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A Jolley Good Day

September 22, 2017

PAWLING, N.Y.— For a freshman to win a varsity cross country race is pretty unusual, but Ava Jolley accomplished that feat at the Dan Purdy Invitational in Pawling last weekend. Jolley ran a 21:28.60 to claim the top prize.

“Ava’s first varsity win was not surprising,” North Salem coach Nick Kowgios said. “Her mental toughness assures her success. She just keeps ...

North Salem Natives' Fundraiser Sparks Sibling Rivalry

NORTH SALEM, N.Y.--Growing up in a family of six, North Salem native Meghan Tuerff, 28, said not getting along was simply not an option. 

Meghan is the second oldest of four siblings, all born two years apart. Her maiden name, Clark, is shared by her sister, Caitlin, 30, and her brothers, Andrew, 26, and Michael, 24.  After years of sharing a name, a home, schools, sports teams and ...

Still Got It: Tigers Douse Arlington B

NORTH SALEM, N.Y.— After capturing a state championship last year, North Salem’s boys soccer program has proven its immunity to falling off the throne after it shut out Arlington B 2-0 in the final game of Saturday afternoon’s homecoming.

“So far, they’re the total package,” Tiger coach Ron Hendrie said of his team. “They communicate and get along ...

North Salem Gold Award Candidate Creates Scouting Website

September 23, 2017

NORTH SALEM, N.Y.--When Natalie Intrieri, 17, felt that younger Girl Scouts weren’t getting the same opportunities she had when she was their age, she wanted to do something to improve their experience. 

“We’re the oldest troop and we’re probably the most active troop,” she said of North Salem Girl Scout Troop 2850.  
 

Intrieri joined her troop ...

North Salem Natives' Fundraiser Sparks Sibling Rivalry

NORTH SALEM, N.Y.--Growing up in a family of six, North Salem native Meghan Tuerff, 28, said not getting along was simply not an option. 

Meghan is the second oldest of four siblings, all born two years apart. Her maiden name, Clark, is shared by her sister, Caitlin, 30, and her brothers, Andrew, 26, and Michael, 24.  After years of sharing a name, a home, schools, sports teams and ...

North Salem Scouts Throw 'Kindness Rocks'

NORTH SALEM, N.Y.--North Salem Cub Scout Pack 1 is spreading the love at its annual pack night, or first meeting of the year, Sept. 15. 

Its  invited the whole town to participate in the “Kindness Rocks” challenge. The idea is to decorate a rock with an inspiring message and leave it somewhere as a random act of kindness. 

The project has its own website and is ...

North Salem Commemorates 9/11

NORTH SALEM, N.Y.--Dozens gathered at the North Salem Fire House on Titicus Road to mark the 16th anniversary of 9/11.

Veterans and their families attended the event, as well as local officials including Sen. Terrence Murphy, North Salem Town Supervisor Warren Lucas, and Councilman Martin Aronchick.

The attacks claimed the lives of nearly 3,000 people, including North Salem resident Vincent ...

North Salem Elementary School Holds Open House

September 21, 2017

Students and parents were welcomed to Pequenakonck Elementary school on Sept. 5 by none other than the school mascot, Cubby himself. Principal Mary Johnson and Assistant Principal Dr. Stephanie Bell were up front and center greeting everyone at the door as well. 

Students and parents met this year’s teachers and familiarized themselves with their new classrooms 
from 3 to 5 ...

North Salem Gold Award Candidate Creates Scouting Website

September 23, 2017

NORTH SALEM, N.Y.--When Natalie Intrieri, 17, felt that younger Girl Scouts weren’t getting the same opportunities she had when she was their age, she wanted to do something to improve their experience. 

“We’re the oldest troop and we’re probably the most active troop,” she said of North Salem Girl Scout Troop 2850.  
 

Intrieri joined her troop ...

North Salem Natives' Fundraiser Sparks Sibling Rivalry

NORTH SALEM, N.Y.--Growing up in a family of six, North Salem native Meghan Tuerff, 28, said not getting along was simply not an option. 

