Somers Picks Up Wins Over Two Rivals

April 29, 2017

SOMERS, N.Y.— The Somers girls lacrosse team was ready for the challenge of facing two local rivals in Mahopac and Lakeland/Panas and notched two impressive wins.

Livy Rosenzweig had a memorable performance with seven goals and three assists in a 16-9 win over visiting Mahopac on April 24 to improve the Tuskers’ record to 6-1.

“My teammates did a good job of getting me the ...

Somers Ends Skid with Win Over Fox Lane

SOMERS, N.Y.— Somers’ softball team was in desperate need of a victory to stop a five-game losing streak and it found it by cruising past visiting Fox Lane 11-1 on April 24.

“It was a great win and amazing way to bounce back from three tough losses last week,” said sophomore catcher Gabby Mazzotta, a team captain. “Everyone contributed from top to bottom. I am ...

Han the Bright Spot for Somers Golf

SOMERS, N.Y.— Somers' varsity golf team fell to Brewster on April 19 and Somers Pointe East. The Tuskers netted a 232 while Brewster scored a 226.

Tusker Nathan Han led all golfers by shooting a three-under 38. Bo Conconnan tied for third with a 44. Dylan Verderame was fourth with a 47.

Somers fell to John Jay-Cross River 203-218 the next day at Somers Point East. Han was second ...

Somers ‘Habitat Map’ Nearly Complete

April 17, 2017

SOMERS, N.Y. – A committee charged with protecting and preserving Somers’ undeveloped land has nearly completed its mapping of the town’s biologically significant plant and animal locales.

Michael Barnhart, chairman of the town’s Open Space Committee, said his panel was poised to present a “habitat map” reflecting the results of a comprehensive, townwide ...

Five Vie for Two Seats on Somers School Board

April 27, 2017

SOMERS, N.Y. – For the first time in four years, voters will choose from among competing candidates next month to fill seats on the Somers school board.

A five-candidate field has one incumbent trustee, as well as a 2015 Somers High School graduate, a designer of advanced digital-information systems and two education professionals running in pursuit of two openings on the seven-member ...

Somers Lions Host Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser

April 26, 2017

SOMERS, N.Y. – The Somers Lions Club held its annual pancake breakfast on Sunday, April 2, at Somers High School. The annual fundraiser, which includes a face painter and a balloon twister, provides family fun for all and raised money for other Lions Club activities/donations.

All photos by Tabitha Pearson Marshall

Dr. Rick Bridgham Named Somers Chamber’s ‘Person of the Year’

SOMERS, N.Y. – Dr. Rick Bridgham has prompted thousands of smiles both in and out of the orthodontic chair since he came to Somers 21 years ago.

Whether it’s a result of a joke cracked during a visit with a patient or an act of kindness carried out through one of the many community organizations of which he is a member, friends and colleagues say Bridgham has made a positive ...

Somers Hosts Exclusive Prom Fashion Show

SOMERS, N.Y. – The Somers High School PTA hosted a fashion show Thursday, March 30, after the school was named this year’s “High School for National Prom Day” by promwear retailers and

The event was sponsored by the retailers, and Somers High School seniors walked the runway modeling this season’s selection of prom attire.

Devin ...

Annual Somers Schools Art Festival Returns This Thursday

April 24, 2017

SOMERS, N.Y. – Somers Central School District will hold its 16th annual Festival of the Arts show at Somers High School from 7 to 9 p.m. this Thursday.

The festival, which has been organized by the district’s art department every year since 2001, emphasizes the unified promotion of the art programs at all levels, kindergarten through 12th grade, said Angela Holder, a Somers High ...

SHS Performing Artist Spotlight: Emily Denler

SOMERS, N.Y. – Emily Denler is a senior at Somers High School. She sings in the high school choir, plays in the orchestra and has appeared in several school productions, recently starring in “Les Misérables.”

Emily, you are an accomplished high school musician. When did you first begin singing in a choir and playing in the orchestra?

I’ve really been singing ...

Five Vie for Two Seats on Somers School Board

April 27, 2017

SOMERS, N.Y. – For the first time in four years, voters will choose from among competing candidates next month to fill seats on the Somers school board.

A five-candidate field has one incumbent trustee, as well as a 2015 Somers High School graduate, a designer of advanced digital-information systems and two education professionals running in pursuit of two openings on the seven-member ...

Somers Republican Party Unveils Ticket

SOMERS, N.Y. – The Somers Republican Party has unveiled its slate of candidates for the 2017 election.

The ticket will feature mostly incumbents, as Supervisor Rick Morrissey, Councilman Anthony Cirieco and Councilman Bill Faulkner will seek re-election.

“Each and every one of them individually adds a lot of substance to the board,” said Republican Party Chair Jim ...

