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Published by Halston Media, 2019-09-05 13:33:45

The Somers Record 09.05.19

Vol. 9 No. 22 Visit for the latest news. Thursday, September 5, 2019

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Celebrate 9/11 Remembrance rides enable our clients to remain
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to continue to lead ful lling lives.
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for a day of fun. ere will be performances throughout the day
EDITOR: 914-302-5830 along with a DJ and food trucks. See the pull-out guide for more Ceremony will be at Bailey Park, and dental appointments, gro-
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John J., “Jack” Somers Seniors
Adult services are through the Van Tas- door. $5 round trip fee
John J., “Jack” Costello, 88
years of age, of Somers, passed sell House in Somers. For more informa- Shopping: Mondays transportation is
away on August 26th, 2019
in Putnam Hospital with his tion, contact program director Barbara available to clothing/gift shopping plazas
family around him. Jack was
born on August 7,1931,in New Taberer at 914-232-0807 or btaberer@ including JV Mall and the Danbury Mall,
York City to the late John and
Elizabeth Costello. Jack joined You can also visit Somer- Christmas Tree; Fridays transportation to
the Armed Forces in 1952 and
served as an MP in Germany or on Facebook at Somers Senior area grocery stores. Destinations include
for the Army. Following his
honorable discharge, he joined Services.All services are for ages 60 and up. Turco’s, Stew Leonard’s and Stop and Shop,
the New York City Police
Department in 1955 and Trips and events Shoprite, Door to door.
retired in 1977. He then joined Library: Hop aboard our alternate Tues-
the Ruden Real Estate family.
He nally retired in 2005 to for Somers seniors day run to the Library. Door to door.
a life of doing what he loved:
playing golf and spending time Seniors can participate in regularly sched- Activities
with his family and friends.
uled day trips and overnight trips to cultural
Jack married the love of
his life, Dianne (Truelove) points of interest. Additional information Creative writing class with Jo Ann:
Costello 28 years ago and
traveled and enjoyed their can be obtained by calling Don Belmont at Mondays 10:30 to noon beginning Sept. 9.
family and dear friends in
Heritage Hills for many years. 914-485-1960 Ballroom and Latin Dancing with
Dianne’s sister, Patricia and her
husband, Vincent Bocchino Mail checks to Somers Parks and Recre- Frank Elia: ursdays at 10:30 a.m. start-
and Jack were like brothers,
Richard Lee which made for a wonderful ation, P.O. Box 46, Somers N.Y. 10589 ing Sept. 12. is will be a six week series.
Bridgham Sr. foursome always.
Sign-up for the upcoming trips be- Space is limited to 12 people, so sign up
Jack is the loving father of
the late Patti Ann Calcado, gins July 10. Checks and sign-ups can be soon.
Margaret Ann Costello and
Mary Beth Carey (Michael) taken at weekly meeting site: Wednesdays Tai Chi for Arthritis Sept. 10 through
and 9 grandchildren: Mairead,
Richard Lee Bridgham Sr. , age Sean, Grace, Emma, Elizabeth, at Amawalk F.D. at noon, or thereafter by Nov. 1 with Melanie Sloane. Classes are

78, of Carmel, passed away on omas, James, Kevin and contacting Don at 914-485-1960, between 12:30-1:30 p.m. Tuesdays and 10:45-11:45
Jaclyn and numerous nieces
Aug. 28 surrounded by his family. and nephews. He was a 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Fri- a.m. Fridays.
wonderful grandfather, was
Rich was born in Brooklyn and always there for them and day. Water Color Class: Join Diana and Ja-
their memories including the
raised in White Plains by the many years of Santa Claus Ho Upcoming trips net every Wednesday from 10 1 p.m.
Ho Ho-ing. Jack was a friend
late Norma (née Halvorsen) and to all, a con dant to many September 14 NYC eatre Trip, Free.
and someone who you could
Minot Bridgham. He worked always depend on for comfort, “Tootsie” at the Marquis eatre. is is an Exercise Classes: 10:45 a.m. Monday
laughter and encouragement
for the City of White Plains - at was Jack Costello. A award winning musical. e ticket includes is exercise and music with Lori. 10:30-
wonderful kind friend and
and served as a re ghter for loved one. orchestra seating and lunch (NYC restau- 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays is music and dance

20 years. Rich was also the In lieu of owers, memorial rant TBA, awaiting contract). Bus transpor- with Richard; 12:30-1:30 p.m. Tuesdays is
contributions may be made to
owner of Patrician Paci c Paint Salvation Army or a charity of tation, tax/tips included. $175 per person, workout with Lori; 10:45 a.m. Wednes-
Contracting Company. Upon make checks payable to Somers Seniors days is body movement with Lori; 12:30-

his retirement from the re by July 19. We will depart/return to, from 1:30 p.m. Fridays is strength and balance

department, Rich worked as a Somers Town House 335 Rte. 202. with Lori.

professional corporate driver Nutrition Line Dancing with Richard. Tuesdays
10:30-11:30 a.m. Richard Barnett has been
for both Xerox and the CEO of

HSBC. He is predeceased by his leading group music and dance classes in

adoring wife Patricia Bridgham, Meals on Wheels: if you are having trou- Westchester for over 20 years. Line danc-

who was the light of his life. He ble preparing meals or getting out to shop, ing! Beginners welcome as well as more sea-

is survived by his three loving we can help out by delivering a hot meal to soned dancers,singles and couples welcome,

children, Cheryl Bridgham, your home. $2.00 donation suggested. or maybe you’d like to join us…have a seat,

Eileen (Nick) Kounios, Richard Lunch at Van Tassell House: a hot meal listen to the music and enjoy the dancing.

Lee Bridgham Jr. (Debra), is served Monday through Friday at noon. Lunch is available following the class.

four grandchildren, Michael $2.00 donation. Activities and outings Mah Jong Wednesdays 12:30 p.m. We

and Patrick Bridgham, Aidan available to all.Transportation is available to have beginner tables and tables for more ad-

and Liam Kounios, his brother those in need. vanced players.Tile sets are available.

