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Cops Search for Man Wanted for Attempted Rape in Purdys

August 26, 2016

PURDYS, N.Y. - MTA Police are on the hunt for a man they say attempted to rape a woman on Sunday at the Purdys Metro-North train station.

MTA spokeswoman Nancy Gamerman says around 7:54 a.m. Aug. 21, there was an attempted sexual assault at the train station. Details of the attempted assault were not available, she said.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, 25 ...

Somers Resident to Take Over at Soundview Prep

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Ken Cotrone escaped a hot mid-August day in the comfort of his new air-conditioned office in the main building of Yorktown’s Soundview Preparatory School, where he has joined the staff as co-leader alongside the school’s founder, W. Glyn Hearn, who nears retirement.

Cotrone, a Somers resident, would take over as head of school in the event Hearn decides to retire ...

Somers Readies Schools for Opening Day

SOMERS, N.Y. - It has been a busy—but productive—summer on the campuses of Somers schools, with numerous building upgrades and improvements under way throughout the district.

Crews are completing projects in all school buildings, including new solar panels at the middle and high schools. Installation of the panels by SolarCity began in mid-August and will take three to four weeks ...

Cops Search for Man Wanted for Attempted Rape in Purdys

August 26, 2016

PURDYS, N.Y. - MTA Police are on the hunt for a man they say attempted to rape a woman on Sunday at the Purdys Metro-North train station.

MTA spokeswoman Nancy Gamerman says around 7:54 a.m. Aug. 21, there was an attempted sexual assault at the train station. Details of the attempted assault were not available, she said.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, 25 ...

Somers Resident to Take Over at Soundview Prep

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Ken Cotrone escaped a hot mid-August day in the comfort of his new air-conditioned office in the main building of Yorktown’s Soundview Preparatory School, where he has joined the staff as co-leader alongside the school’s founder, W. Glyn Hearn, who nears retirement.

Cotrone, a Somers resident, would take over as head of school in the event Hearn decides to retire ...

Somers Readies Schools for Opening Day

SOMERS, N.Y. - It has been a busy—but productive—summer on the campuses of Somers schools, with numerous building upgrades and improvements under way throughout the district.

Crews are completing projects in all school buildings, including new solar panels at the middle and high schools. Installation of the panels by SolarCity began in mid-August and will take three to four weeks ...

Invalid Signatures Knock McDonough Off Conservative Line in Assembly Race

ALBANY, N.Y. - Assembly candidate Suzi McDonough, a Carmel town councilwoman, has been removed from the Conservative Party line over the submission of what her opponent, Kevin Byrne, is calling “fraudulent petitions” containing “faked signatures.”

On July 14, McDonough’s campaign submitted 40 pages containing 232 signatures from registered Conservative Party ...

Somers Senior Poised for Big Season in Football

August 24, 2016

Somers senior Messiah Horne is the starting halfback and plays strong safety on defense for the varsity football team.​

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

I was in seventh grade when I started playing football. I started to play because I wanted to try new things and I’m glad I did.

What are the team goals for this upcoming ...

Somers Girls Soccer Hungry for a Three-Peat

SOMERS, N.Y.— Most teams would be happy with a 20-1 season and a Section 1 title, but the Somers girls’ varsity soccer team is not like most other teams.

The Somers girls’ soccer program has raised the bar, and the expectations are high.

Despite winning a second-straight Section 1 championship, the Tuskers did not have a happy ending last year. They lost in the state ...

Somers Martial Artists Earn 12 Medals

SOMERS, N.Y. - Students from Dragon and Crane, a martial arts school and cultural center in Somers, brought back 12 medals from the 2016 U.S. International Kuo Shu (Kung Fu) Federation Championship Tournament, held July 29-31 in Baltimore.

Master John Scattaretico accompanied eight of his students to this international event, which attracts top martial artists from around the globe: An average ...

Somers Town Clerk Earns Professional Designation

August 19, 2016

SOMERS, N.Y. - Somers Town Clerk Patricia Kalba and Yorktown Town Clerk Diana Quast, both eight months into their first terms, received the Registered Municipal Clerk designations on the same day last month.

The two clerks worked side by side for years to earn the designation, attending and completing many continuing education courses, personal and professional development seminars, training ...

Heritage Hills Cellphone-Tower Addition Approved

SOMERS, N.Y. - Told they had no choice, Planning Board members last week approved a cellphone-tower addition bitterly opposed by its Heritage Hills neighbors.

