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The Staff Women’s ente, an informative speaker from is no greater time to preserve your ple at all skill levels are welcome.
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75 YEARSof Somers celebrates
BY CAROL REIF land o Cypress Lane in Shenorock where
CONTRIBUTING WRITER a “House of Gathering and Worship” was
built through the e orts, Karsch said, of
It’s been quite a year so far for “the little “dedicated and determined families.”
temple in the woods.” e synagogue started to operate year-
In May, the Hebrew Congregation of round in the 1970s. It now o ers weekly
Somers celebrated its 75th anniversary. Shabbat services as well as Hebrew school
is month, it will welcome a new leader, and adult education.
Rabbi Shoshana Leis. e synagogue “has been through many
In 2016, the congregation bid a fond changes since its inception,” said Prusnof-
farewell to longtime Rabbi Fred Schwalb, sky.
who retired. Rabbi Halina Rubinstein fol- It’s because of its “caring and support- PHOTOS: DEENA BELL
lowed Schwalb and was with the syna- ive” community that the synagogue not Co-Presidents Vicki Prusnofsky (left) and Bob Fischer talk with the new Rabbi,
only has been able to survive “the pain of Shoshana Leis. She will be with them starting in July.
gogue for about two years.
In the interim, services were conducted anti-Semitism” but also to thrive, Prusnof-
by Cantor Ruth Ossher. sky said. ies. She also has a degree in Russian stud- it has always supported the spiritual needs
e congregation is con dent that Leis As Northern Westchester’s only Recon- ies. of the community, especially when it was
will continue to uphold its values as well as structionist synagogue, its members “strive Rabbi Leis was also a rabbi and educa- in-between rabbis.
help it reach its long-term goals of grow- for ethical lives with common attitudes, tional director at Congregation Tehillah in “I’m truly inspired by the work of Can-
ing membership, keeping its school vi- interests and goals as we share traditions New York City. She was the recipient of tor Ossher,” Rabbi Leis said.
brant, and continuing interfaith outreach, and lifecycle events,” Prusnofsky added. the Legacy Heritage Innovator Award for Prusnofsky agreed.“It could have been a
said co-president Vicki Prusnofsky. Reconstructionist Jews share a strong developing “Shira Hadasha,” an intergen- di cult year, but it was a great one. Every-
Rabbi Leis o cially starts on July 15 commitment to both tradition and the erational initiative. body pulled together.”
and will lead her rst Shabbat on July 20. search for contemporary meaning. She said she hopes to use her love of na- (Also at the HCS helm are Robert
“Our 75th anniversary celebrates our ture, music, and contemplative practice to Fischer and Gloria Calderella, a Mahopac
HISTORICAL HIGHLIGHTS history and our future, our changes and enhance services and expand programs at resident and retired speech pathologist.
According to member Diane Karsch, our constancy, our exibility, and our resil- her new gig in Somers. Fischer, whose background is in civil engi-
the Shenorock synagogue was founded in ience,” Prusnofsky said. Rabbi Newman, a singer-songwriter neering and construction, spent two years
1944 as a summer “shul” (the Yiddish for It draws its approximately 200 members and children’s book author, is the founder in Israel helping build a base for the Israeli
school/synagogue). At the time, there were from Somers, Yorktown, North Salem, and spiritual leader of Shtiebel (meaning Air Force. Prusnofsky is a retired social
about 20 Jewish families participating. Mahopac, and Goldens Bridge. little house or little room), a “new para- worker, psychotherapist and teacher. Li-
Its rst Shabbat, Rosh Hashanah and Rabbi Leis, a Rabbi Without Borders digm” Jewish community in Westchester. ander, a teacher, has a multi-disciplinary
Yom Kippur services were held in the fellow, comes to Somers from Romemu in He holds degrees in religion and culture background in the arts, including dance
homes of members Samuel Schuckman New York City, where she was the syna- and Jewish studies and previously served and puppetry.)
and Irving Lasher. gogue’s director of youth and family edu- as an associate rabbi for the JRF Congre- anks to an in ux of young parents
Finding a permanent place to worship cation. gation M’vakshe Derekh in Scarsdale. and Li ander’s enthusiasm and creativity,
got o to a rocky start. Prior to that, she and her husband, e couple, who live in Dobbs Ferry, the school’s population is booming.“ at’s
Its founders bought land on Route 118 Rabbi Ben Newman, lived in Fort Collins, have two children: Sophia, 11, and Isaiah, a good thing, too,” Prusnofsky said.
and put up a wooden sign saying, “ is is Colo., where they served as rabbis at Har 8. Informal services that feature music,
the site of the Hebrew Congregation of Shalom Center for Jewish Living. discussion, humor, and food as well as pot-
Somers.” A graduate of the Reconstructionist PULLING TOGETHER luck dinners, “lunch and learns,” and adult
A week later, the sign burned down in Rabbinical College and Dartmouth Col- Mentioning Ossher and Jill Li ander, education programs are also helping to
an apparent anti-Semitic act. lege, Rabbi Leis also studied at St. Peters- the director of its school, Rabbi Leis said keep HCS “vibrant,” Prusnofsky said.
