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Voters to Decide Budget, Energy Proposal

May 13, 2021

SOMERS, N.Y. - In addition to electing two Board of Education trustees, Somers residents will be asked to vote on the school budget’s tax levy and a proposition that would enable the district to move forward with an energy-savings project.

The proposed 2021-22 budget is $97,483,143, up $2,824,321, or 2.98%, over the current $94,658,822 spending plan. It was adopted by ...

Area Students Earn Academic Honors at The Harvey School

The Harvey School in Katonah has announced the names of the students who have earned academic honors for the first marking period of the spring term. Several area residents have been recognized for earning a grade-point average of 4.0 or higher (Cavalier Scholar), or a GPA of 3.7 or higher (Head's List), or a GPA of 3.3 (Honor Roll):

Logan Alexander, grade 8, Goldens Bridge, Head's ...

Board of Ed Candidates Weigh In at Virtual Forum

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 weaknesses were; what priorities should be over the next five years; and whether declining ...

Somers Names Honor Roll Students

The following students have been named to the honor roll for the third marking period.

9th Grade Students on Honor Roll
Eric Amante, James Balancia, Dalton Baloy, Grayden Carr, Julian Chidester, Farah Cicogna, Christian Dotto, Jack Dwyer, John Engel, Ailinn Finn, Erik Gersfeld, Giuseppe Gioffre, Samuel Gorton, Kevin Grant, Tristan Hamilton, Thomas Hauser, Jacob Hauser, Luke Hopper, Mason ...

Board of Education Adopts 2021-22 Budget

SOMERS, N.Y. - It’s raining more than a few pennies from heaven for Somers schools.

With more state aid than anticipated and a boost from federal COVID relief funding, the folks who put together the district’s budget can safely forecast sunnier fiscal skies - at least for 2021-2022.

However, it may just be the calm before the tax certiorari storm.

The legal process gives ...

Board of Education Race Takes Shape

SOMERS, N.Y. - The public had the chance this week to meet - via a virtual forum - the five folks competing for two spots on the Somers Board of Education.

The Monday, April 26, ZOOM event was hosted by the Somers PTA Council and moderated by the League of Women Voters.

For those who missed it - it will be posted on the school district’s website and broadcast on Channel 18.

A ...

SHS Hopeful for Outdoor Graduation, Prom

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 everyone safe during the first wave of the pandemic.

Seniors from those three schools ...

Harvey and Kennedy Catholic Team Up to Win State Robotics Championship

Harvey’s robotics program continues to impress as two teams of its RoboCavs came up as winners in a big way Saturday, April 17, in the VEX Southern New York State Championship live-remote competition. The RoboCavs team 6277D, paired with a Kennedy Catholic Preparatory School squad, took the first-place trophy with a nail-biting final round 154-141 victory over two other paired ...

District proposes energy upgrades

On May 18, voters will be asked to approve a proposition allowing Somers schools to move ahead with a districtwide project that will fund nearly $9 million in energy upgrades.

The project would have a “zero impact” on taxpayers, according to Assistant Superintendent for Business Chris Platania. The project is said to be “fully funded” by energy savings and state aid. It ...

PTA Announces Meet the Candidates Forum

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 incumbent. This is Rabbah’s second bid for a trustee’s seat. Padovani, Mancini, and Lopez ...


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Remote Possibilities Not So Remote

What would the hit TV series “The Office” look like if it was premiering today? (Odds are there will be a series, whether a revival of that series or a copycat, capturing the new zeitgeist of the post-pandemic workplace.)

COVID-19 has left a lasting impact on all facets of our lives that is unprecedented in modern times. Because of the shift to remote work, a significantly higher ...

Learn How To Cook From Anywhere With These Online Classes

Cooking can be fun at any age, and learning new skills exercises your mind, especially as you get older. Whether you’re just finding your way around the kitchen or you’re a seasoned home chef, online cooking classes are a wonderful way to spend your day! From free courses featuring various dishes to lessons led by celebrity chefs, there are vast opportunities to satisfy just about any ...

Fighting Fatigue: How To Sleep Better And Longer

Getting a good night’s sleep plays a vital role in your overall health. Sleeping recharges your body and brain to help prepare and energize you for each new day. On the other hand, sleep deprivation can cause a slew of problems, including memory issues and an increased risk for car accidents.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, adults aged 26-64 need seven to nine hours of sleep ...

Understanding SPF for Healthy Summer Skin

As we head outside to take advantage of the warmer weather, skincare and sun safety should be top priorities. While the sun’s rays provide countless benefits, the ultraviolet (or UV) components of sunlight are damaging to our skin. A sunburn from overexposure isn’t just temporarily painful - the UV rays that cause a burn are doing long-term damage to your skin cells that’s ...

Bringing Spring Inside: Adding Pops of Color in Every Room

As the weather warms up, spring colors are arriving in home décor trends. Whether you’re inviting guests over in person or continuing your distanced Zoom calls, you’ll want to incorporate pops of spring color into every room of your house. Fortunately, adding color doesn’t have to break the bank, and you can easily experiment with the best way to invigorate your spaces ...

Celebrating Mother’s Day: 4 Ways to Make Mom Feel Special

Mother’s Day is a wonderful time to tell the caregivers in your life how special they are. By highlighting Mom’s favorite things in your celebrations, you’ll be able to shine a light on everything unique about her. If you’re looking for interesting ways to host a Mother’s Day celebration for a group, big or small, here are four memorable events that will leave Mom ...

Is Your A/C Summer-Ready? 12 Things to Check Before the First Heat Wave

Soaking in the summer sun is part of the fun of the season. But if you don’t have a cool home to retreat to, that heat can start to feel overbearing. Make sure your A/C (or swamp cooler!) can handle any heat wave this summer with these 12 tips, plus guidance on how to know when to call in the pros.


Before beginning preparation steps for either an air conditioner or swamp ...

4 Unique and Meaningful Ways to Decorate for Mother’s Day

With Mother’s Day around the corner, it’s time to think about decorations that will brighten up your home as well as show Mom that she’s a unique, valued person in your family. With a few simple touches, it’s easy to create meaningful decorations that highlight the things that she loves best. Here are four great ways to add some color and style to Mom’s favorite ...

Is now the time to gift your commercial real-estate holdings?

As has been well documented, the current federal estate and gift tax exemption of $11.7 million per person is scheduled to sunset (expire) on Dec. 31, 2025.

Unless the current exemption is made permanent on or before Dec. 31, 2025 (which is highly unlikely because of the present political environment in Washington), on Jan. 1, 2026, the new federal estate and gift tax exemption will be ...