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Published by Halston Media, 2019-08-07 16:30:25

The Somers Record 08.08.19

Vol. 9 No. 18 Visit TapIntoSomers.net for the latest news. Thursday, August 8, 2019

Somers resident Jane Rothschild caught a rainbow
over Somers Middle School after a rain storm last week.

PHOTO: JANE ROTHSCHILD

CREATIVE STARTS

SHS grad’s art featured on NYC train

BY CHRISTINE BROOKS e Mac lab, with its nearly two dozen macs Taking her commitment to the arts to the
SOMERS HIGH SCHOOL ART DEPARTMENT each loaded with Adobe creative suite, was next level, Brigit continued her studies beyond
originally established with a generous Somers Somers at e School of the Art Institute of
If you have recently ridden the Times Education Foundation grant and has contin- Chicago (SAIC), where she graduated in 2017
Square shuttle you’ve seen the creative, ued to be an asset to the department in prepar- with a BFA concentrating in visual communi-
vibrant, innovative and whimsical ing students to acquire 21st century skills and cations. Shortly thereafter, Brigit interned and
work of Brigit Hickey, an alumni of create real world designs. was quickly snatched up by R/GA, an interna-
Somers High School. tional innovation consultancy headquartered in
Brigit credits the experiences in the lab for New York with o ces throughout the world.
Her enthusiasm for learning brought sparking her passion for design. From 2011-
life to the classroom, much as her de- 2013, Brigit took graphic design, graphics and R/GA delivers advertising and marketing
signs enliven the famous “S” train. publication, photo, fashion and a variety of oth- products through the use of technology and
er ne art electives. She was a trailblazer when design. Brigit’s work as a designer for R/GA
Brigit Hickey she helped begin Somers rst chapter of the
National Art Honor Society. SEE CREATIVE STARTS PAGE 3
PHOTO COURTESY OF BRIGIT HICKEY

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BACK TO SCHOOL 18
BUSINESS & REAL ESTATE 27
CLASSIFIEDS 26
ELEPHANT’S TRUNK 2
LEGAL NOTICES 27
LEISURE
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SPORTS
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20 Weekly market fun for all.
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Page 2 – The Somers Record ELEPHANT’S TRUNK Thursday, August 8, 2019

The Staff Girls Flag Football for hundreds of community members from passed away from ovarian cancer. ere will
across the region to enjoy a fun- lled after- be a live DJ and a K9 show for the kids.
EDITORIAL TEAM Join us on Saturdays for Girls Flag Foot- noon full of toe-tapping live music by the
JODI WEINBERGER ball! Registration is ongoing. Season starts Station Agents, children’s activities, local Sports Camps
September 14th! Ages K-8, all towns in- brews, delicious o erings from an array of
EDITOR: 914-302-5830 vited! Open house date TBD at the end of food trucks, ra e prizes, corn maze, hayrides Want your children to try something new
WEINBERGER@HALSTONMEDIA.COM August, any questions please email: som- and more! Free festival tickets are available this summer? Somers Parks & Recreation
ersgirls agfootball@gmail.com. Come play on a rst-come, rst-served basis and avail- has partnered with US Sport Institute’s to
GABRIELLE BILIK #likeagirl! able by registering by going to http://bit.ly/ bring you their agship Multi Sports Camp,
SPORTS EDITOR: 914-214-4285 Stuartsforever. All are encouraged to reserve where campers try up to 14 di erent sports
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ond annual Family Farm Festival at Stuart’s 14, will bene t Ned and Nika who’s mom SEE TRUNK PAGE 4
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Thursday, August 8, 2019 The Somers Record – Page 3

County helps fill backpacks for low-income children

e following is from Westchester County: gram helps us to do just that.”

In 2018, the Sharing Shelf distributed

Helping local children start the new aca- over 1,450 backpacks and over 35 percent

demic school year ready to learn,Westches- were requested by Westchester County’s

ter County partnered with Family Services Department of Social Services. Nearly

of Westchester to launch the “Backpacks 60,000 Westchester County children live in

to School” Program for 2019. Each sum- low-income homes, and 36 percent qualify

mer, e Sharing Shelf, a program of Fam- for free or reduced price lunch. Meanwhile,

ily Services of Westchester, runs a county- the average family spends $122 on school

wide drive between May and August to supplies, a sum that can be out of reach for

raise the funds needed to purchase new low-income families and those living below

school supplies for elementary, middle and the poverty level in Westchester County.