Robert ( Janet ) Bridgham and Transportation Card Games, speakers, holiday parties
and Wii: Monday through Friday
many beloved nieces, nephews

and cousins. Book Club: 12:30 p.m. last Monday

A private family service is Wheelchair accessible vans are available of the month. With the assistance of the

planned. for transport to all destinations. Somers Library a monthly selection will be

Contributions in Richards Medical Appointments: Transporta- assigned and distributed to members. Do

name can be made to the tion to medical, dental and physical therapy not hesitate to be critical or forthcoming

Alzheimer’s Association appointments is available on Tuesdays, about your thoughts. We are here to share, Wednesdays and ursdays between the listen and enjoy.

EileenBridghamKounios hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. for Somers Bridge 10 a.m. Tuesdays and ursdays.

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Page 4 – The Somers Record Thursday, September 5, 2019

Lake Lincolndale swimming season cut short
Algae bloom visible in water

BY CAROL REIF Small BGA blooms in past seasons were

CONTRIBUTING WRITER spotted in the cove adjacent to Lakeshore

Drive South, near Lovell Street.

Around this time of year folks are usu- ey didn’t impact the lake in general

ally enjoying one last dip in Lake Lincoln- and “were well away from the swim area.

dale. 2019 was di erent,” the LLPOA said.

But this Labor Day weekend, that was “We’ve had them come and go, but

simply not an option at the Somers water- never as widespread as this, or seen them

front community. stick around this long,” O’Keefe said, add-

e culprit? Floating scums of blue- ing that this was the rst time he knew of

green meanies. the lake being closed to swimmers.

Blue-green algae (BGA), aka photosyn- In late May, the association began its bi-

thesizing organisms known as cyanobac- weekly Citizens’ Statewide Lake Assess-

teria, are not in themselves harmful, but ment Program (CSLAP) testing. ings

some strains can produce toxins that can looked great for the upcoming summer

a ect the liver, kidneys, or nervous system. season. However, in mid-June a suspicious

ese particular blooms appear to be bloom was spotted near the cove, sampled

dissipating at the 20-acre manmade lake and found negative for toxins. It waxed

and while tests have showed no toxins and waned throughout July—declared by

present, the Westchester County Health the National Oceanic and Atmospheric PHOTO COURTESY OF THE LLPOA
Department decided to temporarily pro- Administration (NOAA) as the hot- An algae bloom in Lake Lincolndale.
hibit swimming there just to be on the safe test month on record—until much larger

side, said Michael O’Keefe, who chairs the blooms were detected in “numerous areas Management Committee, and the county Warning signs have been posted to that

board of the Lake Lincolndale Property around the lake.” ey also tested negative have been keeping a close eye on the situ- e ect. As usual, no pooches are allowed on

Owners Association (LLPOA). for toxins, but, the LLPOA reported “it ation. Hence, the decision to keep the sta- the sanded beach.)

Harmful Algae Blooms (HABs) can was obvious” there was a larger problem tus quo as the swimming season drew to

cause rashes, eye irritation, and nausea in brewing. a close. NUTRIENT OVERLOAD

humans. e toxins, when present, can be In early August, tests con rmed a BGA e Lake Purdys community stepped Like Somers’ Lake Shenorock, Lake

fatal to pets, livestock, and waterfowl. of the species Anabaena (also called Doli- up with an o er of swimming for heart- Lincolndale has fallen prey to eutro-

e smelly and unsightly intruders can chospermum) although, again, no toxins broken would-be waders. phication, a process that, over time,

appear suddenly and without warning, were discovered. (Taking a stroll, or walking the dog, turns lakes more shallow and prone to

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Thursday, September 5, 2019 The Somers Record – Page 5

Your Somers Youth Sports Organization relies on
dedicated volunteers to maintain all of the programs for

the young athletes of Somers.

On October 17th, SYSO is holding elections at the Middle School
Library to establish it’s board members for 2020-2021. If you have
a child in baseball, basketball (boys / girls), or girls lacrosse and
are interested in making the programs even better, we need you!

Motivated parents are the backbone of SYSO both on the field and
behind the scenes! In addition to board positions, there are several
committees on which you can contribute. No sports background is
required! Join us in continuing to offer quality sports experiences to
our children. Volunteer today!

Please email if you’re able to
contribute a few hours a month to your child’s sports program. We
will contact you with more information.

Page 6 – The Somers Record Thursday, September 5, 2019

ALGAE problem. In fact, as the algae dies it re- A public hearing on the creation of a According to O’Keefe, the majority of
leases more nutrients into the water, exac- sewer district that would incorporate the Lake Lincolndale property owners are in

erbating the problem.” R10 areas of both Lake Lincolndale and favor of the multi-million dollar project,

harboring weeds and algae. at plan will require “the support of Lake Shenorock was held in August. It is which depends on whether Westchester

Climate change could be a factor, but LLPOA members and lake residents, to be continued on ursday, Sept. 5, and County allows the town to send sewage to

Lake Lincolndale’s algae and weed woes as well as cooperation with the town of ursday, Sept. 12. Town Board meetings its treatment plant in Peekskill.

are more likely due to stormwater runo , Somers,” the organization said. take place at 7 p.m. at Town Hall on Route e town is pursuing $10 million in

which contains loads of phosphorus and It is already aerating the water to de- 202. funding earmarked for sewering Lake

nitrogen—key components in lawn and stratify and bind phosphorus to the lake’s e town says the infrastructure is Lincolndale and Lake Shenorock as well

garden fertilizer. sediment. needed because both hamlets started as as other grants.

