Somers News

December 7, 2018

SOMERS, N.Y. - Ali Kalayjian and Katrina Kurtz grew up on the same street in Somers and began playing soccer together when they were 5 years old. Over the years, they’ve gone on to different teams, Katrina to the New York City Football Club and Ali to FC Fury in Bay Shore, Long Island, but their ...

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NORTH SALEM, N.Y. - North Salem athletic director Henry Sassone and Somers athletic director Roman Catalino told members of the Somers/North Salem ice hockey team earlier this month that their merged squad will not be hitting the ice this season due to a low number of players. The team had only ...

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The Somers Democratic Town Committee honored Bob and Betsy Stuart at a wine tasting held at Anglebrook Golf Club on Oct. 25.  The Stuarts were presented with the Somers Democratic Town Committee’s Community Appreciation Award.  County Legislators Michael Kaplowitz and Kitley Covill presented ...

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The Somers Volunteer Fire Department battled three chimney fires in recent weeks, something they say is totally preventable with yearly cleaning. First Assistant Chief John Mackey said all three fires were due to a buildup of creosote, a byproduct of burning wood. “This is the time of year ...

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It was not too long ago that we were told we would be living and working in a paperless society.  I envisioned my desk not having a shred of paper on it. As I look around my office today, I think it is safe to say that the predictions of a “paperless society” were as accurate as those of the Y2K ...

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Residents have a choice between two former fire chiefs in the upcoming election for Fire District commissioner. Incumbent John Markiewicz is running against Jody Leverich.  Leverich has lived in Somers for 11 years and has been a member of the Somers Volunteer Fire Department for 13 years, ...

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The district is hosting a Facebook Live chat at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, on the Somers School District Facebook page about the high school’s plan to move to a new schedule in the fall. High School Principal Mark Bayer will answer questions about what that means, how it will work and how it will ...

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Two Somers Middle School Students have chosen to help pets without homes find permanent residences for their school community service projects. Brother and sister Jay, 13, and Julia, 12, Wilkinson became junior volunteers at the Westchester SPCA to fulfill their community service requirements ...

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SOUTH SALEM, N.Y. – Learning how to avoid deer is a necessary skill that comes with driving in the Hudson Valley. Sometimes, though, motorists aren’t so lucky, and the resulting collisions can be as deadly for the human drivers and passengers as they are for the deer. However, in the ...

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Learning how to avoid deer is a necessary skill that comes with driving in the Hudson Valley. Sometimes, though, motorists aren’t so lucky, and the resulting collisions can be as deadly for the human drivers and passengers as they are for the deer. However, in the instances in which drivers ...

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Parents are fired up again about cracking down on vaping at the high school after a video made the rounds last week showing two boys fighting in the bathroom and a student vaping in the crowd. High school administrators are working on attacking the problem from all angles, and toward that end ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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SOMERS, N.Y. - A Somers Postal Service employee has been arrested and charged in connection to the mail found dumped in the woods last week. Stephen D. Harris is charged with official misconduct and “obstruction of public servants generally,” according to Jeffrey Powers, assistant special agent ...

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SOMERS, NY — The Somers High football team had fans on the edge of their seats for pretty much all of Friday night’s (Oct. 19) quarterfinal sectional showdown between two of the section’s top Class A teams—No. 6 Somers and No. 3 Lourdes—and two of its most veteran and beloved coaches, in Tony ...

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Somers Girl Scout Troop 1413 led by Monica Duffy and Lisa Zallo recently completed its Bronze Award project. The Troop collected sneakers and backpacks for Midnight Run at St Patrick’s Church in Yorktown Heights. Midnight Run provides people dealing with homelessness with a few of the bare ...

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All students, whether they are “typical” or have special needs, do better when they are learning alongside their peers. That’s the conclusion of folks who study the impact of inclusion policies on schools. The Board of Education met recently with principals and other administrators to review ...

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