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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 ...

Preliminary Budget Would Hike Taxes 3%

November 15, 2018

The Somers Town Board last week adopted a preliminary budget of slightly more than $14 million.

Supervisor Rick Morrissey, in a letter to residents, called it a “conservative spending plan that once again stays within the state-imposed real property tax cap limit.”

While still subject to being amended, the $14,073,734 preliminary budget represents an increase of $143,493 over ...

Girls Invited to Join Purdys Boy Scout Program

Purdys Boy Scout Troop 4 has planned an information session for girls ages 11-17 to gauge interest in starting an all-girls troop within the Boy Scout program.

In February, the Boy Scouts of America became Scouts BSA and opened its scouting program to girls. The girls, if interested, would have their own troop but share a committee and charter with the established boys’ troop.

Trip ...

Robert E. Lee Plaque Removed from Lasdon Park

A plaque dedicated to Robert E. Lee was removed from Lasdon Park in January by Westchester County Executive George Latimer.

News of the removal only came out recently, however, through reporting by The Journal News, as the county did not announce the action to the public or media. 

Catherine Cioffi, Latimer’s communications director, said in a phone call that former County ...

Contract awarded for security vestibules

Efforts to bolster safety and security in Somers schools drew a bit of pushback from the public recently.

The Board of Education, working with a special task force and outside consultants—and with taxpayer approval—advanced a number of improvements, including the hiring of additional School Resource Officers (SROs), the purchase of communication devices and special vests for ...

Joined in Grief

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 ...

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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‘What’s the red flag represent?’

While running some errands this week, one of my stops was at a small strip mall in Yorktown Heights.  As I was returning to my car, the owner of one of the shops poked his head out the door:  “What does the red flag on your car represent?” 

“That’s the Marine Corps flag,” I responded.

“Of course I recognized the American flag but was at a ...

A word about a mockingbird

We went to see a fine production of Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” at the Shubert Theater last week. The show was adapted fairly faithfully by Aaron Sorkin, directed by Bartlett Sher and featured a capable cast led by Jeff Daniels. I had read the book when I was a wee lad but didn’t remember too much about it, other than that there are a whole lot more Finches and ...

Then something wonderful happened

H.L. Mencken said, “Writing is easy…you just sit down in front of a typewriter and open a vein!!”

That’s exactly how I felt recently. As you know from my last column, I’ve been through the wringer these past few weeks and my muse seemed to have deserted me. Then something wonderful happened. I have become a great-grandmother once again. Chris and Silvia went to ...

Marketing in the Great Outdoors

As a marketer, under APAR/PR, and as a private citizen, I come across promotional efforts by local organizations and individuals that cry out for help. Of course, non-profits count on donations and other groups solicit support of all kinds. What I mean in this case, though, is that the marketing materials themselves could use some help to improve the desired results.

To that end, let’s ...

Doggone, That’s a Lot of Dog Hair

We have a big dog. A very big, very white, very hairy dog. Much as we love him to pieces, the big white hairy dog has one down side. The big white hairy dog sheds like a Yeti. Of course, this isn’t a problem if you live in an igloo, or you have someone you dislike you can invite over who’s allergic to dog hair, or you’re someone who likes to knit with dog fur. However, since I ...

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