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Pinching, & an Italian Job of a Different Sort

Recent weird and unusual crime in the Hudson Valley. Reports do not indicate a conviction.

A 14-year-old Hastings-on-Hudson, NY high school student allegedly as she was entering her car. She called police, who found the boy based on her description. The boy was charged with forcible touching and the case was referred to family court in Yonkers, NY.

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New Castle, NY, Police sent out an advisory message due to a number of black bear sightings in the area recently. Black bears have been seen on Route 100, Gedney Park, the Douglas Road area and Quaker Rd. near the Duck Pond.  The NY Department of Environmental Conservation said bears will only be asked to leave if they create a public disturbance, act aggressively towards a human or pet, attempt to enter a home, or is injured and cannot move freely to escape.

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A man in his 40s has been targeting Harrison, NY residents of Italian descent, according to police. The man knocks on residents' doors and, speaking in Italian, . After a connection is made, the man asks them for $100 and gives them a leather jacket in return. The jacket is worthless, said police.

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A 21-year-old Congers, NY man was charged with reckless endangerment and fleeing police after hitting on Rte. 304 in Bardonia, NY, according to police. The motorcycle pulled over in New City where he was arrested.

Editor's note: This article in a slightly different form, in Westchester County and Rockland County Patch sites, including Portchester Patch.

Janet June 10, 2012 at 02:25 PM
To the editor: Your headline "Pinching, and an Italian Job of Another Sort" was offensive. Slurs or associations with stereotypes of people of an Italian heritage are inappropriate. They generate, quite overtly, I might add, the attitude that certain ethnic groups may be excluded from the respect and dignity afforded other races, ethnicities and religions. I suggest you write about two signers of the Declaration of Independence of Italian descent: Maryland's William Paca and Delaware's Caesar Rodney. Write about the four Italian Americans who fought at the Battle of Little Bighorn, or recently, Prof. Charles DeLisi in Boston, who was honored by Pres. William Clinton for his seminal role in the Human Genome Project. Think of them when you think of the revolting headline you must have thought was funny. Think of them when you think of "Italian Jobs." Janet D'Arcangelo, Darien, CT.
David Gurliacci June 10, 2012 at 05:07 PM
I wrote that headline, and I see nothing wrong with it at all. There was no slur against people of Italian heritage in America. Does anyone seriously, honestly believe that Italian-American men do this? As an Italian-American (and proud of it) in a town and state that has a high percentage of Italian-Americans—and with several relatives who are immigrants from Italy—I believe I have enough experience to say that your criticism is overly sensitive. Italy has become known as a place where many Italian men have pinched women. Regardless of how widespread or rare it may be today (there's some dispute about that), there's simply no question that a lot of it has taken place, even recently. There's nothing wrong with referring to that fact in a joking headline. The possibility that the headline would cause harm is nonexistent. (continued)
David Gurliacci June 10, 2012 at 05:07 PM
(continued from my previous comment) I have never understood this kind of sensitivity, because I've never felt any disadvantage to being Italian-American. Therefore, what's the big deal? If you were of Danish or Dutch descent and I'd written a light-hearted headline involving Danish pastry or Dutch uncles, you could have written a similar comment that, in my opinion, would be just as overly sensitive. Italians, Danes and the Dutch can take some ribbing because there is no widespread bigotry against these groups, at least not in America. I would not have written a similar headline involving blacks, Hispanics or Jews, for instance, because there is widespread bigotry against those groups. When it comes to humorous references, I think we should reserve sensitivity for times and places where it actually matters.
Siwanoy June 10, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Its so nice to have articles having NOTHING to with DARIEN on the DARIEN patch, another excellent selection patch...
Swami Ramaswami June 14, 2012 at 10:15 PM
Janet, did you catch this bit of stereotyping? http://darien.patch.com/articles/area-arrests-in-suspected-ct-mafia-ring

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