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Rosenzweig Competes in All-American Lacrosse Game

July 11, 2017

BALTIMORE, M.D. — It was Livy Rosenzweig’s dream to be able to showcase her talents in the 12th annual Under Armour Girls Lacrosse All-American Senior Game and she earned that opportunity on Saturday, July 1.

Rosenzweig, who competed on the North team, which fell to the South squad 16-15 in overtime, was ecstatic to be able to compete alongside and against the best of the best in ...

Mahopac Defeats Somers on Diamond

SOMERS, N.Y. — It’s officially summer and that means the Greater Hudson Valley Baseball League is underway as neighboring towns Mahopac and Somers dueled on the diamond in 11-and-under action last weekend.

Both teams gave valiant efforts, but the Indians (4-1) were victorious in an 8-2 win at host Somers at Van Tassell Park on Sunday, June 25.

Mahopac’s Chris Sapienza ...

Somers Boys Soccer Picks Up Where it Left Off

CORTLANDT MANOR, N.Y. — The wins piled up last season for Somers' boys soccer team on its way to a Class A state championship and the Tuskers have quickly resumed their dominance with a 4-0 start in the Lakeland Summer League.

Somers began the week with a 2-1 win over Yorktown on June 20 at Walter Panas High School.

The Tuskers came out flying, building a quick 2-0 lead. Off a set ...

Retired Officer Subdues Early Morning Trespasser in Somers

July 12, 2017

SOMERS, N.Y. – After hearing his front door slam around 4:40 a.m. July 4, homeowner Manny Leggio walked downstairs to find a stranger in his kitchen. The retired police detective quickly subdued the trespasser and detained him until New York State police officers arrived, according to Public Information Officer Melissa McMorris.

The trespasser was a 28-year-old Somers man who had ...

Algonquin Pipeline Construction Halted in Somers

July 14, 2017

SOMERS, N.Y. – Plans to dig up miles of a half-century-old natural gas pipeline in Somers and replace it with a 60 percent larger pipe have been shelved—at least for now.

Following the existing right-of-way, the controversial dig looked to unearth about 2.5 miles of pipe from the Yorktown line, through The Preserve housing development, and continuing into Mahopac. But Algonquin Gas ...

The Toss That Launched North Salem Native's Military Career

NORTH SALEM, N.Y.--Described by loved ones as decisive and confident, Craig Massello appeared to contradict those characteristics when he left the direction of his military career up to a coin toss at the end of flight school in the late 1990s.

Looking back, the North Salem native said he actually was confident in either option: one side nudged him to fly fixed-wing planes and the other ...

Beautification Project Takes Root in Purdys

July 13, 2017

PURDYS, N.Y.--The North Salem Improvement Society and members of Boy Scout Troop 1 recently worked hand in hand in 90-degree heat to restore the beauty of the village green in the hamlet of Purdys by weeding, planting and mulching the triangle. 
Procured locally at Harvest Moon, the flowers for the June 25 project were deer- and draught-resistant perennials that will add splashes of color ...

The Toss That Launched North Salem Native's Military Career

NORTH SALEM, N.Y.--Described by loved ones as decisive and confident, Craig Massello appeared to contradict those characteristics when he left the direction of his military career up to a coin toss at the end of flight school in the late 1990s.

Looking back, the North Salem native said he actually was confident in either option: one side nudged him to fly fixed-wing planes and the other ...

Somers Hosts Special Olympics Dinner Dance

SOMERS, N.Y. – On Wednesday, June 7, the Hudson Valley Special Olympics Pioneer League held its annual dinner dance, hosted by the Somers team at Somers High School. More than 150 Special Olympic athletes from 15 teams, along with coaches and volunteers, attended. Dinner, drinks and desserts were contributed by many local restaurants, and the Spotlight Dance Studio senior team volunteered ...

Somers Supports ‘Stephanie's Mission’ at Annual Softball Tournament

SOMERS, N.Y. – The eighth annual Softball Tournament and Family Fun Day in honor of Stephanie Crispinelli was held on Sunday, July 9, at Reis Park.