e LLPOA had tried to combat this In order to enforce aquatic bu ers summer retreats in the 1930s and 1940s e former’s BGA blooms, based on

by stocking weed-eating carp. Unfortu- around the lake, the LLPOA plans to ask and have since developed into year-round testing, don’t appear to have anything to

nately, the hungry shies did such a good adjacent homeowners to stop mowing residential communities. do with septic situation, and O’Keefe

job decimating the weeds that the lake’s within 25 feet of the shoreline to allow Because of the age of septic systems wouldn’t characterize the algae bloom’s

ecosystem got o -kilter, allowing algae to aquatic plants to grow. is should slow there and “limiting site conditions such as appearance as good timing, but he did al-

proliferate. runo and absorb some nutrients. Home small lot sizes/high density, poor soil and low that “it further illustrates the need for

e carp have now died o and some drainage, directed into the lake, would also shallow depth to bedrock and groundwa- public sewers.”

weeds are returning. be removed under the proposed measures. ter, many of these onsite systems are be- Calling it “vital,” the LLPOA said it is

Because of the rise in BGA blooms in e LLPOA is also encouraging home- yond their useful lives,” the town said on working with the town to seek funds and

the past few decades worldwide, there has owners to test their septic systems and re- its website. enact a stormwater management plan and

been increased awareness—and track- move “any now-illegal dry wells for their Decades of these conditions have af- system like the one recently installed at

ing—of the problem. graywater.” Graywater is relatively clean fected water quality and limited recreation Lake Shenorock.

wastewater from sinks, baths, washing opportunities. It is also asking folks not to use fertil-

ONGOING BATTLE machines and kitchen appliances. Lake Shenorock, which was taken over izers, saying “If it goes on your lawn, it will

e association treats the lake with e group has already earmarked areas by the town, “is no longer open to swim- certainly end up in the lake.”

Cutrine algicide about once a month around the lake where the e ects of ex- ming, and has been designated as an at- Finally, it is asking all Lake Lincolndale

to reduce lamentous algae mats and cessive nutrient loading can be seen and risk waterbody by the NYS Department residents to support e orts “to keep the

takes other proactive measures such as promised to assist homeowners in identi- of Environmental lake clean and beautiful” by joining the as-

the removal of cattails, a wetland plant fying malfunctioning septics. Conservation due to high level of pol- sociation.

with a unique owering spike found e county regularly tests Lake Lin- lutants.” At present, only 25 percent of Lake

in marshes and the edges of ponds. colndale for signs of septic seepage. e “Although not as severe, Lake Lincoln- Lincolndale homeowners pay dues to

“Cutrine is also usually e ective against good news is that E. Coli bacteria levels dale is also showing signs of deterioration, maintain what the LLPOA calls “the cen-

BGA blooms, but conditions were right are currently so negligible that they’re “not including algae blooms, despite the best terpiece of our community.”

for a very aggressive bloom,” the LLPOA even on the map,” O’Keefe said. e orts of the Lake Lincolndale Property “It’s not enough,” the organization said.

reported. However, with 400 homes in the com- Owners Association,” the town said. For more information, or to join the

e organization has created a plan to munity—and their aging septic elds and Moving away from septic systems, the LLPOA, contact O’Keefe at 914-310-

mitigate nutrient loading because, it re- cesspools—it’s probably just a matter of town contended, “lifts home expansion 6628, or email him at;

ported “using algicides to control algae time before that becomes a problem too, limitations, resulting in potentially higher or LLPOA President Rebecca Wintle,

only address the symptoms and not the according to town o cials. property values and an enhanced tax base.” 914-519-7244,


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e Somers Library is located at 82 you interested in fall gardening? or call the library at prescription drug coverage. In- my, computers and science. In the
Primrose St. Register for programs Want to learn how to save seeds 232-5717.
at or by calling and re-grow plants and harvest formation is provided about dif- future, members will choose the
914-232-5717. Programs are from this years garden? You can! Senior Benefits Information
funded by the Friends of the Somers Meet master gardener, Shanyn Center. Every Wednesday, 10 ferent types of government pro- books to be read. Cookies will be
Library through donations. Siegel who will share her tips on a.m. to 1 p.m. Senior Bene ts
seed saving! Use those leftover Information Centers (SBICs) grams. served. Space is limited to 15.
Fall Gardening and Seed seeds to help grow a new garden help older adults 60 and over
Saving Program, September in the spring! Register on our and those caring for the elderly If you can’t visit the library in Summer Art at the Somers
14, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Are online events calendar at somer- achieve a better understanding
of Medicare health plans and person, you can leave a message Library. Mondays 10:30 a.m.

on the SBIC helpline at 914- to 12:30 p.m. You can begin/

231-3260 or email us at SBIC@ continue to explore painting with your name, with acrylics. Instruction will

number, a time to call from 9 include mixing colors and addi- a.m. to 5 p.m. and whether your tives and the application of paint

interest is in Medicare services or with di erent tools to achieve

other bene ts. A counselor will dramatic e ects. Supply List:

return your call within two busi- Charcoal pencil, Sketchpad or

ness days. SBIC will not meet paper, Brushes, Canvas or can-

on days the Somers schools are vas board, Palette knife, Acrylic

closed due to snow. paints. Optional extras: Sponges,

Somers Library Non-Fiction Rollers, Folding easel, Fixative

Book Club. Mondays, Sept. 9, spray/hairspray. A $30.00 fee,

Oct. 7, Nov. 4 and Dec. 9 from payable to the instructor Judika

6:30-8:30 p.m. No mysteries, no Lieberman, is due the rst day of

love stories, no elves, no schools class.

for magic (not that there’s any- Somers Library Book Club.

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Thursday, September 5, 2019 The Somers Record – Page 9

West Nile Virus is close by
Westchester residents reminded to take precautions against mosquitoes

e following is from Westchester of mosquito-borne viruses in collecting water. pools, buckets and wheelbarrows and hot tubs until properly win-

County: the County. Last year, 10 local • Check and remove standing when not in use. terized or drained for the season.

batches of mosquitoes had West water from children’s toys and play • Change the water in birdbaths Also, if not chlorinated, drain any

Westchester County Executive Nile Virus out of 393 submitted houses left outside. at least twice weekly. water that collects on their covers.

