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Somers Off to Best Start in Over 10 Years

September 28, 2016

SOMERS, N.Y.— Somers’ varsity field hockey team already has more wins than it did last season and is off to its best start in over 10 years with a 7-1-1 record.

The Tuskers celebrated their homecoming game in style by cruising past visiting Hendrick Hudson 6-0 on Friday, Sept. 23.

Somers coach Jaime Pryschlak said the team’s commitment during the offseason has been a key ...

A Perfect Ten for Somers Boys Soccer

SOMERS, N.Y.— Somers senior midfielder Jack Maher saw an opening and he took off.

With perfect timing, Maher raced to the front of the goal and Rocco D’Ascanio made a perfect cross from the corner. Maher got there just in time to lay out for a diving header into the goal and a 1-0 lead. One minute later, Maher set up Graham Roediger for a goal and the Tuskers were on their way to a ...

Highlight Reel: Horne Runs Wild in Somers' Blowout Win

SOMERS, N.Y.— Messiah Horne was relatively quiet during Weeks 2 and 3 for the Somers Tuskers. The senior halfback missed a half against Sleepy Hollow due to heat exhaustion and was stifled in a loss to Yorktown two weeks ago.

Needless to say, Horne was ready to break out in a big way.

The senior rushed for a career-high five touchdowns and 206 yards in a 49-17 romp of visiting John ...

Somers Parks Building Renamed for Sylvia Kalil

September 27, 2016

SOMERS, N.Y. - The parks and recreation administrative building at Reis Park has been renamed the Sylvia J. Kalil Administration Building, in honor of the former parks superintendent who passed away in 2014.

Several town officials, current and former parks and recreation department members, and Kalil’s family members came out to Reis Park the morning of Saturday, Sept. 17, to remember ...

Muscoot Farm Renamed in Memory of Al DelBello

SOMERS, N.Y. - Muscoot Farm has been renamed after former county executive Alfred B. DelBello, in recognition of his contributions to the farm’s development during his tenure from 1974 to 1982.

A ceremony took place Thursday morning (Sept. 22) at the park’s visitor center. A plaque and a sign were unveiled as DelBello’s wife, Dee; County Executive Rob Astorino; Board of ...

Somers Balks at a Less-Stringent Fire Barrier for Home Garages

SOMERS, N.Y. - Somers is resisting a change in state building codes that would force the town to sharply reduce the required fire resistance of some home-construction materials.

“Our No. 1 job here is safety,” Supervisor Rick Morrissey said in declaring the town’s intention to maintain its current 45-minute fire barrier, not the state’s new 20-minute standard, scheduled ...

Letter: Somers Schools Educate Students on 'Global Citizenship'

September 30, 2016

SOMERS, N.Y. - Julie Gherardi, assistant superintendent for learning at Somers Central School District, sent a letter to parents Thursday, updating them on the Global Citizenship Task Force, which met last spring.

In the letter, Gherardi said the task force has put forth a vision for "global citizenship." She said the district in the process of being recognized ...

Photos: Community Comes Out to ‘Celebrate Somers’

September 28, 2016

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: Send Us Your Apple/Pumpkin Picking Pictures

SOMERS, N.Y. - Many families were out and about at the local farms last weekend to enjoy the fall weather and pick some apples or pumpkins.

Send your best farm photos to marschhauser@halstonmedia.com for possible publication in our print or online galleries. Please caption the photos with names (and ages of any children).

Somers' Sklar Has Narrated More Than 200 Audiobooks

SOMERS, N.Y. - You may not know Alan Sklar, but there is a good chance he has been in your home or your car.

For the past 25 years, Sklar has narrated more than 200 audiobooks, thousands of non-broadcast narrations and hundreds of television and radio commercials. At 80 years old, he continues to work as a voice actor.

Happily married, Sklar lives in Somers with his wife, Anita, a current ...

Somers Stays Mindful of POW/MIA Veterans

SOMERS, N.Y. - Somers Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8213 held its annual event to honor the 83,000 Americans still listed as missing and unaccounted for since WWII.

“Add to that number their surviving parents, brothers, sisters, sons and daughters and you have a huge population of fellow Americans who continue to grieve in silence every day,” said Supervisor Rick ...

Fairies Take Over Muscoot Farm in Somers

SOMERS, N.Y. - Dozens of local residents came to Muscoot Farm on Sunday, Aug. 28, for the farm's annual Fairy Walk. Families were encouraged to come dressed as fairies as they headed out on the fairy-themed scavenger hunt.

Kalil, Former Somers Parks Superintendent, to be Honored in Ceremony

SOMERS, N.Y. - Sylvia Jean Kalil, Somers’ superintendent of parks and recreation for a quarter-century, will be remembered in a ceremony Sept. 17 at Reis Park.

Sylvia, who died in 2014, will be honored in a Saturday morning observance scheduled to begin at 10 at the park‘s administration building.

Hired in November 1978 as director of parks and recreation, she served under four ...

Somers Teens Perform ‘Xanadu’ at Yorktown Stage

September 29, 2016

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - A 25-piece ensemble of young actors, many from Somers, will perform the Broadway adaptation of “Xanadu” in what director August Abatecola promised to be a “glittery performance.”

The Broadway adaptation is based on the 1980 cult classic film of the same name. “Xanadu” follows the journey of a magical and beautiful Greek muse, Kira, who ...

