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Let It Fly: Tuskers Air It Out in Win

September 22, 2017

SOMERS, N.Y.— It was a rematch of last year’s Class A semifinals, but this time it was not nearly as close, thanks to Somers’ aerial attack and stifling defense.

Senior quarterback Kevin Olifiers threw for three touchdowns and rushed for one in a 41-0 rout of Brewster on the Tuskers’ homecoming.

“To get the passing game going we stressed technique of different ...

Somers Planners OK Lights at Kennedy Catholic

SOMERS, N.Y.--Kennedy Catholic’s head football coach crossed his fingers last week and circled Oct. 20 on the calendar after lights for night games won official approval of the Somers Planning Board.

Coach Dominick Tassone and a handful of Kennedy Catholic representatives, including the school’s president/principal, the Rev. Mark G. Vaillancourt, attended the Sept. 13 board ...

Slow Start, Fast Finish

SOMERS, N.Y.— It was a slow start for Somers’ girls soccer team against visiting Brewster and head coach Paul Saia let them know about it.

After that, the Tuskers turned on the afterburners and torched the visiting Bears 5-0 in a league game Thursday, Sept. 14.

“I really felt like we underestimated Brewster because traditionally they haven’t been that strong,” ...

Somers Gathers to Commemorate 9/11

September 13, 2017

SOMERS, N.Y.--Sixteen years after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, about 100 Somers residents attended a memorial ceremony in Bailey Park on Sunday, Sept. 10, to honor those who lost their lives in the World Trade Center. Among the nearly 3,000 people who perished in New York City on that day, three were Somers residents: George Bishop, Richard J. Klares and Joseph Spor ...

Officials Discuss How to Boost Somers' Independence Day Attendance

September 22, 2017

SOMERS, N.Y.--With far fewer residents attending and a lot shorter hours, Somers’ Independence Day observance is no longer the day-long celebration it once was. Now, town and civic leaders are asking what can be done to restore the event’s one-time luster.

At a meeting last week at the Van Tassell House, some 17 attendees appeared to agree on two points: They do not want to scrap ...

Somers Planners OK Lights at Kennedy Catholic

SOMERS, N.Y.--Kennedy Catholic’s head football coach crossed his fingers last week and circled Oct. 20 on the calendar after lights for night games won official approval of the Somers Planning Board.

Coach Dominick Tassone and a handful of Kennedy Catholic representatives, including the school’s president/principal, the Rev. Mark G. Vaillancourt, attended the Sept. 13 board ...

Somers Environment Committee Chair Steps Down

SOMERS, N.Y.--Michael Blum, whose chairmanship of the Somers Energy Environment Committee made him a key player in local sustainability efforts, recently stepped down due to a move to the West Coast.  

Blum has chaired the town’s environmental advisory panel since January 2015. In that time, the committee has been at the forefront of major initiatives to encourage solar energy and ...

Student News

September 14, 2017

Luke Morello selected for youth exchange scholarship to Germany

Luke Morello, a Somer High School student from Purdys, has been selected for the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) scholarship, which funds an academic year of high school study and cultural immersion in Germany for a select group of American students. The CBYX program is funded jointly by the U.S. Congress and the ...

Somers High School Traffic Light Up and Running

SOMERS, N.Y.--A new traffic light to regulate vehicles entering and leaving Somers High School braced for its first major test this week as classes resumed for the new school year.

State engineers installed the light and a separate left-turn lane this summer on Route 139 (Primrose  Street) at the high school driveway. 

As designed by the state Department of Transportation’s ...

Officials Discuss How to Boost Somers' Independence Day Attendance

September 22, 2017

SOMERS, N.Y.--With far fewer residents attending and a lot shorter hours, Somers’ Independence Day observance is no longer the day-long celebration it once was. Now, town and civic leaders are asking what can be done to restore the event’s one-time luster.

At a meeting last week at the Van Tassell House, some 17 attendees appeared to agree on two points: They do not want to scrap ...

