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Somers Gymnast Places in Sectionals

February 18, 2018

SOMERS, N.Y.-Several gymnasts from a combined team from Somers, Croton-Harmon, Hendrick Hudson, Briarcliff and Yorktown performed well as independents coached by Teodora Cepoi at the Section 1 championship meet on Thursday, Feb. 8.

Croton sophomore Lucy DeMichele made states in balance beam (9.5), where she placed fourth. She was second in the vault (9.275), seventh on floor exercise and ...

Somers Boys Take 2nd at Track and Field Class A Sectionals

SOMERS, N.Y.-Pitted against teams with a much larger enrollment such as North Rockland and Arlington, the Somers boys track and field team knew it would be an uphill battle to win a Class A sectional title.

The Tuskers left everything on the Armory track and finished in second place behind North Rockland, 79-70, at the Class A meet on Saturday, Feb. 10.

“It means a lot for a small ...

Somers Wrestlers Shine at Sectionals

SOMERS, N.Y.-Ron DiSanto set a goal to finish in the top 10 at the Division 1 wrestling sectionals. After not having any wrestlers place last season, some may have considered it a lofty goal.

But the fourth-year Somers coach had faith in his team and the Tuskers came away with a ninth-place finish and five all-section wrestlers.

The ninth-place team showing was the highest finish since 2012 ...

Somers Debates Use of Cameras to Catch Lawbreakers

February 16, 2018

SOMERS, N.Y.-Somers will call on the collective wisdom of its residents this spring for help in deploying cameras as an arm of town-code enforcement.

Town officials have been considering how to use caught-in-the-act photography to curb, at a minimum, illegal dumping on roadsides and other public property. But more questions than answers have surfaced in recent discussions. So, the Town Board ...

In Somers and North Salem, Tempers Rise Along with NYSEG Rates

SOMERS, N.Y.-Dozens of residents in Somers have seen their electricity bills from New York State Electric and Gas increase dramatically in the last month, angering customers who’ve been dealing with frequent outages and what town leaders say is poor customer service by the utility.

“NYSEG chose to do a rate increase…in January. People’s bills doubled, tripled and ...

New Visions Grad From Somers Credits Program for His Success

February 17, 2018

SOMERS, N.Y.-Adam Howie is reaching for the stars. The recent Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute graduate, who majored in aerospace and mechanical engineering, has worked on projects for NASA and is now studying for his master’s degree in mechanical engineering.

As a student at Somers High School, Howie attended the New Visions engineering program at the Career and Technical Education ...

Baccalaureate Program at Somers Middle School Green-Lighted

SOMERS, N.Y.-The Somers Board of Education has given its support to Somers Middle School to move forward with implementing the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program. 

The Middle Years Program is an extension of the International Baccalaureate Program that started at the high school this year. 

Superintendent Dr. Raymond Blanch, middle school Principal Jeff Getman, and ...

Somers Middle School Presents 'Willy Wonka Jr.' Beginning Tonight

SOMERS, N.Y.-Willy Wonka is getting ready to open up his Chocolate Factory to the Somers Middle School community this week and you won’t need a golden ticket to get in.

The students in Grades 6, 7, and 8 have been rehearsing and designing the stage for weeks for this year’s production of Roald Dahl’s “Willy Wonka Jr.” There are four showings of the production: 7 ...

Man Captures Super Blue Blood Moon Over Somers

February 14, 2018

Somers resident Robert Ondrovic woke up early to capture the red glow of the super blue blood moon on Jan. 31.

According to NASA, the moon is special for a few reasons. It’s a supermoon because the moon is closer to Earth in its orbit and about 14 percent brighter than usual. It’s the second full moon of the month, making it a blue moon. And, the super blue moon passed through the ...

North Salem Man Displays Dad Art Carney's Memorabilia at Cafe

February 13, 2018

SOMERS, N.Y.-Memorabilia and awards from Art Carney’s legendary acting career were on display Sunday, Jan. 28, at Bobo’s Cafe in Somers.