Meghan is the second oldest of four siblings, all born two years apart. Her maiden name, Clark, is shared by her sister, Caitlin, 30, and her brothers, Andrew, 26, and Michael, 24.  After years of sharing a name, a home, schools, sports teams and ...

North Salem Scouts Throw 'Kindness Rocks'

NORTH SALEM, N.Y.--North Salem Cub Scout Pack 1 is spreading the love at its annual pack night, or first meeting of the year, Sept. 15. 

Its  invited the whole town to participate in the “Kindness Rocks” challenge. The idea is to decorate a rock with an inspiring message and leave it somewhere as a random act of kindness. 

The project has its own website and is ...

North Salem Commemorates 9/11

September 13, 2017

NORTH SALEM, N.Y.--Dozens gathered at the North Salem Fire House on Titicus Road to mark the 16th anniversary of 9/11.

Veterans and their families attended the event, as well as local officials including Sen. Terrence Murphy, North Salem Town Supervisor Warren Lucas, and Councilman Martin Aronchick.

The attacks claimed the lives of nearly 3,000 people, including North Salem resident Vincent ...

North Salem Police Officer Retires After 32 Years

September 20, 2017

NORTH SALEM,N.Y.--For the first time since he started working at 16, Joseph Olenik, now 59, is going to have weekends off.

A man of many hats, which have included those of fire marshal, police chief, facilities director for Weston public schools in Connecticut for the last five years, and dad to three, Olenik is ready to take just one out of the rotation in order to spend more time with his ...

North Salem Commemorates 9/11

NORTH SALEM, N.Y.--Dozens gathered at the North Salem Fire House on Titicus Road to mark the 16th anniversary of 9/11.

Veterans and their families attended the event, as well as local officials including Sen. Terrence Murphy, North Salem Town Supervisor Warren Lucas, and Councilman Martin Aronchick.

The attacks claimed the lives of nearly 3,000 people, including North Salem resident Vincent ...

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More 9/11 Deaths

On 9/11 this year, we  mourned the deaths and celebrated the heroism of the 3,000 men and women who were killed by terrorists on Sept. 11, 2001. One hundred one residents of Westchester County were killed in the attack; 11 Putnam residents; 44 Orange County residents, and 80 more in Rockland County.

Now we are learning that many more gallant firefighters, police and other first responders ...

Fake Narratives

I was privileged this week to be introduced to the work of Byron Katie, a woman who teaches a method of self-inquiry that helps release people from the negative stories they bear. Such stories keep individuals stuck in pain and adverse emotional reactions to events, whether those events were formative for the person’s character and self-understanding or a current event.

Katie created a ...

Man of Letters

Author’s Note: Mom + Pop Culture are a couple of real characters. They could be you and me. Or not. Every so often, I eavesdrop on their conversations. Let’s listen in on what they’re saying right now about Pop’s penchant for writing Letters to the Editor…

MOM: Whatcha doin’ there, Pop?

POP: Writin’, Mom.

MOM: Writin’ what?

POP: A ...

A Shampoo by Any Other Name

“What’s in the bag?” I asked my mother as she got into the car. She had just come out of the hair salon and apparently had been talked into buying some high-end hair products.

“New shampoo,” she said with some excitement. “My old shampoo was terrible. It really dried out my hair.”

“What brand were you using?” I asked. She thought for a ...

Tips to Offer Children with Poor Executive Function Skill

Dana Stahl, a learning specialist and educational consultant, will address educational questions and concerns that parents may have regarding their children’s academic development and progress in school. Topics can center on how to handle homework dilemmas to what questions to ask at a CSE meeting. Questions can range from “How best do parents advocate for their children?” to ...

North Salem Police Officer Retires After 32 Years

September 20, 2017

NORTH SALEM,N.Y.--For the first time since he started working at 16, Joseph Olenik, now 59, is going to have weekends off.

A man of many hats, which have included those of fire marshal, police chief, facilities director for Weston public schools in Connecticut for the last five years, and dad to three, Olenik is ready to take just one out of the rotation in order to spend more time with his ...