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Soccer: Somers Stampedes Past Cornwall in Regionals

November 7, 2018

It was a windy first half to say the least when Somers took on Cornwall in a Class A boys soccer regional final on Nov. 3 at Middletown High School. The Tuskers, with the wind at their back, built a 1-0 first-half lead.

The wind slowed down in the second half but the Tuskers sure turned on the afterburners, exploding for four second-half goals to propel them past the Green Dragons of Section ...

Football: Ford, John Jay Roll Past Somers in Semis

In a season when John Jay quarterback Bryce Ford has posted video-game numbers on the offensive side of the ball, his two biggest plays in the semifinals might have come on defense. 

Ford made two crucial interceptions to help propel second-seeded John Jay to a 29-7 win over sixth-seeded Somers in the Class A section semifinals on Friday, Oct. 26. 

With Somers driving and John ...

Somers man caught selling cocaine in Mahopac

October 30, 2018

From the Putnam County Sheriff's Office:

In October, an investigator assigned to the Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Enforcement Unit (NEU) developed information that the man was involved in the sale of cocaine in the Mahopac area. The investigator was able to make contact with the subject and arrange for the purchase of alleged cocaine on at least two occasions. On October 27, ...

Somers Student Earns BOCES Award

October 30, 2018

Somers High School senior Brianna Lux was honored recently by Putnam/ Northern Westchester BOCES as a Student of Distinction.

Lux is part of the first group in BOCES’ two-year Medical Assistant program. Students spend four-hour days at the Health Career Center at BOCES’ Yorktown campus taking both academic and career classes.

The teen was poised and gracious Tuesday as teachers, ...

Joined in Grief

November 9, 2018

The Somers community honored victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting with a vigil on Nov. 2 at Somers High School that included music from the Somers High School Wind Quintet and the high school chamber choir. 

Principal Mark Bayer spoke along with Rabbi Jason Nevarez of Temple Shaaray Tefila and student Robert Davidson, who read a poem from Michael R. Burch titled “Something - ...

Residents Show No Love for Reis Park Tennis Courts

There’s a push underway by some in Somers to replace the surfaces of the Reis Park tennis courts with a hard-court finish, something the town said won’t likely happen on the existing courts despite complaints.

Alison Cheung, a parent of four students in the Somers Central School District, first broached the idea on Facebook. Getting a big response, she created a petition on ...

SYSO Continues to Work with District on Field Issues

A local sports organization and an athletic director appear to agree that while new rules for using the Somers School District’s football fields are taking some getting used to, they are doable.

“So far, so good,” Roman Catalino reported to the Somers Board of Education at its Oct. 23 meeting.

“It’s a work in progress,” Chris Lieberman, president of the ...

‘Herbinator’ Spirit Honored With Scholarship Fund

We all know them: the so-called “unsung heroes.”

These singular folks toil mightily behind the scenes of local events and endeavors or whenever someone needs an extra hand—not for personal gain or a pat on the back, but because they love their families and value their communities.

By all accounts, Herb Reimann had been front and center in their ranks.

A pillar of the ...

40th Senate District

Voters in the 40th Senate District will have a choice on Nov. 6. between the incumbent Republican Sen. Terrence Murphy and Democrat Pete Harckham.

Murphy was elected to the state Senate in 2014. He and his wife have three children and live in Yorktown.
Harckham is a former county legislator and lives in South Salem. He has two daughters, Kate and Emma.

North Salem News reached out to each ...

Harckham Declares Victory over Murphy in 40th Senate District

November 7, 2018

HUDSON VALLEY, N.Y. - Westchester County carried Pete Harckham (D-South Salem) to victory Tuesday night in the 40th State Senate District race over two-term incumbent Terrence Murphy (R-Yorktown).

Murphy topped Harckham by 8,049 votes in Dutchess and Putnam counties, but was bested by 10,170 in Westchester, according to unofficial results.

Here is the breakdown of ...

Byrne Defeats Gashi in 94th Assembly District

HUDSON VALLEY, N.Y. - Assemblyman Kevin Byrne (R-Mahopac) has earned a second term in Albany with an apparent victory over challenger Vedat Gashi (D-Yorktown), according to unofficial election results.

With 100 percent of districts reporting in Putnam and Westchester, Byrne defeated Gashi by 6,451 votes.

Read our earlier interview with Byrne.

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‘Thelma and Louise’ ride again!

“Dear Louise: Pray tell, why does traveling from one point to another pose challenges for us such as Nor’easters, blizzards and the like?  Shouldn’t we be home, all comfy and cozy, baking cookies?  Love, Thelma.”

My friend, Rosemarie (Louise), and I seem to have set our own standard.  This past winter found us cautiously traveling down the major hill in ...

Troll patrols and candy bowls

What did you do for Halloween? I love a party on the Saturday before Halloween for all sorts of reasons, and the most important of those is the prevalence of candy that does not try to pretend to be good for you. Just give me a Kit Kat bar, a Butterfingers, some peanut M & Ms and a Three Musketeers. Don’t try to shortchange my calories with Two Musketeers. If someone says to me, ...

(Anti) Social Media!

In today’s electronic world we give everything a “special name” to make whatever it is palatable, eg. Social Media. Sounds good, makes one feel as if he/she is a part of some giant force and guess what…it may be media but it sure “ain’t” social!

Experts are now studying this phenomena and revealing everything we’ve been saying for years: ...

On Stage: Small-Town Prophet, Big-Time Profits

Playwright Howard Meyer packs a lot of meaty food-for-thought into his new play, “Senescence,” which is having its premiere at Axial Theatre in Pleasantville, where it runs through Sunday, Nov. 18.

As always in his work, there’s a lot on this writer’s mind, and it’s all there on stage, in the dire situation depicted that has universal import, in the uniformly ...

The Dog Is in the Pink

The dog sniffed me twice, circled my body, and then squatted and peed on my boot.

“Oh my, gosh! Bad, Bitsy, bad!” said Bitsy’s owner, dragging the tiny designer dog away from my dripping rubber boots. She turned to me somewhat aghast. “I’m so sorry—Bitsy has never done that before. At least you’re wearing raining rain boots. Lol!”

I was at a ...