Somers Top Stories

January 16, 2019

It’s because of people like Peter Milohnic that Somers is a little brighter—especially during the holidays. The town simply could “not get by without its volunteers,” said Supervisor Rick Morrissey before the town formally recognized Milohnic’s numerous contributions at the Town Board’s first ...

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The Westchester County District Attorney’s Office said it will no longer prosecute what it deems to be “low-level” marijuana offenses. Under this new policy, the possession of two ounces or less of marijuana will no longer result in a criminal conviction. Two laws will be affected laws by ...

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The following is from the Somers School District: Savannah Baloy is reading aloud from a slip of white paper, stumbling over the quirky grammar: “I like to watch comedy show and sports TV. I am very happy to know about you. I want to you to come to my country in Tkibuli.”  Baloy and her ...

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Somers Cub Scout Pack 1 conducted its regular December meeting at the Elephant Hotel to meet with several Somer’s officials, including Councilman Thomas Garrity, Police Chief Michael Driscoll and Judge Michael McDermott. “The night went a far way in motivating the next generation of civil ...

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In May, reports surfaced that Gov. Andrew Cuomo had lobbied his former staffer, Pete Harckham, to run for the 40th State Senate District against two-term incumbent, Terrence Murphy, a Republican from Yorktown. Seven months later, Cuomo, a New Castle resident who happens to be one of Harckham’s ...

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SOMERS, N.Y. - Noise aside, a controversial landscape-supply business is not violating town code when it processes stone and other materials, a divided Zoning Board of Appeals ruled last week. The board agreed with the town’s now-retired building inspector that Whispering Pine Landscape Supply ...

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An observant resident of Somers is aware of the many amazing stone walls, some just long piles of stones and others carefully constructed. They are evidence of those who came before us.  In the early 18th century many people settled in Somers (Stephentown) and cleared the existing forest to grow ...

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The town is giving drivers fair warning that they will be ticketed if they speed on Brick Hill Road, a notorious shortcut that links Routes 202 and 139. The narrow, winding residential byway has been on the town’s radar for a while, Supervisor Rick Morrissey said at a recent Town Board ...

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Controversies over invasive species can sometimes die out only to pop up somewhere else—ready and raring to grow. Just like bamboo. There are nearly 1,300 species of the woody plant. It can grow nearly anywhere but prefers tropical climates. In the grass family, bamboo took off as a way of ...

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Planning Board member Jan Corning’s recent departure left the town with rather large shoes to fill. Although the town says it has not yet received a formal letter of resignation, Corning confirmed Monday that her last board meeting was Wednesday, Dec. 12. She was in her fifth year of a ...

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Camillo Astrologo is finally home. For more than half a century, Astrologo racked up accolades for his eponymously named barber shop in Bedford Hills, but this month he re-located the business to Somers where he’s lived for just as long. He brought with him his two 120-year-old barber chairs ...

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The public will get another chance to put its two cents in this Thursday, Dec. 13, when Somers continues its hearing on its proposed 2019 spending plan. There was only one taker during the public comment portion of the Town Board’s Dec. 6 work session. Marc A. Bergman, a resident of Heritage ...

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If it ain’t broke, why fix it? That is the question some Somers folks are pondering in light of the school district’s move to go to a hybrid block schedule at the high school next year. The answer is both simple and complex, said Somers High School Principal Mark Bayer during a recent ...

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Somers school officials are hoping that parents and other community members will complete a tough homework assignment—helping them keep kids safe and out of trouble. Administrators drew fire on social media recently after a video showing two boys fighting and a student vaping in a high school ...

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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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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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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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