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Published by Halston Media, 2020-11-18 23:12:12

The Somers Record 11.19.20

Vol. 10 No. 31 Visit TapIntoSomers.net for the latest news. Thursday, November 19, 2020

Voters reject sewer
district referendum

Controversial project drew
high turnout

Isabella BY CAROL REIF percent of the resident owners of tax-
and Gianna STAFF WRITER able real property,” according to Town
Attorney Roland A. Baroni Jr.
Villareale, Voters may have just sunken plans
with Troop for sewering two of Somers’ lake com- e “50 percent” refers not to the
1463, looking munities, but, apparently, that doesn’t number of people who sign, but to the
at a photo of a mean the general concept is forever percentage of the proposed district’s
veteran after dead in the water. total assessed valuation they would rep-
delivering resent—making it more of a “weighted
A referendum to create Somers vote,” he explained.
cookies. Sewer District 2 in Lake Shenorock
and Lake Lincolndale was voted down Calling the turnout “really remark-
Veterans Day observed 532-418 on Tuesday, Nov. 10. At full able,” Morrissey said the town respects
in Somers build-out, the plan would have brought “the majority voice” of the voters.
sewers to 989 properties, meaning the
BY CAROL REIF including Vietnam War vet George John- majority of those who would have been However, o cials still believe they
STAFF WRITER son and other distinguished guests such as a ected made their voices heard. acted in “good faith” and defeat of the
county Legislator Kitley Covill. $62 million project is “a lost opportu-
Veterans Day is an opportunity to honor But there’s still a possibility that resi- nity.”
all of those who’ve served the country in war What it lacked in sheer size, it made up dents could formally ask the town to
or peace, whether they are living or dead. for in heart. form one, town o cials said. “We had all the stars aligned,” Mor-
rissey said later, referring to the mo-
Originally intended to mark the end of Johnson and Covill both shared stories “ is way, it will not be the town mentum the town built in clearing
World War I, it is traditionally held the 11th that made the event feel very “personal and trying to decide what is in the best in- various political hurdles.
hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. intimate,” noted organizer and Lion’s Club terests of the town, it will be the com-
member Kate O’Keefe. munity that petitions the town to get It had been seeking approval from
In Somers, this year’s ceremony took involved,” Supervisor Rick Morrissey Westchester legislators to send an es-
place on a blustery Wednesday morning in Johnson, who was accompanied by his said ursday, Nov. 12. timated 326,370 gallons of wastewater
historic Ivandell Cemetery. daughter and grandson, told the crowd that per day to the county’s treatment plant
“veterans take for granted this service. It’s e complicated process would not in Peekskill.
Although smaller because of pandemic require another public vote, but a pe-
restrictions, it drew about 35 attendees, SEE VETERANS DAY PAGE 3 tition asking the town to create the One of the biggest questions remain-
district must be signed by “at least 50 ing involves the fate of the $10 million

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Girl Scouts honor
veterans

Girl Scouts from several troops in Somers went around to the
homes of veterans last week to deliver cookies and thanks.

More photos are on pages 18-19.

Troop 1465 Mr. Alessy and Jennie from Daisy Troop 2014

Gianna and Isabella delivering cookies to their grandpa, Samantha Mack has been delivering Troop 1465
veteran Chet Day. cookies for 11 years. She’s pictured here
with her grandfather Louis Cristello.

VETERANS DAY It’s each one of us doing our best you for your service.” “Have a good day…and try to Boy Scout Robert Moore III
FROM PAGE 1
and working together. As I’m al- Covill, having just lost her make it a better day for some- of Somers Troop 228 recited “In

ways telling everyone—‘One day father, a veteran, this year, said body else.” Flanders Fields,” a war memorial

something they do naturally, out at a time and the grace of God,’ when she looked over his honor- Supervisor Rick Morrissey poem by Lt. Col. John McCrae, a

of their heart.” ” said Johnson, who then took a able discharge papers, she was re- echoed Johnson’s and Covill’s Canadian WWI soldier.