George Latimer recommends for testing, with the rst collected • Remove discarded tires. • Keep storm drains and gutters Residents who notice large ar-

residents follow the Health on July 24, and four people were • Drill holes in the bottoms of clear of leaves and debris. eas of standing water on public

Department’s West Nile Virus diagnosed with West Nile Virus. all recycling containers that are • Even with the swimming sea- property should report them to

prevention advice to avoid In 2017, the virus was identi ed in left outdoors. son over, continue to chlorinate the Westchester County Depart-

mosquito bites by removing ve local mosquito batches out of • Turn over plastic wading swimming pools, outdoor spas ment of Health at 914-813-5000.

standing water after it rains and 380 submitted for testing and three

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Appliance My little co-pilot
Over the last few WHATWAS driveway in my beautiful,
They say that bad things MAN weeks, my sister and I THINKING? shiny new car. He looked at
happen in groups of three, OVERBOARD I have had marathon the car, then me: “Where are
and if I ever nd out who phone calls: two hours here, RUTHANN the dealer plates?” he asked.
they are, I’m going to tell them two hours there, and we don’t SCHEFFER
repeat ourselves! Amazing “ e car is mine, Dad.”
I’ll never forget the look of

how the time ies and all disappointment on his face.

that they are absolutely cor- RICK the memories come ooding He silently turned and went

rect. First, our air conditioning MELÉN back: some I didn’t remember back to his gardening. I got

unit went down, then our cable and some that Roe didn’t. A cherished re- all kinds of grief when I went inside. Mom

TV went out, then our clothes minder: I was 13 years old when this little girl was cool toward me because I’d hurt my father,

dryer went on the fritz. Oh, and was born. and Dad was silent when he came in. I can still

then the parking brake on my car died, but that’s probably the rst One piece of my life that we both remem- picture my seven-year old sister standing in the

bad thing in the next group of three and the other two will be along bered well was my rst car. I would drive kitchen, hands on her hips, shouting that they

shortly, so I don’t see any reason to change the rule. anything that had four wheels, a motor and a were being mean and “why shouldn’t Ruthie

I was complaining about how hot it was without air conditioning steering wheel. A bus or a truck wouldn’t stop have her own car?” is little half-pint was

to my wife, who was still at work. She said, “everyone here says it’s me—it was a challenge. Relatives’ cars were fair furious.

probably the capacitor- look it up on YouTube.” Luckily, there was a game. Dad was very stingy with his car. e I told my aunt about the cold war at home.

video on how to x your air conditioning capacitor on YouTube. First, times he let me borrow it were indeed few and She came to our house and stood face-to-face

you take your volt-ohmmeter and set it to 75 microfarads. at’s as far far between. He claimed he needed the car for with Dad.

as I got, because at that point I ran around testing everything in the business and that his insurance didn’t cover me. “Well,” she said “why shouldn’t Ruthie have

house. Our ashlight batteries need to be replaced, but I guess I could Finally, I decided there was a solution to this her own car? You never let her use yours!

have determined that slightly faster by turning the ashlight on. Also, problem: I’d buy my own car. I was twenty You’ve never let ANYONE borrow your car for

did you know that my cat has 122 ohms of resistance between his years old, responsible and had a job in Manhat- as long as I can remember.”

front paw and his back paw? I could have also gured out too the exact tan. I would need a co-signer for a car loan, but My father looked her straight in the eye and

resistance by the scratch on my arm. my father could help me with that. I started then burst out laughing. He could never be

It was so hot that I purchased a stand-alone air conditioning unit for going to the various dealerships in White upset for long with his little sister. Peace was

our basement from Amazon. It gets awfully hot in the Amazon so I Plains; it didn’t take me long to nd my dream restored once again and smiles returned.

gured they must know what they’re doing. It attaches to this big hose car. It was a 1956 Chevy Bel Air convertible, Pleasant memories are associated with my

that vents out the window, and it’s very quiet, like a DC-10 taxiing in cashmere blue and white, with a white top. I sweet car. My little sister not only was my co-

a library. My wife didn’t care for it as much as I did. “I don’t want to wanted Dad to come with me to check it out, pilot, she named the car “Blue Bonnet.” (I had

see a bunch of hose running out the window,” she said. I have to tell I knew he’d love it. Dad listened and when I’d forgotten her magical contribution to this major

you, that sentence sounds a lot di erent when you hear it as opposed nished, he said: “You don’t need a car; girls happening in my life). We had many favorite

to reading it. “Neither do I!” I said. “What’s the hurry?” She said a few don’t need their own cars.” Unacceptable, Dad! trips: going to Tommy Chen’s for lunch, going

more things which I couldn’t hear because the DC-10 was revving up My family knows that when I set out to do to Milk Maid for milk shakes, going to Jones

for take-o , but the bottom line was I had to get rid of it. something, I go full speed ahead. I called my Beach or just taking a ride with the top down.

e air conditioning unit must have weighed 70 pounds, and I was aunt (Dad’s baby sister and my godmother) During one of our recent conversations, Roe

thinking that Amazon is never going to come by and pick this thing and asked her if she’d co-sign the loan. She said she felt so proud and grown-up riding up

up so I can return it, but that’s exactly what they did. First I had to answered that my uncle would loan me the front in “Blue Bonnet.”

gure out how to get it back into the box it came in, where it did not money—he didn’t want me to pay interest on a Roe and I treasure these calls. We catch up

want to go. ose packages are designed for a one-way trip, and there loan-- I would make monthly payments to him. on our lives and remember times past that were

were pieces of styrofoam all over the place that didn’t t where they is was perfect—I’d own my dream car and happy and brought us so close. Of course, we’ve

did before. I nally had to shoot it with a tranquilizer dart and tie it up have dinner once a month with my aunt and shared sad and not-so-happy memories but

with nylon rope. SEE MELEN PAGE 13 uncle. Fantastic! that’s life, isn’t it? Until the next “marathoner,”

Dad was gardening when I pulled into the love you my little co-pilot!