After its replacement was chopped burg University, the Conservative Yeshiva, she was really impressed with the strength SEE 75YEARS PAGE 16
down, the founders decided to purchase and the Drisha Institute for Jewish Stud- of the lay leadership in Somers and how
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LIBRARY setting. No appointment is nec- on days the Somers schools are members will choose the books you might be a lucky winner! Back
FROM PAGE 2
essary. closed due to snow. to be read. For the May meet- by popular demand! Book Bingo
If you can’t visit the library in Somers Library Non-Fiction ing, we will discuss e Wordy for Adults, an adult summer read-
• Part D prescription drug cov- person, you can leave a message Book Club. Mondays, July 8, Shipmates by Sarah Vowell. ing challenge!
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• Financial bene t programs number, a time to call between 9 no elves, no schools for magic library.org or call 914-232-5717. Somers Library card number.
such as Home Energy Assistance a.m.—5 p.m. and whether your (not that there’s anything wrong Mondays Writers Workshop. • Receive a game card to take
Program (HEAP), food stamps interest is in Medicare services or with them!). We will be con- Mondays 10:30 a.m. If there is a home and keep until you have
(SNAP) other bene ts. A counselor will centrating on history, biography, book in you, a memoir, a ctional completed your Book Bingo card.
You will be able to meet with return your call within two busi- technology, astronomy, comput- recounting of a time in your life Participants will receive one free
trained counselors in a private ness days. SBIC will not meet ers and science. In the future, or an historical tome, there is no book for registering (while sup-
greater time to preserve your writ- plies last.)
ten words in a class with other stu- • Put an ‘X’ through each com-
dents who are exploring an idea, pleted square on the game card.
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Celebrating 10 years within a few short weeks you will have read, etc. on the back of the
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McDermott, Timone sweep
Republican Primary for
BY JODI WEINBERGER ily who spread on Facebook and the voters for rewarding these ne
other social media the details of justices for their service. Congrat-
Judges Michael J. McDermott
and Denis Timone fended o a our commitment to our town. ulations to Donna Pascucci who
challenge from attorney Donna
Pascucci to win the Republican, e people of Somers responded ran a spirited campaign.”
Conservative and Independence
primaries, according to West- by coming out in large numbers Pascucci thanked those who
chester County’s uno cial elec-
tion results. to support us and return us to supported her run as a rst-time
“We are thrilled to be success- the bench to continue serving.” candidate.
ful on all three election lines. We
ran a positive local campaign McDermott and Timone se- “I want to wholeheartedly
focusing on our long term in-
vestment in the community and cured 825 and 695 votes respec- thank my supporters for giving PHOTO COURTESY OF MIKE MCDERMOTT
dedication to public service,”
McDermott said. “We are grate- tively on the Republican line me the inspiration, strength and Judges Denis Timone and Michael McDermott won the Republican
ful to the many friends and fam- primary on June 25
with Pascucci trailing with 324 courage to run an uphill race
votes. against the status quo,” Pascucci
“Judges Timone and McDer- said. “Even though I lost, I am
mott have devoted much of their proud of how hard my team cumbents backed by the political e Somers Democratic Town
adult lives to making Somers a worked, that we ran a clean cam- machine. I have learned so much Committee is not running judi-
great place to live, both on the paign and ended up with 18 per- on this journey and have met the cial candidates.
bench and in the community,” cent of the vote, which is a good most amazing people. I will al- McDermott has served as a
said Somers Republican Chair T.J. number for a rst time candidate ways be grateful to the people of judge in Somers since 2000; be-
McCormack. “We are grateful to up against two entrenched in- Somers for giving me the oppor- fore that he was a member of the
tunity to run in this race.” Somers Planning Board.
