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Somers Track Foursome All Secure Medals at States

June 20, 2017

ENDICOTT, N.Y. — Mike Sokolofsky was beaming with pride following the New York State Track Championships at Union-Endicott High School near Binghamton last weekend.

After all, Somers’ boys track coach saw four of his athletes medal by placing in the top six in their respective competitions at the state meet, which took place June 9-10.

“It feels great to have all four of ...

Somers FC Wins NY Cup Championship

HUNTINGTON STATION, N.Y. — As the No. 24 seed out of 25 teams, the odds were stacked against the Somers FC 16-and-under soccer squad at the New York Cup on June 10 at the HBC Soccer Complex.

The team, however, was not deterred and won the N.Y. Cup championship, going undefeated while edging East Meadow Long Island on penalty kicks in the 10th round.

Somers FC, which was led by Tusker ...

Somers' Corpolongo Drafted by MLL

SOMERS, N.Y. — It’s been a surreal past few weeks for Somers graduate Alex Corpolongo, who was selected 50th overall by the Boston Cannons in the Major League Lacrosse Draft.

“It’s definitely an honor to be drafted in the MLL,” Corpolongo said. “I’ve been playing this game my whole life and been working really hard at it for a long time. It’s a ...

Restoration of Somers' Bailey Park Gazebo Nearly Complete

June 21, 2017

SOMERS, N.Y. – The Bailey Park gazebo has been restored to its former glory, thanks to the help of many generous donors.

The half-century-old gazebo, located at Bailey Park, is owned and maintained by the town of Somers. After falling into disrepair over the last few years, the town recruited local businesses and individuals who stepped up to the plate and restored it at little cost to ...

Somers Tax Receiver Joan Ribaudo Retires

SOMERS, N.Y. - Somers Tax Receiver Joan Ribaudo retired from the town of Somers on Wednesday, May 31. Ribaudo was the tax receiver for 12 years, serving as the deputy tax receiver for nine years and overall with the town for close to 30 years. The town board unanimously appointed Michelle McKearney as Ribaudo’s replacement on Thursday, June 1.

Somers SEPTA Honors Teachers; Renames Award for Sherri Mangus

June 20, 2017

SOMERS, N.Y. – Special education teachers, both past and present, were honored at this year’s Special Education Parent Teacher Association (SEPTA) awards ceremony. Carol Haber-Cohen, who has worked in the district since 1995, was given the Award of Excellence, and Robert Fisher was presented the Award of Merit.

“We’re honoring them for their outstanding service to our ...

Somers Intermediate School Fifth Graders Bring History to Life

SOMERS, N.Y. - In a dazzling three-dimensional display, replicas of historical figures and pop-culture icons created by the fifth-grade students lined the hallways of Somers Intermediate School at the annual Images of Greatness Wax Museum showcase on Thursday, May 18.

Crafted with Madame Tussaud’s-like accuracy, the costumes were convincing enough to make the hallway feel like it had ...

Solar Panels Installed at Somers Middle School Under K-Solar Program

SOMERS, N.Y. – Somers Middle School has installed 390 solar panels on one of its roofs, becoming the first school in New York to do so under the state’s K-Solar clean energy initiative.

The initiative, introduced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2014, provides public and nonprofit schools throughout the state the opportunity to sign up for a free solar installation program. The panels were ...

Somers Raises $40k for Cancer Research at Relay for Life

June 21, 2017

SOMERS, N.Y. – Somers’ “Purple Power” was on full display last Friday at Somers Middle School, as hundreds of volunteers from about 20 teams raised a collective $41,662.99 for cancer research.

The top three individual fundraisers are: Daniel Turner ($11,370), Jackie Graziano ($1,805) and Clara Anderson ($1,689). The top three fundraising teams are: Daniel Strong ...

Tuskers Tee Off in Support of Somers Football Program

MAHOPAC, N.Y. – The Somers Tuskers Touchdown Club held its third annual golf outing and dinner on Monday, May 15, at the Mahopac Golf Club.

The all-volunteer organization supports the Somers High School football program by fundraising for scholarships, purchasing equipment, supplying pre-game meals and Gatorade, covering scouting fees, promoting Breast Cancer Awareness in October, and ...

Photos: Harlem Wizards Bring Some Magic to Somers

SOMERS, N.Y. – The Harlem Wizards and their high-flying antics came to Somers High School Friday, June 2, to help raise funds for the Somers Education Foundation. The Wizards took on a team composed of students and staff and delighted the sold-out crowd with their amazing basketball skills and comedy.

All photos by Deena Bell

Somers' Ucko Honored with Golden Baton by Westchester Philharmonic

June 7, 2017

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – Somers resident Steve Ucko, a longtime donor to the Westchester Philharmonic, received the organization’s 2017 Golden Baton Award at its annual Friends of Phil Dinner at the Mansion on Broadway in White Plains.