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LIBRARY colorful, descriptive still-lifes and document copy is available. . If there is a book in you, a a.m. to 12:30 p.m.. It’s fall, an in-
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Embracing the joy of movement

Enjoyment is what gets exercise seems that helps to nd solutions. Walking is American Council on Exercise
people to start and stay moving free, and time can be found by (ACE). She is a certi ed Road
no matter how old you are. like a chore GUEST you and your setting your alarm thirty minutes Runners Club of America
Unfortunately, when it comes to or a “have to CORNER kids relax, get earlier each morning or having (RRCA) Running Coach too!
exercising, e ort, competition, play this sport stress as well kids exercise for thirty minutes Additionally, Christina is a
pressure and intensity all too after they get home from school certi ed and practicing Life
often comes at the expense of because my CHRISTINA as energy out, as oppose to starting their Coach, Schwinn Certi ed Spin
enjoyment. homework right away. Instructor and a certi ed SurfSet
parents are COLLINS and makes you Fitness Trainer. Christina has
Moving doesn’t have to be Step three is key: if exercising a (M.S.S.) Master of Sports
uncomfortable, miserable, forcing me,” feel good. We starts from a place of shame, Science Degree from the United
fearful or painful at any age, size self-criticism, inadequacy, or States Sports Academy with
or ability; in fact, it shouldn’t be. motivation will always being forced to participate, then a concentration in Personal
It’s a no brainer that people will you or your child or likely both Training and earned a (B.S.)
avoid things that make them to participate do more of will loose the intrinsic joy of the Bachelor of Science in Physical
feel bad, scared, judged, anxious activity rather quickly. Education, minor in Psychology
or any other negative emotion. diminishes and it will frequently what makes us feel good. It’s and cross endorsement as a Health
People repeatedly choose leisure Christina Collins is a Personal Educator.
activities for pleasure, relaxation be skipped or avoided whether important to nd your joy for Trainer and Group Fitness
and stress reduction, so if Instructor certi ed by the
one is 6 or 66 years old. moving, whether it’s walking,

Step one to embracing the running, cycling, various sport

joy of movement is to change skills, yoga, or learning to lift

your mindset and view exercise weights in the comfort of your

and movement not as a way to own home.

“ x” a problem such as weight Step two is to identify barriers

gain or too much sedentary to movement, like a lack of

technology, but as an activity time, location, money, and then

Back-to-school safety guidelines

As children head back to tips families can keep in mind to and from school. e majority of entering or exiting the bus. bus driver before crossing busy
school, they and their parents ensure a healthy and happy up- school bus-related injuries occur While at the bus stop, chil- streets.
have lots to do to be ready for the coming school year. while students are boarding and
getting o the bus. Over the last dren must remember to stay at While on the bus, observe the
rst days of school. Clothing and SCHOOL BUS SAFETY 10 years, the NHTSA says nearly least ve large steps away from rules and stay seated at all times.
supplies may be top priorities, e National Highway Traf- two-thirds of school-age pedes- the road and wait to board until Keep the center aisle clear of
but families also should focus on trians who were fatally injured the driver says so. When leaving backpacks.
safety as the rst day of school c Safety Administration says by school buses or other vehicles the bus, students should make
draws close. that school buses are the saf- were hurt after being struck while sure there is no oncoming traf- SEE SAFETY PAGE 23
est way for children to travel to
e following are some key c and wait for a signal from the

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e meaning and history of Labor Day

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Labor Day was last weekend you to do a column about this Dear Lizzy, SILBERT after the summer was over. Soon
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Somers sets sights on section title

Tuskers have skill players galore; open Friday at Greeley

BY ROB DIANTONIO ana, a 2010 graduate.

CONTRIBUTING WRITER e defensive line is led by Grinrod

and Cheek with the third spot up for

Heading into just his junior season, grabs.

Jack Kaiser is already one of the best full- Linebacker is a concern because De-

backs to ever play for Tony DeMatteo, Matteo has to use Kaiser there and hopes

the veteran coach said. it doesn’t a ect his o ensive production.

Kaiser rumbled for 999 yards and 24 Junior Anthony Cheek, junior Shane

rushing touchdowns during a stand- Repp, sophomore Ethan Krauss, junior

out sophomore season and DeMatteo is Julian Casciano and senior Dom Vinci

looking for even more this year. are some players in the mix for linebacker

“I don’t know if he’s the best fullback spots.

I’ve ever coached, but he’s in the top ve e secondary has a wealth of play-

already,” DeMatteo said. “I expect him makers in the mix, including Balancia,

to have another big year. He’s de nitely Rossi, Rios, Oli ers, Gionta, junior Nate

gotten stronger and we’ve got some tools Rosenzweig, McGrane, Zampaglione

around him.” and Pufahl.

Somers has skill players galore as the Punting duties will be handled by Kos-

Tuskers pursue their fourth section title sow. Alex Cabo, a

in the past eight seasons. With a young Schedule junior, and Kapica
squad that started 0-2 last year, Somers are in the mix for
rattled o six straight wins and reached Fr@idaHyo, rSaecpet.G6r,e7elepy.m. the eld goal, ex-
the Section 1 Class A semi nals, falling Fridayv,sS. eYoprtk. t1o3w,n7 p.m. tra point and kick-
to eventual champion John Jay (Cross FFrrFiiddriaadyyFa,,ryOOi,dccSa@ttey..,p14TSt1a,.e7p,2pp70pta.,.pnm27.m7Z.p,e@..7mevsFp..o.vmNxsyL..aaRcnykee o responsibilities.
River). “Kossow is ex-
cellent,” DeMat-
at experience of getting o to a slow teo said. “Cabo
start and rebounding toughened Somers has been hurt with
and prepared them for the future, De- a very bad pulled
Matteo said. hamstring but if
he’s healthy we’ll
“We had a brand new team and they have a strong kick-
had to understand what it took to win,” Junior fullback Jack Kaiser scored 24 touchdowns a year ago. ing game.”
he said. “We had a very good preseason FILE PHOTO/ROB DIANTONIO Senior Bruno Im-
(last year) but when preseason was over,
we kind of regressed because they thought it was all splitting time last season. Sophomore Matt

over. at’s what I’ve been telling this team is that it’s Kapica is an excellent No. 2 quarterback, De- hof was named the

the end of the beginning. We’ve now got to try to get Matteo said. team’s special teams

better every day. ey didn’t do that and we lost the rst “It’s his show to lose,” DeMatteo said of Kossow. captain.