Troop 228 Tidies up Reis Park in Somers

April 26, 2017

SOMERS, N.Y. – Somers Boy Scout Troop 228 welcomed spring on April 9 with a community service project at Reis Park. The boys cleared the brush and cut back all the branches from the red, white and blue trails in the upper fields. The trails were finished with raking the leaves off them. They’re all manicured so take some time and experience the trails at Reis this spring. Troop 228 is ...

Tutus and Tattoos: Somers Dads Learn Ballet to Fight Childhood Cancer

SOMERS, N.Y. - Nearly 30 grown men stood next to their daughters and granddaughters, and took part in the Daddy Daughter Ballet Class at Penny Lane Dance Academy in Somers on Tuesday, April 11, to benefit and raise awareness of childhood cancer.

The men—wearing everything from their work attire to colorful tutus—were participating in a very fun approach to a very serious cause, ...

Somers Town Board Takes No Action on ‘Sanctuary City’ Petition

SOMERS, N.Y. – Somers remains a “welcoming community,” Supervisor Rick Morrissey declared last week, but he said the town does not need to formally ratify that diverse embrace.

“I do not believe it’s in the best interest of our residents for the town board to codify procedures that frankly do not impact our local government operations,” the supervisor ...

Neuroscientist Shares Research at Drug Crisis Forum in Yorktown

April 24, 2017

JEFFERSON VALLEY, N.Y. – “Every week I see 90 fourth-grade alcoholics,” said Dr. Stephen Dewey, professor of Molecular Medicine at Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine and keynote speaker at a drug crisis forum hosted by Drug Crisis in Our Backyard. “They’re 9 and they’re drinking a quart of gin a day.”

The April 6 event, held at Ceola Manor in ...

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Tea, Mirrors and Packing Tape

It is a well-known fact that I love afternoon tea, whether it’s with my friends at my home or going to our favorite tea house, Florrie Kaye’s in Carmel.

Several months ago, we decided a tea party was just what we needed and off we went to Carmel, where we’d meet up with more friends. We enjoyed our party: fragrant teas, delicious sandwiches, scones and delectable sweets, lots ...

It's a Jungle up There

There are people who refuse to fly in an airplane because a thousand things that could go wrong play in an endless loop inside their heads. But there is always room for one more disaster. Or two or three. A few weeks ago, a United Airlines passenger was forcibly dragged from an overbooked plane as horrified passengers looked on. The fallout from the incident has left a Chernobyl-sized wake ...


H. Rider Haggard’s classic book, “She,” chronicles the life of the eternal woman whose name, Ayesha, means “giver of life” in Arabic.

When my first grandchild was born, I was still capable of having children of my own and really deplored the idea of being called “Grandma.” My husband, Jason, and I were our daughter Lisa’s advocates and were ...

Getting to the Root of a Reading Problem

Dear Dr. Linda,

My son, who is about to enter high school, reads on a fourth-grade level. He has had Wilson Reading since first grade. He has done very well in math and other subjects up till now and he’s a happy kid, but I’m concerned that because of the amount of reading required in high school, he’s headed for a real problem.

His school does not provide reading in high ...

Wanted: Life Saver

Only half of humanity can give birth—the female half—but both men and women can give life by donating a kidney to someone whose survival rests on receiving a healthy organ. 

In America today, there are more than 100,000 people hoping to be on the receiving end of a life-saving kidney. For now, their names are on a waiting list. One of those names is Henry (“Hank”) ...

A Plant by Any Other Name

“What do you think of our new succulent? I asked my husband as I presented the small plant resting on our family room coffee table. I had decided to take the leap from plastic plants to live ones and figured this would be one I couldn’t kill too easily.

He looked at it and scrunched up his face.

“It’s okay… but can you get something else?” He ...

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Sat, April 29, 12:00 PM

Reis Park, Somers

Reis Park 50th Anniversary

Community Calendar

Sat, April 29, 6:00 PM

Italian American Club, Mahopac

Spring Fling Designer Bag Bingo

Giving Back

Sun, April 30, 10:00 AM

FDR Park, Yorktown Heights

My Brother Vinny Walk

Giving Back

Are Private Schools Required to Provide Accommodations and Interventions =?

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 such concerns as how to handle homework dilemmas or what questions to ask at a CSE meeting. Questions can range from “How best do parents advocate for their ...

'The Trials of Alice in Wonderland' Comes to Yorktown Stage

April 15, 2017

Yorktown Stage will present four performances of “The Trials of Alice in Wonderland” at the end of this month.

Based on two of the greatest works in children’s literature, this fast-paced and witty show is set in Wonderland’s courtroom, where Alice is on trial. The Queen of Hearts is the judge, the Mad Hatter, White Rabbit and Caterpillar are witnesses, and the jury is ...