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Somers Senior Captain Was a Presence in the Middle

November 20, 2017

Somers senior Amanda Brugger was a midfielder and team captain on the varsity girls soccer team.

How old were you when you started playing soccer and how did you get started?

I started playing soccer when I was 7, right after I moved to Somers. My best friend’s dad was the coach, and told me I had to play for him now that I lived in Somers.

The team had a strong season, winning the ...

Matt Fusco Places 10th at States

WAYNE, N.J.— It wasn’t an ideal day for the cross-country state championships with a course which was full of mud and snow to go along with frigid temperatures.

But Somers made the best of it with senior Matt Fusco running to a 10th-place finish with twin brother Greg not far behind in 13th in the Class B race on Saturday, Nov. 11.

The brothers competed at the meet for the third ...

Kennedy Ends Season with City Championship Defeat

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y.— Improving upon a successful first-year campaign as head coach of boys soccer, Ricky Guzman and the Kennedy Catholic Gaels took it a step further in 2017 by reaching the Class AA City Championship game before falling 3-2 at top-seeded St. Peter’s of Staten Island on Sunday, Nov. 12.

After giving up a goal in the 12th minute of the contest, Kennedy fired right ...

Somers Graduate Injured by Car Bomb in Afghanistan

November 22, 2017

SOMERS, N.Y.—In his first week as the leader of his platoon, Victor Prato’s convoy was struck Nov. 13 by a car bomb in Afghanistan, injuring all four on board.

Prato, a 25-year-old Somers High School and Princeton University graduate, was deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan, with the 82nd Airborne Division in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. He and the convoy were ...

Budget Public Hearing Scheduled in Somers

SOMERS, N.Y. – A public hearing will be held Dec. 7 on proposed town spending next year of about $13.9 million.

The Somers Town Board last week adopted—with a few small but notable changes—the tax-cap-compliant tentative budget presented earlier this month by Supervisor Rick Morrissey. An increase in total appropriations of more than $330,000 would raise property taxes from ...

The Harvey School in Katonah Announces Honors Students

November 22, 2017

The Harvey School in Katonah has announced its academic awards for the first marking period of the fall term. Area resident were recognized for earning a grade-point average of 3.7 or higher (Head’s List) or at least a 3.3 (Honor Roll):
• Taylor Bassi, grade 6, Amawalk, Head’s List
• Hana Cornell, grade 12, Amawalk, Head’s List
• Mia Cornell, grade 9, Amawalk, ...

Check out the Holiday ‘Miracle’ in Yorktown this Weekend

November 23, 2017

YORKTOWN, N.Y. -- With this year’s Indian summer finally giving way to wintry weather, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

Over on Veterans Road in Yorktown, it’s looking even more like Christmas, thanks to Yorktown Stage’s mirthful, musical production of the beloved Hollywood classic “Miracle on 34th Street.” 

Originally on Broadway in the ...

Somers Honors Its Veterans

SOMERS, N.Y. – American flags flew high and proud down Route 202 on Friday, Nov. 11, as community groups gathered together to thank Somers’ veterans.

The annual Veterans Day Parade began at 10:30 a.m. in front of the Somers Town House. It concluded with a ceremony at Ivandell Cemetery, led by VFW Post 8213.

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Families Give Somers a Fright

SOMERS, N.Y. – The Somers Lions Club held its fifth annual Trail of Terror last month at Reis Park.

Volunteers and Lions Club members dressed up last weekend in their most frightening costumes and did their best to put a scare into dozens of boys and girls.

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County Calls It a 'Day' for Somers Women's Club

SOMERS, N.Y.--Somers Democrats honored the Somers Women’s Club last month with a Community Appreciation Award and a cash donation to help the club continue its charitable works. 

In a ceremony Oct. 26 at the Anglebrook Golf Club, Councilman Richard Clinchy, the Town Board’s lone Democrat, acknowledged the community work that the club members have done over the years, ...

Check out the Holiday ‘Miracle’ in Yorktown this Weekend

November 23, 2017

YORKTOWN, N.Y. -- With this year’s Indian summer finally giving way to wintry weather, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

Over on Veterans Road in Yorktown, it’s looking even more like Christmas, thanks to Yorktown Stage’s mirthful, musical production of the beloved Hollywood classic “Miracle on 34th Street.” 

Originally on Broadway in the ...

Somers Author Takes a '30s Walk on the Upper West Side

SOMERS, N.Y.--Today the Upper West Side is an eclectic mix of artists and affluence and homes there are some of the most desirable and expensive in the world. But it wasn’t always this way. 

For Lyla Blake Ward of Somers, who grew up in the West End during the 1930s and 40s, things weren’t much different. In “Broadway, Schrafft’s and Seeded Rye: Growing Up Slightly ...

Somers Church Holds Inaugural Car Show

It was a 'classic' act at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Granite Springs. There were vendors, trophies to win, raffles to buy and food to eat, but the main attraction pulled out all the stops on Oct. 21.

