Somers Delivers DeMatteo Perfect Present

October 19, 2016

SOMERS, N.Y.— The Somers varsity football team wasn’t about to let coach Tony DeMatteo down on his birthday.

 Third-seeded Somers gave DeMatteo the perfect birthday gift, cruising past visiting No. 14 Beacon 35-6 in the Section 1 Class A qualifying round on Oct. 14.

 “That’s always the goal, to make coach D happy,” senior running back Messiah Horne ...

Somers Tops Panas on Senior Night

SOMERS, N.Y.— It has been a season to remember for the Somers boys soccer team and it was a senior night the Tuskers will never forget.

Somers defeated visiting Walter Panas 2-0 on Thursday, Oct. 13.

Senior defender Brendan Blanch blasted a long-range shot to put Somers up 1-0 on the Panthers with 23:24 left in the first half.

Fellow senior Evan Kieltyka, who also plays defense, ...

Somers' Michael Panzarino Places Fifth at Invitational

WAPPINGERS FALLS, N.Y.— Michael Panzarino led the Somers boys cross country team with a fifth-place finish in the varsity 3 race at the Section 1 Coaches Invitational at Bowdoin Park in Wappingers Falls on Oct. 15.

Mark Worsley placed 31st in a time of 18:13.40 and Thomas Hannon wasn’t too far behind him, taking 38th in 18:34.80.

Nico Papalia (61st, 19:18.60), Christopher Hannon ...

Plans for New Route 100 Firehouse Back On in Somers

October 24, 2016

SOMERS, N.Y. - Ambitious plans for a Route 100 firehouse and emergency operations center—seemingly stalled a year ago over the price of land—are back on the front burner.

The structure, to be built on the site of the current state police barracks, would also bring in the displaced troopers and perhaps the town police in a single building with the volunteer firefighters, said the ...

Photos: Somers Fire Department Hosts Annual Inspection

On Sunday, Sept. 27, the Somers Volunteer Fire Department celebrated its annual inspection. Inspection is the time of the year when the members of the fire department present their apparatus for the Board of Fire Commissioners, elected representatives and other agencies. Members spent countless hours cleaning and making sure the apparatus and equipment were in top shape. Awards are given for two ...

Suspect in Purdys Attempted Rape Arrested

PURDYS, N.Y. - MTA Police and the Westchester County Department of Public Safety arrested a man in connection an attempted rape at the Purdys Metro-North Railroad station parking lot and a rape in Mount Kisco.

Kieran O’Leary, public information officer for the Westchester County Police Department, identified the suspect as 24-year-old Ronald Danillo Sandoval-Campos of Purdys. He was ...

Somers Sticks with More-Stringent Fire Barrier

October 24, 2016

SOMERS, N.Y. - It can take Somers’ volunteer firefighters more than 20 minutes to respond to an alarm and reach a burning home, Fire Chief Jody Leverich warned last week.

Scattered as they are throughout the town and beyond, at the sound of an alarm, firefighters have to drop what they’re doing—working, playing, sleeping—and travel to their fire station. Once there, ...

Murphy: New State Law Ensures Parole Victims Will be Heard

SOMERS, N.Y. - Terry Losicco, who murdered Somers resident Eleanor Prouty in 1980, was released on parole in March, after previously being denied seven times. Brooks Prouty, grandson of Eleanor, said the eighth parole hearing was held without his knowledge, denying his family a presence at the hearing, either in person or through a written statement.

State Sen. Terrence Murphy, standing just a ...

Granite Point Lawsuit Dismissed

SOMERS, N.Y. - A State Supreme Court justice has dismissed a last-ditch effort to block construction of 23 luxury homes only steps from the Amawalk Reservoir in Granite Springs. 

Throwing out a legal challenge to Somers’ tentative approval last year of the controversial development, Justice Gretchen Walsh said the subdivision’s opponents had lacked the requisite legal standing ...

Six Somers Seniors Named Semifinalists for Merit Scholarship

October 19, 2016

SOMERS, N.Y. - Six Somers High School seniors have been recognized as semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program.

Michelle Croen, Emma MacNeil, Nathan Reynolds, Adriana Szpynda, Emily Szpynda and Mark Worsley are among the 16,000 high school seniors to reach the semifinals of the 62nd annual program. These six seniors now have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some ...

Tech Director Resigns from Somers Schools

SOMERS, N.Y. - Christopher B. White, who has guided the transition of Somers schools’ to 21st century technology for the past dozen years, was scheduled to log out last Friday for the last time.

White will join Microsoft Corp. Monday as a member of its education team, enriching the tech experience for students from kindergarten through college. “I will be working out of my ...

Somers Rotarian Wows Students with Jukebox Collection

NORTH SALEM, N.Y. - Jukebox collector and Somers Rotarian Ed Liss wowed the special needs students of the Westchester Exceptional Children’s School in North Salem on Friday, Sept. 16, with virtual recordings from his extensive restored jukebox collection and technology many of them had never experienced.

Together with Andrew Stein, producer of the videos, they traced American music from ...

