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Tuskers Rally Past Bulldogs in Slugfest

May 25, 2017

BEACON, N.Y.— Somers’ Class A outbracket playoff win over host Beacon was as unbelievable as a high school softball game gets, and an incredible six-run seventh inning sent the No. 18-seeded Tuskers to a 25-23 victory.

“It was big-hit after big-hit,” Somers Coach Dave Scagnelli said. “We also had between five and seven bunt base-hits. I’ve always told the ...

Somers Quartet Stars at County Championships

HARRISON, N.Y.— After a slow first day at Harrison High School on May 19 at the Westchester County Championships, Somers’ boys track and field coach Mike Sokolofsky knew the Tuskers needed to turn up the heat on the second day at Byram Hills.

They did just what their coach asked for.

It was the usual suspects leading Somers to a third-place finish with 56 points behind ...

Somers Cruises Past TZ to Advance to Final

ORANGEBURG, N.Y. —Third-seeded Somers cruised past second-seeded Tappan Zee 17-6 in the Section 1 Class B girls lacrosse semifinals on Tuesday.

The Tuskers (12-6) advance to the Class B final, where they will face Yorktown for the fourth-straight year on Thursday at 5 p.m. at Yorktown High School. Yorktown ended Somers' two-year reign as champions last year, handing the Tuskers a ...

Photos: Somers Fire Department Holds Open House

May 24, 2017

SOMERS, N.Y. – The Somers Volunteer Fire Department may have inspired some future firefighters with Saturday’s open house event, which allowed the community to get an inside look at how the department operates. The department provided food, fun and games for kids at the annual event. EMS and fire volunteers also demonstrated rescue operations, such as CPR, a helicopter landing and the ...

ROAM Overseas Rekindles Somers Foreign Travel Program

May 21, 2017

SOMERS, N.Y. – There’s only so much that can be learned in a textbook.

That’s why high school teachers Desiree St. John, Paul Saia and Lisa Siano were devastated when the Somers Central School District, like many neighboring schools, ceased school-sponsored trips overseas last year.

Years ago, the foreign language department led a successful world travel program, which was ...

Student Orientation Day—How to Prepare

As soon as high school is over, students go off to their college of choice for orientation day. So much information is shared in one or two days that sometimes you cannot even remember what was shared.  Here are some tips to do prior to going to orientation day that might help understand what is presented and enjoy the day!

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Letting the high school counselor know ...

Joseph, Portnoy Elected to Somers School Board; Budget Passes

SOMERS, N.Y. - Two education professionals were elected Tuesday to the Somers school board as voters unseated one incumbent and voted overwhelmingly to approve the district’s proposed new budget.

MaryRose Joseph, a teacher at Horace Greeley High School in Chappaqua, topped a field of five candidates, drawing 658 votes, and Lindsay Portnoy, a former Hunter College professor who is ...

Photos: Somers Fire Department Holds Open House

May 24, 2017

SOMERS, N.Y. – The Somers Volunteer Fire Department may have inspired some future firefighters with Saturday’s open house event, which allowed the community to get an inside look at how the department operates. The department provided food, fun and games for kids at the annual event. EMS and fire volunteers also demonstrated rescue operations, such as CPR, a helicopter landing and the ...

Somers Library Foundation Holds Annual Spring Bridge and Games Luncheon

BEDFORD, N.Y. – The Somers Library Foundation held its Spring Bridge and Games Luncheon at the GlenArbor Golf Club in Bedford Hills on Wednesday, April 26. Attendees enjoyed lunch, a raffle and silent auction, games such as bridge, canasta, Scrabble, mahjong and more. Proceeds from the event will be used to enhance the Somers Library. Somers Library Foundation is an independent, non-profit ...

Carmel Resident in Search of Mother and Siblings

CARMEL, N.Y. - On this Mother’s Day, Carmel resident Carol Julian, 52, is asking for your help finding her mother and siblings.

Julian, who was born in 1964 in Amityville, N.Y., with a condition called Spina Bifida, was abandoned at 2 months old. 

Spina Bifida, which means “split spine,” is the most common permanently disabling birth defect in the United States, ...

Kennedy Catholic Holds Spring Concert

May 21, 2017

SOMERS, N.Y. – Fans of pop, classical, folk and traditional Christian music converged in the John F. Kennedy Catholic High School auditorium in Somers on Wednesday, April 26, for the school’s annual Spring Concert.

The program featured performances by Kennedy’s string ensemble concert band, and 54-voice chorus,

The chorus, under the direction of Kennedy Catholic’s ...

Somers Student Musicians Prepare for Statewide Festival

SOMERS, N.Y. – The Somers Tuskers Arts Rising Stars (STARS) booster club hosted its inaugural “Prelude to NYSSSMA” event on Friday, May 12, at Somers High School. The unique performance opportunity allowed any student musician to perform a solo in front of an audience of family and friends prior to the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Up-County Instrument ...

Somers Guitarist Makes Lifetime Memory

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. – At the young age of 5, Michael Delzio picked up his first guitar and started playing by ear until songs came through his fingers.