Voting 6-1, the board cleared the way for Verizon Wireless to install antennas on West Hill Drive’s 70-foot monopole, increasing its height by another 15 feet. Besides making the tower an eyesore, visible above the surrounding ...

Crossroads at Baldwin Place Receives Key Approval Despite Petition

SOMERS, N.Y. - A major Route 6 redevelopment effort, including a million-dollar infrastructure upgrade to encourage commercial growth, advanced on two fronts last week.

Its centerpiece project, the mixed-use Crossroads at Baldwin Place, won Town Board approval of a key change in zoning-code language. Meanwhile, the board also agreed to ask the county to add a dozen commercial properties, the ...

Music Now on the Menu at Bobo’s in Somers

August 23, 2016

SOMERS, N.Y. - On a balmy August Saturday night, the rainy weather cleared just in time to allow Somers residents to enjoy the musical stylings of Gino Marchetti (who goes by the stage name Gino Rome) as he performed outside of Bobo’s Café.

The show was just one of the many Saturday night concerts that began in May. The idea was the brainchild of Glenn Bernardi Sr., the father of ...

Somers Library Hosts Rock and Roll at Reis Park

SOMERS, N.Y. - Reis Park was rockin’ last Friday night as the duo of John and Eddie Fiscella headlined “Fiscella-palooza,” a concert sponsored by Friends of the Somers Library.

John and Eddie, 14, kicked off the evening with dozens of classic rock hits. Concert-goers, who were encouraged to bring their own instruments, then joined the Fiscellas on stage for karaoke with the ...

Somers Art Show to Benefit Cancer Organizations

SOMERS, N.Y. - Dana Rosenberg, a Somers resident, is exhibiting her etchings, woodcuts, watercolors and weavings at the Somers Library from Saturday, Sept. 3 through Friday, Sept 30. There will be a reception at 2 p.m. Sept. 3, at which time there will be a reading of her poetry and refreshments will be served.

Rosenberg holds master’s degrees in fine arts, administration and special ...

Coldwell Banker in Somers Hosts Grand Reopening

August 1, 2016

SOMERS, N.Y. - Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Somers hosted local business professionals at its grand reopening with the assistance of the Somers Chamber of Commerce on July 22. Event sponsors included: Joe Scutieri, Al Perndocaj of Skyline Title, and Paula Greenberg of PHH Mortgage. Coldwell Banker has been occupying the Bailey House since 1995. In late 2015, the interior of the office ...

Somers Resident to Take Over at Soundview Prep

August 25, 2016

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Ken Cotrone escaped a hot mid-August day in the comfort of his new air-conditioned office in the main building of Yorktown’s Soundview Preparatory School, where he has joined the staff as co-leader alongside the school’s founder, W. Glyn Hearn, who nears retirement.

Cotrone, a Somers resident, would take over as head of school in the event Hearn decides to retire ...

Somers Readies Schools for Opening Day

SOMERS, N.Y. - It has been a busy—but productive—summer on the campuses of Somers schools, with numerous building upgrades and improvements under way throughout the district.

Crews are completing projects in all school buildings, including new solar panels at the middle and high schools. Installation of the panels by SolarCity began in mid-August and will take three to four weeks ...

Students Get Camp Experience at Somers 'Summer Fun' Program

SOMERS, N.Y. - A four-week summer camp for special-needs youngsters has wrapped up, with staff and volunteers calling the inaugural season a success.

“It’s been seamless,” said Melissa Carino, program director. “It really has been a great experience.”

The Summer Fun program began July 12 at Primrose Elementary. It was created by the Special Education PTA to ...

Invalid Signatures Knock McDonough Off Conservative Line in Assembly Race

August 24, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. - Assembly candidate Suzi McDonough, a Carmel town councilwoman, has been removed from the Conservative Party line over the submission of what her opponent, Kevin Byrne, is calling “fraudulent petitions” containing “faked signatures.”

On July 14, McDonough’s campaign submitted 40 pages containing 232 signatures from registered Conservative Party ...

Murphy Front-and-Center at GOP Convention

CLEVELAND - Sen. Terrence Murphy said he was given the “opportunity of a lifetime” last week, when he stood on the Republican National Convention floor in Cleveland and, as an honorary delegate from the State of New York, officially nominated Donald Trump as his party’s candidate for president of the United States.