McDermott and Timone, Timone was rst elected as
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Santaroni retires from
the Zoning Board
BY CAROL REIF Councilman omas Garrity terested in studying Italian culture 845.621.4450
CONTRIBUTING WRITER said he served with Santaroni on and language.
the ZBA “way back when.” 219 Watermelon Hill Rd. Mahopac, NY 19541
Umberto Santaroni’s Italian Santaroni was only 22 when he
heritage and construction skills “He’s always been a great mem- started building houses. Eventu- SUMMER RIDING PROGRAM
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up the post on Monday, July 1. down roots.
“Why not help out, make
At last month’s Town Board “We got o the boat, so to things easier for people?” he re-
meeting, Supervisor Rick Mor- speak, literally came right here, called thinking.
rissey and councilmen reiterated and never left,” Santaroni said.
their appreciation for the folks Santaroni said he’s witnessed a
who unsel shly give their time, He didn’t speak a word of Eng- lot of growth in Somers both dur-
energy and expertise to serve on lish then, so he had to sit in the ing his tenure on the board and
boards and committees, and ac- back of the classroom. But he kept as an ordinary resident—“It’s like
knowledged Santaroni for his his ears and eyes open and quickly night and day.”
contributions. caught up with fellow students.
But Somers’ solid character,
Calling Santaroni a “valuable Santaroni apparently never for- tightknit citizenry, and hometown
member of our Zoning Board for got the importance of education. atmosphere remain, thankfully,
many, many years,”Morrissey said, unchanged, he said.
adding: “He’s certainly going to be He founded the Somers Ital-
missed.” ian-American Club in 2002, “ e town has always been
holding meetings in his home. good and has done everything it
One of the club’s missions was to
fund scholarships for high school SEE SANTORINI PAGE 20
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Father’s Day at the shore Independence Day
If you live in the North- MAN the region. He operated a It’s July 4th, THE real heroes and in-
east, why would you ever OVERBOARD ferry that ran across the bay our country’s SEASONED troduced him to the
need to get on a plane to to Cape May County, and Independence CITIZEN two gentlemen. I ex-
go on vacation in the sum- his grandson was Captain Day and a cel- plained to Justin that
mer when the Jersey Shore RICK Richard Somers, for whom ebration of freedom KAVELLE true heroes didn’t
is right there in your back MELÉN the town of Somers is from tyranny. Our need capes or special
yard? It’s so much nicer than named. It’s doubtful that forefathers were not powers. ese men
my real back yard, which Richard Somers ever set infallible. ey were were heroes because
consists of a green-colored foot in the place, but the lawyers, farmers, they had left their
substance that I refer to as “grass”but others founding fathers of this town were look- ministers, sincere individuals try- families and jobs to help keep our coun-
might refer to as “I can recommend a good ing for a war hero, and World War II hadn’t ing their best to form a new kind of try free for him to grow up in.
landscaper but I can’t picture this ever being been invented yet. Captain Richard Somers government: of, by, and for the people. Revolutionary War, Civil War,
a good landscape.”Plus some ant hills owned died a hero’s death when he out tted his ship A very sophisticated concept for men World War 1, World War II, Korea,
by ants that can’t really a ord to live anywhere Intrepid as a oating rebomb and sailed into of such diverse backgrounds. Without Viet Nam…isn’t sad that we must
else. e good news is that there are no sharks Tripoli Harbor to blow up the pirate ships that the tenacity of John Adams and the protect our freedom by having to ght
that I know of. Every year we spend Father’s were blockading merchant tra c and screwing elegance of omas Je erson we might and maim and kill others? Perhaps
Day weekend in Ocean City, New Jersey with up our economy. President omas Je erson still be under British rule. when ‘reason’takes over and human
my sisters, their spouses and whatever kids could have lled you in better than I can, but ere was much in- ghting in those beings become humane we will learn
are around at the time. It’s a great way to get the ship exploded prematurely, accomplishing early days and animosity between the to appreciate the wonderful concept
together and spend time with family. Is there its mission but killing Somers and his crew. north and south, but, in the end, giving conceived by our founding fathers:
anything more important than that? Yes there What has this got to do with dinner? Well it a little here and taking a little there, our when we accept the truth that all
is: Where are we going to eat for dinner? took so long to explain that now I’m famished. great nation came into being. An idea people are created equal; when we learn
ere are about 14 of us, and they’re all e next day at the amusement park, dads became a vision and the vision a reality. to live and let live. We can be a model
related to me, so draw your own conclusions. ride for free on Father’s Day! I’m not a real Our children’s children may come to other forms of government or just
We need a restaurant that can accommo- Dad, it’s true, but I play the role of Dad to up with a better form of government get along side by side, no one trying to
date all of us, has decent food and hasn’t yet three four-legged creatures and several ve- but, for now, even with all its faults, a be ‘better’than anyone else.
