Somers Top Stories

May 6, 2021

SOMERS, N.Y. - The five folks running for the Somers Board of Education fielded questions last week about the role of educators in addressing social justice and systemic racism issues. Among other things, the candidates also talked about what they felt the school district’s strengths and ...

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SOMERS, N.Y. - It was an unusual football season to say the least, as the normal campaign was pushed from the fall to March and April due to COVID-19.  But Somers’ varsity squad made the most of it, completing an unbeaten 6-0 season with a 17-14 win over rival John Jay-Cross River (5-1) in a ...

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SOMERS, N.Y. - Like every other school district in the nation, Somers had to think out of the box when it came to honoring its 2020 graduates. It was able to partner with Bedford’s Fox Lane High School and Katonah-Lewisboro’s John Jay High School to provide a unique experience while keeping ...

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SOMERS, N.Y. - Ladies and Gentlemen, Children of All Ages. Said to be the most endearing and enduring introduction in entertainment, those seven little words never fail to thrill circus-goers and ringmasters alike. It’s always a big deal when traveling spectacles come to town with their ...

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SOMERS, N.Y. - It looks like the Somers Board of Education race will be contested after all. There are two seats open and five candidates. They are: Paul Padovani, Nicholas Mancini, Gilbert Lopez, Dr. Rodric Rabbah, and Heidi Cambareri. Cambareri, as the board’s vice-president, is the ...

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SOMERS, N.Y. - After a Spring Valley touchdown and two-point conversion, Somers was clinging to a two-point lead late in the third quarter with an undefeated regular season on the line. Nate Rosenzweig quickly shifted the momentum back to the Tuskers, finding a seam and ripping off a 57-yard ...

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SOMERS, N.Y. - Biblically speaking, a church isn’t its bricks and mortar or, in the case of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Somers, its wood and 19th century stained-glass. It’s not the place people go to, but the people themselves, a body of believers, a spiritual family. Nevertheless, that ...

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When it comes to water issues at its municipal offices, Somers’s cup–so to speak–runneth over. Employees and visitors at the Somers Town House, aka the Elephant Hotel, have been sipping their H2O from bottles for years due to high levels of sodium and chloride in the building’s drinking water ...

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Football (4-0) Somers 40, North Rockland 0 Monday, April 12 Somers moved to 4-0 with a 40-0 shutout win over visiting North Rockland. The Tuskers, who led 40-0 at halftime, were originally scheduled to face Beacon on April 9. That game was cancelled and the Tuskers were then scheduled to ...

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Things are finally moving along at the Reynolds Homestead at Somers’ Angle Fly Preserve. If all goes well with the renovation project, which was started in 2009, the 19th century farmhouse could be ready for new occupants by the end of the year. The new roof and siding are on, the new windows ...

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Elephants may never forget, but there is certainly one that Somers wants to make sure is never forgotten: Old Bet. A statue of the town’s totem pachyderm perches atop a 15-foot shaft of dressed granite in front of its municipal offices, The Elephant Hotel, at the corner of routes 100 and ...

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There were plenty of looks of concern when senior quarterback Jackson Kossow went down with a knee injury in the second quarter of Somers’ Week 3 game against visiting Our Lady of Lourdes. But the Tuskers rose to the occasion when their starting sign caller went down, cruising to a 31-0 win over ...

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A cancer-stricken office manager has sued Heritage Hills, claiming that the Somers condominium development demoted her because of her illness. According to Brewster resident Mary Lou Martelli, the move last year also stripped her of vital benefits, including employee-provided health insurance.

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SOMERS, N.Y. – Now that Albany has finally legalized recreational marijuana, communities such as Somers are scurrying to figure out what that ultimately means to them. Cities, towns, and villages will be able to “opt-out” of allowing retail pot dispensaries, or licenses for “consumption ...

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Somers educators are looking forward to the arrival of the school district’s share of federal relief funds aimed at supporting the safe reopening and operation of schools across the nation. However, they’re not making out their shopping list until the 2021-2022 state budget is in the bag. As of ...