Murphy, as a freshman state senator from the 40th District, ...

Support Connection Celebrates 20 Years with Birthday Bash

August 17, 2016

BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. - A birthday celebration in honor of Support Connection’s 20 years of service to the community was held last Wednesday at The Briarcliff Manor.

The Yorktown-based not-for-profit organization, which provides support to breast and ovarian cancer patients, was founded in July 1996. In the two decades since Support Connection was established, it has helped thousands of ...

Westchester County Seeks Backpack Donations for Needy Kids

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - Westchester County is once again teaming up with The Sharing Shelf, a program of Family Services of Westchester (FSW), to collect and distribute school supplies so that children in need can start the school year ready to learn. This year, people can donate online at fsw.org/backpacks, or see the list below for the nearest drop-off location.

“Since launching our ...

Somers Art Show to Benefit Cancer Organizations

SOMERS, N.Y. - Dana Rosenberg, a Somers resident, is exhibiting her etchings, woodcuts, watercolors and weavings at the Somers Library from Saturday, Sept. 3 through Friday, Sept 30. There will be a reception at 2 p.m. Sept. 3, at which time there will be a reading of her poetry and refreshments will be served.

Rosenberg holds master’s degrees in fine arts, administration and special ...

Somers Town Clerk Earns Professional Designation

August 19, 2016

SOMERS, N.Y. - Somers Town Clerk Patricia Kalba and Yorktown Town Clerk Diana Quast, both eight months into their first terms, received the Registered Municipal Clerk designations on the same day last month.

The two clerks worked side by side for years to earn the designation, attending and completing many continuing education courses, personal and professional development seminars, training ...

Heritage Hills Cellphone-Tower Addition Approved

SOMERS, N.Y. - Told they had no choice, Planning Board members last week approved a cellphone-tower addition bitterly opposed by its Heritage Hills neighbors.

Voting 6-1, the board cleared the way for Verizon Wireless to install antennas on West Hill Drive’s 70-foot monopole, increasing its height by another 15 feet. Besides making the tower an eyesore, visible above the surrounding ...

Crossroads at Baldwin Place Receives Key Approval Despite Petition

SOMERS, N.Y. - A major Route 6 redevelopment effort, including a million-dollar infrastructure upgrade to encourage commercial growth, advanced on two fronts last week.

Its centerpiece project, the mixed-use Crossroads at Baldwin Place, won Town Board approval of a key change in zoning-code language. Meanwhile, the board also agreed to ask the county to add a dozen commercial properties, the ...

Drug Crisis in Our Backyard Awarded $5k Grant

August 21, 2016

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Drug Crisis in Our Backyard, an advocacy group that helps individuals and families struggling with drug addiction, has received a $5,000 grant from the state to help support its work.

State Sen. Terrence Murphy (R-Yorktown) announced the grant last week during a Shed the Meds program at Jefferson Village in Yorktown. The senator said that Drug Crisis in Our Backyard has been ...

County Officials: Take Precaution Against Zika, West Nile Viruses

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - Downplaying the threat of the Zika virus, county officials yesterday still urged residents to take preventative measures against the mosquito-borne disease, especially if traveling to an area where it has already spread.

“One of the questions we get is: ‘I have a family vacation planned for Florida. Do I still go?’” said County Executive Robert ...

Somers Judge McDermott Says Teens, Seniors Face Pitfalls

August 19, 2016

SOMERS, N.Y. - Town Justice Michael J. McDermott said he has spent much of his 16-plus years in office offering advice to local teens and seniors, two age groups that are vulnerable for entirely different reasons.

Speaking earlier this month to the Heritage Hills Men’s Club, McDermott warned the dozens of seniors in attendance about common scams and how to avoid them. One such scam is ...

Cops Search for Man Wanted for Attempted Rape in Purdys

August 26, 2016

PURDYS, N.Y. - MTA Police are on the hunt for a man they say attempted to rape a woman on Sunday at the Purdys Metro-North train station.

MTA spokeswoman Nancy Gamerman says around 7:54 a.m. Aug. 21, there was an attempted sexual assault at the train station. Details of the attempted assault were not available, she said.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, 25 ...