high school students. e Sharing Shelf is “ e Sharing Shelf believes that ev-

seeking to raise $35,000 to ll at least 1,250 ery child deserves to start the school year

backpacks with new binders, notebooks, prepared and ready to learn,” e Sharing

folders, crayons, pencils, pens and paper Shelf Program Director Deborah Blatt

this year. said. “Keeping children in school is one of

“When we think back on our ‘ rst day of our goals. We are proud to partner with

school’memories from childhood, we prob- Westchester County to ensure that so many

ably think about our mom or dad dropping low income children will walk through the County executive George Latimer with The Sharing Shelf, a program of Family Services
us of at school with a new book bag, lled school doors next month with a new back- of Westchester.
with new school supplies for the year,” pack and new school supplies. We hope

Westchester County Executive George each child will have a smile on their face e Sharing Shelf Program Director, clothing for infants, children and teens. e

Latimer said. “But for many kids living in and con dence in their step, putting them Deborah Blatt at thesharingshelf@fsw.org clothing is distributed to local, low income

Westchester County, a backpack lled with on the path to learning and future success.” or (914) 305-5950 or visit fsw.org/back- children through area social service agen-

colourful notebooks, a lunch box, pencils e backpacks will be distributed before packs. cies, schools, hospitals and other non-prof-

and pens, is something they can’t a ord. A Labor Day to children throughout West- Founded in 2009, e Sharing Shelf is its at no cost. e children receive a week’s

new backpack stu ed with school supplies chester County. To nd out more about Westchester’s clothing bank for children. worth of seasonally appropriate clothing

can make all the di erence, and this pro- how to help or to donate, please contact e program collects new and gently used matched to their sizing needs.

CREATIVE STARTS

FROM PAGE 1

is on display throughout the Big Ap-
ple for Mailchimp’s new campaign:
“Now what? at’s what.” Going
into NYC is like taking a walk or,
quite literally, “ride” through her
work. In addition to the shuttle, she
helped concept the entire look and
feel of the campaign, and got the
chance to work along side famed
photography duo Juco. Brigit and
her team have 70 ads throughout
Manhattan on sidewalk kiosks, to
two massive digital billboard units
in Times Square and Penn Station.

Her creative trajec-
tory is unlimited and
had its spark in the
Somers High School
art department’s stu-
dios and labs. Check
out more of Brigit’s
work on her website,
brigithickey.com.

PHOTOS COURTESY
OF BRIGIT HICKEY

Gary Forbes Chris Radding Route 100
Market
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Page 4 – The Somers Record ELEPHANT’S TRUNK Thursday, August 8, 2019

TRUNK TEAM Tuskers dent in the schools. Mentoring ment, and a computer. are advised to bring a blanket or

FROM PAGE 2 is based on building a supportive If you are interested, please lawn chair.

Somers Land Trust ere is an information ses- relationship between an adult and visit somersschools.org/team- Please call the Recreation
sion for those interested in learn- a student—to provide insight, to tuskers; email teamtuskersmen- O ce at 914-232-8441 x 4 for
ing more about TEAM Tuskers guide, to listen and to be sup- toring@gmail.com, or call 914- cancellation information in the

coming up: 2 p.m. ursday, Aug. portive. Mentors meet with their
15, at SMS. Each meeting will mentee for about an hour each
last for about an hour. week at either SIS or SMS, be-
fore school, during lunch or after
TEAM Tuskers mentoring school. Rooms have been set aside
is looking for committed, dedi-
for Yorktowne following dates are volun- 481-2716. event of inclement weather

teer days at Angle Fly Preserve Veterans Outreach Somers School
at 9 a.m.: Aug. 11, Aug. 24, Sept. District
8, Sept. 21. Dress to cover skin, Westchester County invites
bring gloves and use tick repel-

lent. Bring loppers and clippers. cated adult men and women to in each school for these meetings veterans to join in on the rst The Somers High School

Wear sturdy shoes and bring spend an hour each week during and are equipped with games, arts community outreach day from 9 Class of 2021 is selling car win-

water. the school year to support a stu- and crafts, puzzles, sports equip- a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. dow decals. For more informa-

now that deserves a free car? 14 at the Mt. Kisco American tion, visit www.somersschools.
Legion, 1 Legion Way, Mt. Kisco. org/ - Families tab - PTA and

nate a for Yorktown Reis Park Concerts then SHS PTSA. All proceeds
bene t the SHS Class of 2021.

to Win Cel•eHebilnprNaeaFerditenidng 10 years Somers Department of Parks St. Luke’s Food
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e Somers Library is located at 82 Centers (SBICs) help older adults tage, and Medigap supplement trained counselors in a private set- to explore painting with acrylics.