two games. at woke them up and that’s when we went “He’s smart and he can throw, but he can run, too. He’s e Tuskers set out on their quest this week,

on a run.” a de nite threat.” opening up on the road against Horace Greeley at 7

Somers’ last section title came in 2016 when the Senior Kenny McGrane, a team captain, will be a p.m. on Friday, Sept. 6.

Tuskers went on to win their rst state championship weapon at wide receiver along with fellow senior Daniel “I have never not set a goal to win a sectional cham-

in school history. Rios. pionship in 50 years,” DeMatteo said. “To me, I don’t

Joining Kaiser in the back eld is speedy senior cap- “ ey’re both dudes,” DeMatteo said. “ ey’re going want to come and tell my team, ‘Listen, we’ve got a lot

tain Charlie Balancia, who recorded 1,067 all-purpose to have great years.” of young guys. We’re going to get ready for the next two

yards last year and is getting looked at by Division 1 Senior Anthony Gionta and sophomore T.J. Oli ers years.’ What does that do to the seniors? My goal, every

colleges. e Tuskers have a wealth of talented halfbacks are two other options at receiver. year, has been to win a sectional championship so that’s

and fullbacks, including senior Nick Rossi, junior T.J. e o ensive line is where DeMatteo is most con- what it is this year.”

Deagan, senior Zach Lupinacci, junior Justin Pufahl, cerned with just two returning starters. Dom Cheek, a But he knows it won’t be easy with a number of tal-

sophomore Derek Marcus, senior captain Charlie Grin- senior captain, started at center last season but might ented teams in the way.

rod and junior Cole Zampaglione. move to guard. Senior Joe Gri th returns at left tack- “Class A is the toughest class with John Jay, (Our

“We’re kind of loaded in the back eld,” DeMatteo le. e right tackle spot will be a split between senior Lady of ) Lourdes, Somers, Yorktown and Rye,” De-

said. Tommy Gall and freshman Jake Polito. Polito is the rst Matteo said. “Any one of those teams can win the sec-

Jackson Kossow, a junior, returns at quarterback after freshman DeMatteo has had on varsity since Matt Dei- tion.”

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Somers’ goal is to return to section final
Experienced Tuskers return eight starters
Jessica Rodriguez


BY ROB DIANTONIO “We’ll move her around but she’ll primar-

CONTRIBUTING WRITER ily play outside mid,” Saia said. “ e girl can run

forever. She’s very physically strong, has great ball

With eight starters returning, Somers’ girls soc- skills and can defend anybody.”

cer team will look to return to the top of the Class Fellow seniors, Karlene Kurtz and Meghan

A mountaintop this season. Blanch, will also be critical mid elders for the

But coach Paul Saia isn’t getting ahead of him- Tuskers.

self. Dahlia Pepe, a junior mid elder, set up the ma-

“I feel like we always try to put the bar high and jority of Pittman’s goals and should be a goal dis-

try to strive for those goals,” said Saia, whose team tributing magician again in 2019.

last made an appearance in the section nal in “She is great on the assists and I’m expecting

2016.“Just because we have a lot of returning play- her to score more goals than she did last year,”Saia

ers, that doesn’t mean anything. is team hasn’t said.

accomplished anything yet.” Leading the defense is senior Alexis Atkinson,

Somers, which lost to section nalist Pearl River, who joins Rodriguez as an Iona College commit.

2-0, in the quarter nals last year, graduated some “I would say she’s one of the best defenders in

key players like Alex Pittman, Alix Goldman and the section,” Saia said. “She’s very athletic, she’s

Mia Klayman. very good with both feet and she’s very fast.”

“We lost some critical players from last year,” A big addition for Somers is senior goalkeeper

Saia said. “Even though we didn’t lose that many Rachel Ross, who returns after playing academy

in number, but the quality and leadership of those soccer the past two seasons. She is committed to

players was invaluable.” Rider University.

Pittman was the team’s leading scorer the past Kayli McMorrow, a junior, is another returning

two seasons, so Somers will need a team e ort to starter on defense. Junior Noelle DeMarinis, ju-

make up for her production, Saia said. nior Alexa Vanga and senior Jordan May are other

“It’s going to be a collective e ort, absolutely,” players the Tuskers will look toward to ll out the

he said. “I actually like it better that way because defense.

you spread the scoring out a little bit. We need “I feel like we are a well-rounded team,” Saia

players to step up this year. Even though they were said. “I think defensively we’ll be solid and to me

in the starting lineup (last year), they still need to you build a team from defense.”

step up and pick it up a notch.” Somers was scheduled to open the

Jessica Rodriguez, a senior who is committed to season by traveling to Harrison on

Iona College, is a force in the mid eld and will Wednesday, Sept. 4. It then has its

be counted on to nd the back of the net. “She’s home opener when it welcomes Gor-

very solid and a very good player in the middle,” ton for a 4:15 p.m. game on Friday,

Saia said. Sept. 6.

Kayleigh Kenny, a senior who is committed to “We haven’t been back to the section

Drexel University, is another key mid elder for nals since 2016 and that is our objective

Somers. to get back there,” Saia said.

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Tuskers look to build off last season
Senior co-captains Clark and Dineen are three-year starters


Somers eld hockey nished 10-4-2 under new

coach Michelle Armstrong last season and the Tusk-

ers are looking to build on that in 2019.