Somers' Lorenze Creates Personal Connections in Muscoot Farm Exhibit

SOMERS, N.Y. - A piece of masking tape holds a blue jay feather to a slab of burled wood in a still life oil painting on display at Muscoot Farm in Somers. It is one of the first pieces sold from the exhibit, up throughout September, featuring painters Dorothy Lorenze and Leslie Carone.

The masking tape in Lorenze’s painting, “Jay Burl,” was intended to fool the eye with its ...

The Dark Knight Rises in Somers... Sort Of

SOMERS, N.Y. - Somers resident Chris Antelo recently purchased a Polaris Slingshot, a three-wheeled autocycle that has an uncanny resemblance to the Batmobile. And while Antelo hasn’t assumed the role of the Dark Knight, he is becoming a prominent figure in the Somers community.

“From ages 2 to 92, I get a whole range of people asking me about it,” Antelo said.

While it ...

Michael O’Donovan Brings Personal Touch to Investing

September 29, 2016

SOMERS, N.Y. - Michael O’Donovan believes he was destined to live and work in Somers. He grew up in Pennsylvania, but the rural lure of northern Westchester was always calling.

“My great grandfather owned a farm off of Route 100 near Elmer Galloway Road,” O’Donovan said. “His name was Alfred O’Donovan and he had the farm back in the 1920s. He owned about 130 ...

Wainwright Therapy Opens in Somers

SOMERS, N.Y. - Psychotherapist Hilery A. Wainwright has opened a new office (Wainwright Therapy) in Somers at 336 Bailey Court (right next to Somers Pharmacy). Wainwright is a Fordham University graduate, MSW (master social worker) and a New York-licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) with more than 20 years of combined experience in the both the clinical and corporate worlds.

To make an ...

Somers Women’s Club Tag Sale Draws Crowd at Reis Park

September 29, 2016

SOMERS, N.Y. - The parking lot and vendor tables overflowed last Sunday at the annual tag sale hosted by the Somers Women’s Club at Reis Park.

Vendors purchased space to sell used and unused items such as books, toys, housewares, small furniture, collectibles, baskets and jewelry, clothing, art, frames and more. The cost of their tables, in addition to raffles and bake sale proceeds ...

Somers Girl Scouts Fund Wheelchair Swing in Reis Park for Silver Award

SOMERS, N.Y. - A new wheelchair swing will be dedicated at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at Reis Park. Five members of Somers Girl Scout Troop 1461 raised funds for the swing as part of their Silver Award Project.

Anna Arbelaez, Isabella DeChico, Julia Hanrahan, Claire Hintze and Madeleine Lopane wanted to complete a project focused on playground safety and accessibility. The entire ...

Photos: Somers Library Foundation Hosts Annual 5K Race

SOMERS, N.Y. - Dozens of local runners and community families gathered at Reis Park on Sunday, Sept. 18, in support of the Somers Library Foundation’s fifth annual 5K and one-mile family fun run.

With more than 60 sponsors, Somers Library Foundation President Matthew Parisi and Somers Library Director Andrew Farber thanked everyone who donated and participated at the event. There was a ...

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How Important Is a High School's Reputation?

Dear Dr. Linda,

I have a simple question: How much does a high school’s reputation affect a student’s chances of getting into certain colleges? A group of us were at dinner the other night and someone said that his son had no chance of getting into Harvard because no one ever got into Harvard from their high school. I responded by saying that’s because no one from that high ...

A User's Guide to Marital Harmony

As I write this today I am celebrating my 30th wedding anniversary. My wife coincidentally shares an anniversary this same day, and I don’t know if she would use the word “celebrating” as much as say, “abiding.” Thirty years is a long time to spend with someone who doesn’t eat bananas, coconuts, seafood, cucumbers, mushrooms or anything purple. Did I mention ...

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Heart, Soul and Eliquis

I truly hate going for physical exams—the doctors always seem to find something that isn’t quite right. Last week was no exception.

After an EKG, my cardiologist gently explained to me that I have atrial fibrillation, or AFib (irregular heartbeat). Oh, boy, I didn’t see this coming. I’d been unusually fatigued the last month or two, but I attributed that to the hot, ...

Not Holidays; Holy Days

I take words at their word, which is to say seriously, sometimes too much so for my own peace of mind. Take the Days of Awe those of my faith currently are observing. The 10-day span that starts Oct. 3, with Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) and culminates Oct. 12, with Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) collectively is referred to as our faith’s “High Holidays.”

My ears twitch at ...

Letting the Jean-ie Out of the Bottle

Sometime between the end of last spring and the beginning of this fall, someone snuck into my closet and shrunk all my jeans. I tried to convince my husband that we had a problem with the dryer, but since all of his jeans still fit, it was a hard sell. Without thinking it through, he scoffed and suggested that maybe it wasn’t the jeans—maybe it was me.

“Are you saying I got ...

Upcoming Events

Sat, October 1, 10:30 AM

The Somers Public Library, Somers

Seed Saving at The Somers Library

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Sat, October 1, 12:00 PM

Fireman's Field, Yorktown Heights

Best and Wurst

Food & Drink

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Sun, October 2, 9:00 AM

FDR Park, Yorktown Heights

Support Connection Support-A-Walk

Health & Wellness

Somers Will Miss Betsy Bishop

September 21, 2016

This letter is in response to Betsy Bishop’s letter.

Betsy, after reading your gracious letter to the people of Somers in The Somers Record, I realized how much so many of us owe you for your many years of fine work as children’s librarian. In every encounter with me over the years, you have been kind, patient, competent and helpful. In the midst of childhood hubbub, you remained ...