Primrose St. Register for programs at 60 and over and those caring for the plans ting. No appointment is necessary. is is a fun, relaxed class with

somerslibrary.org or by calling 914- elderly achieve a better understand- • Part D prescription drug cov- If you can’t visit the library in inspirational background music

232-5717. Programs are funded by ing of Medicare health plans and erage person, you can leave a message to inspire your creativity! Instruc-

the Friends of the Somers Library prescription drug coverage. Informa- • Medicare savings plans for on the SBIC helpline at 914-231- tion will include mixing colors

through donations. tion is provided about di erent types low-income seniors 3260 or email us at SBIC@wls- and additives and the application

of government programs. Meet with • Financial bene t programs such mail.org with your name, number, of paint with di erent tools to

Senior Benefits Information trained counselors in a private setting as Home Energy Assistance Pro- a time to call between 9 a.m.—5 achieve dramatic e ects. Supply

Center. Every Wednesday, 10 a.m. to get information about: gram (HEAP),food stamps (SNAP) p.m.and whether your interest is in List: Charcoal pencil, Sketchpad

- 1 p.m. Senior Bene ts Information • Medicare, Medicare Advan- You will be able to meet with Medicare services or other bene ts. or paper,Brushes,Canvas or canvas

A counselor will return your call board, Palette knife, Acrylic paints.

within two business days. SBIC Optional extras: Sponges, Rollers,

Law Firm of will not meet on days the Somers Folding easel, Fixative spray/hair-

Tracy Christen Reimann schools are closed due to snow. spray. A $30.00 fee, payable to the
JD, LLM, P.C.
If you are in one of these situations… Somers Library Non-Fiction instructor Judika Lieberman,is due
Book Club. Mondays, Aug. 12, the rst day of class.
Sept. 9, Oct. 7, Nov. 4 and Dec. 9 Book Bingo for Adults this
from 6:30-8:30 p.m. No myster- Summer at the Somers Library:
ies, no love stories, no elves, no Have fun, try something di erent,

schools for magic (not that there’s and join with children and teens

I just lost a parent. anything wrong with them!). We in summer reading. Who knows...
will be concentrating on history, you might be a lucky winner! Back

My spouse has been diagnosed biography, technology, astronomy, by popular demand! Book Bingo
with Alzheimer’s. computers and science. In the for Adults, an adult summer read-
future, members will choose the ing challenge!

My special needs child is turning 18. books to be read. For the May • Fill out a registration form
meeting, we will discuss e and give to the reference librarian.

I just inherited a family business. Wordy Shipmates by Sarah Vow- Make sure to include your Somers
ell. Cookies will be served. Space Library card number.
or another... is limited to 15; please register • Receive a game card to take

I can help! Call me at 914-617-8447. on our online calendar at somers home and keep until you have com-
library.org or call 914-232-5717. pleted your Book Bingo card. Par-

Mondays Writers Workshop. ticipants will receive one free book

Estate Planning & Administration • Elder Law • Special Needs Planning Mondays 10:30 a.m. If there is a for registering (while supplies last.)
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• Real Estate • Business Formation, Sale & Purchase recounting of a time in your life pleted square on the game card.
or an historical tome, there is no Try to get a ‘Bingo’ by completing

Professional Expertise • Personalized Touch greater time to preserve your writ- a full row in any direction. Keep
ten words in a class with other stu- track of all the books you have read,
dents who are exploring an idea, a etc. on the back of the game card.
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Happily Opinion
Ever
After

Life’s a beach Love, laughter
and tears...
We week- MAN parking space. I clearly
ended with OVERBOARD don’t belong around all The month times of our lives kind
friends in RICK that money. To live here of July was
the Hamptons, which MELÉN you have to know what a month of WHATWAS of pushed away all the
is the only place you compote is, you have to re-connections and I THINKING? bad feelings and bitter-
can use “weekend” as be able to a ord sta ness of today, even for

a verb. It’s a transitive and you may not under

verb after labor day, any circumstances drive reunions with fam- RUTHANN only a few hours. We

but during the summer a Dodge Dart. I don’t ily and friends. I’m SCHEFFER weren’t in a competi-

the tra c is so bad in the Hamptons that have a sta but I sure could use one. I still on a “high” and tion, but this luncheon

it’s an intransitive verb. It’s impossible for need a separate professional for each job don’t want to come was over three hours!

non-residents to get around, but Laurie I have around the house. I’d like a catbox down anytime soon! Later that afternoon,

and Mark know all the shortcuts when it’s specialist who really knows the scoop. I’m Over the Independence Day holi- Pat called to tell me that out of the

time to go to the beach. You take a left at going to need my own weed guy, and also day, my childhood friend, Dottie and blue, she’d had a phone call from our

Sebaponic Road, a right at Quiniponack someone to pluck all the unwanted plants husband Jack, ew in from Arizona for cousin Mike who lived in Oklahoma.