Photos: Second Annual Jason D. Papa Memorial Golf Outing in Somers

October 13, 2016

SOMERS, N.Y. - The second annual Jason D. Papa Memorial Golf Outing and Dinner was held Monday, Sept. 26, at Anglebrook Golf Club in Somers.

The outing is organized by the Jason D. Papa Memorial Foundation, which was established in 2015, following the passing of the 2000 Somers High School graduate. To celebrate and remember all that Papa loved and aspired to be, the not-for-profit ...

Meet Somers' 101 Year-Old Fitness Junkie

SOMERS, N.Y. - If you’re a regular in the Heritage Hills Fitness Center, you have no doubt seen Louis Forte.

Forte, 101, doesn’t let his age stop him from keeping exercise and activity in his life. Born in Italy on Feb. 12, 1915, Forte was the son of a migrant who came to this country in his late teens as a tailor and designer. He settled in New York and ended up working in the fur ...

Mahopac News Congratulates Our Very Own Tabitha Pearson Marshall

MAHOPAC, NY - Mahopac News and its sister publications, The Somers Record, Yorktown News and North Salem News, are proud to announce that our photographer and graphic designer Tabitha Pearson Marshall was the recipient of the Lyn & Buzz Burr Excellence in Communication Award, which she received Oct. 5 at the 31st annual Putnam County Service Network Awards Breakfast at Putnam County Golf ...

Good Shepherd Church in Somers Hosts Antiques Appraisal Day

GRANITE SPRINGS, N.Y. - Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Granite Springs hosted an Antiques Appraisal and Arts Jam on Saturday, Sept. 17. Appraisers from RMZ Fine Arts & Antiques Inc. of Pearl River were on hand to appraise all types of items including jewelry, fine arts, collectibles, vintage toys and more.

The annual Arts Jam festival was also in full swing all day, providing ...

Somers Shows School Spirit at Annual Bonfire

SOMERS, N.Y. - Somers High School’s annual homecoming bonfire blazed on a warm September night, two days after being rescheduled because of bad weather.

On Tuesday, Sept. 20, students and residents from the entire community gathered in the back parking lot of the high school to enjoy a bonfire, refreshments, a DJ and a photo booth. Volunteers from the Somers Fire Department kept the fire ...

Photos: Community Comes Out to ‘Celebrate Somers’

SOMERS, N.Y. - The Somers Chamber of Commerce held its fourth annual “Celebrate Somers” last Saturday in the Somers Town Shopping Center. The fun-filled day of events and activities featured carnival games, live performances and demonstrations, an obstacle course, music and more, as well as 60-plus business and food vendors.

All photos were taken by Deena Bell, unless noted ...

Somers High to Become ‘The Happiest Place on Earth’

October 21, 2016

SOMERS, N.Y. - Students from the Somers High School drama club have come together for what will be the second-ever “Disney in Concert” fundraiser.

The student-run show is being put on by a cast and crew of 30 students impassioned by the goal of raising money for their club’s traditional fall and spring productions.

The show began last year when then-drama club president ...

Rosenberg’s Art Show Extended Through October at Somers Library

SOMERS, N.Y. - Dana Rosenberg’s art show at the Somers Library has been extended through the month of October. She also has a poetry reading of her work at the Somers Library on Oct. 16.

A Somers resident, Rosenberg is 84 years old, wears a homemade wreath of roses in her hair every day and is a life-long producer of art. Her mantra is, “Art keeps me alive!” Rosenberg has ...

Fashion Students Harvest Indigo at Somers Farm

SOMERS, N.y. - Jeff Silberman and Cathy Medwick, owners of Maple Shade Farm in Somers, once again opened their farm to the Fashion Institute of Technology’s (FIT) textile development and marketing students Tuesday, Sept. 27, so the students could experience firsthand how natural dyes are harvested.

Silberman and Medwick have owned, lived at and operated Maple Shade Farm for 26 years.

Basia's Hair Salon Opens in Somers

October 15, 2016

SOMERS, N.Y. - Basia's Hair Salon held its grand opening Thursday, Oct. 6, in the Heritage Hills Shopping Center. The salon, owned and operated by Barbara “Basia” Imor, has been open since June 15. Make an appointment today by calling 914-276-1234.

Somerfields in Somers Closes After 20 Years

SOMERS, N.Y. - Somerfields, located in the Somerstown Shopping Center, has closed after more than 20 years in business.

The restaurant's final day was Friday, Sept. 23. The owner of the restaurant declined to comment on the closing. A note pinned to the door read, “Somerfields has closed. Thank you for 20+ years."

Let us know about your memories of Somerfields in the Facebook ...

Murphy's Restaurant in Yorktown Pays Off $146k Tax Bill

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Murphy’s Restaurant in Yorktown has paid off its past-due taxes dating back to 2013, according to town tax receiver Barbara Korsak.

The restaurant, located at 355 Kear St., has paid $146,137.34 in school and town taxes for the years 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016, according to Korsak. The restaurant is now up-to-date on its taxes, Korsak said.

State Sen. Terrence Murphy, ...