“Our goals for this season are to create a very

positive atmosphere on and o the eld,” said senior

Haley Dineen. “We hope to help each other learn

and grow throughout the season. If we maintain a

positive attitude as a unit, we will be successful on

the eld.”

e Tuskers won an opening-round playo game

over Hendrick Hudson last season but fell in the

quarter nals in heartbreaking fashion to Pearl River

in a shootout.

Dineen and senior co-captain, Erin Clark, are

three-year returning starters and mid elders for the

Tuskers. Clark was named All-Section last season Senior co-captains Haley Dineen (left)
while Dineen was All-League. and Erin Clark (right)

“I feel I am very prepared to take on the leader- FILE PHOTOS/ROB DIANTONIO
ship role as captain,” Clark said. “I have learned a lot

and continued to develop my skills over the past two “ ey both have a lot of strength on defense,”

years. I feel Haley and I have a great dynamic and it Dineen said.“ e two of them and our goalie,Nicole

really shows on the eld. is year, we have worked Garrity, are going to do great back there this season.” 9/5 – 9/11

a lot on becoming more vocal on the eld and we Dineen thinks that speed is the team’s biggest Tuskers in Action

think it will really lead to great results.” strength. Home games bolded

Isabella Del Vecchio and Nieve Mahood, both ju- “We have a ton of really fast girls such as Nieve CROSS COUNTRY
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niors playing mid elder/forward,will also be relied on. Mahood, Bella Del Vecchio and Ciara Murphy,” she
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“ ey have been working really hard during pre- said.“I think our speed is going to help a lot with our Tuesday, Sept. 10, 4:30 p.m. Mega Duel @ Bowdoin Park

season and are prepared to have a great season,” transition up the eld.” FIELD HOCKEY
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Clark said. Somers was scheduled to open the season against
High School
Dineen believes that sophomores Lily Carino and Pawling in the opening round of the Tuskers’ yearly Saturday, Sept. 7, 7 p.m. @ Rye
Tuesday, Sept. 10, 4:15 p.m. vs. Pearl River
Julie Sirchia are going to have “amazing seasons.” tournament on Wednesday, Sept. 4. e Tuskers
“ ey both play forward and are going to be a big will then compete in either the championship game Friday, Sept. 6, 7 p.m. @ Horace Greeley

presence on the eld,” Dineen said. (5:45 p.m.) or consolation game (4 p.m.) the next SOCCER BOYS
ursday, Sept. 5, 4:15 p.m. @ Tappan Zee
e defense took a hit due to graduation and in- day.
Saturday, Sept. 7, 3:30 p.m. Tournament @ Yorktown
jury but senior Nicole Garrity is a returning starter in “Some team goals we have are to work more co- Wednesday, Sept. 11, 4:15 p.m. vs. Byram Hills

net. Graduates Grace Farina and Lindsey Hersh eld hesively as a unit on the eld and really nish and SOCCER GIRLS
Friday, Sept. 6, 4:15 p.m. vs. Gorton
were key players on defense. Senior Jen Campbell is execute our corners,” Clark said. “We need to all Tuesday, Sept. 10, 4:15 p.m. @ Albertus Magnus

out for the season, recovering from an ACL tear she show up and give 100 percent e ort to each game SWIM GIRLS
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Tuesday, Sept. 10, 4:30 p.m. @ North Rockland
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players Dineen expects to step up and solidify the takes to be successful this season and are willing to ursday, Sept. 5, 4:15 p.m. @ Lakeland

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Do negative halftime speeches work?

MARSH more of a question of do you, able to play better than we were long to settle down. but for the most part, the value

MADNESS the coach, have a pulse of the and that we deserved to be there,” “Consequently, we gave up an of a player or coach is objective.

team? Do you have a strong Hendrie said. early goal and couldn’t recover,” As fans, we sometimes twist

enough relationship and trust His team scored four unan- Hendrie said. “To this day, I ourselves into pretzels trying

BRIAN level with your players when swered goals in the second half, blame our loss on my overly stern to excuse poor performances of
MARSCHHAUSER the players need to be told to winning the game 5-0.
pre-game pep talk.” athletes we like, but as the saying

do more?” e next year, however, the I’ve always loved sports because SEE MARSCHHAUSER
Relaying critical informa- same type of speech fell at. His they’re quanti able. Perhaps
Inspirational locker room tion, Meadows has found, is more team came out sti and took too we’ve gone too far with analytics,
speeches are a hallmark of
sports movies. e ective when it comes from the 5TH ANNUAL YORKTOWN FEAST OF

“Player to player communica-

Who can forget Herb Brooks tion helps with accountability,”

in “Miracle” trying to rally the he said. SAN GENNARO
U.S. hockey team before their Both Meadows and Ron Hen- SEPTEMBER
legendary upset over the unbeat- 11-15, 2019
able Soviets in the 1980 Olympic drie, coach of North Salem boys
Games? soccer, used the same language
when talking about this approach.

“Great moments are born from ey describe it as letting players STATUE
great opportunity. And that’s “take ownership” of their perfor-
what you have here tonight, mance. PROCESSION
boys. at’s what you’ve earned THURSDAY
here tonight. One game. If we “One of the best ways to do
played ‘em 10 times, they might that is to use the methodology THE 12TH
win nine. But not this game. called guided discovery, whereby 6:30pm
Not tonight.Tonight, we skate asking pointed questions and al-
with them.Tonight, we stay with lowing them to come up with the
them. And we shut them down answers would be a very e ective
because we can! Tonight, we are way to steer them to their own
the greatest hockey team in the solutions,” Hendrie said. “Not
only does this empower the play-

world.” ers, but it also provides an avenue

Goosebumps. for them to become intrinsically

But, according to a recently motivated.” GRAND YSTOARRTKSTBOEHWINND
published study, successful An experienced motivator, MARSHAL: FIREHOUSE
speeches are more likely to Hon. Sal
resemble the one Tom Hanks’ Hendrie has coached at North Lagonia WEDNESDAY-
character gave in “A League of Salem for 32 years. Relaying an FRIDAY
e ective message—for both indi- COMMERCE
eir Own.” vidual players and the team—in 5pm-11pm
“ ere’s no crying in baseball!” just 10 minutes can be di cult,
Researchers from the Uni- especially when you consider
versity of California, Berkeley what else needs to be accom-
watched 304 speeches from 23 plished at halftime, such as rest,
high school and college teams rehydration and game-planning.
and found that “players seem to
perform better after a harsh, more But is it better to be a drill
negative halftime speech from sergeant or a friend? It depends
on the situation.

