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Photos: Somers Advances to County Center

February 25, 2017

SOMERS, N.Y. — Second-seeded Somers defeated Rye 56-40 in a Section 1 Class A girls basketball quarterfinal on Thursday, Feb. 23 to advance to the semifinals at the Westchester County Center for the first time in program history.

Somers Girls Basketball Tops Rye to Advance to County Center

SOMERS, N.Y. — Second-seeded Somers defeated No. 7 Rye 56-40 in a Section 1 Class A girls basketball quarterfinal on Thursday to advance to the semifinals at the Westchester County Center for the first time in program history.

The Tuskers will take on No. 6 Tappan Zee in the semifinals on Thursday, March 2, at 3 p.m. at the County Center.

Check back later for a full story and ...

Bicknese Leads Somers to Playoff Win

PEEKSKILL, N.Y.— Somers boys basketball standout Lorenzo Bicknese started off hot and didn’t stop in the Tuskers’ Section 1 Class A first-round contest at seventh-seeded Peekskill on Feb. 18.

Bicknese scored all 13 of the Tuskers’ points in the opening quarter, one they led 13-6, on his way to a game-high 26 points, in No. 10 Somers’ 54-50 win against the Red ...

Catching up with Mike Kaplowitz on County Airport, Indian Point

February 22, 2017

Editor’s Note: Jim Martarano, a Yorktown councilman for two decades, is a regular columnist in Yorktown News, our sister paper. Enjoy his interview with Michael Kaplowitz, who has represented Somers in the Westchester County Legislature for almost two decades. He will return next week with part two of the interview.

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – I was fortunate last week to get my old ...

Somers Looks to Install Solar Panels on Town Property

SOMERS, N.Y. – Somers officials are looking at a half-dozen town-owned properties on which to locate solar panels to supply some of its municipal electricity needs.

The sites—four parks, the highway department headquarters and Reynolds House at Angle Fly Preserve—meet the strict requirements for solar-panel placement, including the need for eight hours of sunshine daily, the ...

Somers Student Wins Acorda Science Award

February 24, 2017

SOMERS, N.Y. – Somers Science Research student Alyssa Klee, a junior, has been awarded an Acorda Therapeutics Scientific Excellence Award for her research project.

Her project involves mutating a protein found on the surface of cancer cells to locate the binding site for white blood cells. Identifying this binding site could potentially lead to a decrease in side effects for cancer ...

Modest Increases Proposed in 2016-17 Somers School Budget

SOMERS, N.Y. - Somers school officials offered a preview last week of the budget on which voters will be asked to render a verdict in May.

Still a work in progress, the proposed budget remains subject to change due to internal discussion, public input and external calculations of things like state aid and healthcare costs. Nevertheless, the broad outlines of a financial plan for the 2017-18 ...

Somers Middle School Carves Out Space for Student Inventors

SOMERS, N.Y. – The next great American inventor might be testing her or his early ideas in the MakerSpace at Somers Middle School.

That’s what tech teacher Matt Lugo was hoping for when he and colleague Rich DeVito created the innovative learning space, which encourages students to bring their ideas to life—no matter how farfetched they may sound.

“We want to be that ...

After Diverse Career, Somers Author Mentors Other Writers

February 25, 2017

SOMERS, N.Y. – When Somers resident Linda Spear was old enough to go to college, her parents offered her three choices.

“They said you teach, you become a nurse or you become a secretary,” Spear said.

She chose from the roles imposed on many women at the time, and studied teaching at Temple University in her hometown of Philadelphia. She received her master’s degree ...

Somers Resident Makes Millions for Non-Profit Community

SOMERS, N.Y. – After nine years and $40 million raised for local non-profit organizations, Lydia Howie, a grant-writing consultant and 27-year Somers resident, is stepping down as president of the Grant Professionals of Lower Hudson.

She founded the organization on Oct. 7, 2008, wanting to help non-profits raise the money they need to fulfill their missions and offer programming that ...

EnerShe Fitness Celebrates Grand Opening

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Surrounded by family, friends and employees, Mahopac resident Karly Schneider celebrated the grand opening on Sunday morning of her new women's-only fitness club, EnerShe Fitness.

The gym, located at 989 Route 6 in Mahopac, in the K-Mart Shopping Center, is a state-of-the-art fitness center founded on the principal of helping women, both young and mature alike, to ...

Young Somers Artists Featured at Katonah Museum Show

February 21, 2017

KATONAH, N.Y. – For the 34th year in a row, the Katonah Museum of Art is holding its Young Artists exhibition showcasing the talents of dozens of young artists from across Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Dutchess and Fairfield counties.

More than 400 artworks by high school students from throughout the region are spotlighted in this exhibit. Museum officials say the program gives teens ...

Be Our Guest: Yorktown Stage Kids Serve up Disney’s Beloved Classic

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Twenty-six years after Disney released its animated retelling of the 18th-century French fairy tale, Beauty & the Beast continues to draw audiences to its musical tale of tolerance and enchantment.

Incarnations as a Broadway musical, ice-capade, and interactive Disneyworld experience are not enough to satisfy fans’ enthusiasm—next month marks the highly ...

What’s Smarter—Paying Off Debts or Investing?

February 15, 2017

If you’re just starting out in your career, you will need to be prepared to face some financial challenges along the way—but here’s one that’s not unpleasant: choosing what to do with some extra disposable income. When this happens, what should you do with the money? Your decisions could make a real difference in your ability to achieve your important financial ...

Avoid These Common Estate and Elder Law Planning Mistakes

Formulating an estate and long-term care plan is an important step toward financial security, and yet many people fail to have even the most basic plan and advanced directives in place.

One potential hurdle is a fear of putting together a poor plan. Having a basic understanding of these common mistakes can help reduce the risk of making some unfortunate errors. The following are examples of ...