Somers Family Celebrates Milestone in Its Midst

SOMERS,N.Y.--On the day Rose Piscatore of Baldwin Place was born, Woodrow Wilson was president, the U.S. had just entered World War I and the average price of a new car was $400.

One hundred years later, on Sept. 9, Rose’s clan gathered at The Pinnacle restaurant in Somers to celebrate her birthday and look back on the last century.

“We planned on 120 guests, with all her nieces ...

Fifth 'Celebrate Somers' Fair Draws Thousands

SOMERS, N.Y.--On a clear, sunny day with temperatures in the 70s, thousands came out to enjoy the fifth annual Celebrate Somers fair, which was organized by the Somers Chamber of Commerce, on Saturday, Sept. 9, at the Somers Towne Center, off Route 100. The event included entertainment, activities for kids, food, giveaways, a scavenger hunt, a 50/50 raffle that benefited the chamber’s ...

Somers Gathers to Commemorate 9/11

SOMERS, N.Y.--Sixteen years after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, about 100 Somers residents attended a memorial ceremony in Bailey Park on Sunday, Sept. 10, to honor those who lost their lives in the World Trade Center. Among the nearly 3,000 people who perished in New York City on that day, three were Somers residents: George Bishop, Richard J. Klares and Joseph Spor ...

Somers High School Traffic Light Up and Running

SOMERS, N.Y.--A new traffic light to regulate vehicles entering and leaving Somers High School braced for its first major test this week as classes resumed for the new school year.

State engineers installed the light and a separate left-turn lane this summer on Route 139 (Primrose  Street) at the high school driveway. 

As designed by the state Department of Transportation’s ...

Somers Man Helps Recovery Efforts in Texas

SOMERS, N.Y.--With tens of thousands of Texans displaced by flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) requested citizen volunteers throughout the nation to help with recovery efforts. Somers resident Ricky Mancini and Yorktown resident Michael Ottomanelli were quick to answer the call.

On Tuesday, Aug. 29, Mancini and Ottomanelli arrived in Texas just ...

Officials Discuss How to Boost Somers' Independence Day Attendance

September 22, 2017

SOMERS, N.Y.--With far fewer residents attending and a lot shorter hours, Somers’ Independence Day observance is no longer the day-long celebration it once was. Now, town and civic leaders are asking what can be done to restore the event’s one-time luster.

At a meeting last week at the Van Tassell House, some 17 attendees appeared to agree on two points: They do not want to scrap ...

Concert in Somers Aids Hurricane Victims

SOMERS, N.Y.--Lawn chairs and beach blankets littered the lawn in front of the bandstand at the Lasdon Park Arboretum all afternoon on Saturday, Sept. 16. Music lovers from around the area had journeyed to Katonah to hear a mix of bluegrass, rock, folk, jazz and native South American music played for a good cause. A hastily organized concert, Westchester for Texas, benefiting those suffering in ...

Somers Novelist Is Born

Mehga Parekh of Thomas & Mercer took world rights to “What Have You Done,” a debut thriller by Matthew Farrell of Somers. Curtis Russell at P.S. Literary Agency represented Farrell, who has published some horror stories in the fantasy/horror magazine Heavy Metal. The novel, Russell said, is about two brothers working in the homicide unit of the Philadelphia Police Department. When ...

Officials Discuss How to Boost Somers' Independence Day Attendance

September 22, 2017

SOMERS, N.Y.--With far fewer residents attending and a lot shorter hours, Somers’ Independence Day observance is no longer the day-long celebration it once was. Now, town and civic leaders are asking what can be done to restore the event’s one-time luster.

At a meeting last week at the Van Tassell House, some 17 attendees appeared to agree on two points: They do not want to scrap ...

Fifth 'Celebrate Somers' Fair Draws Thousands

SOMERS, N.Y.--On a clear, sunny day with temperatures in the 70s, thousands came out to enjoy the fifth annual Celebrate Somers fair, which was organized by the Somers Chamber of Commerce, on Saturday, Sept. 9, at the Somers Towne Center, off Route 100. The event included entertainment, activities for kids, food, giveaways, a scavenger hunt, a 50/50 raffle that benefited the chamber’s ...