Road, then a left at Ponaponac Road and out of the garden. I’ll hire a trash techni- a family wedding. We met for lunch She’d given him my number and he

then a right at Quagaquonic. en you cian to take out the garbage, and perhaps and caught up on families and of course would be calling. What a surprise: I

have to cut across some guy’s lawn, but it’s he can gure out how it got in here in the reminisced about those years gone by. hadn’t seen Mike in over 35 years!

an easement so everybody does it. ere is rst place. I make a mental note to pick Dottie and Jack “double dated” with Mike did call and sadly told me his

even more money in the Hamptons than up more W-9 forms when we get back to Art and I when he’d come home on wife passed away in March and he was

there is tra c, so why doesn’t somebody town. leave—movies, miniature golf, catching taking a leisurely and healing road trip

build a monorail? Since it’s a monorail Surprisingly, as we’re driving about the the rides at Rye Playland and of course to the east coast and was in New York.

you only have to build one of them, and it back roads there aren’t very many people walking the boardwalk munching on We tried to get together for dinner the

stops everywhere you need to go. It comes around. ere are a lot of deer though, candy apples. Our four-hour luncheon next evening, but our schedules were

to our street to pick us up, but we’re not there’s probably some kind of Deer Fest was packed with memories both happy not going to let this happen. So we

ready yet, so it has to wait until we nish going on this weekend. ere’s one in and bittersweet. did the next best thing: talked for over

making the sandwiches. When you bring front of me with kind of a deer-in-the- Our cousin Carol travels from an hour. I was astonished by all that

a sandwich to the beach, you nd out how headlights look, and when I turn around Georgia to New York a couple of times he remembered about our family; that

it got that name. en the monorail goes there’s another one in back of us with a a year to visit her daughters and their he, too, had su ered the loss of two

to the CVS (we forgot sunscreen, but all deer-in-the-taillights look. It’s hard to see families. We usually work in a lun- spouses, was a dad and grandfather and

they have is banana and coconut, I wish out the back window, because Laurie has cheon or dinner when she’s here. We was now happily a great-grandfather.

somebody would invent a new avor), parking permits for every beach in the did just that a few weeks ago. We—Pat We exchanged phone numbers so that

then stops at the deli (everyone else gets Hamptons. Life is too short not to, but and Dom, Bob, Rosemarie and I—met we can text or call each other. Our

fresh fruit but what they really want is deciding which beach to go to is time- Carol for lunch. I’m always amazed promise? Stay in touch!

potato chips; I get potato chips but what consuming. One has nicer sand, but the that Bob will bring photos and articles As we were leaving the restaurant

I really want is Kit Kat bars), goes across waves are dangerous. Another one has no from all those years ago. He saves after lunch with Carol, I mentioned to

that guy’s lawn and dumps us o at the parking, but a really nice bathroom. e everything, he’s our family historian!We Bob how blessed we were to be a part

beach right near the ice cream truck. other one is close by, but it doesn’t have shared his treasures which of course of a family that had the love, laughter

I get a dirty look from the ice cream guy, any dangerous waves. prompted memories. and happy memories.

who can sense that I don’t live there and Isn’t that Billy Joel’s house? Yes, and he We could almost feel our parents’ He quietly answered: “Yes we are,

have probably overstayed my welcome. bought it from Madonna who got it from presence as we remembered events of but don’t forget, we had the tears also.”

I give him a dirty look right back to let Alec Baldwin. Who purchased it from the past: Sunday dinners, births and Yes we did, many of them, but we came

him know that he’s way o base because I Billy Joel. I wonder who owns that house deaths, staying out past our curfews and together and provided the support, love

was never welcome in the rst place, and SEE MELEN PAGE 12 getting a good tongue lashing by our and strength when needed. We could
I’m also angry that he has such a good
mothers—especially Pat and me! ese always count on family.