heard that I carry a retractable trick fork that nned ones. I’m a bit of a disciplinarian, and democratic republic is still the best way Our country is di erent from others
extends about 30 inches so I can reach across when I say “sit,” I just sit down myself because to go. We have the privilege of voting because we are heterogeneous, made
the table and steal my niece’s dinner roll. Our no one else will. I can safely say that I would into o ce the people we feel will be up of people from all over the world.
reputation precedes us and I just saw it go have made a great Dad, but if I actually had to our best leaders. Sadly, many of us do We are many ethnicities, many reli-
down 9th Street, so we need something on be one it probably wouldn’t be as safe. not exercise our franchise and vote, but gions, and many colors, but we stirred
West Avenue. I got ride-shamed into going on the Log in a free society that’s our choice. all these in the great ‘melting pot’of
Ocean City is a dry town. ere’s water, Flume by my brother-in-law Paul. e ticket- Many years ago, when my grandson the United States and agreed to be
water everywhere, but not a drop to drink of taker got a little suspicious and asked which Justin was about 8, we ran into two Americans.
alcohol. So we have to venture back across the one of us was “Dad.” Paul is a few years older Seasoned Citizens in front of a super- As we enjoy the reworks on July
bridge to Somers Point if we’re going to get a than me so he had to suck it up and be “Dad” market giving American ags to all the 4th celebrating our 243rd Indepen-
cocktail with dinner. It’s ironic that I travel all but he didn’t look pleased about it, and I was children. ey were veterans of World dence Day, let’s remember and try
the way from Somers to Somers Point to get a afraid I would have to mow his lawn for a War II and wanted to share their love to live by the very wise words of the
drink. e town of Somers Point was named SEE MELEN PAGE 12 for our country with others. ‘ ree Musketeers’: “One for all and all
after John Somers, the rst European settler in
I asked Justin if he would like to meet for one!”
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Independence Days of yore!
WHATWAS White Plains High School where noise; it’s hurting my ears and to Verizon for their assistance, ing to the reps, I explained that I
I THINKING? the reworks would originate. scaring me!” kindness and understanding was hearing impaired and could
We had to arrive early because during these past two weeks. they speak slowly and be patient
RUTHANN available parking spots lled up Once safely settled between Lost Internet/Wi Fi two weeks with my many “can you repeat
SCHEFFER fast. us (remember bench seats?), he ago—did you miss me last week? that’s?” ey assured me that
covered his ears and enjoyed the wouldn’t be a problem, they were
We didn’t have the e wagon was loaded for a spectacular ending to a fun family ere were at least six calls to there to help me. Couldn’t have
luxury of minivans trip cross country, for heaven’s experience. Verizon and many hours involved asked for more kindness; Jahul
when the boys were sake. e kids in their pajamas in solving my problem: I needed who is in India told me I was
small. What we did have was were gathered in the back; pillows I wish you and your family a new modem which is now in doing a fantastic job following his
a 1966 Ford Country Squire were placed strategically and the a rousing, joyful and patriotic place and I’m back in business. instructions!
station wagon: long, sleek, solid youngest usually had his favorite Fourth of July! Problem solved! When speak-
and Hunter green with imitation stu ed toy. With all the windows
“woodie” trim. It was certainly in the car, everyone had a clear A special note: My thanks
big enough to accommodate vision of this spectacular occa-
three growing boys and a baby in sion. Most important however
a portable crib (anchored down were the snacks! I think those
on the back seat) with plenty were probably more important to
of room to spare. is set-up the boys than pillows and stu ed
certainly wouldn’t pass safety toys! For sure, the car vacuum
regulations of today but it was the worked overtime the next day.
“norm” for that time period.
With the windows rolled
When Independence Day down, we had a wonderful view
was on the horizon, my young- of the blasts of color and heard
sters knew just how our family the booming sound e ects of
would celebrate this patriotic
day: colorful and noisy reworks reworks being set o . At the
and yummy snacks. We, and end of this stunning extravaganza
many other families, had just the when the sky was peppered with
perfect spot to enjoy the reworks countless bursts of color and the
in White Plains. We parked loud “boom, boom, boom”sound
on Mamaroneck Avenue by the e ects, all of us parked families
Gedney elds--behind the “old” yelled, clapped and screamed our
pleasure—a real group celebration.