Property of the Week

August 4, 2016

12 McNair Drive, Mahopac
$435,000.00

Lovingly maintained three bedroom one and half bath raised ranch sited on half acre featuring central air, crown molding, trex deck, hardwood floors, additional playroom/sunroom with walkout to bluestone patio. Conveniently located near biking and walking trails, shopping, local restaurants,health and fitness clubs, commute to either 684 or Taconic ...

Msgr. Joseph Giandurco Named Pastor of St. Patrick's in Yorktown

August 18, 2016

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - After a 29-year career that has spanned several continents, Msgr. Joseph Giandurco is six weeks into what he expects to be his most fulfilling adventure yet, as the new pastor at St. Patrick’s Church in Yorktown.

“I can honestly say that my most fulfilling times as a priest have been in parish work, even though I’ve had different assignments,” Giandurco ...

New Rabbi to Lead Somers Chavura

SOMERS, N.Y. - Rabbi Lisa Izes will be the new spiritual leader at Chavura Beth Chai, which meets monthly in the Somers area.

At a religious service in June, Izes led the congregation together with its departing rabbi, Suri Krieger, who has relocated to the Boston area. 

The 42-year-old Chavura normally meets monthly at local member homes together with the rabbi. Because of this, it ...

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Developmental Disorder or Language Disorder?

Dear Dr. Linda,

Our son, Derek, is almost 3 years old. We’re concerned that there’s something wrong with him. He’s still not speaking and when we talk to him, he doesn’t follow directions. We know he can hear because he gets scared with loud noises and even turns around to look at me if I’m whispering. But when my husband and I are with our nieces and nephews and ...

Olympic Dreams

The Olympics rolled on last week, and I took in a healthy dose of it, even though I had to forgo watching dead people on “Forensic Files.” Once you get a taste for dead people, they’re hard to give up, but that’s a topic for another day. As I watched the competition unfold I couldn’t help noticing that some of the events make you question what it really means to be ...

590 Route 52, Kent

590 Route 52, Kent
$195,000.00

This picture perfect two bedroom, one and a half bath home offering spacious floor plan. Living room features wood floors through out and big picture window with breathtaking lake views. Dine in kitchen has ample cabinet space with door out to large deck, overlooking private yard and Lake Carmel. Finished lower level has half bath, bedroom and den. Located ...

‘You’re Being a Comedian, Right?’

What a happy surprise I had this week! Thanks to Facebook, I reconnected with two ladies I’d met when I lived in Vermont in 1994-96. 

We worked in the same law firm: Sallyanne was office manager and Debra was secretary/paralegal extraordinaire. They offered these valuable words of wisdom to me when I came on board: 

“We practice country law here; we’re informal, ...

A Neapolitan Feast for the Eyes, Ears and Appetite

“Life is all about great food, amazing wine, friends that make you feel good, family that you cherish, laughing, loving and a place to enjoy it together.”

That’s one of the homespun mottos gracing the walls of Furci’s restaurant in Yorktown Heights, where the bonds and bonhomie of family immediately are apparent.

The eight-month-old Italian dining destination is ...

Some Like It Hot

“Oh boy!” exclaimed my husband. “There’s a hot sauce shop in town!”

We were away antiquing for the weekend in a quaint village populated by bed and breakfasts, art galleries and, apparently, a hot sauce shop. For my husband, this was like discovering that someone had bought you a lottery ticket and you won...if the lottery prize was a fireball that would make lava ...

Not One More Life Lost

August 1, 2016

Six were gone in one week. Six between the ages of 24 and 33—gone.

Both men and women with no distinction between race, religion or social status—just gone. You probably haven’t heard anything about these deaths because it wasn’t broadly publicized. The deaths were most probably caused by a drug overdose. We won’t positively know for six to eight weeks after the ...

Upcoming Events

Sat, August 27, 11:00 AM

Feed Barn, Mahopac

Pet Adoption

Community Calendar

Sun, August 28, 10:00 AM

Angle Fly Preserve, Somers

Somers Land Trust Volunteer Day

Home & Garden

Sat, September 10, 1:00 PM

Somers Library, Somers

Family Yoga and Mindfulness Workshop

Thanks to All Who Donated

July 27, 2016

We would like to thank all of the businesses and organizations that donated equipment or supported Somers Relay for Life.

Bridgham Barr Orthodontics
United Rentals
Festo Electronics
Somers Park and Recreation
Somers Central School District
Somers Police Department
City Carting and Recycling
The Somers Record
Somers Womens Club
Somers Leos

The following businesses ...