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Thursday, August 8, 2019 OPINION The Somers Record – Page 9

Cantaloupes, 99 cents

JUST On the ride to the supermar- already taken o in another direc- frustrated, and I couldn’t possibly positive I had read, Pepsi 4/$9.
JO ANN ket, I began listing all the items tion. ere, on the shelves in the ask him to unload the cases just I went back to the water isle
I needed and their sale prices. cake mix isle, all the Pillsbury cake because of $1 di erence. Could I? where I found Ken waiting not so
JO ANN After 42 years, I’m still not sure mixes were listed as $1.79 each. patiently.
FRANCELLA whether or not he enjoys these Hmmm, did I misread the yer? “Would you hold up a minute
“recitals,” or if he just knows how while I run to the soda isle?” I “I’m sorry Hon,” I said. “We
Our supermarket yer much I enjoy the process. I met up with Ken as he was asked. As I approached the Pepsi came here speci cally for the
arrived in the mail on loading heavy cases of water into display, I spotted a large sign prices in the yer and the only
Saturday morning. As “Cantaloupes are 99 cents his cart. e sign over the display which read, “Pepsi 4/$11.” What item with the correct price is
I perused its pages, I noticed this week. Last week they were read 3/$10. Wait, I thought the the heck is going on here? Did
that several items I needed were $3.33, so we’ll get two. Oh, and I pick up the wrong yer? I was SEE FRANCELLA PAGE 11
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a priority to advocate for a more our local roadways, public librar-
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they have the necessary funding
Regardless of their e orts, the to continue providing valuable
extreme left hasn’t stopped me services to all residents of the
from pushing back and voting 94th Assembly District. Within
against many of these dangerous the budget clean-up bill passed at
policies in the Assembly. It also the end of the session, we success-
has not and will not prevent me fully restored the $20 million cut,
from staying focused on the many initially made by the governor, for
other needs of our state. library construction grants. is
funding is vital for many libraries
So, what were some of our seeking to complete needed reno-
more positive accomplishments? vations to comply with various
Americans with Disabilities Act
Over the course of the session, (ADA) standards.
the Assembly did pass several
important pieces of legislation that In addition to supporting the
bene t everyday New Yorkers. We aforementioned state-wide legis-
passed the Child Victims Act to lation, I also spent much of this
protect victims of child sex abuse, session introducing and sponsor-
passed a permanent property tax ing my own legislation that would
cap, closed the LLC loophole, and bene t our local area. To that end,
banned the medically debunked I was able to get four new pieces
and abusive practice of conversion of legislation passed in the As-
“therapy” for minors. Additionally, sembly in 2019.
I worked with colleagues from
across the aisle to help pass legisla- SEE BYRNE PAGE 16
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Thursday, August 8, 2019 OPINION The Somers Record – Page 11

FRANCELLA My easy in, easy out food stop Mailbox woes LETTERS
was taking way too long, and Ken
FROM PAGE 9 was still waiting for me in the 7. Some people do not put name and address on
water isle.
cantaloupe. I’m just gonna run their mail boxes which contributes to the confu-
over to Customer Service.” “At one time your store elimi-
nated all coupons and the prices To the editor: sion. You can’t blame the post o ce for not being
On the way, I spotted a display were already supposed to be at
of little Table Talk Apple Pies, their lowest. Why does it have I am airing these concerns publicly in the hopes able to read minds.
which Ken loves, and I picked up to be so di cult just to buy some
a handful. groceries?” that the good people of Lake Lincolndale can get 8. I live on Willow Road but for some reason all

“Yes, that’s a digital coupon He was a nice man and gave some action on a situation that has been upsetting my bills are sent to Willow Drive. How did that
only, so it won’t be listed on the me all the sale prices without
shelves,” the Customer Service coupons or digital apps. I was many of us for far too long. Namely, the mail situ- happen? It’s on all U.S. computers! Some of my
lady said to me as she handed me a bit chagrined as I thanked the
that week’s yer. manager for being so accommo- ation. Because the problem is complex, I will use a neighbors have “Road or Drive”listed on their mail
dating. I’m aware that we have all
“A digital coupon?” I asked. been conditioned to look for the list format to describe it. box. Example: I live at 4 Willow Road or Drive.
e manager of the store hap- sale prices; after all, isn’t that what
gets us into a store? I’ll admit to 1. Lake Lincolndale is located in Somers but we 9. We used to get mail just about every day.
pened to be walking by and asked not being as patient as I once was
if he could assist me. I explained when I spent mornings clipping have a Mahopac address. at means we get our Now, not so much. I did not receive a credit card
my dilemma and then explained coupons, and I really appreciated
that some people don’t do digital, when this particular store chain mail from the Mahopac post o ce. bill for a couple of months and had to cancel the
don’t do apps, don’t always carry a eliminated them; so to go back
phone and some don’t even own to cutting coupons and having to 2. Some of us have been called to do jury duty credit card. If someone up in Mahopac has my bill,
a phone. I said that I just wanted learn about digital apps is a bit
to walk into a store and get the frustrating for me. e upside to in Putnam County even though we live in West- kindly forwarded it to me in Lake Lincolndale.
best prices they could a ord to this whole experience? e 99
o er me; then asked him if the cent cantaloupes were the best chester. Oh, wait. I have a Mahopac address! It won’t get
cake mix and soda were also I’ve had all summer.
digital coupons. He informed me 3. UPS puts some of our packages on the wrong here! Never mind.
they were not, but that I could joannfrancella@aol.com
just take the item over to the truck because they go by zip code. en they send 10.Some people throw in the towel and rent a
scanner to see what this week’s
price is. us a card telling us that our houses don’t exist in mail box at either the Mahopac or Lincolndale