Our youngest, hugging his Win-
nie the Pooh, usually found his
way into the front seat with us:
“Mommy, I don’t like the loud
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MELEN it looked like he was re-attaching Save the meatloaf
his esophagus to his epiglottis.
FROM PAGE 10 “Hey guys,I just found LOST IN “Yeah, but think of all the money
My wife gets me my tradi- out I can make a SUBURBIA we could save on stone pavers.”
couple weeks if the ticket-taker tional Father’s Day Blizzard from meatloaf in the slow
decided to check up on us. I Dairy Queen. Is it okay to use cooker,”I told the troops. e writing was on the wall.
guess that meant my sister had to the word Queen anymore? ere It was clear I needed a meatloaf
be my “Mom,” my other sisters has been a lot of talk about what
were “Aunts” and all of a sudden pronouns to use when referring “No o ense, Mom,”said my TRACY intervention.
I was in the movie “Chinatown.” to people these days, and I have BECKERMAN
By the way, I am not a thrill- some questions. My rst question daughter,“but we don’t even really So, I asked a friend of mine
seeker and even the ride with the is, what’s a pronoun again? is
helicopters and airplanes that is National Pride Month, and like the meatloaf you make the who made world-renowned meat-
doesn’t have a height require- the thing is, not everybody falls
ment makes me a little ill. So into the two categories of “man” regular way.” loaf, and she told me she made the
I would have been ne if my and “woman” that questionnaires
“Dad” wanted to throw a football would like you to t into. Guess I frowned. I couldn’t be mad most delicious, moist meatloaf in
around instead. what, they NEVER did, and now
people are talking about it a little at her because I knew it was true. I did not have the her slow cooker. I begged her for the recipe.
My other brother-in-law Bill more and taking charge of their
said he would ride the GaleForce own descriptors and their own greatest meatloaf reputation. When it came to mak- “It’s so easy,”she said.“You mix all the ingredients
roller coaster, and that’s some- identities.
thing I wanted to see. It rises 125 ing a dish as basic as a meatloaf, I was something together, make a loaf shape, put it in the slow cooker
feet into the air, then it comes I will admit that when I rst
back down at a 90-degree angle, heard the term “LGBTQ” I of a ground beef failure. No matter how diligently on low, and in four hours it’s done.”
and then actually goes concave thought it was a subway line.
on you. If you’re still at all con- After a week of not getting to I watched the meat thermometer and poked my “ at’s it?”
scious you ride upside down for work on time, I realized that
a while, then the ride comes to a there was a whole world of gray meatloaves to see if they were done, they still always “Turns out great every time.”
stop for part of a second before areas out there, and I’m going
it rolls backward to a gentle stop. to just sit back and let people be came out dry and cakey. ey weren’t really meat- I was dubious but I’d never seen her kids boycott
Why stop there? Why don’t they themselves. I’ll do my part by
just launch you into outer space being myself, since no one else loaves. ey were more like meat-bricks. dinner on meatloaf night like mine did, or her dog walk
on a bungee cord, snap you back seems willing to do it.
so that you bounce o the Earth In my defense, I come from a long line of lousy away from the meatloaf when it fell on the oor like my
a couple times, remove four of Join Rick and the Trillium vocal
your teeth without anesthesia group for some melodies at the meatloaf makers. My great grandmother brought her dog did, or get a cease and desist notice from the Health
and then make you watch a Downtown Peekskill Summer Music
Trump campaign rally? Bill rode Series Sunday evening, July 14, at 5 lousy meatloaf recipe over from the old country. She Department like I did, so I decided to give it a try.
the thing and said it was ne, p.m. on North Division Street. Say
although while we were talking hello at: [email protected] called it “mitlof,”which is loosely translated to mean, I followed all her instructions for making the meatloaf,
“large ball of meat you chew forever.”She passed the lined my slow cooker, and then added the loaf and hit start.
lousy meatloaf recipe on to my grandmother who Without being chained to the oven to keep check-
passed the lousy meatloaf recipe on to my mother who ing on the meatloaf, I went out for a few uninter-
then handed it down to me. Not wanting to break rupted hours of shopping. Drunk with meatloaf
with tradition, I persisted. But the next time I made freedom, I hit up the bookstore and bought several
my great grandmother’s mitlof, it was overwhelmingly recipe books for slow cookers. I went to the cook-
panned by the meatloaf critics in my house. ware store and bought some new oven mitts that
“Sorry, Mom, but there isn’t enough ketchup in didn’t have burn marks on them. And I went to the
the world to save this,”said my son. drugstore to buy a bottle of antacid… just in case.