“Every one of you veterans out small card out of his wallet. minded of how meaningful a few sentiments. Scout Ryan Hanrahan of

here should have woken up this Given to him by his godson, he simple words can be. O ering a quote from Presi- Troop 376 recited “Veterans Day

morning with an attitude of grat- has carried it for 50 years. “It says, ‘ is certi cate is dent John F. Kennedy’s 1963 Poem” by Cheryl Dyson.

itude. Because we got out there On it was the poem “A Cross awarded as a testimonial for hon- anksgiving proclamation, Lion Dan Simpson performed

and we did our best for as long as in My Pocket” by Verna Mae est and faithful service.’” Morrissey said, “We must never “ e Star-Spangled Banner” and

we could,” he said. omas, which he read with tears at phrase sums up, she said, forget that the highest apprecia- “God Bless America.”

Johnson and other family in his eyes. “what our veterans do and who tion is not to utter words, but to A recorded rendering of

members “covered pretty much One of the lines was especially they are.” live by them.” “America the Beautiful” accom-

all the branches of the service.” apropos: “It reminds me, too, to Many veterans don’t stop giv- “Our veterans did just that,” he panied the wreath-laying.

He was in the Air Force and be thankful/For my blessings day ing after they return. ey be- added. Also taking part were members

his niece and “baby sister” were in by day/And to strive to serve Him come the “backbone” of their Councilmen Anthony Cirieco of the Somers Republican Town

the Navy. ree brothers served better/In all that I do and say.” communities by going into and Bill Faulkner also attended Committee, the town’s historical

in the Army and another sibling, Tucking the precious object re ghting, law enforcement the ceremony. society and several Daisies, the

in the Marines. carefully away, Johnson remarked: and other service elds, said the Reading the blessing were youngest members of the local

“Each one of us out here, we “Veterans step out to help others; Pound Ridge native. Rabbi Shoshana Leis of the He- Girl Scout community.

did something special. It wasn’t that’s what we do. To each and Covill ended her speech with brew Congregation of Somers Rev. John M. Lagiovane, pastor

one branch that did more than every veteran out here, God bless something she said her dad end- and Rev. Michael T. Watson of of St. Joseph Catholic Church,

any other branch. We are all one. you and thank God and thank ed “virtually every interaction”: St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. o ered the closing prayer.

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The Staff Hebrew Congregation ary 17 and 31, and February 14 Rabbi Shoshana Leis and Rabbi a passion to relate it to the pres-
of Somers and 28, 10-11:15AM.To register, Ben Newman. e service will be ent, and have originated many of
EDITORIAL TEAM please email [email protected] held the fourth Saturday of every the core innovations of today’s
JODI WEINBERGER
Hebrew Congregation of com. month, from 10-11am. Email Judaism. For more information,
EDITOR: 914-302-5830
[email protected] Somers has launched a class e synagogue also invites [email protected] for the visit www.hebrewcongregationof-

BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER entitled “Jewish Ethics for Be- members of the community to Zoom link. somers.org.
SPORTS EDITOR: 914-302-5628
[email protected] wildered Times.” Led by Rabbi “Essence of Shabbat,” an inspir- Northern Westchester’s only Employment
Shoshana Leis, the class is a Jew- ing monthly Shabbat event. Par- Reconstructionist synagogue, He-
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Thursday, November 19, 2020 The Somers Record – Page 5

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2020 Somers VFD Candy Cane Run

9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 19. Social distance measures will be followed at all times.