Mahopac and that we should go to Yorktown UPS post o ces. But it is costly and some of us are on

to pick up our packages. Social Security and some of us don’t drive any-

4. FedEx nds some of us but not all of us. more. It’s not fair!

Sometimes we have to go to Danbury to pick up What are some possible solutions?

our FedEx packages. 1. Put up a mail box station made out of cast

5. Lake Lincolndale has some great kids. e iron with locked boxes right here in Lake Lin-

ones that are not so great (just one or two) and colndale. e mail carrier would only have to go to

who apparently have a lot of time on their hands one place and all the mail boxes would be together,

are the ones who blow up our mail boxes with clearly marked, and bullet/bomb proof.

cherry bombs or crush them with a sledge ham- 2. Give us our proper address. Nah, that would

mer. be too simple.

6. Due to the cherry bomb/sledge hammer situ- 3. Lake Lincolndale residents should vote to

Fun Facts by Jo Ann ation, some people in Lake Lincolndale have ei- secede from Somers and join up with Mahopac.

ther rented boxes at the Lincolndale or Mahopac en we could pay Mahopac taxes which are lower.

post o ces or moved their mail boxes to one big I am using levity as a coping mechanism. But

cluster (safety in numbers). is can be confusing really, mail is important. To the powers that be:

Fredric Baur invented the Pringles can. When he passed to the postal carrier who is not aware that the box Please help us. ank you.
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How’s it hanging? MELEN

OK fellas, you may want LOST IN was such a priority for the world FROM PAGE 8
to check out of this SUBURBIA wide web?
column. over there, it’s huge. Laurie says it belongs to a hedge fund guy.
I want to talk about bras. TRACY ere are some things I will Makes sense, because if you look at it from the street all you can see
BECKERMAN willingly buy on the internet. For is a 40-foot hedge. Hedge fund guys like a lot of privacy so you don’t
ask too many questions about how they got all that money. I know
No, not the sexy, demi, what instance, I have no problem or- it’s not from human tra cking, because no one who lives in the
woman-in-her-right-mind- dering trash bags online. If I get Hamptons would ever do anything to add to the tra c. However, if
you look at the houses from Google Earth you can see everything!
would-wear-this-to-go-food- an ad asking me, “Is your trash One guy has a maze built out of shrubbery, and it looks like one of
Madonna’s dancers has been caught in there for quite some time.
shopping-bras. I’m talking bag letting you down?” I might Here’s a house that has a moat to prevent people from accidentally
falling into the lake and drowning. Another guy has had the entire
about the everyday, full coverage, click on that and maybe even try state of Rhode Island installed into his back yard.

gets-the-job-done-without-a-jiggle bras. this wondrous new product that claims to not only I’m not moving out here until I can a ord to live on a com-
pound. I’m not sure what that is but I know it involves at least
For 40-something years I’ve managed to nd be stronger and smell better but will also take itself one molecule of hydrogen and one molecule of oxygen. I’d like my
own tennis court, but indoors, so no one from outside can see that
the right-size bra that made me feel comfortable, out to the corner on garbage pickup day. I can’t hold my serve. I’d put in a 40-foot hedge at net so no one
from inside can see that I can’t hold my serve either. Security is an
con dent, and contained. No easy feat for a 36DD. But then there are items like bathing suits and important consideration. I’m so tired of Kate Beckinsale wander-
ing over in her bikini asking me to put sunscreen on her. And
And not a pole-dancer 36DD, but a two-preg- bras that no woman I know would ever buy with- Martha Stewart always waving her cupcakes in my face. And here
comes Seinfeld again to argue with me about the size of my heli-
nancies-later-and-now-approaching-menopause- out trying on rst. Even with online quizzes and port. I’ll need a concrete wall like the one that used to be in Berlin,
but tasteful, with a concrete gate. You can only get in if you know
36DD. Even when I was pregnant and I grew to t guides and virtual consultants, you just don’t the secret password, which is the name of my cat plus whatever
year it is. Ironically my cat has been way more useful as a password
a size H (and by the way, who even knew that was know how that sucker is really going to t until than he’s been as a pet.