“You killed the meatloaf,”said my daughter. Four hours later I got home and ran to the slow
“You’re a meatloaf murderer.” cooker to check out my delicious, new, juicy meatloaf.
“On the bright side, honey, if you had a couple I yanked o the top and peered in.
hundred of these, we could use them to pave the As I stared down at my meatloaf, I realized I had
driveway,”said my husband. forgotten one crucial step in the slow cooker recipe.
“ at bad, huh?”I replied. Plug it in.
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day so advanced snow day meal packages residents 60 or over and who are unable
were handed out. to shop for themselves or cook for them-
selves in their homes for as long as pos-
is ve-day a week a service appears sible.
seamless to me. I have been told the food
is prepared in Yorktown. I believe the My heartfelt thanks to Meals on
cooked food is transported in bulk to the Wheels and particularly to those indi-
Van Tassell house in Somers where peo- viduals who have been delivering my
ple are on hand to make up the individual meals for the past ve years. ese kind-
meals from the bulk containers. Someone hearted individuals are out in all kinds of
makes up milk, dessert, bread and butter weather and in di erent temperatures all
packages that are put in a plastic bag and week long every week, every month but
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viding prom clothing for kids el, and helping to build a library
FROM PAGE 3 who can’t a ord it, putting to- in Lesotho, Africa.
gether packages for US troops
Social action drives have in- overseas, visiting the elderly, sup- “We’re community oriented.
cluded helping to provide food We’re a family,” said Prusnofsky,
adding: “We like to say we’re the
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0070 Trips and events for our one time per year trip. Depart at the Amawalk Fire House (1
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SANTORINI Volunteers are always needed for local doing their jobs—inspecting, public safety, LIBRARY
FROM PAGE 9
boards and committees, Morrissey said at looking at hot water heaters and new con- FROM PAGE 4
the Town Board’s June 13 meeting. struction. ey don’t have time to enforce participants can be creative and
share their e orts in class. Each
could for the people,” Santaroni said. ere are vacancies on its A ordable everything.” week writers will have their
creativity challenged in di erent
While Santaroni enjoyed doing his bit Housing Board, which works to balance If the town gets a complaint about a ways. e class will be lead by Jo
Ann Francella, a columnist for
and will miss his colleagues, he and his wife, housing opportunities for those who have sign—once the code con ict is resolved— “it
e Somers Record, and Kathy
Carol, are looking forward to spending more low/ moderate-incomes or who are disabled, will act on it,” the supervisor said. Neggers, a published author.
Space is limited.
time with their grandchildren. ey have six, and Partners in Prevention, a community al- Because no municipality can control the
Moon Landing Movie Ma-
ranging in age from 21 to ve. liance that aims to help youth stay alcohol “content” of such signs because of First nia: Space Movies to Celebrate
the 50th Anniversary of the
He will also have more time to bake his and drug-free. Amendment considerations, the town can- Moon Landing this Summer at
the Somers Library - Fridays:
famous biscotti, an Italian treat which, like e former is one spot for a two-year not exempt nonpro t groups, such as the Li- July 12, July 19, July 26, & Au-
gust 2 from 12:00 pm—2:30 pm
building a house, takes time, patience, and term; the latter, two seats, each for a three- ons, no matter how worthy their cause, said
• July 12: Destination Moon
skill. year term. town counsel Roland Baroni. (NR) - Almost two decades
before it became a reality, Tin-
If Santaroni had two words of wisdom for It has set a public hearing on the matter seltown imagined what the rst
trip to the moon would be like
his replacement, they would be: ink ahead. IN OTHER BUSINESS for July 11. with this 1950 movie that’s con-
sidered to be one of the rst
“Look around to see what’s happening Folks could face hefty nes ranging from e Town Board also announced that it space-themed lms to actually
incorporate real science. Plus,
now, but make sure you realize the impact $250 for the rst o ense, up to $1,000—if was giving police Chief Michael Driscoll a the lm won an Oscar for its
convincing (for the 50s, anyway)
your decisions will have down the road,” he they post temporary signs advertising things raise. special e ects.
advised. like garage sales or blood drives on poles or In an attempt to keep salaries “competi- • July 19: 2001: A Space Odys-
sey (G) - Stanley Kubrick’s 1968
anything on town property in the future. tive” and to retain “professional sta ,” the masterpiece isn’t just one of the
best space movies of all time—
READY TO STEP UP? e town, while working on its signage board looked at other towns in Westchester it’s widely considered by critics
as one of the best lms in history.