Crispinelli, a 2008 Somers High School graduate, died in 2010 while on a humanitarian mission to Haiti. A student at Lynn University, she was among the many victims of the 2010 earthquake that killed more than 300,000 people.

From the ...

Gear up for ‘Grease’ at Yorktown Stage

July 11, 2017

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – When it comes to crowd-pleasing musicals, “Grease” is the one that everybody wants to see. On Broadway, it’s one of the longest-running shows in theater annals; in Hollywood, it’s one of the highest-grossing musicals at the box office; in music, it’s one of the best-selling albums ever; and at Yorktown Stage, where it has played to some 5,000 ...

Somers Teen Receives Veatch Fund Music Scholarship

SHRUB OAK, N.Y. – Seven graduating seniors from Yorktown, Lakeland, Mahopac, Somers, Hendrick Hudson and Newtown, Conn. were honored with a $1,000 music scholarship, and a personally inscribed metronome, at the 2017 Justin Veatch Fund scholarship awards in Yorktown.

The Justin Veatch Fund honors the legacy of Yorktown High School senior Justin Veatch, who died from an accidental drug ...

Beautification Project Takes Root in Purdys

July 13, 2017

PURDYS, N.Y.--The North Salem Improvement Society and members of Boy Scout Troop 1 recently worked hand in hand in 90-degree heat to restore the beauty of the village green in the hamlet of Purdys by weeding, planting and mulching the triangle. 
Procured locally at Harvest Moon, the flowers for the June 25 project were deer- and draught-resistant perennials that will add splashes of color ...

Somers Supports ‘Stephanie's Mission’ at Annual Softball Tournament

SOMERS, N.Y. – The eighth annual Softball Tournament and Family Fun Day in honor of Stephanie Crispinelli was held on Sunday, July 9, at Reis Park.

Crispinelli, a 2008 Somers High School graduate, died in 2010 while on a humanitarian mission to Haiti. A student at Lynn University, she was among the many victims of the 2010 earthquake that killed more than 300,000 people.

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‘Tea Is Now Served’

Author’s Note: Yesterday afternoon, a friend and I had a delightful “tea date” at Florrie Kaye’s Tea Room. On the way home, my thoughts wandered to the very first tea party I gave at my home; the beginning of many delicious and lovely tea parties with special friends. Today is rainy and gloomy, perfect for retelling “Tea is now served.”

In the late ...

Kicking and Screaming

Is there any better idea than playing a family-friendly game of kickball on a beautiful, sunny Fourth of July afternoon? What I mean to say is that ANYTHING is a better idea than playing a family-friendly game of kickball on a beautiful, sunny Fourth of July afternoon. That is, if you are over the age of 50 and have any pride at all.

Our friends, Pete and Jenn, had a lovely neighborhood ...

Love Letter

This is a love letter. Having never written a love letter to a newspaper before, I ask you to please bear with me.

I’ve always believed that the only constant in life is change and sometimes fortune cookies hit the nail on the head. My last one read, “Relish transitions in your life... they will happen regardless!”

I’ve had tremendous transitions in the last 16 ...

What to do with the Kids This Summer

Dear Dr. Linda,

Help! Summer isn’t even halfway over and I can’t wait for school to start. Over the past years, you’ve listed activities to do with kids, but my kids were little so I didn’t pay close attention. Now I need some ideas to do with my 8-year-old daughter and 11-year-old son that won’t cost a lot of money. They should have gone to camp, which is what ...

A Community of Charities

Chambers of commerce like those in Yorktown, Somers, Mahopac-Carmel and elsewhere have a vital purpose in supporting and promoting a healthy, growing economy composed of local businesses that are predicated on the profit motive.

At the same time, points out Deb Milone, executive director of the Hudson Valley Gateway Chamber of Commerce, “Our region has a large nonprofit business ...

Walk This Way

My husband and I had been circling the narrow cobblestone streets of a small village in Spain for 15 minutes looking for parking, with no success. Every spot was either “no parking” or “no standing” or some other restriction we couldn’t make out because the signs were in Spanish and the only two words we knew in Spanish were parking and standing.

Finally, we ...

How to Prepare for Parent-Teacher Meetings

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 Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) or Committee on Special Education (CSE) ...