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A 20-play drive set the tone on offense and a swarming defense held Brewster to just 42 total yards in Somers’ dominant 28-0 shutout win over the visiting Bears on a blustery evening on March 26. The Tuskers, who improved to 2-0, chewed up just under a quarter of action with the methodical, ...

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The Somers Board of Education has reached out to the community to express “outrage” over the attacks in Altanta last week by a lone gunman who killed six Asian women and two others.  The 21-year-old white man charged in the case has reportedly denied race played a role in his actions, but ...

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In a short preseason, there wasn’t much preparation time for Somers’ volleyball squad for the 2021 season. The Tuskers also graduated six seniors including five starters but they’ve displayed plenty of team chemistry in the early going according to head coach Kim Kelly. “Our first varsity ...

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Can this democracy survive? Randy Freeman thinks it can, as long as people are willing to stop talking at, and start listening to, each other. As the new Mid-Atlantic regional leader of Braver Angels, the Somers woman is part of a team working to form a local alliance that aims to be one ...

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With Somers firmly in command against Mahopac in the second half, Tuskers coach Tony DeMatteo turned to anyone within earshot and said with a slight grin, “Am I a bad grandpa?” A few days prior to the game with Mahopac, which is coached by DeMatteo’s son Dominick, Tony said that while it was ...

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The Town of Somers has been allotted a supply of Moderna vaccine through the Town of Yorktown, Town Supervisor Rick Morrissey announced today. This vaccine is available to Somers residents who are either 50+ years old, teachers or anyone who works in the school district, and persons with a ...

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HUDSON VALLEY, N.Y. - Halston Media's Hudson Valley Spring Guide is now online.  It was in the mailbox of all our subscribers of Mahopac News, The Somers Record, Yorktown News, North Salem News and The Katona-Lewisboro Times.  Check it out HERE.  To make sure you receive our free quarterly ...

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The Somers Central School District last week announced that it plans to get all middle and high school students back in the classroom full time by the end of next month. On Tuesday, April 6, just after spring break, the district will begin a phased-in approach involving students in grades 7-12.

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The Somers school district hit the pause button on taking an anonymous student survey that contained questions about sensitive topics such as sex, drugs, and suicide. Parents had already been given the chance to say “no” to having their sixth- through 12th-graders participate, and the kids ...

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Girls basketball (6-8) Somers 43, Fox Lane 38 Wednesday, March 10 Somers sophomore guard Ava Giudice came through with a clutch steal and layup to seal a 43-38 win over third-seeded Fox Lane in the quarterfinals of the Putnam/Northern Westchester large school regional tournament. Fox Lane ...

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In a normal year, Somers junior Brian Luciano would have been heading to Virginia to compete in the Adidas Indoor Nationals for track and field. But the last year has been far from normal. Luciano qualified for Nationals in the weight throw back in October but was unable to compete due to travel ...

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It was the parents’ turn to learn from the teachers at the first Tusker University event, held on Tuesday, Feb. 24. More than 120 parents attended the virtual workshop, a concept developed by the Somers Central School District’s Learning Office. “This idea came from our community,” says Director ...

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Even though winter is just ending, it’s never too early to get excited about camp.  For the staff at Summer Trails Day Camp in Somers, summer can’t come fast enough. Knowing that many families have had a tough year amidst the Covid pandemic, they are excited to welcome campers back in a few ...

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In such a short season, quickly building team chemistry and finding who your go-to scorers are is crucial. Junior Bennett Leitner and sophomore Matt Fitzsimons have emerged as those scoring threats for Somers’ boys basketball team. “We had this goal coming into this year that we knew we were ...

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Somers’ wrestling team rebounded from a dual-meet loss to Lakeland/Panas with a 49-18 league win over host Yorktown on March 6. “After the Lakeland/Panas match, our weaknesses were exposed and we had three days to practice before the Yorktown match,” Somers coach Ron DiSanto said. “These were ...

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