e ZBA has seven members; each serves code, recently uncovered what Morrissey and Putnam counties. Spanning the dawn of mankind
to the distant future, the lm de-
a ve-year term. called a “con ict” with its littering law. Driscoll will get $5,000 more a year, for picts humanity’s quest to solve
the mystery behind a strange ob-
Anyone interested in throwing his or her e state has similar prohibitions against two years, starting this year. Non-union sup- ject on the moon—all set to an
hat into the ring for the ZBA, or any other posting signs in its right-of-way—without port sta will get $2,000 more a year during
• July 26: e Right Stu
board or committee, can send a letter of in- permits—but doesn’t have the manpower to the same period. (PG) - Starring Sam Shepard,
Dennis Quaid, and Ed Harris,
terest to Supervisor Rick Morrissey,Town of enforce them. In 2019, the increase will be pro-rated this 1983 classic tells the story
of America’s earliest astronauts
Somers, 335 Route 202, Somers, NY 10589; It’s the same on the local level, Morrissey over the year’s remaining payrolls. For the that led the United States’ rst
attempt at manned space ight.
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ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: ROB DIANTONIO
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what would it be and why?
BY ROB DIANTONIO Hands down my amazing father.
CONTRIBUTING WRITER Ever since I started playing he helped It would de nitely be to teleport be-
and supported me with everything I cause I always want to be in so many
How old were you when you did. He would practice with me for di erent places at the same time.
started playing softball and how did hours, help me with my technique and
you get started? even take me to lessons. He has taught If you could pick one place to visit
me to always work my hardest and on vacation that you’ve never been to,
I started playing Somers T-ball put 100 percent e ort into everything where would you go and why?
when I was 5 years old and I got that I do. I am so grateful for him and
started because my sister was already everything he has done for me. I owe a I have always wanted to go to Italy.
involved in Somers softball and my lot of my success to him. ere is so much culture there to
dad was a volunteer coach. soak in and I am Italian so it would
Tell us one thing about yourself be amazing to go to the place of my
How did you feel overall about the that not a lot of people know? families’ roots.
softball season this year?
I love art. I am fascinated with What is your favorite food to eat
Overall, this season was the best drawings and paintings and I even do before or after a game?
season I have ever played. I had so some myself.
much fun with my teammates dancing I do not each much before games,
on the eld and making each other Will you continue to play softball I’ll usually just have a protein bar but
laugh. Most importantly, our team had in college? If yes, where are you going after games I love to eat a chicken
an amazing chemistry and we all got and why did you pick that school? parm wedge. It’s the best when you
along so well and formed such strong have just nished a game working
connections with one another. I am I will not be playing softball in col- hard and you are starving to have
going to miss them all so much next lege under a scholarship but I do plan some good Italian food.
year. on playing club or intramural softball.
Best place to eat in Somers?
As a senior on the team, how much Do you know what you want to It’s tough to choose because there
did you value being a leader? study in college? If yes, what and are so many great options. Some of my
why? most popular places to go to are Route
Ever since my freshman year start- 100 Mobil and Bobo’s Cafe.
ing on varsity, I had the mindset of I am going to be attending Fair-
leaving my mark on the Somers soft- eld University in the fall and will Facebook,Twitter, Snapchat or
ball program, which included being be studying business. I do not know Instagram? Why?
a leader. With this past season being exactly what major yet but I am
my rst year as a captain as well as my thinking management and marketing Instagram, because I get to express
senior year, it was especially important because together they t my personal- myself and share it with all of my
to me that I stepped up as a leader and ity very well. friends, but I try not to worry about
a role model for not just the under- social media too much.
classmen but for the JV and younger Who is your favorite professional
players as well. athlete and pro or college sports What would you tell a young
team? athlete growing up in Somers about
What was your favorite team activ- the experience of being part of the
ity, pregame or postgame ritual that Honestly, I do not have a favorite softball program and why should
you shared with your teammates? professional athlete but my dad and I they go out for the team?
have been fans of the Yankees for years
We had a few, but my favorite now, so they are my number one team. Being part of the Somers softball
would have to be blasting music before program is like being part of a family.