Over the years, guitar has been his passion playing every time he has a moment. Delzio is now 17 years old and a junior at Somers High School. He has been taking lessons weekly with John Fiscella for the past six years.

Fiscella recalls, ...

Award-Winning Restaurant Opens Kids’ Dining Loft

May 11, 2017

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - One of Mahopac’s best restaurants just got a little better.

Ramiro’s 954, Putnam’s go-to spot for Latin infused cuisine, is all about the details, and owners Jan and Ramiro Jimenez just added a new wrinkle that has parents of young children smiling.

Jan Jimenez recently announced the opening of “Jan’s Kidz Dining Loft” upstairs at ...

Award-Winning Restaurant Opens Kids’ Dining Loft

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - One of Mahopac’s best restaurants just got a little better.

Ramiro’s 954, Putnam’s go-to spot for Latin infused cuisine, is all about the details, and owners Jan and Ramiro Jimenez just added a new wrinkle that has parents of young children smiling.

Jan Jimenez recently announced the opening of “Jan’s Kidz Dining Loft” upstairs at ...

Somers Car Wash Fundraiser Supports Scholarships

May 14, 2017

SOMERS, N.Y. – Girls Giving Back and Let’s Play It Forward joined together for a fundraiser car wash on Sunday, May 7, at the Route 100 Market. The cost was $10 per vehicle. Proceeds will support the organizations’ high school scholarship funds.

Northwell Health Walk in Yorktown Benefits Cancer Center

May 22, 2017

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – On Sunday, hundreds walked with Northwell Health to benefit its cancer health and wellness program. The inaugural two-mile walk benefiting Northern Westchester Hospital's Bruce and Andrea Yablon Cancer Health and Wellness Program took place at FDR State Park in Yorktown.

There were also health and wellness exhibits, a sponsor row, a kids’ zone, musical ...

How Bad Posture Affects Your Health

May is National Correct Posture Month, which encourages people to think about how posture can affect their overall health.

Posture is the position in which we hold our bodies while standing, sitting, or lying down. Good posture is the correct alignment of body parts supported by the right amount of muscle tension against gravity. Without posture and the muscles that control it we would simply ...

Co-Occurring Disorders Focus of Somers Community Forum

SOMERS, N.Y. – The Somers Partners in Prevention hosted a community forum on Tuesday, April 25, at the Somers Middle School Library featuring guest speaker Stephanie Marquesano of the Harris Project. Marquesano, whose son died from drug use at 19 years old, offered a unique perspective on the horrors of drug dependency and abuse to an audience of many interested members of the community, ...

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A Very Special Lady

Author’s Note: May 23 was our mother’s birthday. Please enjoy meeting her again.

Our mother was a loving and caring woman, always ready to listen. Her warmth and welcoming nature made anyone who entered her home feel that this was truly where they belonged. 

When I was a teenager, my girlfriends loved to stay overnight. Mom would bring cookies and milk up to my room and sit ...

A Dog Day Afternoon

Two weeks ago Gidget and I attended the 12th annual Dog Walk and Pet Fair at FDR Park in Yorktown. The event was billed as a fund-raising event for dogs of all shapes and sizes, but most of the participants were dog-shaped. Gidget is the feisty, impertinent, gorgeous, 45-pound, natural redheaded actress that I’ve been seen around town with. You can see her in her starring role in ...

A Rainy Afternoon

I have two daughters born 16 months apart and a son who is 11 years younger than Ilene, my younger daughter... and just in case you’re wondering, that was by choice, not by accident! I was only 19 when my first child was born, so it was almost like having two families.

When our son, Chris, was about 4 years old, he attended nursery school at Elizabeth Seton College in Yonkers, run by the ...

College or BOCES?

Dear Dr. Linda,

I was out to lunch with three friends and since we all have kids in high school, the conversation focused on whether to take SATs or ACTs or both and which colleges they were looking at.

I chimed in and said my boys aren’t going to college. They’re going to BOCES. The conversation stopped because I don’t think they knew what to say. Then, Jane, my closest ...

Long Live Memorial Day

Memorial Day, some would argue, has become a weekend-long, red-white-and-blue display of our discomfort dealing with the deceased. When I came across the following passage some years back on a now-defunct website, it struck me as a pithy, if slightly sad, summation of how the day has been denatured in recent decades…

Begun as a ritual of remembrance and reconciliation after the Civil ...

Going in Circles

Given the choice between using a regular door and a revolving door, I always choose the regular door. I’ve been that way since birth. OK, maybe not birth because I’m fairly certain there was no revolving door where I made my way into the world. But for as long as I can remember, I have been reluctant to go through them. No, not reluctant. Phobic. Truthfully, I am afraid of revolving ...

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SHS Alumni Lacrosse Game

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The Problem with the Somers Carnival

May 17, 2017

Every year my friends and I look forward to attending the annual Somers Lions Carnival at Fireman’s Field. Even though it is an overall wonderful event that everyone enjoys, I do believe that it does have some drawbacks.

For one, I do believe that there aren’t enough carnival excursions for kids in the middle school. I do believe that if there were more rides that appealed to that ...