Art Carney’s son, Brian, is a North Salem resident and frequent patron of the cafe, located in the Heritage Hills Shopping Center. He decided to polish off his father’s awards and put them on display for others to enjoy.

Art Carney ...

Developer Pitches Sports, Adventure Park in undeveloped acreage next to Somers Manor

SOMERS, N.Y.-A proposed new use for some the unused Route 100 acreage abutting Somers Manor would attract a decidedly younger clientele. 

Instead, Ari Schwebel told the town board last week, he hoped to attract energetic youngsters and athletes of all ages—at least 15,000 of them a month—to a mammoth indoor sports and amusements complex. Multiple indoor fields and courts ...

Somers Middle School Presents 'Willy Wonka Jr.' Beginning Tonight

SOMERS, N.Y.-Willy Wonka is getting ready to open up his Chocolate Factory to the Somers Middle School community this week and you won’t need a golden ticket to get in.

The students in Grades 6, 7, and 8 have been rehearsing and designing the stage for weeks for this year’s production of Roald Dahl’s “Willy Wonka Jr.” There are four showings of the production: 7 ...

In Somers and North Salem, Tempers Rise Along with NYSEG Rates

February 15, 2018

SOMERS, N.Y.-Dozens of residents in Somers have seen their electricity bills from New York State Electric and Gas increase dramatically in the last month, angering customers who’ve been dealing with frequent outages and what town leaders say is poor customer service by the utility.

“NYSEG chose to do a rate increase…in January. People’s bills doubled, tripled and ...

Former PepsiCo Property Transitioning to 'Millennial' Co-Working Environment

SOMERS, N.Y.-In an effort to fill the 540,000 square feet left vacant in Somers by PepsiCo in 2016, Sebastian Capital CEO Roxana Girand is marketing the town of Somers and surrounding Westchester County as much as the building itself.

One of the first things she did to spotlight the community is renovate the lobby. Gone is the security desk visitors would first encounter, moved just off to the ...

Developer Pitches Sports, Adventure Park in undeveloped acreage next to Somers Manor

SOMERS, N.Y.-A proposed new use for some the unused Route 100 acreage abutting Somers Manor would attract a decidedly younger clientele. 

Instead, Ari Schwebel told the town board last week, he hoped to attract energetic youngsters and athletes of all ages—at least 15,000 of them a month—to a mammoth indoor sports and amusements complex. Multiple indoor fields and courts ...

Somers High School Students Aid Technologically Challenged Elders

February 17, 2018

SOMERS, N.Y.-The Fourth Annual Tech Help series kicked off Feb. 10 at the Lake Lodge in Heritage Hills.

The program was started by Teresa Chang in 2014 after she realized many older residents did not know how to use their cellphones and tablets. As a board member of At Home In Somers, Chang took on the project with the help of her two teenage sons in Somers High School.

The Somers High ...

Relay For Life Kicks Off in Somers

SOMERS, N.Y.-Local cancer survivors, caregivers, volunteers and community leaders rallied on Wednesday, Jan. 31, launching and celebrating the 2018 Relay For Life fundraising season with a kickoff party at Somers Middle School. More than 50 community members joined in the movement to celebrate survivors, remember victims and fight cancer. It was also an opportunity to showcase how funds raised ...

Relay For Life Kicks Off in Somers

February 11, 2018

SOMERS, N.Y.-Local cancer survivors, caregivers, volunteers and community leaders rallied on Wednesday, Jan. 31, launching and celebrating the 2018 Relay For Life fundraising season with a kickoff party at Somers Middle School. More than 50 community members joined in the movement to celebrate survivors, remember victims and fight cancer. It was also an opportunity to showcase how funds raised ...

Somers Debates Use of Cameras to Catch Lawbreakers

February 16, 2018

SOMERS, N.Y.-Somers will call on the collective wisdom of its residents this spring for help in deploying cameras as an arm of town-code enforcement.