every home game and dancing on the What is your favorite music to
listen to warming up for a game? e team looks out for one another
eld while warming up. It hyped us all and picks each other up no matter
up and got us ready to play. De nitely rap. It always puts me in what and most importantly we have a
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Young players join seniors on soccer ﬁeld
Summer league opens to new talent, o ers practice for fall season
BY LUKE BUGONI e Tuskers defeated Byram rest of the game, giving them a 1-0 coach Brian Lanzetta. “It’s really a While facing some challenges
CONTRIBUTING WRITER Hills by a score of 1-0, improving win. great way to get the guys together within the squad, Lanzetta has still
their summer league record to 4-0. over the summer to keep them in led his team to success, and they’re
e Somers High School soccer e summer season makes shape and also maybe see young enjoying the experience.
team continued their summer Somers senior Ethan Cukaj it tough for teams to have full talent coming up.” Cukaj added, “I
league season on Sunday, and it scored the game’s only goal thanks attendance on game days. On think that the inevitable leadership “With the 4-0 start, we are just
seems they’re picking up just where to a long throw from fellow senior Sunday, the Tuskers played with qualities of all the seniors this year enjoying it and going game by
they left o last fall when they were Andrew Lasher. e goal came at multiple seventh and eighth allowed for our success last night game,”said Lanzetta. Cukaj added,
NYSPHSAA state nalists. the beginning of the second half. graders. even with seventh and eighth “I would say that our 4-0 start to
graders involved in the lineup.”
e backline of Somers was able “Players are away, and teams SEE SOCCER PAGE 24
to hold Byram Hills scoreless the are not full strength,” said Somers
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SOCCER PHOTOS: ROB DIANTONIO
FROM PAGE 23 Chris Goncalves looks to clear.
the summer league season has made us Jose Giron
favorites for the title. I feel like our only main of the
competition is going to be Rye and I think Tuskers
the way we’ve been playing recently will allow controls.
us to blow past Rye and nish rst in the
competition,”Cukaj added. Drew Lasher
However, even with the 4-0 start, both eye on the
Lanzetta and Cukaj don’t think a successful ball.
summer season indicates a successful fall
season. Joe Grippo pushes the tempo.
“I’m going to have to say no, mainly from a
more superstitious standpoint,”said Cukaj.
“Two years ago, when we won the summer
league, we ended up losing very early in
sectionals. However, last year we lost in the
nals of the summer league and then ended up
going to the state nal.” Lanzetta said, “I don’t
think the summer league is a true indication of
the upcoming 2019 season because teams are
not at full strength.”
Looking past the summer league, Cukaj
believes this Somers team has a chance to be
“I think we’re going to be very successful this
season. Although we’re losing key players like
Lucas Fecci and Jon Riina who really impacted
the success of our team last year, I feel that we
are more of a team this year,” he said. “Last
year, we relied a lot on our star players to win
us games and score goals. However, this year,
a greater aspect of teamwork has manifested.”
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1. Bridge building degree things 55. Prices creator
4. Catches 30. Wings 58. On a line at right 10. Riddle
9. A heavy type of music 31. Quotes as evidence angles to a ship’s length 11. Grads wear one
14. Original “Twilight for 59. Where boats are 12. Body part
Zone” host Serling 33. Acts glumly parked 13.The top of a pot
15. Rodent species 37. A man’s title 60. One who values 19. A type of meal
16. Finnish lake 38. It comes ﬁrst reason 21. Lake __, one of
17. Street (abbr.) 39. Edible mollusk 64. It might be on your the Great
18. Home of the US 41. Resembles a pouch driveway 24. Capital of
Naval Academy 42. He/she checks your 65. Small Iranian village Jordan
20. It held a convention health 66. Used to emphasize 25. A type of logic
once 43. Nobel Prize-winning 67. Mathematical term 26. Khoikhoi
22. Makes a loud, ringing biochemist (abbr.) peoples
sound 44. Stop momentarily 68. Long necked birds 27. A ﬁxed time of
23. Cave 46. Formerly (archaic) 69. Eyeglasses prayer in Christian
24. Lessening of 49. Commercial 70. When you hope to get liturgies
something 50. White vestment worn there 31. Arrives
28. MJ’s nickname “__ by clergy CLUES DOWN 32. Lemur
Jordan” 51. Island people of the 34. Small bodies of
1. Portuguese still water
district 35. __ route For puzzle solutions, please see
2. An 36. Breaks apart theparamountrehab.com
assembly of 40. A type of line
witches 41. Caption that
3. Having few translates
teeth 45. Winged
4.The act of 47. Criticize
going across severely
5. Nepalese 48. Leg bones
dynasty 52. Monetary unit
6. “Bye Bye 53. 007’s creator
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LLC FORMATION NOTICE Weisstuch, 426 Center St., Westbury, NY
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