their coach,” according to study- “ e method of communica- STREET & tion should most certainly be

To summarize, negative engaging but not necessarily high RAILROAD PARK SATURDAY
speeches led to quanti ably better energy, harsh and negative in na- 12pm-11pm
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frustration and negativity were screaming at them would just
shown to detrimentally a ect make the problem worse.”
their players’ performance.
Coaches, Hendrie said, “need
I reached out to some coaches to have multiple tools in their
in our area to nd out their toolbox and know when to use
thoughts on the study. What kind them in various situations and
of halftime speeches do they typi- with various players.”
cally give? Have they found any
correlation between more nega- Borrowing a quote, Hendrie
said, “If the only tool you have is

tive speeches resulting in better a hammer, then you will tend to

performance? How does a coach treat everything as if it’s a nail.”

strike that balance? Hendrie’s rst state title team

“Obviously, it depends on the (1993) had only heard calm

situation of the game,” said Mike speeches from their coach that Visit our Facebook Page
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“However, I always try to be as were winning 1-0, the coach

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less of the score at the half. In forming.

my opinion, it’s not a question of “I spoke loudly, critically and

positive or negative speeches; it’s quickly as I scolded that we were

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Grant Tragni voted captain of RPI football MARSCHHAUSER
Somers alum looks to lead Engineers to another conference title
SPORTS EDITOR senior linebacker for goes, “Stats don’t lie.”
Cal-Berkley’s study is
Grant Tragni, a 2016 Somers High School graduate, was recent- the RPI Engineers.
ly named captain of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute football interesting but ultimately
team. PHOTO COURTESY awed. ough the second-half
RPI, which competes in Division III, is considered one of the performances they studied can’t
top engineering colleges in the nation. What people might not Tragni said he doesn’t have expectations for the 2019 season. In be disputed, there are too many
know is it also has a pretty darned good football program. fact, he said, he hasn’t even thought about RPI’s rst-week oppo- subjective variables to objec-
nent (Allegheny College on Sept. 7). tively say negative speeches
Fittingly nicknamed the Engineers, RPI has captured the Lib- equate to better performances,
erty League conference title two of the last three seasons. Last year, “When you’re driving that night, you don’t think about the des- as our coaches have said.
RPI advanced to the Elite 8 of the Division III playo s. Finishing tination,” he said. “You think about the next 200 feet because that’s
with a 10-2 record, they were ranked near the Top 10 in most end- all your headlights can see.” • How important is the
of-year polls. game? Is it the third game of
Tragni doesn’t even take it one day at a time; he takes it one play the season? e state champi-
is year, Tragni said, RPI is “looking for our third title in four at a time. onship?
years. We’ve been to the postseason for three years straight. We
have a great head coach (Ralphi Isernia). He’s really building a e focus for the Engineers is to win every play. • Is the “negative” speech
great program.” “You win enough plays, you win games,” Tragni said. only e ective because it was
Tragni is currently studying industrial and management engi- preceded by 10 “positive” ones?
Tragni, a senior, is an inside linebacker who mostly played special neering. He will then study quantitative nance risk analytics in
teams until this year. He was voted captain by his teammates. RPI’s graduate program. • What exactly is a nega-
tive speech, anyway? Does the
“I always try and bring a lot energy to the team and always try to coach’s voice have to reach a
encourage them a lot,” he said. certain decibel level? Exceed a
certain number of swear words?
Before coming to RPI, he played quarterback for Somers, win-
ning the state championship four years ago. Ultimately, Hendrie said,
“A strong halftime talk should
“Just playing football in general taught me so many di erent life really be a conversation facili-
lessons,” like hardwork and discipline,” Tragni said. tated by the coach.” It should
meet the needs of both indi-
It’s often said that players who make smart decisions on the eld vidual players and the team
have a “high football IQ.” e players at RPI just have high IQs. as a whole, it should build
chemistry and con dence
“We have some really smart people,” he said. while pointing out areas for
at intelligence certainly translates into smart football, Tragni improvement, it should follow
an established routine but also
said. For example, in certain situations, the Engineers preach bat- be engaging.
ting down passes instead of trying to intercept them. A lot of focus
is also put on time management. Good luck portraying that
in a movie.





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1. Fertile desert spots 28. Luke’s mentor __-Wan variety 14. Begin
6. Married woman 29. Fencing swords 54. Group of organisms 17. A good thing to have
9. Some animals travel in one 31. Oh, heavens! 56. Produces 20. Language spoken in Laos
13. Fear 33. Insensitive to changes in 60. Passage into a mine 21. Loosely compacted
14. Hawaiian island price 61. __ and cheeses sediment
15. Fit to work 36. Hillsides 62. Semitic fertility god 23. Naturally occurring
16. Electronic counter- 38. Brew 63. Dry or withered protein
countermeasures 39. Gland secretion 64. Religious ceremony 25. Woman
17. Former Senator Specter 41. A typical example 65. __ Winger, actress 26. Central Indian city
18. Cambodian currency 44. Get up 66. German river 27. Volcanic craters
19. Dave Matthews Band hit 45. You put it on your pasta 67. Midway between northeast 29. The largest existing land
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24. Blue grass state 51. One millionth of a gram 34. Historic Nevada city
CLUES DOWN 35. A point of transition
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clams 42. Records electric currents
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chair 47. Partner to his
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