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County Shake-up Spells End for Kaplowitz as Chairman

November 14, 2017

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – Last week’s election results were bittersweet for Mike Kaplowitz, who won an 11th term as county legislator but will likely be ousted from his chairman’s post.

Kaplowitz, a Democrat who ran unopposed, has been chairman of the 17-member Westchester County Board of Legislators since January 2014, when a bipartisan coalition of seven Republicans and two ...

Somers Suffragettes and a Voting Centennial for Women

Women voters of Somers, take note.

You didn’t always have the constitutional right to vote, but some of our early Somers women helped make it possible.

This week marks the centennial anniversary of New York State’s passage of a referendum for women’s suffrage, which took place Nov. 6, 1917. It was the first referendum of its kind in the country. Local Somers women were ...

Somers’ Owen Runs for Good

November 23, 2017

SOMERS, N.Y. - Five years ago, Monique Williams lost her battle with leukemia at just 15 years old. This past Sunday, her brother-in-law, Ryan Owen of Somers, ran the New York City Marathon in her honor and, along the way, raised more than $10,000 to fund research for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

For Owen, it was a special way to honor the memory of his sister-in-law who, even during ...

Somers Fitness Club Hosts ‘Spin-a-Thon’ Breast Cancer Fundraiser

SOMERS, N.Y. – Not all charity events make a huge splash their first year, but a spinning class with an altruistic twist attracted dozens of area residents to the New York Sports Club (NYSC) of Somers last month for an intensive three-hour session that raised thousands of dollars for breast cancer awareness and research.

“I’m expecting this event to grow with ...

Operation Christmas Child Kicks off in Somers

SOMERS, N.Y. - Outside of the tiny Affirmation Presbyterian Church in Somers, it was cold, rainy and gray. But inside, the atmosphere was warm and festive as members of the congregation, representatives from the town and a host of volunteers all gathered together on Monday for the ribbon cutting ceremony that kicked off the collection week for Operation Christmas Child.

Sponsored by the ...

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'Don't Forget to Weigh In!'

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. 

I remember so well getting together with family, the hugs and just being happy to see each other; I can even smell those tantalizing holiday smells drifting from the kitchen. Ah, delicious memories.

Who can forget our Dad’s intense dislike of all things “chicken” (definitely included turkey)? To avoid his irate glare at the ...

Giving My All

My wife had been involved in volunteering for many years when she asked me if I might be interested in it myself. 

Of course I want to give back to the community. I want to be a part of something that benefits something other than myself, and in doing so, possibly benefit myself.

Some volunteering options were out of the question. For instance, volunteering as a “big ...

Grandpa and the Metropolitan Opera

When I was a little girl, we lived in a three-generational home. 

Since my mom and dad worked together in a medical profession, my dad’s parents lived with us, and became caregivers to my sister and me. We were very fortunate to have the opportunity to learn about their backgrounds as first-generation Americans and how they loved their adopted country. Although both spoke many ...

Are Your Parents Vulnerable to Fraud?

A couple of years ago, Margaret, a 75-year-old retiree, was victim to a series of thefts and she didn’t even know it.

The thief, a trusted aide, helped herself to Margaret’s ATM card and withdrew $400 from Margaret’s bank account—every two weeks. 

Thousands of dollars, plus precious heirloom jewelry, was taken over the course of three years while Margaret was ...

The Importance of Reading to Your Baby

Dear Dr. Linda,

I have a 3-month-old baby and have been reading to her from the day she was born. My husband has dyslexia and I’m concerned that she may have inherited it. Will this prevent it?

Madison

Dear Madison,

I wish there was a guarantee that your baby wouldn’t inherit her dad’s “reading gene” but there isn’t. Whether she has a genetic ...

Get Your Gig On

It’s understandable that when people see empty storefronts, they infer it’s the mark of economic malaise. It is not. What’s not taken into account by jumping to that conclusion is that times change, marketplace dynamics change, shopping habits change.

Consumers are spending money, all right, just in different places and in different ways. A storefront that made sense in past ...

One More Doggone Diet

“I caught the dog looking at himself in the full-length mirror today,” I said to my husband. “I think he’s feeling a little self-conscious about his thighs. And he’s worried about putting on weight over the holidays.”

“The dog is worried?” my husband asked.

“Yes, he's noticed that he’s put on a few pounds since Halloween and he ...

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A Belated, Heartfelt Thank You

November 21, 2017

To the editor,
It is a dirty job, but someone has to do it! 

Yes, we are talking about all the litter on the sides of the roads in Somers. Litter clean-up is a never-ending job, but thanks to the dedicated residents and businesses of Somers, the task gets easier and easier each year.

The Somers Litter Task Force would like to extend a heartfelt “thank you” to all Somers ...

Confessions of a First-Time Political Candidate

November 19, 2017

Over the course of the last five months, I have had the privilege to campaign for a position on the town board. I never ran for political office prior to this and I looked forward to the uphill challenge of campaigning as a Democrat in the Republican stronghold we call home.

From the very beginning, many friends and neighbors questioned why I would attempt to run for a position that has been ...