Letters to the Editor

  • Drama on the Municipal Channel

    June 28, 2017

    If you’re like me and have watched the town board meetings, you may feel that the production may not be the most scintillating TV content. For a change, I would urge you to watch the two town ...

  • Thanks for Keeping Somers Clean

    It is a dirty job, but someone has to do it! Yes, we are talking about all the litter on the sides of the roads in Somers. Litter clean-up is a never-ending job, but thanks to the dedicated residents ...

  • A Night of Good, Clean Fun

    A fantastic inaugural show of “Rock ‘n Roll Oldies” took place April 21 at the Somers High School auditorium. It all started from a vision of the Leos president, Chris Ruggiero, and ...

  • The Meaning of Memorial Day

    There is a time to agree and there is a time to disagree. I’ve certainly disagreed with Bruce Apar’s column from time to time, but this is not one of them. I enjoyed reading his recent ...

  • Thank You for the Support

    Dear Somers Friends,

    I want to take a moment to thank all of you for your support and kindness. I was able to run for a seat on the Board of Education only because of the many folks who supported ...

  • The Problem with the Somers Carnival

    Every year my friends and I look forward to attending the annual Somers Lions Carnival at Fireman’s Field. Even though it is an overall wonderful event that everyone enjoys, I do believe that ...

  • Melen Makes Bad Comparison

    In response to the comment by Rick Melen in his article in the March 9 issue, I commend him for showing The New York Times crossword puzzle as something good in their paper. However, his insinuation ...

  • Trump Was Quoted out of Context

    This letter is in response to the comment Rick Melen had in his column in the Feb. 23 issue on some important things that presidents have said in the past that resonate with people. The thing that ...

  • Consider Rescuing a Dog

    I don’t think in all my years I have written to a paper. I have thought about it in my mind but never took the next step. But now there have been so many articles around about rescue pets that ...

  • Why I March

    On Jan. 21, I will march in Washington, D.C., to let the world know that I care about women’s rights, which are human rights.

    My grandmother came to the United States as an immigrant in ...

  • Be a Friend of the Somers Library

    Somers Library has evolved into a community center offering educational and recreational (entertainment) programs. Its commitment to providing quality programs is made possible through donations made ...

  • Comparing Apples to Oranges

    I would like to respond to publisher Brett Freeman’s column titled, “Hate groups ignored for eight years,” as both an American Jew and a veteran of the Yom Kippur War (1973).

    I ...

  • Somers Litter Task Force Thanks the Community

    It is a dirty job, but someone has to do it! Yes, we are talking about all the trash on the sides of the roads in Somers. Litter clean-up is a never-ending job, but thanks to the dedicated residents ...

  • Be Careful Puppy Shopping This Holiday Season

    Now that the holiday season is upon us, many people think a puppy would make a good gift. What most forget is that puppies require a lot of time, energy and money, and many pet store puppies come ...

  • Think Before You Post

    We all need to reflect on what social media is doing to friends, family, acquaintances and our country.

    I too often see Facebook, Twitter and texting used to chastise people over their views, ...

  • Conservatism vs. Change (Donald vs. Hillary)

    The election of Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton demonstrated the huge chasm between liberals and conservatives. These issues did not exist 150 years ago. Americans were born, lived and died in a ...

  • Somers Is a Special Place

    I want to extend my heartfelt thanks and sincere gratitude to the community of Somers following the fire at my home that has displaced me and my daughter, Eva, and brought us much sadness and ...

  • Thanks to All Who Donated to the Somers Cookie Swap for a Cause

    The third annual Cookie Swap for a Cause takes place 7–10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, at Crystal Hall at Somers Community Center, 34 Hillandale Road, in Yorktown Heights.

    All proceeds will be ...

  • Leaving the Republican Party

    Until I changed my registration yesterday, I had been a member of the Republican Party since 1960. I have served my town as a Republican councilman for 16 years and have supported many local ...

  • Somers Teens Win Battle of the Books

    Congratulations to the students representing Somers Library at the annual Westchester Library System Battle of the Books—especially to the teen team, which won the competition, held at Ossining ...

  • Somers Republicans Have No Reason to ‘Weep’

    What rock did Rick Melen come from? Last week’s column is the worst piece that I have ever read. Who cares about his personal life? As a former president of the Somers Chamber of Commerce, I ...

  • Somers Will Miss Betsy Bishop

    This letter is in response to Betsy Bishop’s letter.

    Betsy, after reading your gracious letter to the people of Somers in The Somers Record, I realized how much so many of us owe you for ...

  • A Call for Somers Science Research Mentors

    Somers Science Research is constantly looking for potential mentors to collaborate with a student at Somers High School on a research project. To qualify as a mentor you must have earned a ...

  • Vote for Byrne

    There is an important Republican primary on Sept. 13, to decide the GOP candidate for our Assembly district. The seat is currently held by Steve Katz, who is not running for re-election. I’m ...

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Finding My Inner 'Model'

A few years back, I wrote about “My Walk on the Wild Side.” This event came about in the late ‘90s when I was living in Vermont—I was testing the waters of being “my own woman.” 

A friend at the law office had read about an upscale photography studio that was promoting a professional photo shoot complete with free hair styling and make-up sessions. She ...

Deconstructing the Deconstruction

My sister Kathy got tickets at Jacob Burns Film Center for a filmed performance of Scott Freiman’s “Deconstructing the Beatles.” There are only two Beatles left, so he may be ahead of schedule. Mr. Freiman is a composer, musician and producer, and he’s carved out quite a little side career for himself by giving lectures about the group and how their most famous songs made ...

Words

I love words. The English language, at times, gives us the ability to employ them to our own advantage.  

My daughter Ilene once used the word “adamant” to describe immovable rocks. Some time later I used “adamant” in a poem to describe unyielding red bricks. My  daughter Lisa, a teacher, is adamant that “adamant” cannot be used in those ...

Getting Kids to Take Responsibility for Their Own Behavior

Dear Dr. Linda,

We have a son entering ninth grade and we’re truly concerned. He’s a nice kid but doesn’t get the best grades. It’s not because he can’t do the work. We actually don’t know what it is. But when we talk to him about it, he always—and we mean always—blames someone else for the low grades.

It began around fifth grade so, at first, ...

Who Are the Real Robots?

What is the meaning of life?

Search me, but where cosmic queries are concerned, here’s a new one: If humans are becoming as easily manipulated by digital impulses as are robots, is that a form of evolution or devolution?

We marvel at the onset of artificial intelligence (AI) as if it’s right around the corner. It’s not. It’s here, painting each of us into a corner of ...

Sleeping with the Enemy

Whenever my husband goes out of town, I cheat. I figure, what he doesn’t know, won’t hurt him, and since there’s no way for him to find out that I cheated, why not have some fun while he’s out of town?

Do I feel guilty about this? Maybe a bit. But only because I know that my indiscretions may eventually catch up with me in the end. You see, I don’t just have one ...

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Deadline Set for Arts Alive Grants

August 9, 2017

ArtsWestchester invites artists and non-profit organizations to apply for 2018 Arts Alive Grants. Awarded annually, these grants are specifically designed to support community-based artists and emerging arts organizations. 

The variety of projects that receive Arts Alive Grants each year illustrates Westchester’s artistic and cultural diversity. The deadline for submissions is ...