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Happy Holidays Due to coronavirus, all events Art for Stress Relief. Tues- Heroes: Design and Code Your
from Le Fontane!
will be virtual and require reg- days, Dec. 1, 7-8:15 p.m.. Creat- Own Adventure. Wednesdays,
We offer various options for your holiday needs.
istration in order to receive an ing Art can be an incredible way December 2, 9 and 16, 4-5:30
Bring the party to your office!
(Please see our catering menu.) invitation to participate.To regis- to heal and destress. It is becom- p.m. Learn to code and change
Patio Dining
with heaters, available for as long as weather permits ter, visit somerslibrary.org or call ing a very e ective personal well- the world with the Digital Arts

Indoor Dining 914-232-5717. ness tool during these very chal- Experience. Learning to code is

with medical-grade air purification in each room, Events are made possible by lenging times. Working on art, about much more than simply
and appropriately socially distanced tables
e Friends of the Somers Li- while reducing stress and anxiety, creating games. Code can be
Take-out orders
brary. will keep you feeling calm and used to educate our peers and
brought out to the parking lot for curbside pickup
Important note about the centered. ese 4-week Art for change the world. is program
(Please see our take-out menu.)
Senior Benefits Information Stress Relief Sessions will be focuses on creating amazing ex-
Le Fontane is focused on quality ingredients.
Center (SBIC): SBIC program presented by Anne Zimmerman, periences with code to educate
Enjoy one of our many traditional dishes,
or try our pizza and panini. coordinators are still providing Westchester County artist, edu- our community on the e ects

Gift Certificates Medicare counseling by phone cator and therapeutic art coach. of cyberbullying. Students will

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ness days or sooner. e SBIC ho- cil, markers, colored pencils and ferent cyberbullying scenarios.

tline information: 914-231-3260 crayons Each group will brainstorm and

or [email protected] • Class 2: Visualization Col- storyboard their scenarios, cre-

Virtual - Teen Kahoot! Triv- lage - Supplies: magazines, 11 ate custom graphics, and code

ia. ursdays, 3:30-4:30 p.m. x 14 in paper, scissors, glue stick, their games using Scratch! is

Meeting dates: Nov. 19, Dec. markers and or colored pencils program is for grades 6 - 8.

3, 17. Join us for a virtual quiz • Class 3: Zentangles - Sup- e Digital Arts Experience is

challenge using Kahoot, an on- plies: paper or sketch pad, pencil, providing this program in part-

line app. Teens will compete for very thin black sharpies nership with AT&T and e

small prizes in a variety of trivia • Class 4: oughtful Water- Westchester Library System and

categories. Topics will not be an- color Resist - Supplies: white is 100% free! Registrants are re-

nounced in advance and all teens crayon(s), 9x12 in or 11x14 in quired to attend all 5 90-minute

must compete as individuals. watercolor paper (2 or 3 sheets sessions. Space is limited to 10

Registration is necessary. is each), inexpensive Watercolors, participants.

