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Somers Girls Stampede to League Title

January 18, 2017

NEW YORK, N.Y.— Somers’ varsity girls winter track and field team had a standout performance to win the League 2B championship on Jan. 15 at the Armory in New York City.

Jane Kaufman finished first in the 55-meter hurdles in 9.78 seconds. Christina Abrenica was second in 10.09 seconds.

The Tuskers claimed the top three spots in the 55-meter dash. Michelle Rosenblum won the race ...

Somers/North Salem Skates to Hard-Fought Tie

BREWSTER, N.Y.— Sunday’s hockey game at the Brewster Ice Arena pitted two evenly matched teams in Somers/North Salem and Brewster/Yorktown. That ended up being the case at the end of 50 minutes of play. Both teams played hard and put on an entertaining game, but each had to settle for a 3-3 tie.

“It was a fun game. Our kids skated with their kids over the summer,” ...

Somers Bounces Back Against Nanuet

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y.— Trailing by six points at halftime, the Somers girls basketball team pulled together to avoid two straight losses by defeating Nanuet 43-39 in the consolation game of the 20th annual George Budries Basketball Tournament on Jan. 16.

“The key for pulling out the win was our ability to adjust after being down in the first half,” senior captain Faith Anne ...

Proposed Somers Public Safety Center Wins Key Approvals

January 20, 2017

SOMERS, N.Y. - A new “downtown” firehouse—which would also provide a command post for emergencies and, not incidentally, guarantee a continued state police presence in Somers—passed a key regulatory hurdle last week.

The planning board, in a 5-1 vote, approved IBM’s sale of land, now home to the state police barracks on Route 100, to the Somers Fire District. Fire ...

Somers Public Safety Center Subdivision up for Vote

SOMERS, N.Y. – The Somers Fire District is hopeful that a subdivision of a Route 100 property, which would allow the district to move forward with its proposed public safety center for local and state first responders, will be preliminarily approved at Wednesday’s planning board meeting.

Frank Simeone, an attorney for the Somers Fire District, said it has a contract in place to ...

GuidED Demystifies Daunting College Process

January 21, 2017

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— Applying to college in the 21st century can be an intimidating task for high school students and their parents. It can cause stressful days and sleepless nights as families try to wade through the morass of paperwork and the often-complex application process.

But Dr. Deborah Hardy is here to help. Hardy is an educational consultant, or as she likes to say, a “mobile ...

Somers Student Advances in National Science Competition

SOMERS, N.Y. – Out of 1,700 applicants from 527 high schools in 46 states and seven international schools, Somers’ own Mark Worsley has been selected as one of 300 semifinalists in the Regeneron Science Talent Search.

In a project that science research teacher William Maelia describes as “simple, yet profound,” Worsley set out to design quieter wind turbines. Though ...

Community Service Scholarships Honor Memory of Somers Lions Members

SOMERS, N.Y. - Each year, the Somers Lions Club accepts dozens of applications for five $1,500 scholarships from high school seniors who have demonstrated a commitment to community service. Every application is filled with service hours and letters from organizations that verify their volunteer work.

Each scholarship is given in the name of a deceased Somers Lion who gave many hours of ...

Winners of Illuminate Somers Contest Announced

January 19, 2017

SOMERS, N.Y. - With the goal of bringing joy and cheer throughout the town, the Somers Lions Club continued the tradition of “Illuminating Somers” in 2016.

Started in 2014, this Somers holiday marvel was presented as a friendly outdoor home decorating competition to the Board of the Somers Lions Club by Lion Herb Reimann—lovingly known as “The Herbinator.” ...

Rotary Club Celebrates Somers Historical Society, Caroline Wright Reis

SOMERS, N.Y. - At its Jan. 10, dinner meeting, the Northeast Westchester Rotary Club celebrated the 60th anniversary of the Somers Historical Society and the 50th anniversary of Carolyn Wright Reis' 82-acre bequest to the town of Somers, which would become the Wright Reis Homestead National Historic Landmark and neighboring Reis Park.

Jan. 11 marked 135 years since the birth of Wright ...

Somers Author Sheds Light on Founding Father John Jay in New Book

SOMERS, N.Y. - When Carol Brier became a volunteer at the John Jay Homestead in Pound Ridge in 1995, she never would have predicted she would develop a relationship with the historical figure who would drive her to publish a book about him 20 years later.

However, transcribing more than 500 letters written by John Jay—the American statesman, patriot, diplomat and Founding ...

Somers High School Performing Artist Spotlight: Grace Dashnaw

January 20, 2017

SOMERS, N.Y. - Grace Dashnaw is a senior at Somers High School and an accomplished student musician. A cello player, Dashnaw hopes to one day become a professional.

When did you first begin playing the cello? Did you know right away that it was the instrument for you?

I started playing the cello in third grade when we were given the option to join orchestra. I actually wanted to play the ...

Somers Class of 2018 Presents ‘Tuskers Got Talent’

SOMERS, N.Y. - The Somers High School junior class held the annual “Tuskers Got Talent” competition and fundraiser on Friday, Jan. 7. Each year, the juniors showcase their talents to raise funds for the following year's senior activities, such as the prom, the annual apple-picking excursion and their senior breakfast. Judges said they couldn't believe the juniors' talents ...