Concert in Somers Aids Hurricane Victims

September 21, 2017

SOMERS, N.Y.--Lawn chairs and beach blankets littered the lawn in front of the bandstand at the Lasdon Park Arboretum all afternoon on Saturday, Sept. 16. Music lovers from around the area had journeyed to Katonah to hear a mix of bluegrass, rock, folk, jazz and native South American music played for a good cause. A hastily organized concert, Westchester for Texas, benefiting those suffering in ...

Somers Man Helps Recovery Efforts in Texas

SOMERS, N.Y.--With tens of thousands of Texans displaced by flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) requested citizen volunteers throughout the nation to help with recovery efforts. Somers resident Ricky Mancini and Yorktown resident Michael Ottomanelli were quick to answer the call.

On Tuesday, Aug. 29, Mancini and Ottomanelli arrived in Texas just ...

Somers Councilman Leads T-Shirt Drive for Houston

SOMERS, N.Y.--Longtime rivals on the basketball court joined hands this week to help the flood-ravaged victims of Hurricane Harvey.

It started with a tweet from the men’s basketball coach at the University of Houston to college coaches, urgently appealing for T-shirts and sneakers. It finished this week with hundreds of shirts, addressed to Houston and shipped with best wishes from ...

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Was It Fate? Destiny? Or Divine Providence?

Buying my first car has been well-documented in my columns.

The year was 1957 and this sweetheart was a 1956 Chevy Bel Air convertible, cashmere blue and white, with a white top. I had described it to Dad and asked him to come with me to check it out. Dad listened and when I’d finished, he said:  “You don’t need a car; girls don’t need their own cars.” ...

Minding Our Own Businesses

Celebrate Somers was held by the Chamber of Commerce Saturday, Sept. 9, at the Towne Center, right in middle of town. It was a chance for local businesses to set up bootha, interact with people and present their goods or their services, if they didn’t have anything good. It was a beautiful, sunny day and I brought my dog, the world-famous Gidget, to stroll the festivities.

Walking with ...

Choices

Women have a much harder time than men in dealing with life. Never mind the “glass ceiling” or equal pay for equal work. Those are a given. I’m talking about the little but personally important things like bras and lipsticks and clothing styles. Have you ever heard a man complain about being unable to find his brand of shaving cream or undershorts or T-shirts? just when women ...

To Home School or Not to Home School

Dear Dr. Linda,

We’re only into the second week of school and our fifth-grade son, Joey, doesn’t want to go to school again. He’s never liked school. For years we blamed his teachers. Then we put him in private school and it didn’t get better.

He’s a bright kid and self-driven. When he’s home, he’s never bored. He’s not playing video games or ...

Man of Letters

Author’s Note: Mom + Pop Culture are a couple of real characters. They could be you and me. Or not. Every so often, I eavesdrop on their conversations. Let’s listen in on what they’re saying right now about Pop’s penchant for writing Letters to the Editor…

MOM: Whatcha doin’ there, Pop?

POP: Writin’, Mom.

MOM: Writin’ what?

POP: A ...

A Shampoo by Any Other Name

“What’s in the bag?” I asked my mother as she got into the car. She had just come out of the hair salon and apparently had been talked into buying some high-end hair products.

“New shampoo,” she said with some excitement. “My old shampoo was terrible. It really dried out my hair.”

“What brand were you using?” I asked. She thought for a ...

Upcoming Events

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Fri, September 22, 1:00 PM

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Alan Sklar Reads The Case of the Four and Twenty ...

Sat, September 23, 9:30 AM

Katonah Art Center , Goldens Bridge

Master Watercolorist to Hold Workshops

Arts & Entertainment

Sat, September 23, 10:00 AM

Armonk

Armonk Outdoor Art Show

Arts & Entertainment

Tips to Offer Children with Poor Executive Function Skill

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 how to handle homework dilemmas to what questions to ask at a CSE meeting. Questions can range from “How best do parents advocate for their children?” to ...