The dinner, held Wednesday, May 10, is a tribute to individuals in whom the power and beauty of music stir a personal desire to help sustain it. Ucko ...

Somers Raises $40k for Cancer Research at Relay for Life

June 21, 2017

SOMERS, N.Y. – Somers’ “Purple Power” was on full display last Friday at Somers Middle School, as hundreds of volunteers from about 20 teams raised a collective $41,662.99 for cancer research.

The top three individual fundraisers are: Daniel Turner ($11,370), Jackie Graziano ($1,805) and Clara Anderson ($1,689). The top three fundraising teams are: Daniel Strong ...

BluePath Raises $80k at Walkathon

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – On Saturday, May 20, hundreds of walkers came out to support BluePath Service Dogs at the organization’s first annual walkathon at FDR State Park in Yorktown Heights. The family-friendly fundraiser raised more than $80,000 to further BluePath’s mission of providing autism service dogs, offering safety, companionship and opportunities for ...

Stephanie’s Mission Lives on in the Form of Schools for the Poor

SOMERS, N.Y. – Somers resident Joe Russo found nothing but despair and heartbreak when he traveled to Haiti seven and a half years ago. What he hoped was a rescue mission only turned up more evidence that his friend’s daughter, 19-year-old Stephanie Crispinelli, was among the many victims of the 2010 earthquake that killed more than 300,000 people.

Russo, a retired Secret Service ...

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He Said, She Said, and the Truth

We spend so much time teaching our children not to bully one another and not to gossip, but all too often adults don’t practice what they preach, especially given the often toxic and viral nature of social media.

Given the series of events last week regarding a disputed story involving the Somers girls and Yorktown boys lacrosse players, it seems that Somers school administrators were ...

Heeeere’s Bruce!

It wasn’t too long ago that Gus, my Florida wellness dog, crossed the Rainbow Bridge. Our hearts were broken. This gentle and kind boy left a huge void and is missed by all, especially Doak, the black Lab who was Gus’s best buddy since he was eight weeks old.

Matt and Helen knew that they would lovingly bring another golden retriever into the family, but not right now—it was ...

Lofty Views on a River Cruise

I’ve never gone on a cruise before because I’ve had recurring nightmares about all the things that could go wrong. In one nightmare I board the ship, and notice that the other passengers are wearing legionnaire’s hats, there are legions of them and they all have runny noses and a persistent cough. In another, the captain announces that we’ll be experiencing some rough ...

Pyewacket

I am a cat woman. The cleverness, independence and fastidiousness of cats are a reflection of how I see myself... only they do it better.

Aside from the first year of our marriage, when we had Fruitcake, a really nutty rabbit, my husband and I always shared our home with dogs and cats. 

Dogs are great. They give you unconditional love no matter how you treat them and never question ...

Looking at the Orton-Gillingham Approach to Reading

Dear Dr. Linda,

In one of your recent columns a parent asked if his son should attend the school’s summer reading program. The father didn’t want him to go because the father had had a bad experience with a summer reading program when he was a kid. Here’s my question. My daughter’s school is providing a summer reading program and her teacher recommends that she attend ...

Mom + Pop Culture Talk Shop

Author’s Note: Mom + Pop Culture are a couple of real characters. They could be you and me. Or not. Every so often, I eavesdrop on their conversations. Let’s listen in on what they’re saying right now about the common misperception of what empty storefronts signify.

POP CULTURE: Mom, did you see that new empty storefront in the strip mall?

MOM CULTURE: No, Pop. Which ...

Music to Nobody‘s Ears

I winced as we sat in the audience of an experimental music concert played by a string quartet. Calling it music was being generous. It was more like the sound of a subway car screeching on the tracks, mixed with nails on a chalkboard, and choruses of crying babies on an airplane.

“I don't get it,” I whispered to my husband as the quartet tweaked their instruments so violently ...

Thanks for Keeping Somers Clean

June 14, 2017

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 residents and businesses ...

How to Guide Your Child Through a Crossroad

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 ...

TAPinto Crushes Readership Record in May with 853,958 Readers; Breaks 6M Readers for the Year

June 7, 2017

NEW PROVIDENCE, N.J. - TAPinto.net, a network of 65 franchised online hyperlocal news sites in New Jersey and New York, broke its all-time readership record with 853,958 readers and 2,103,803 pageviews in May 2017, up from 639,508 readers in May 2016.  TAPinto also registered more than 6 million readers and 20 million pageviews during the last 365 days, breaking its all-time ...

Somers Lions Celebrate the Annual Gift of Giving

June 21, 2017

On a beautiful spring evening overlooking the bucolic countryside of Somers at the Anglebrook Golf Club, the Somers Lions Club celebrated a night for its generous charitable donations. It was the culmination of a year of hard work and volunteerism, which has brought about the opportunity to help where help is needed.

Club President Chris Hanley graciously hosted and reminded the guest-filled ...