did anything different; he just saw an opportunity, finished a takedown and got him on his back.” Mamaroneck senior Fullerton also put together a strong finish to his Section I season, pinning Ossining’s Farouk Capalbo in the semis before earning a 6-2 decision over Yorktown’s Pat Patierno in the 145-pound finals to earn his first-ever Section I crown. According to Tigers’ head coach Femi Wheeler, Sunday’s victories were simply a case of the standout putting everything together. “He always had the potential to do this,” Wheeler said. “It was just a question of him continuing to improve to get to where he needed to be.” Both the Tigers and Huguenots fared well overall, as New Rochelle earned a second-place team finish—scoring 115 points to eventual champ Fox Lane’s 145—while Mamaroneck tallied 85 points, which was good enough for a 10th-place showing. The Huguenots had a second-place finisher in 220-pounder Aidan Lilly and the Tigers had one in Trent Wechsler, who fell to Greeley’s
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Mamaroneck’s Crew Fullerton walks to the center of the mat following a quarterfinal win at Sleepy Hollow High School. Fullerton won the 145-pound title.
Eastchester’s Steven Bilali competes at Sleepy Hollow High School. Bilali placed second in the 170-pound division.
Harrison’s Tyler Joseph competes at the Section I championships on Feb. 10. Joseph placed second in the 113-pound bracket.
Jake Logan wraps up a Fox Lane opponent on Feb. 10. Logan won the 182-pound final the following day, pinning Jacob Ferreira in the first period. Photos/Mike Smith
Aaron Wolk in the 160-pound finals. “We probably set our goals a little bit higher, but I think it’s important to set lofty goals,” Wheeler said. “And I think for the guys who made it, it’s a little bittersweet for the guys watching them, but it’s just going to light a fire under them for next year.” The Section I titlists—and a few, as of yet unannounced at-large bids—will now set their sights on the state championships, which will be decided on Feb. 23-24 at the Times Union Center in Syracuse. According to Ortiz, success in the state tourney comes down to natural talent and the ability to treat the state’s biggest stage as though it was just another tournament. “I think the biggest thing for the wrestlers is really just managing those emotions,” Ortiz said. “A guy like Jake has wrestled in tougher tournaments, but the scope and the magnitude of this one – the finality of the season – a lot of times guys just feel more pressure.” CONTACT: firstname.lastname@example.org
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camp PROGRAMS The natural gifts of camp Top ten things you never knew about camps
Summer camp at the Brunswick School Being away from home builds self-esteem, independence
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The Natural Gifts of Camp By Richard Louv Every summer, when I was in junior high and high school, my buddy Pete Sebring would disappear for a few weeks to a camp in the mountains west of Colorado Springs. I resented it. For me, those humid July weeks back in Kansas dragged, and then Pete would come home telling tales of adventure — as if he had been to some alpine Oz. As it turns out, that camp shaped Pete in ways neither of us realized at the time. He credits his summers in Colorado with giving him a foundation for success and longevity — more than three decades — as a teacher. “The camp encouraged me to invent activities, such as pioneering, survival hikes and overnights, and identifying native plants of central Colorado,” he says. “Once while picking ground plums, which tasted like raw green beans, we uncovered an ancient hunting site full of arrowheads, charcoal, and flint chips. I also encountered brown bears, coyotes, pumas, and wolves — one white and one black. Only the kids with
me believed me.” I was one of those who didn’t believe that Pete had encountered wolves. This morning, I checked the history: The Colorado Department of Resources reports that, while wolves were, by official measure, eradicated in the 1930s, “there have been sporadic reports of wolves in Colorado over the decades” — none confirmed. They may have been wolf-hybrids or dogs or, just maybe, wolves. “Their night howls were long, sonorous, and unnerving,” Pete recalls. One more reason I wished I could have gone to summer camp with him. Still, during those years, I had my own adventures — a freerange childhood spent fishing and chasing snakes and building forts in the woods. Those experiences shaped my life every bit as much as Pete’s time at camp shaped his. Today, too few children and young people have either experience — free-range or camp. In my book, Last Child in the Woods, I describe how young
people can likely tell you about the Amazon rain forest, but they’ll likely be hard pressed to describe the last time they explored the woods in solitude or lay in a field listening to the wind and watching the clouds move. Nature is becoming an abstraction, something to watch on the flip-down TV screen from the back seat of a minivan. In 2005, “Generation M: Media in the Lives of Eight- to Eighteen-Year-Olds,” conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation, revealed that children are plugged into some kind of electronic medium an average of five-and-a-half hours a day, “the equivalent of a full-time job, and more time than they spend doing anything else besides sleeping.” One reason kids aren’t going outside as much is parental fear. News and entertainment media have conditioned us to believe that life outside the front door is far more dangerous than it actually is, at least from stranger-danger. Nonetheless, this fear is unlikely to go away, which is one of the reasons parents are likely to value camps even more
in the future than they do today. Risk is always a part of life, but camps can offer parents the reassurance that their children will be safe as they receive the gifts of nature. The physical benefits are obvious; others are more subtle but no less important. For example, research shows that nature experiences significantly reduce children’s stress. Free play in natural areas enhances children’s cognitive flexibility, problem-solving ability, creativity, self-esteem, and self-discipline. Effects of Attention Deficit Disorder are
reduced when children have regular access to the out-of-doors. Studies of outdoor-education programs geared toward troubled youth — especially those diagnosed with mental-health problems — show a clear therapeutic value. Children are simply happier and healthier when they have frequent and varied opportunities for experiences in the out-of-doors. Nature-oriented camps also help care for the health of the earth; many studies show that nature play in childhood is the chief determining factor in the
environmental consciousness of adults. Clearly there’s more to camp than s’mores. Pete could have told us that. In fact, he did. Richard Louv is the author of Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder and chairman of the Children & Nature Network (www.cnaturenet.org). Originally published in the March 2014 Camp e-News. Reprinted by permission of the American Camp Association.©2014 American Camping Association, Inc.
