Experienced Somers Squad Raring to Go

December 7, 2016

SOMERS, N.Y.— With half of his team busy on the gridiron helping lead Somers to a state title in football in late November, one would think a coach might be worried that his squad might be a little rusty heading into basketball season.

Fifth-year coach Chris DiCintio is looking at the other side of the coin, however, and believes that the confidence the team gained from being state ...

Somers Bounces Back Against Newburgh

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— Every team wants to open up the season with a win, but when you consider the opponent, Somers took some positives from its season-opening loss to perennial powerhouse Peekskill.

The Tuskers rebounded in convincing fashion with a 63-32 win over Newburgh Free Academy in the consolation game of the Inaugural Mahopac Tip-Off Classic on Dec. 3.

Somers held a narrow 27-23 ...

Somers/North Salem Cruises in Ice-Hockey Opener

BREWSTER, N.Y.— At the start of a new season there are always question marks. There were a lot of new faces in the lineup for the Somers/North Salem ice hockey team as it took to the ice for its season opener Sunday night against Pawling at the Brewster Ice Arena.

Brandon LaSpina was not a question mark. Everyone knew he would be one of the leaders on offense for the Sabers at forward.

Somers Resident Faces Federal Child Porn Charges

December 3, 2016

SOMERS, N.Y. - A 65-year-old Somers resident, also a teacher at Rye Neck Senior High School in Mamaroneck, has been arrested on child porn charges, announced Preet Bharara, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York.

According to the criminal complaint, in October 2012, Nicholas Pagliuca paid $12.99 to register for a 30-day “premium” subscription to a website that is ...

Somers Fire Department Christmas Tree Sale in Full Swing

SOMERS, N.Y. - For the next few weeks, a transformed Peter J. Babich Memorial Field will resemble more of a Winter Wonderland, as the smell of fir trees fills the air, children run around picking their favorite trees and the sound of Christmas music plays from speakers.

The Somers Volunteer Fire Department’s annual Christmas tree sale, which began Friday, Nov. 25, is one of the ...

Fire Destroys Miller Road Auto Body Shop

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - A fire destroyed a good portion of a Mahopac business Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 15, while causing minor injuries to two firefighters.

The Mahopac Fire Department was called to On the Line Auto Body and Last Chance Automotive at 4 Miller Road at around 1:30 p.m. The businesses are located right on the Mahopac/Somers border, which caused some initial confusion with the dispatcher ...

Photos: Kennedy Catholic Holds 35th Annual Auction

November 29, 2016

SOMERS, N.Y. - The 35th annual Kennedy Catholic High School Auction, the school's largest and oldest fundraiser, was held Saturday, Nov. 19.

The Kennedy community donates, solicits and funds most of the items available in the live and silent auctions. All money raised from sale of the items goes back into the school to fund education programs.

Somers’ Morel Named a Student of Distinction

SOMERS, N.Y. - Brittney Morel’s senior year of high school is off to a pretty great start. Not only was the Somers student recently asked to serve as the president of the national technical leadership organization SkillsUSA, she was also honored as a Putnam-Northern Westchester BOCES Student of Distinction at a recent Somers Board of Education meeting.

Morel, who studies cosmetology at ...

Kennedy Catholic Celebrates Spirit Week

SOMERS, N.Y. - John F. Kennedy Catholic High School recently celebrated its “Spirit Week,” which is celebrated every October leading up to the school homecoming dance and football game. The seniors (black) won this year’s competition. Spirit Week also incudes a dress-down day that featured all of the students wearing a “patriotic” theme.

Somers Historical Society Holds Annual Gingerbread Contest

December 8, 2016

SOMERS, N.Y. - The third annual gingerbread festival hosted by the Somers Historical Society opened for viewing on Sunday, Dec. 4, at the Wright Reis Homestead. The community will have a second chance to view and judge the home from 2– 4 p.m. this Saturday (Dec. 10).

The creations were submitted by community members into three categories: adult, child and “drop-in craft day,” ...

Photos: Somers Rings in the Holiday Season

SOMERS, N.Y. - Residents celebrated the start of the holiday season at the Elephant Hotel on Sunday, Dec. 4.

Festivities included photos with Santa, complimentary hot cocoa, holiday music, a sing-a-long with the Somers Girl Scouts, the lighting of the crèche and a Christmas tree lighting. Many children also joined in the town’s new tradition of taking photographs next to a large ...

Somers Resident Turns 100

SOMERS, N.Y. - Theresa Gianguzzi’s friends and family members surprised her with a birthday luncheon at the Van Tassel House to celebrate her 100th birthday.

When asked how she felt now that she was 100 years old, Gianguzzi said “ecstatic.”

Gianguzzi has lived in the area since 1976 and is a regular to the Somers Adult Transportation, Nutrition and Activity Center, which ...

Somers to Hold Parade for State Champion Teams

SOMERS, N.Y. - A parade honoring the town's state champion high school sports teams will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10.

