Giving Back

August 9, 2018

NORTH SALEM, N.Y. - Pearl the Bichon poodle was pregnant with seven puppies (only six would live) in terrible conditions near the Mexican border when 2,000 miles away a North Salem family began planning her wedding. The fluffy beauty was being mistreated by a breeder when she caught the eye of ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Somers Lion Ellen Purcigliotti is now the district governor for District 20R1, which encompasses Northern Westchester, Putnam and Rockland counties.   Purcigliotti’s district represents about 30 clubs and more than 800 Lions.  In addition to furthering the Lions’ global goals ...

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NORTH SALEM, N.Y.-The 12th annual Art Against Abuse exhibit at Hammond Museum drew hundreds on March 9 with its powerful message about dating abuse among young people. Students at North Salem High School create art for the exhibit every year in memory of Elizabeth Butler, the 17-year-old North ...

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NORTH SALEM, N.Y.-Before puppy training class begins, Donna Gleason, head trainer at Putnam Service Dogs, and Nancy Teague, CEO/founder, brainstorm on what they need for their clients. Of the 13 applicants waiting for service dogs, 75 percent need a dog to retrieve dropped items and 75 percent are ...

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NORTH SALEM, N.Y.-The Westchester-Putnam Council Boy Scouts of America has its first official all-girl den. Seven girls, ages 9 and 10, have formed a single-gender den of Webelos as part of Pack 164 in Yorktown Heights. The girls, many of whom have been unofficially participating in Cub Scouting ...

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NORTH SALEM, N.Y.-A member of the Northeast Westchester Rotary Club described feeling “thrilled to death” when a musician on his record label won a Grammy for best Latin jazz album last month. ZOHO Music record-label founder and owner Jochen Becker, a longtime Rotarian, went with the Pablo ...

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NORTH SALEM, N.Y.-The North Salem Cub Scouts Pack 1 held its Arrow of Light ceremony at the North Salem Firehouse on Feb. 3. With den leader Colleen Casale, six Scouts advanced this year: Michael Bonelli, CJ Casale, Key Kolb, Seth Onofrio, Liam Smith and Christopher Tarrant.

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NORTH SALEM, N.Y.-Among those in the holdiay spririt: Gifts for the troops Throughout December, the North Salem Republican Club collected Christmas gifts for the troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. These gifts were collected in wardrobe sized boxes placed within local merchants across ...

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NORTH SALEM, N.Y.-For the last four years, the North Salem Lions have hosted its “Pancake Breakfast With Santa,” giving the kids of North Salem (and the Lions Club members, admittedly) a tradition to enjoy each year. While pancakes might not be a mainstay holiday item on breakfast tables anytime ...

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NORTH SALEM, N.Y.-One thing you’ll never hear cross Nancy Sorbella’s lips is the cry “Uncle!” A deep reserve of determination has seen the Kent mother of three through many a challenge, among the most painful of which has been osteoarthritis. To look at her, with her strawberry blond bangs ...

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NORTH SALEM, N.Y.-The hill outside of the North Salem Middle School cafeteria was covered in trash bags over the weekend. What they held, though, was not trash, but tons of donated clothing and toys collected by the North Salem Athletic Booster Club that will be distributed to those in need across ...

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NORTH SALEM, N.Y.-When 16-year-old Sophia Valle couldn’t afford to board or own a horse, she turned to Our Farm, an equine rescue in North Salem. “When my parents told me I couldn’t ride anymore, it hurt,” she said. Sophia had been riding since the age of 10. When the lease where she boarded ...

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NORTH SALEM, N.Y. -- Birthdays only come once a year, and Friends of Karen is ensuring that as many children as possible receive the means to celebrate them. The North Salem based charity organization teamed up with The Birthday Box of New York, a non-profit organization that provides children ...

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SOMERS, N.Y.--What started out as a joke among five friends who attend John F. Kennedy Catholic High School in Somers has morphed into something they can be far more proud of: a 250-member group determined to do good. The John Stamos Cooking Club is no more. Firmly planted in its stead is The ...

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NORTH SALEM, N.Y.--Laughter echoed through the halls of North Salem’s Schoolhouse Theater and Arts Center on Saturday night during the second annual “Suits for Soldiers” comedy show.  The theater was one of many stops along the “Suits for Soldiers” comedy tour, organized by Save-A-Suit,  a ...

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NORTH SALEM, N.Y.--Murphy’s Masters hosted its 28th annual golf tournament at Pehquenakonck Country Club on Saturday, Sept. 23. This year’s tournament was one of the most attended since its inception in 1989, with almost 100 participants, founder Jim Murphy said. It began as a way to get his ...

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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 ...

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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, ...

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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 ...

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Friends of Karen, which supports critically-ill children and their families in the New York Tri-State area, has elected a new president of its Board of Directors, longtime board member and North Salem resident Paul Smadbeck.  Smadbeck joined the Friends of Karen board in April 1996 and has been ...

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