Town officials have been considering how to use caught-in-the-act photography to curb, at a minimum, illegal dumping on roadsides and other public property. But more questions than answers have surfaced in recent discussions. So, the Town Board ...

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'We'll Have Meals Together'

A few days ago, I watched a rerun of “Everybody Loves Raymond.” In this particular episode, brothers Raymond and Robert went head to head over who would take care of their mother, Marie, during her later years (anticipating that father, Frank, would predecease her).

It brought back the decision Jack, Roe and I were faced with years ago regarding our mom. She was in her 80s, lived ...

Weather or Not

Feb. 2 has come and gone and once again, we have foolishly entrusted a large rodent with six weeks worth of weather forecasting. This year they had a whole entourage of guys who wanted to cram into the Groundhog Day action, but there’s one head groundhog aficionado who’s in charge when they open up Punxsutawney Phil’s cage. Both man and beast are dressed to the nines, one in a ...

The Night They Raided Spruce Street

It was the day of the Finch Ball. Jason had been away on business, but was expected home in time for us to attend that evening. 

I had graduated from Finch College two years earlier and was now married and expecting my second child. We lived in a one-bedroom garden apartment in Yonkers. It was a close community where everyone was young, friendly and just starting out. Each town house was ...

Taking Baby Steps

 

OK, we’re a month into the New Year and not only have I NOT lost weight, but I’ve put back on the three pounds I lost four weeks ago! Many people would be discouraged and throw in the towel at this point, but I would encourage you to reboot your program and start again, every morning if necessary. Losing weight, saving money or getting organized are about mindset.

First, ...

Should Valentine's Day Be Celebrated at School?

Dear Dr. Linda,

I’ve been a third-grade teacher for over 20 years and have never allowed my students to celebrate Valentine’s Day in my class. I know my colleagues think I’m mean, but I’m refusing to celebrate it for many reasons.

1) Children hand out cards to each other and there’s always some child left out or who gets very few; 2) Children are always asked ...

A Trip to the 'Liberry'

Raise your hand if you didn’t—did not—call the library the “liberry” when you were little. I’m guessing not a lot of hands just went up.

Didn’t just about all of us say “liberry” when we were learning to read? (Well, whaddya expect when a place is named something way too easy for little kids to mispronounce?)

OK. Now, raise your hand if ...

I'm Mrs. Heat Miser

To be perfectly honest, I did not need a large rodent with insomnia to convince me that we had six more weeks of winter. It’s been so cold outside lately that when I go out, my nostrils stick together. The dog is so hesitant to go out that he does his business right on the deck, less than five feet from the door, and then gives me a look of contemptuous indignation when he comes back in the ...

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The Somers Record Shines a Light on 'Great' Community

February 9, 2018

To the editor,

How amazing to see my sister-in-law, Kim Maguire, on the cover of the Record!

We read our paper religiously! Last week, we saw our daughters' picture as volunteers at the Chili Cookoff! This is such a tight-knit community and having articles like the one done for Kim highlight some of the great people and servicemen and women who make this town so special. The writer who ...

Cuba Goes Country

February 16, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

RELEASE: “Cuba Goes County” to be held at The Palmer in Cuba, NY.

For more information or to schedule and interview, contact Theater Manager Michele Conklin at (585) 209-5512.

The Palmer Opera House is hosting “Cuba Goes Country” on Sunday March 11th- at 2:00 PM

Come join us for a boot stompin', toe tappin' afternoon of country ...

'Are You Friggin' Kidding Me?'

February 15, 2018

Faye M. DeSanto

Guest Columnist

I never watched the hit TV Show “Mad Men.” My best friend, who rarely watches TV, recommended it to me when it was gaining its first good reviews. I said, “I lived through that time period. I can see no good coming from reminding men about that sexist era.” Little did I know how right I was.

My husband drooled over the short-lived ...