Byrne, Higbie Lock Horns in Assembly Race Debate

October 24, 2016

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Democrat Brian Higbie and Republican Kevin Byrne, first-time candidates seeking to fill the 94th Assembly District seat currently held by Steve Katz, faced off last week during a Meet the Candidates forum at Mahopac Library, laying out their platforms and debating their different political philosophies.

The event was sponsored by the League of Women Voters. The format included ...

Murphy, Boak Spar Over SAFE Act, Environment

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - In the race for the state Senate in New York’s 40th District, incumbent Republican Terrence Murphy and Democratic challenger Alison Boak debated last week and their views could not have been more starkly different. The two faced each other during a Meet the Candidates Forum at the Mahopac Library, Monday night (Oct. 10).

The event was sponsored by the League of Women ...

Somers Team Takes Top Spot at TYathlon

October 21, 2016

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Athletes from all over the region converged upon Mahopac Saturday, Sept. 17, to raise money for a cause.

The event was the “TYathlon”—which combined swimming, running and biking into a grueling competition. More than $46,000 was raised for the Ty Louis Campbell Foundation, a non-profit organization that funds research and clinical trials specifically geared ...

Family, Friends to Walk in Memory of Somers' Frances Ghelarducci

SOMERS, N.Y. - This Saturday, more than 100 community members will gather at FDR Park in Yorktown to celebrate the life of Frances Ghelarducci, a Somers teaching assistant who was killed in a car crash last November.

“Forever Fran” is the top fundraising team for the inaugural Westchester Walk Like MADD event, which begins at 9 a.m. The fundraiser benefits MADD (Mothers Against ...

Photos: Second Annual Jason D. Papa Memorial Golf Outing in Somers

SOMERS, N.Y. - The second annual Jason D. Papa Memorial Golf Outing and Dinner was held Monday, Sept. 26, at Anglebrook Golf Club in Somers.

The outing is organized by the Jason D. Papa Memorial Foundation, which was established in 2015, following the passing of the 2000 Somers High School graduate. To celebrate and remember all that Papa loved and aspired to be, the not-for-profit ...

Fall Tips for Your Dog: Halloween Safety and Daylight Saving

October 17, 2016

WESTCHESTER, N.Y. - Halloween is enjoyed by children and adults alike, but it can be scary and dangerous for your dog. Here are a few proactive Halloween safety tips for your dog.

Do not leave your pet in the yard alone on Halloween. Dogs should be kept indoors on Halloween and only taken out on a leash to go to the bathroom. Unfortunately, there are many horrible stories of animals being ...

Photos: Thousands Turn Out for 2016 Support-A-Walk in Yorktown

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Thousands attended the 22nd annual Support-A-Walk at FDR Park on Sunday to raise funds for Support Connection, a Yorktown-based independent non-profit that provides free support services to people affected by breast and ovarian cancer. The Support-A-Walk is the organization’s largest fundraiser and 94 percent of all money raised directly benefits Support Connection ...

Somers Cancer Survivor Goes ‘All in’ to Connect Others with Support

SOMERS, N.Y. - When leaving the house, Debra Wolf always makes sure she has her keys, wallet and a bag of brochures from Support Connection.

The retired nurse and 39-year Granite Springs resident often hands them out, hoping to connect women battling cancer with the organization’s free support services. They are the same services that “changed her life for the ...

Featured Property of the Week

October 14, 2016

150 Hill Street, Mahopac

Uniquely expanded 5 bedroom home lives much larger with inter-generational possibilities. Many add-ons through the years. Automatic standby generator, 7 zone heating/ 5 zone central A/C. Accessory apartment. Expansive deck w/ remote control retractable awning. Outdoor kitchen w/ double sink and food prep area w/smoker. Separate pool area with slide and ...

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1545 Fox Tail Lane, Yorktown

As you enter this cul-de-sac street in the serene Hunterbrook area of Yorktown, you immediately become immersed in the peace and quietude of this special neighborhood with access to hiking trails. This Victorian colonial home offers a wraparound covered porch, custom turret rooms on both floors and a home theater system. The beautifully landscaped ...

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Ashley is in the 11th grade and is determined to become a veterinarian. She has been saying this since she was little. She certainly has a love of animals, but her strengths are in English, foreign languages and history. She did horribly in biology and is now struggling in chemistry. Her math is also weak.

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Friday Night Sights

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Somers Republicans Have No Reason to ‘Weep’

October 12, 2016

What rock did Rick Melen come from? Last week’s column is the worst piece that I have ever read. Who cares about his personal life? As a former president of the Somers Chamber of Commerce, I was taken aback by his analogies. As chairman of the Somers Republican  Party, what would we be weeping about? Also, we did not have a booth because 12 individuals were all over town conducting our ...

Seven Steps to Successful Living Room Decorating

Color. The colors of your new room should be harmonious—in pleasing proportion and selected with regard for your family likes and dislikes.
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Furniture. Be sure to group your furniture to allow talk to flow easily.

Navigating the College Process With Your Learning-Disabled child

In her new column, Dana Stahl, a learning specialist and educational consultant, will address educational questions and concerns parents have regarding their children’s academic development and progress in school. Topics of discussion will center on a variety of issues ranging from how to handle homework dilemmas to what questions to ask at a CSE meeting. 

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