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Mentors making a difference TO JOIN UP
Anyone interested in joining the program
BY CAROL REIF vice versa. One day, the T.E.A.M. Tuskers’ kids will
can contact Midge Miller at:
STAFF WRITER be able to pay it forward. [email protected] or 914-643-2991.
Mentors agreed Tuesday that the students them-
Mentoring really matters. selves deserve a lot of credit.
at’s what everyone involved with the school It takes time—and it’s not easy—to establish new
district’s T.E.A.M. Tuskers program says. relationships, but they are invested and seem happy
For the kids, it’s a safe, nonjudgmental space to have a place where they’re heard and understood
where they can be seen and heard by a supportive, without being judged, they said.
friendly adult. “All of them have been great,” said Hanner.
For the grown-ups, many of whom are former One seventh-grader, calling his mentor “kind and
teachers, it’s a new link to the school community funny,” said they do something di erent each time
and a way to understand the challenges today’s they meet—“Talk. See what’s happening. Share
youngsters are facing. feelings about it.”
e program was started seven years ago with six “If it gets boring, we play dominoes, stu like that.
kids and six mentors. Today there are more than 60, So fun.”
according to coordinator Midge Miller. SEE MENTORING PAGE 3
Dozens of them got together at the Somers Mid-
dle School on Tuesday, Jan. 21, to mark National
Mentoring Month with cake, snacks, socializing
All of the mentors were recognized for their con-
tributions, but special mention was made of the
ve who’ve been with the program since the begin-
ning: Shelly Hanner, Leigh Jones, Ric Peace, Ruth
Rosenberg and Barbara Silvestri.
Quoting Oprah Winfrey, schools Superintendent
Dr. Raymond Blanch told the crowd: “A mentor
is someone who allows you to see the hope inside
Coincidentally, that was what was etched in red
icing on the cake.
Blanch, who came from a big family, recalled the
love and guidance he got from his own grandfather.
He gave him hope about himself and who he “could
be,” the superintendent said, adding, “Whenever I
struggle, I think about him.”
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FROM PAGE 1
WHO ARE MENTORS?
Somers’ mentors have a wide variety of life experi-
ences. ey are retired teachers, social workers, physical
therapists, bankers, nurses, realtors, landscape architects,
police o cers, photographers, pilots, business owners,
lawyers, nanciers and stay-at-home parents.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Each third- through eighth-grader is matched with
an adult in the community. e volunteers are inter-
viewed, screened, ngerprinted and trained before
they begin working with their students. e meetings
are held one hour a week, every week during the school
year. ey take place in dedicated spaces on school
grounds—at Somers Middle School or Somers In-
termediate School—before classes start, during lunch
and after dismissal. Rooms are equipped with games,
puzzles, art supplies, sports equipment and places to
chat and share snacks. Each school has a coordinator
and the program is overseen by administrative sta .
WHY DOES MENTORING MATTER?
According to the district, research has shown that ad-
olescents who receive support from three or more “non-
parent adults” do better in school,
make healthier choices in life and
go on to contribute to their com-
munities in positive ways.
Having a mentor improves
social and emotional well-being
and self-esteem. It relieves stress,
improves decision-making skills
and strengthens resilience. Kids
with di cult problems or vic-
tims of trauma also develop
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Town continues to hammer out plans for STEAM school
BY CAROL REIF Wednesday, Feb. 12. interested in knowing what en- connection” and “keep people o certi cation. e internationally
STAFF WRITER e applicant, 294 Route 100 ergy e cient systems the STEM the main roads,” he said. A shuttle recognized program can save en-
(Science, Technology, Engineer- service is also planned. ergy costs and reap tax incentives.