Somers Author Sheds Light on Founding Father John Jay in New Book

SOMERS, N.Y. - When Carol Brier became a volunteer at the John Jay Homestead in Pound Ridge in 1995, she never would have predicted she would develop a relationship with the historical figure who would drive her to publish a book about him 20 years later.

However, transcribing more than 500 letters written by John Jay—the American statesman, patriot, diplomat and Founding ...

GuidED Demystifies Daunting College Process

January 21, 2017

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— Applying to college in the 21st century can be an intimidating task for high school students and their parents. It can cause stressful days and sleepless nights as families try to wade through the morass of paperwork and the often-complex application process.

But Dr. Deborah Hardy is here to help. Hardy is an educational consultant, or as she likes to say, a “mobile ...

Somers Lions Host Annual Blood Drive

January 17, 2017

SOMERS, N.Y. - The Somers Lions Club hosted its third annual blood drive Saturday, Jan. 7, at Somers Middle School. This year's drive was especially crucial as the New York Blood Center is experiencing an emergency blood shortage.

Orthodontist Patients Thank Somers Police Department

SOMERS, N.Y. - The Somers Police Department received some support from an unlikely place before the holiday season—the patients at Bridgham Barr Orthodontics.

Several days before Christmas, the Somers orthodontists delivered a box containing dozens of “thank you” cards to the police officers. The cards had handwritten messages from patients of Bridgham Barr, many of which ...

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Who Rescued Whom?

After giving birth to our first two kids, Lauren and I decided to adopt our third child, Justin, who came home with us on Dec. 23.

The third child was a bit furrier than the first two. He also walks on four legs.

We don’t know too much about Justin. Paw Safe Animal Rescue in Patterson told us that he was rescued from a kill-shelter in Alabama. We’re not sure why anyone would ...

‘Auntie, Please Get Us Home!’

What could be more romantic than spending Christmas in Rome? My niece and her husband were flying out Dec. 21 and returning Dec. 28; Val and Jeffrey had their trip mapped out:  the Colosseum, Christmas mass at the Vatican, the city of Florence and on and on.

As each day passed, we were treated to beautiful pictures on Facebook—both Val and Jeffrey are excellent photographers. Oh, ...

I Got an Amazon Echo for Christmas

The Amazon Echo is a personal electronic assistant, which are three words that never used to go together before. If you ask “Alexa” for the weather, or to play you some music, she will do so more expediently than most other methods. It looks like a small round cake, and I got one for Christmas.

After I unsuccessfully tried to eat it, the first thing I did was to try to get Alexa ...

Helping Students Discern Between Fact and Fiction

Dear Dr. Linda,

My wife and I have been trying to explain the difference between fact and fiction to our children, who are 9, 12 and 15. There has been so much misinformation and rhetoric coming from both of our major political parties in the past couple of years, we want to make sure that the future leaders of our amazing country are able to do the sort of analysis they need to make decisions ...

Taking the Plunge, for a Good Cause

On any New Year’s Day since 2013, if you happened to be at Riverfront Green in Peekskill, looking toward the Hudson River, you might think you hadn’t fully recovered from the prior evening’s festivities and were hallucinating.

But even stone cold sober, your eyes wouldn’t be deceiving you. Yes, that was a large throng of people running into the icy waters in summery ...

Once Upon a Sagging Mattress

“Help!” I cried out meekly.

“Where are you?” asked my husband, looking around the bedroom.

“I’m in here,” I responded. “In the mattress.” Truth be told, I wasn’t actually in the mattress. It was more like I was on it, but I was sunk down so low, it looked like I had been swallowed up by the mattress. Our very pricey and ...

Upcoming Events

Sat, January 21, 12:00 PM

Lenoir Preserve, Hastings-on-Hudson

Nature Movie Day

Arts & Entertainment

Sat, January 21, 1:00 PM

Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, Cross River

Sand in January

Home & Garden

Sat, January 21, 1:00 PM

Cranberry Lake Preserve, West Harrison

Indoor Crafts

Home & Garden

Consider Rescuing a Dog

January 18, 2017

I don’t think in all my years I have written to a paper. I have thought about it in my mind but never took the next step. But now there have been so many articles around about rescue pets that I wanted to respond to Brett Freeman’s column, “Who Rescued Whom?”

After having three purebreds (a springer and two goldens) one at a time over the years, we said we would never ...

I Want to Redecorate, but Where Do I Begin? 

Since decorating mistakes can be very costly and time consuming, I always urge my clients to do their homework before undertaking any redecorating project.

What kind of homework?  A good way to begin is to flip through design and decorating magazines, and visit websites dedicated to interior décor. Start collecting pictures of various design products and styles that appeal to you ...

What Are Learning Modalities?

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 ...

TAPinto Launches Free TAPinto App for iPhone and Android: Download it Today

January 18, 2017

TAPinto.net launched a free TAPinto App today for iPhone and Android, enabling readers to obtain their local news and events in a fast, easy-to-use application.  With this launch, TAPinto becomes one of the only local news publications in the country to have its own App.

The TAPinto App not only features news and events, but also enables readers to receive push notifications regarding ...

Hello, Somers

January 18, 2017

As we enter 2017, I wanted to take a moment to provide a year-end summary about some of the major issues addressed by the town over the past year. Please note a more detailed summary can be found on the town’s website.

Opioid and Heroin Addiction

Opioid and heroin addiction continues to ravage the younger generations of our community, as it has been in suburban towns throughout New ...