a letter in the bra alphabet?) I was still able to nd you get your girls inside and give it a t-shirt test. We stop at the market in town to pick up some stu for dinner.
I walk around the Hamptons pointing and saying, “I think that’s
my own bras without any outside help. When I actually go into a store, the results can Rick Melén’s house, but he hardly ever comes here. He lives in a
beautiful mansion, you know, but he’s a few molecules short of a
But apparently, the internet doesn’t believe me. still be dicey. More than once an A-cup saleslady compound.” I have a cardboard cutout of me sunbathing au naturel
that can only be seen from above by Google Earth, so if you really
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wearing the wrong size bra?!?!?” And they com- Meanwhile, back online, the ads keep coming, as

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e kindness of strangers

Vanessa at CVS in Somers; are still caring people who listen THE must have coordinating numbers. is equally conscientious. ey
Mike at Inogen; Chester and do all they can to be of service. SEASONED How can one do an inspection, make you feel important, even
at UPS; Susan and Mary Unfortunately, the opposite is also CITIZEN not remove the old label and if your question is a simple one.
at Community Pharmacy in true. Call a doctor’s o ce and you replace it with a new one? ey Sometimes Seasoned Citizens
Brewster; any representative at get about 9 numbers from which ADRIENNE certainly remembered to call and just need a little reassurance and
Chewy.com. to choose. None, of course, can KAVELLE say she needed new rear brake I’m happy to report that there are
answer your question so you nally pads and rotors. THAT they kind and gentle human beings
All of the above names and learn to press “9”for an attendant. She had taken her car into the didn’t forget. e indi erence willing to be there for us. People
companies have something very After waiting the ten or fteen dealer for a check-up and a NY to my sister’s inconvenience is, we can count on in this electronic
important in common: they care minutes while “all attendants are State inspection. When the car unfortunately, indicative of many world; people who use words
about people. talking to other patients”, a human was ready they called and told her companies and practices. How to comfort and are not afraid to
being hears your question and tells to pick it up. As she was driving did they end the job without n- show sentimentality. ey are the
In this day and age when every- you,“Only the doctor can help home she realized the old sticker ishing it? Where is the pride we REAL angels amongst us.
thing is done electronically and it’s you…call back tomorrow.” had not been changed. Although used to take in a job well done?
almost impossible to nd a human she had all the paper work stating Edwin Markham said it best:
ear to hear you, they do still exist. My sister, Nelle, had an inter- her car had passed inspection she Enough. Let’s get back to “ ere is a destiny that makes us
Not everyone has a cavalier attitude esting experience the other day. still had to surrender it to them positive thinking. Anthony and brothers, none goes his way alone.
toward those who need help. ere again for another inspection be- Brendan at Heritage Hills Secu- All that we send into the lives of
cause the documents and sticker rity are two good examples. ey others, comes back into our own.”
BECKERMAN ceased doing anything that might exude kindness and caring; Evan,
lead someone to suspect that I a young members of Somer’s Vol- Contact Adrienne at ergosum1@
FROM PAGE 12 had breast issues.To be doubly unteer Fire Department (EMT), comcast.net
sure, I checked all my bras for
though directed by some unseen spyware and ran them through a BYRNE ous administration in ling paperwork for capital
force with a deep, deep concern TSA x-ray machine to make sure improvement projects in 2012. Each of these bills
for my breasts’wellbeing. I imag- the Russians hadn’t interfered FROM PAGE 10 also passed the Senate and now awaits Gov. Cuomo’s
ine the camera on my computer with my bra purchases. signature.
looking back at me, and the is includes designating Junior and Sparkle lakes
people on the other side saying Finally, after taking all these in Yorktown as inland waterways so that they will be Now that the legislative session has formally
to each other,“Wow, that bra is steps, I stopped getting bra ads. eligible for waterfront revitalization grants from the ended, hard-working New Yorkers fearing additional
not doing her any favors. Did New York State Department of State and Environ- costly mandates and taxes from Albany can rest and
she make that herself with two …And started getting ads for mental Protection Fund. With this valuable source of breathe a little easier. I will have the opportunity to
socks and a string? Is she even full-body Spanx instead. funding, local municipalities can improve the water spend even more time in the district, meeting with
a citizen of the United States of quality of these waterways, as well as preserve the our neighbors and gaining a greater awareness of the
Bramerica?! For more Lost in Suburbia, nearby habitat, expand eco-tourism, and combat pol- issues that matter most to you. While still making
follow Tracy on Twitter @ lution and the proliferation of endangered species. periodic visits to Albany and other parts of the state
Concerned that the Bra Police TracyBeckerman and become a to ful ll my other legislative duties, I will ensure that
were indeed spying on me, I cov- fan on Facebook at www.facebook. In less than three weeks, Sen. Pete Harckham and my Assembly sta and I are accessible to you so that
ered my computer camera and com/LostinSuburbiaFanPage I worked together to pass legislation that will help we remain prepared for the upcoming legislative
allow a new international multi-million-dollar dis- session.
tillery to move forward with its plans to manufacture
and sell alcoholic beverages in Carmel. ere is still much to do and I’m eager to do it.
ank you for your continued faith and trust in me.
Lastly, by working with colleagues from across the
aisle, we passed legislation that would save the Ma- Assemblyman Kevin Byrne (R-Mahopac) represents the
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Four tips for a successful college career