Somers is inching closer to LLC, wants a special use per- ing, Math) facility planned to use,
public hearings on Bluestone Peak mit that would allow it to oper- was told that solar power and geo- Planning Board members ere’s a di erence in meeting
Academy, a private high school ate a boarding/day school in an thermal heating were being con- Bruce Prince and Nancy Ger- the criteria and actually getting
proposed at the old IBM campus. OB-100 (o ce business) zone. It sidered. bino questioned the necessity of certi ed. Many schools don’t want
plans to divide the 723-acre prop- removing multifamily use on the to foot the “huge cost”of the latter
e Town Board, as lead agency erty into three parcels; the school Councilman Anthony Cirieco, remaining parcels. process, Schnell said.
in the SEQR review process, held would be built on one comprising worried about light pollution,
a special meeting Tuesday, Jan. 14, 345 acres. e iconic I.M. Pei of- asked that setbacks remain at Noting that no one was talking Ecosystem champions Michael
at which it heard questions about 500 feet. e school would light about “low-cost” housing, Ger- Barnhart and Bob MacGregor of
the applicant’s Project Assessment ce buildings would be converted its main turf eld, baseball elds bino said it looked like the town the Open Space Committee were
raised by members of the Plan- into classrooms and dorms. and tennis court with downward- was more concerned about losing generally pleased with the project.
ning Board, Open Space Com- directed lights such as those in- tax revenues than preserving open
mittee, Energy & Environment e other two parcels would stalled at Horace Greeley High space. On the plus side are plans to re-
Committee and re district. remain zoned OB-100 but, under School’s campus in Chappaqua. move 10 acres of asphalt, reducing
the proposal, multifamily housing Town attorney Roland A. Bar- impervious surfaces; the creation
Topics included campus safety would be excluded. A walking trail, from the cam- oni Jr. said that that type of own- of rain gardens and the designa-
and security, energy e ciency, pus to Bailey Court in the town ership can’t be speci ed if zoning tion of a wet meadow as a “living
zoning, lighting, sidewalks, in- Its landlord, Sebastian Capi- center, would not have lights. is already in place. It could be, laboratory.”
vasive species, the ecosystem, tal, also owns the former Pepsico however, if future owners seek a
groundwater contamination and campus. at raised the thorny sub- zone change. However, they wanted more
the impacts on local emergency ject of sidewalks. If linked to the details on plans for vanquishing
services. Representing applicants Tues- Purdys train station, they would Cirieco,not equating multifam- invasive species such as autumn
day were lawyers Mark Weingar- bene t the community as well as ily with “a ordable” housing, said: olive, which displaces native
e Town Board voted to have ten and Peter Wise, engineer Rich the private school, Clinchy said. “I was just thinking density and plants, or Mile-a-minute, a vora-
the applicant amend its document Williams, KG&D architect Travis impact. In the future anyone can cious tree-killing vine. eir re-
based on the issues raised. Once Schnell and ecologist Beth Evans. e property fronts Route 100 come to us with a request.” moval will be solidi ed during the
updated, it will be reviewed by close to its intersection with Route site plan review, Evans said.
sta and consultants before being “ is is as environmentally 202 where there’s a crosswalk. “We think we have plenty of
sent to appropriate agencies and friendly a project you could have them,” Morrissey said, pointing Because salamanders, frogs,
then to the public for comment. on a vacant site as we are reusing e applicants have taken “a to the multifamily housing be- and snakes have proliferated
the buildings that are there rather hard look” at the situation, Wil- ing developed on a site across the since IBM ed, Barnhart and
While the Town Board did than taking them down,” Wein- liams said. Because of the limited road and another under way on MacGregor asked for easy-to-
not set a date for an actual pub- garten said. right-of-ways, di cult topogra- Route 6. scurry-over curbing, fencing with
lic hearing Tuesday, its action phy and bridge crossings, the pro- ground-level barriers around con-
allows the Planning Board to Supervisor Rick Morrissey, posed 1.2-mile walkway would Energy & Environment Com- struction areas, swales so amphib-
open its hearing on the school pointing out that IBM’s heavy cost $4 million to build. mittee chairman Don Bleasdale ians and reptiles don’t wander into
site plan/subdivision request on use of road salt had contaminated asked whether the school plans to
groundwater, sought assurances It appears the trail would be the seek LEED (Leadership in En- SEE STEAM PAGE 18
that the school would limit its use. best way to establish a “pedestrian ergy and Environmental Design)
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