The parade, sponsored by the town of Somers, will begin at the Somers police station, Teams will march down Route 139 toward the Somers High School athletic field, where a ceremony will take place.

The following champions will be honored:

Somers ...

Somers Custom Framing & Gift Marks 10th Anniversary

Somers Custom Framing & Gift will celebrate its 10-year anniversary Dec. 15, and the way its owners—Ken and Ginny Ryan—see it, their first decade in business has been a resounding success. 

The store has three components to its business: framing, printing and gifts.

The couple began their professional careers in the direct-mail marketing business, but Ken longed to do ...

Photos: SEF Raises a Glass to Somers Education

SOMERS, N.Y. - Somers Education Foundation’s annual autumn wine tasting took place Nov. 11, at Peter Pratt’s in Yorktown. Attendees sampled a variety of white and red wines and enjoyed delicious foods.

The all-volunteer foundation, started in 1994, supports Somers schools by raising funds for specific student- and teacher-initiated projects that enrich the educational experience ...

Real Estate Icon Judy Johnson Is Somers' Business Person of the Year

December 1, 2016

Editor's Note: An earlier version of this article incorrectly spelled Dana Boulanger's last name as Bowinger. We regret the error.

SOMERS, N.Y. - Judy Johnson, a real estate professional who has worked in Somers for 40 years, has been named Business Person of the Year by the Somers Chamber of Commerce. She will be honored at this year’s holiday dinner at La Fontane on ...

DAS Auto Parts Comes to Yorktown

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - John Recchia’s long journey to opening up his new Yorktown business—DAS Auto Parts—began 24 years ago when he took a job at the original DAS store in the Greenburgh Shopping Center.

“I went in looking for afterschool work,” he recalled. “I asked if he needed help and [the owner] said, ‘I do; start tomorrow.’ The rest is ...

Somers Custom Framing & Gift Marks 10th Anniversary

Somers Custom Framing & Gift will celebrate its 10-year anniversary Dec. 15, and the way its owners—Ken and Ginny Ryan—see it, their first decade in business has been a resounding success. 

The store has three components to its business: framing, printing and gifts.

The couple began their professional careers in the direct-mail marketing business, but Ken longed to do ...

Somers Attorney Wins NAACP ‘Woman of the Year’ Award

December 9, 2016

BRONX, N.Y. - Josephine Bastone, an attorney who lives in Somers, recently accepted the “Woman of the Year” award at the NAACP Parkchester Branch’s annual Freedom Fund event.

The 20-plus-year resident was honored for her extensive professional and charitable work, most of which takes place in the Bronx. By day, she is an attorney for the New York State Unified Court System, ...

Somers Cookie Swap for a Cause Raises $3,000

SOMERS, N.Y. - For the last few years, the annual Cookie Swap for a Cause has delighted participants and raised thousands of dollars for organizations and facilities that care for children with rare illnesses. However, one group has always suffered after the event—the judges.

“I was definitely on sugar overload last year,” said Stacey Elconin, principal at Somers Intermediate ...

Realtors Donate $3k to Drug Crisis in Our Backyard

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The Hudson Gateway Realtor Foundation, the charitable arm of the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors, recently presented a check for $3,000 to Drug Crisis in Our Backyard based in Carmel.

Drug Crisis in Our Backyard was founded in 2012 by Susan and Steve Salomone, and Carol and Lou Christiansen after the loss of their sons to heroin overdoses. The organization promotes ...

The Miracle Worker

December 2, 2016

SOMERS, N.Y. - Pediatric physical therapist Mara Gordon believes that special needs children undergoing traditional physical therapy are getting short-changed.

“The therapist should be providing an intensive treatment experience that the parent or caregiver can’t readily duplicate,” she said. “In many instances, the therapist is not providing a unique skill or activity.

Manufacturer Recalls Narcan Nasal Atomizers

WESTCHESTER, N.Y. - Teleflex Medical has recalled some nasal atomizers distributed in Narcan kits after Jan. 1, 2016. The Westchester County Department of Health is alerting agencies and residents to see if they have Narcan kits affected by the recall.

The spray devices are being recalled because they do not provide a consistent mist, but may instead produce a straight stream of liquid. This ...

Westchester Residents ‘Run the Farm’ at Muscoot

SOMERS, N.Y. - Led by the sound of bagpipes and the event’s traditional call and response blessing, the annual Run the Farm race took place at Muscoot Farm Sunday, Oct. 23. It is the fifth race in the Trail Mix Series.

The Trail Mix Westchester-Fairfield Trail Series was initially a series of four trail races in Westchester and Fairfield counties in 2014. It has now grown to include six.

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Be Careful Puppy Shopping This Holiday Season

December 7, 2016

Now that the holiday season is upon us, many people think a puppy would make a good gift. What most forget is that puppies require a lot of time, energy and money, and many pet store puppies come from sick and neglected puppy mills.

Nearly 8 million companion animals enter United States shelters each year, half of which are sadly killed. This is a staggering number of innocent lives lost, with ...

Heaven Has Lawyers, Too

December 3, 2016

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