EnerShe Fitness Celebrates Grand Opening

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Surrounded by family, friends and employees, Mahopac resident Karly Schneider celebrated the grand opening on Sunday morning of her new women's-only fitness club, EnerShe Fitness.

The gym, located at 989 Route 6 in Mahopac, in the K-Mart Shopping Center, is a state-of-the-art fitness center founded on the principal of helping women, both young and mature alike, to ...

TEAM Tuskers Make ‘Survival Kits’ for Somers First Responders

February 20, 2017

SOMERS, N.Y. – Students in the TEAM Tuskers mentoring program created 120 “survival kits” for local first responders.

The mentees spent two weeks creating the goodie bags, which contain:

Life Savers—“To remind you of the many times you've been one.”
Starbursts—“For that burst of energy you'll ...

Somers Gears up for Annual Relay Event

SOMERS, N.Y. – When Claire Turner’s son, Daniel, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia at the age of 10, their family’s lives were changed forever, she told the crowd gathered at the seventh annual Somers Relay for Life kick-off event on Wednesday, Feb. 8.

“It kind of makes the bottom fall out of your world,” she said.

The family was vacationing in ...

Somers' Corpolongo Pays It Forward

STONY BROOK, N.Y. - Many dream of meeting their childhood hero, and, at 11 years old, Somers native Alex Corpolongo was no different.

The future Somers High School lacrosse standout, while developing his skills at the Brewster Dome, had the opportunity to meet Kyle Harrison, a graduate of John’s Hopkins University who continued his career in Major League Lacrosse. Corpolongo was elated ...

EnerShe Fitness Celebrates Grand Opening

February 12, 2017

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Surrounded by family, friends and employees, Mahopac resident Karly Schneider celebrated the grand opening on Sunday morning of her new women's-only fitness club, EnerShe Fitness.

The gym, located at 989 Route 6 in Mahopac, in the K-Mart Shopping Center, is a state-of-the-art fitness center founded on the principal of helping women, both young and mature alike, to ...

O’Keefe Pleads Guilty to Criminally Negligent Homicide

February 23, 2017

CARMEL, N.Y. - Former Carmel police officer Richard O’Keefe pleaded guilty in Putnam County Court Wednesday, Feb. 22, to criminally negligent homicide, a class E felony. O’Keefe had been involved in a car accident on Nov. 14, 2015, that took the life of Fran Ghelarducci, a 54-year-old mother of three and a teacher's aide at Primrose Elementary School in Somers.

O’Keefe ...

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‘Takin’ Care of Business…’

It’s clear that the best way for me to travel the medical route in the future is to take it one doctor’s visit at a time—may be easier said than done, but I sure will give it the ole Scheffer shot (shades of the Corps!).

The AFib is under control with medication; last week I met with the director of pulmonary hypertension at the Westchester Medical Center. Leading up to this ...

The Resonance of Past Presidents

As we celebrate the birthdays of two of our most important and influential presidents, 2017 seems like a good time to ask: who was the WORST president? Some say it was Richard Nixon, whose rampant paranoia during his re-election campaign compelled him to authorize a break-in of the Democratic National Committee’s offices housed at the Watergate Hotel.

Now, every scandal that occurs in ...

Presidents Day Is an Opportunity for Learning

Dear Dr. Linda,

I read your column every week, but as an intermediate teacher, I especially love the quizzes and often share them with my students because they’re fun. In honor of Presidents Day, will you give us another chance to test what we know about the presidents?

Fifth Grade Teacher

Dear Fifth Grade Teacher,

I love the quizzes, too, no matter what the subjects, ...

Cashing Out

There’s a vintage gag sign that shopkeepers with a sense of humor used to post that read, “In God We Trust. All Others Pay Cash.” Not anymore.

In my car console, I keep a baggie of quarters to feed parking meters, and a separate baggie of dimes, nickels and pennies that I grab by the handful if I’m going into a store where I will pay cash. Yet I often forget to grab the ...

Rip Van Doesn’t Sleep a Winkle

There was a time when I was a world-class sleeper. I would go to bed at midnight and I wouldn’t emerge from my darkened cave until noon the next day. Alarms couldn’t wake me up.  Firetrucks couldn’t wake me up. If there were an Olympic event for sleeping, I would have won a gold. I am sleep woman. Here me snore.

That was all, of course, before I became a mom. Once the ...

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Tue, February 28, 9:30 AM

NWH Ken Hamilton Caregivers Center, Mount Kisco

The Ken Hamilton Caregiver Support Program

Community Calendar Health & Wellness

Tue, February 28, 7:00 PM

Support Connection, Yorktown Heights

Breast and Ovarian Cancer Support Group

Health & Wellness

Sat, March 4, 9:00 AM

Somers Intermediate School, Somers

Blood Drive Sponsored by Somers Women's Club

Giving Back Health & Wellness Other

Declaration of Concern by Religious Organizations

February 16, 2017

We are the leaders of congregations and communities of faith in Northern Westchester and Putnam Counties. We are keenly aware that as a result of recent actions and statements that have been made by the federal government, there are communities and groups of our neighbors who are now fearful of what may become of them and their families.

We are not political organizations, but we must practice ...

How to Adapt Your Home to Support a Learning Disabled Child

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 center on such concerns as how to handle homework dilemmas or what questions to ask at a CSE meeting. Questions can range from “How best do parents advocate for their ...

Somers Business Joins Smart Home Market

February 14, 2017

Jilco Window Corp. of the Somers hamlet of Granite Springs has announced that part of their product line will now include PowerView motorization.

Hunter Douglas is helping homes achieve a higher level of intelligence with the industry’s most innovative collection of custom window treatments, digitally programmed to automatically raise, lower, tilt and traverse exactly how and when you ...