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TOP TEN THINGS YOU NEVER KNEW ABOUT CAMP Camp has become a staple of the summer season. Each year, millions of children, youth, and adults head to the hills, lakes, valleys, and parks to participate in the time-honored tradition of camp. And, while most people easily conjure up images of campfires and canoes, there is a lot more to the camp experience. Here are ten things you may not have known about the camp experience. 10. Camp is older than dirt, almost literally. Started in 1861, the camp experience turned an impressive 150 years young in 2011. The secret behind the longevity? “Camps are adapting to meet the needs of today’s campers,” says Tom Rosenberg, president/CEO of the American Camp Association. “At the same time, the impact camp has on campers, the life-changing experience, has remained after all these years.” 9. Camp is worth its weight in gold, and then some! The camp experience is life-changing – developing friendships and memories that last well beyond the final campfire. And, there is a camp for literally every budget. Often camps offer special pricing or financial assistance, and some camp experiences qualify for tax credits or for payment with pre-tax dollars. Visit ACA’s Affording Camp page for more information. 8. Green is “zen.” Research shows that first-hand experience with nature, like those at camp, reduce stress in children and help them better handle stress in the future. In addition to teaching children how to be good stewards of the environment, camps are teaching children how to enjoy the world around them and take a minute to breathe deep and feel the nature, which ultimately teaches them how to de-stress the natural way. 7. Mommies and Daddies do it too. Camp is not just for children and youth. There are family camp experiences, and camps for single adults, senior adults, and any adult that wants to relax and enjoy all camp has to offer. Adults benefit from the same sense of community, authentic relationships, and self-discovery that children do. Camp is an excellent vacation option, allowing adults to try a variety of new activities in a safe and fun environment. 6. Try this on for size! Camp is a great place to try new activities and hobbies. Afraid of rock walls? According to ACA research, 74 percent of campers reported that they tried new activities at camp that they were afraid to do at first. And, those activities often leave lasting impressions. In the same survey, 63 percent of parents reported that
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their child continued new activities from camp after returning home. 5. Manners matter, and often linger. The camp experience teaches more than just archery or lanyard making. The entire experience is made of teachable moments, perhaps one of the biggest is how to live with a group of people. Campers learn to pick up after themselves, respect each other’s property, and to say “Please” and “Thank You.” 4. Veggies taste better with friends. Hollywood and fictional novels may have given camp food a bad reputation, but in truth, camps are constantly exploring healthy food options, and often are at the forefront of things like allergy specific diets, healthy snack options, and vegetarian meals. According to ACA’s 2011 Emerging Issues survey, 90.7 percent of responding camps indicated that healthy eating and physical activity was an important or very important issue. 3. If everyone else went to camp, maybe there’s something to it! Camp has played an important role in the lives of some of the most talented people in history. ACA’s family resource site offers a list of notable campers – including business professionals, celebrities, artists, and great thinkers. 2. Camp gets those neurons pumping! Education reform debate and concern over summer learning loss have pushed academic achievement into the spotlight. Research shows that participation in intentional programs, like camp, during summer months helps stem summer learning loss. In addition, camp provides ample opportunity for developmental growth, which is a precursor to academic achievement. And, because of the “hands-on” nature of camp, often children who struggle in traditional education settings do well at camp. 1. Camp builds leaders for the 21st century and beyond! Independence, resiliency, teamwork, problem-solving skills, and the ability to relate to other people — these are the skills that tomorrow’s leaders will need, and the skills camp has been adept at building for 150 years. For more information on preparing your child for an independent, fun-filled summer, visit ACAcamps.org. Or, follow ACA on Facebook and Twitter for helpful hints and camp information. Contact Public Relations at 765.346.3391 or pr@ACAcamps.org to interview an ACA spokesperson or for more information about preparing for camp. For customizable public service announcements or article reprints, visit our Press Room.