program is intended for teens in water SEE LIBRARY PAGE 24

grades 7th and up! Virtual Teen Program. Code


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Opinion

Happily
Ever
After

Twists and turns March and sing
out loud!
THE how proper you are, there’s always what we are or what we do there’s
SEASONED someone out there who can take always someone out there who can ”To the rear, march!”
CITIZEN you down a peg. rock your boat.
WHATWAS “By the right, ank!”
ADRIENNE I was only 48 when my rst We can also make our own faux I THINKING? We carried that dedication
KAVELLE grandchild, Chris, was born in pas. I was at a party with some of to our homes where some of
Atlanta. Jason and I were there to Jay’s coworkers. We were talking
My father was a very be guests at his birth on August about children and I volunteered RUTHANN us would practice moves in
reserved digni ed man 4, 1984. at’s also when my we had two teenage daughters and
who looked exactly daughter Lisa, came up with a son eleven years younger. I said, SCHEFFER the backyard until we couldn’t
like what he was: a surgeon “Ayesha”knowing I felt too young laughingly,“ e girls are from my
and a professor. During World to be called ‘grandma’. Ayesha, if husband’s rst marriage,”think- move another inch. We
War 2, although a commissioned you remember, means ‘giver of life’ ing I was making a joke because I
o cer in the Navy, he was kept and is the name of H.Ryder Hag- was his rst and only wife. It fell, appeared during half-time
state-side to train young men (no gard’s “She”, the eternal woman, dear friend, like a lead balloon!
women in those days) for service one of my favorite books. at home games. A favorite:
as physicians and medics for the e joke was on me because not These days, memory lane when we marched in formation
armed forces. After the war he We stayed about two weeks in one other couple in that room had is a road well traveled! on to the eld carrying white,
became revered for his diagnostic a wonderful house loaned to us been married to only each other Lots of memories—hap- wood ri es over our shoulders
abilities. At a time when there by one of Jason’s colleagues, so and they all had step-children. py, meh or sad. No matter how and performed an intricate
were no computers, no robotic we weren’t in Lisa and Schuyler’s My clever ‘bon mot’sat there as
instruments, and very few antibi- way. We did though, meet many you look at them, they are a routine. What a sight! Other
otics, patients would be ushered of their friends. ey lived on the at as a pancake. My ‘joke’was
into his consultation room and campus of Georgia Tech where reality to them. at’s when I part of the fabric of our lives. As favorites, according to football
after talking for about 30 minutes, Sky was studying for his doctorate understood you have to know the
my dad would usually know what while Lisa attended Georgia State makeup of your audience to know I was going through my high fans, were “Anchors Aweigh,”
the problem was. University for her second masters. what stories will really amuse
One of Lisa’s fellow students was them. school yearbooks, I thought “Surrey,”“Saints go Marching
As a surgeon, many patients a lovely young woman who, when
only saw him masked and clothed she learned I had kept my maiden Francois Voltaire said,“God is a back to those days in the 50s. In,”“Tea for Two,” and “Way
for the OR. One evening, name, was openly shocked. “I comedian playing to an audience
standing in line at a theater, an didn’t know elderly people did who’s afraid to laugh.” I interpret Lord, we looked so young and Down Yonder in New Orleans.”
attractive young woman ran up to that,”she said. this to mean we take ourselves
him, threw his arms around his too seriously. It’s good for us to innocent. Still in touch with We marched one Saturday
neck and said in a very audible ‘Elderly people’at 48? It’s all laugh at ourselves and with each
voice,“Dr. Kavelle, I almost didn’t in the eyes of the beholder and I other; to see that life is a gift to some, it was a joy to see the through sleet and rain for the
recognize you with clothes on!” guess becoming a grandmother be enjoyed. Once we realize this
He laughed, as did everyone else, made me elderly in hers. I was one simple fact, all our hate and happy faces of my friends, some Fest-i-Fair game. Our squad
but it just goes to prove, no matter young and vital, could still have prejudice will disappear, we’ll
children of my own if I wanted reach ‘childhood’s end’ and - who go back with me to el- performed not only marches,
to, gosh darn it, and here I was nally begin to put life into living.
being perceived as ‘elderly’. Not a ementary school days. Lea ng but skillfully performed the
happy moment for me. No matter Contact Adrienne at: [email protected]
comcast.net through the pages, I came upon Charleston, the-then-popular

two activities that were near and Bunny Hop. Incidentally, my

dear to me: the Tigerettes and little sister Roe kept it in the

A Cappella Choir. family: she was a Tigerette also.

e Tigerettes were the We were the Tigerettes and no

WPHS marching squad of 33 one could be prouder!

young ladies proudly wearing I so enjoyed singing in the

white uniforms with orange/ A Cappella Choir. Rehearsals

black trim (school colors), smart were sometimes chaotic—the

caps, white boots and gloves. guys would be horsing around,

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Thursday, November 19, 2020 The Somers Record – Page 11

What makes kids
successful students?

