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December 14, 2018

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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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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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, 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 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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The United States Postal Service is releasing few details about boxes of mail found in the woods at the dead end intersection of Voris Drive and Wellington Lane in Somers. Jeffrey Powers, assistant special agent in charge of the U.S. Postal Service’s Inspector General’s Northeast Area’s Field ...

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The United States Postal Service is releasing few details about boxes of mail found near woods behind The Burger Barn in Somers. Jeffrey Powers, assistant special agent in charge of the U.S. Postal Service's Inspector General's Northeast Area's Field Office, said the undelivered mail was ...

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The Somers Town Board hit the road last week to fill residents in on the status of a number of important things, including pending sewer and stormwater projects in the hamlets of Shenorock and Lincolndale. The Thursday, Oct. 11, meeting was held at the Somers Community Center’s Crystal ...

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Volunteers are needed during the next two weekends to help construct a pavilion in Rhinoceros Creek Reservation with the Somers Land Trust. The upcoming volunteer dates are 9 a.m. Oct. 20 and 21 and 9 a.m. Oct. 27 to build a 20-by-28-foot pavilion that will host educational events and nature ...

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Health food chain Green’s Natural Foods is coming to Somers. The grocery plans to open its doors in early 2019 in the Crossroads Shopping Center, 57 Route 6, Baldwin Place, Somers. This location comes in addition to a store at 12 Triangle Center, Yorktown Heights, and the business, which ...

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Somers senior Chloe Pittman is an outside hitter and team captain on the Tuskers varsity volleyball team. How old were you when you started playing volleyball and how did you get started? I was in sixth grade and I instantly fell in love with it. My dad played volleyball in college and always ...

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