SPORTS CAMP The Brunswick Sports Camp, now in its 75th, year will continue to develop and improve athletic skills of children ages 5 – 14. This camp is designed for the travel athlete as well as the first timer; we will meet your campers’ needs. Our awesome curriculum gives campers core and recreational sports. With over 10 hours of athletic instruction, designed and implemented by varsity coaches, and 15 hours of participation in games, your camper will have the greatest summer ever. Additionally, each camper will have a chance to win fun, daily competitions in baseball, squash (taught by Varsity Squash Coach Ryan Abraham), basketball, football, tennis, or lacrosse, and campers will have opportunities to participate in games like
badminton, speedball, handball, flag football, four-square and so much more. Your camper will get all of this while learning the importance of good sportsmanship and the fundamentals of each sport. Brunswick School’s facilities boast 600 yards of playing fields, nine swimming lanes with an adjustable-depth platform, two hitting tunnels, a bullpen and dugouts, and plenty of indoor space for use during rainy days or exceptionally hot weather. DAY CAMP WELCOME TO CAMP BEARLOCK! Brunswick School’s Day Camp is designed to provide fun and engaging activities for boys and girls entering grades K-4. This two-week full-day program will feature swimming, athletics, STEM, artistic expression, and daily
Camp Adventures. Schedules vary, however, all campers will receive daily swim time and lessons in the Brunswick Natatorium, and experience Bearlock athletics designed to expose campers to a variety of skills and games through a physical education lens. Artistic Expression includes traditional camp art as well as dramatic play designed to instill confidence and the “willingness to try,” and Camp Adventure includes various activities such as karaoke, science and expeditions to local nature centers, campfire stories, orienteering, scavenger hunts, and team-building exercises. Last but not least, our STEM component exposes campers to activities in which they build, create, and problem-solve using a variety of engineering tools and media.
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Being Away from Home Builds Self-esteem, Independence
separations, such as sleepovers at a friend’s house, can simulate the camp environment. Involve children in the process of preparing for camp. The more they own the decision, the more comfortable they will feel being at camp. Make sure to understand the camp’s philosophy on how issues, such as homesickness, are addressed. Talk candidly with the camp director to understand his/ her perspective on the adjustment to camp life. Discuss what to expect at camp before leaving for camp. Consider role-playing anticipated situations, such as using a flashlight to find the bathroom. Reach an agreement ahead of time on calling each other, but make sure to honor the camp’s policy on phone calls. Send a note or care package ahead of time to arrive the first day of camp. Acknowledge missing One of the many joys of parenthood is helping children navigate new waters. And, while often these situations are met with hesitation, slight anxiety — or in the case of some first-time campers, homesickness — it is these moments that develop the twenty-first century skills needed in adulthood. New situations, such as going away to camp, serve as teachers in life’s classroom — developing leadership, self-esteem, teamwork, independence, and problem-solving. It’s important, even critical,
for parents to help children overcome any feelings of hesitation in order to help them grow. Take camp, for example. From a child’s perspective, camp is fun, fun, fun! Parents know that camp provides immeasurable growth opportunities, and is a vital part of childhood. As the day approaches, even the most excited campers sometimes get nervous about being away from home. “Homesickness is completely normal,” said Michael Thompson, consultant, author, and psychologist in a recent PBS
Parents article*. “If a child loves his or her parents and has a good home, why wouldn’t he or she feel some longing for mom, for dad, for the dog, or for home cooking?” It is up to parents, then, to help ease the transition to camp, and help their children grow from the experience. The American Camp Association® (ACA) suggests the following advice to help alleviate anxiety and get a jump start on life’s lessons. Encourage independence throughout the year. Practice
the child, in a positive way. For example, saying “I am going to miss you, but I know that you will have a good time at camp,” lets the camper know that families are thinking about them, but confident in their ability to adapt to camp. Pack a personal item or two from home, such as a stuffed animal. Avoid bribing behaviors. Families send the wrong message when they link a successful stay at camp to a material object. Families should focus on the real rewards — like new found confidence and independence. Don’t plan an exit strategy. If a “rescue call” comes from the child, offer calm reassurance and put the time frame into perspective. While most incidents of homesickness pass quickly, parents know their child best. If parents have concerns (for example, the child is not eating or sleep-
ing, or appears overly anxious), they should immediately talk to their camp director. Camp staff are trained to identify and ease homesickness, and are a valuable resource for parents as well as campers. For more information on preparing your child for an independent, fun-filled summer, visit www.ACAcamps.org. Or, follow ACA on Facebook and Twitter for helpful hints and camp information. Contact Public Relations at 765.349.3317 or pr@ACAcamps. org to interview an ACA spokesperson, or for more information about preparing for camp. For customizable public service announcements or article reprints, visit our Press Room at www. ACAcamps.org/press-room. *Michael Thompson, Ph.D., “Helping Kids Beat Homesickness at Sleep-Away Camp,” PBS Parents, May 2011.