STRONG once in a while. Will they be OK with WE WILL BE OPEN FOR
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Civic engagement

MAN I’d like to make fun of them now. get into, the Electoral College vegetables and go to the den- it’s going to cost. And the price
OVERBOARD e two-party system of seems like an institution whose tist? She didn’t do that to make varies so widely around the
time might have come. It was herself popular in the polls. She country for the same procedure
RICK government seems to be kind invented to give a bit more did it because she loves you, that you barely know how to
MELÉN of a failure. Since the Supreme weight to less populous states and knew that someday after proceed. I’m not sure I like the
Court ruling in “Citizens United who couldn’t compete with big your braces were o you’d smile word “socialism,” but I don’t like
After this election I’m v the FEC,” corporations have cities in the popular vote. But it’s straighter at her. at’s the the word “bankruptcy” either. I
completely drained and been allowed to pour money into come to bestow outsized pow- same thing leaders do if they’re don’t know what the answer to
exhausted, and not in our electoral system and cloud ers to rural areas susceptible to really on their game: they make health care is, but I know that
the good way like when I say, the results. MacDonald’s could nutty theories and fringe groups. us do things, like wear a mask doing nothing is going to cost
“wow, that was great,” and light very well be electing our next I’m not sure I want my president in the middle of a pandemic, us all more in the end, regard-
up a cigarette even though I don’t president, and it could be Mayor elected by the people who live in that might be inconvenient, less of which end we’re paying
smoke. It’s more like, “wow, I McCheese. With only two par- Area 51, and I hear the people but have long-term positive through.
feel cheap and used, and I need a ties to choose from, issues that I in Area 52 are sick to death of consequences beyond this
shower right now,” even though don’t espouse are being piled onto them, too. week’s news cycle. Maybe the Remember when politicians
I don’t smoke. It’s been four years the platform way too close to restrictions are going too far, used to compromise? Neither
of utter divisiveness, and I’d like me. What if I’m in favor of scal Remember when Reagan but I can’t help thinking that if do I. But they used to at least
to start liking people again who responsibility but not in favor said, “Tear down that wall!” Or people embraced the masks in SAY they did, leading people
don’t agree with me, and that cov- of doing nothing about climate George W. Bush said into a the rst place, we wouldn’t be in to believe that conceding a
ers a large swath of humanity. I’ve change? What if I don’t accept bullhorn, “ e rest of the world this mess. I hate “gaiter-hair” as few crumbs to the other side
never had this problem before. racism but don’t like illegal im- hears you,” or when Daniel much as you do, but it’s where and actually getting some-
I’ve never been a political person, migration either? It’s like choos- Day-Lewis said, “Let us strive we are right now. thing done was a virtue.
and I’d rather not be one now. I’ve ing from a Chinese restaurant on to nish the work we are in, Imagine that. I know I’m just
voted for republicans, I don’t con- menu where I order General Tso’s to bind up the nation’s wounds!” Remember when I had my an average guy, not particu-
sider myself particularly liberal, chicken and have to accept nuts Okay, he wasn’t actually a presi- rotator cu surgery? Yes you do, larly bright, and that’s why I
and I have a general distrust of that I never heard of along with dent but he did play Lincoln in because you heard me crying value people who are. Doctors,
everyone who lies to me, regard- it. By the way, if I were a general a movie. When something bad in pain all the way inside your scientists, physicists, people
less of their party a liation. But in an army I wouldn’t appreciate (or good) happens in America house. I’m lucky: I have a good who spent their life learning
there are some problems with our everybody knowing I was chicken or in the world, I expect the medical plan at work, and I about things that make the
system of government that have and hung around with a bunch president to stand at the po- can’t complain about my health, world run. Even if I’m not the
become glaringly apparent, and of nuts. All I’m saying is that If dium and say something intel- although others have com- smartest guy in the world, I’m
I had only two parties to choose ligent and meaningful. I hope plained about it. But when the smart enough to know what I
from in college I would have that will happen again. doctor says you need a test and don’t know.
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