BY FREDERICK L. SHIELS quest for grades that math professor whose
GUEST COLUMNIST and a “golden tran- course meets at the same time
script” that are Job No. 1 as a “dynamite” history or English
So you have been accepted to a right now. professor may make instructor “dream
college and are getting ready to be- Here is a checklist of some common teams” every semester impossible. But with e ort
gin your new life soon! sense, and some not-obvious techniques for and planning, you can come close.
making these good results happen, avoiding common THIRD, once settled into classes, show an interest in
All of the years of middle and high pitfalls, and so freeing up the rest of your college life for the class by asking questions and breaking the ice early
school courses are behind you, the SATs maximum satisfaction. You can conquer the “academics” by raising your hand and showing that you have read the
and ACTs, the essays and applications and and prosper in the “total college experience” at the same assignment or are truly engaged in the topic (don’t be
what people are telling you/predicting will time. First the straight talk “hard news”: intimidated by know-it-all other students). Professors
be four of the best years of your life lying FACT: Many college students from the best high can spot thoughtful people who don’t have to raise their
ahead. schools and with really good grades and SAT scores will hands constantly. On leaving class or perhaps before, try
experience real di culties, especially during the fresh- to get acquainted with the professor as a person, his/her
And this can certainly be true, but man or sophomore years. e same applies to students research interests, your curiosity, etc. It is amazing how
there are a number of strategies to help from just decent high schools with just decent grades few students take the trouble to do this and it can make
you avoid the surprises and disappoint- and scores. You do not have to be one of these. your life as a student much richer.
ments that are all too common in that freshman FIRST, be aware that college is not just preparation FOURTH, there is a balance between being swal-
year— and the years right after. for your career or life in the “real world.” College is the lowed up in the library reading and writing papers, and
start of your career in that world. Many skills learned in being organized enough to read enough of the assign-
As a professor at several New York City area colleges “making it” at your school of choice—and I mean people ments to keep up, but also have a social life. Find that
(and two years of teaching abroad with the Fulbright skills as well as great grades—are not unlike those you balance. It di ers from person to person. College has
program) and working closely with by now thousands will face in the decades to come, including possible grad lots of good distractions (and some bad). ere are con-
of students, I am going to tell you some things about school or professional schools. certs and lectures and parties and probably romance.
adjusting to and thriving in your new life that you may SECOND, jump start that career by choosing the Your job is to choose how you balance these. You are
have heard or read about, but I am willing to bet many best professors and the best advisors available to you. going to be balancing for the rest of your life. Start now.
that you have not. Call this advance speci c inside infor- Ask around. Do the research. It seems obvious, and One thing to avoid is looking to get away with doing
mation about achieving academic success from someone as little as possible to make decent grades and have “me
like the four to ve dozen professors you will be dealing time.” is is not easy, but also not the best way to think
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Academic achievement
Dean’s List
The University of Scranton of Science Textiles, Fashion Springfield College University of New Hampshire
Union College Kaitlyn M. Murphy Merchandising and Design John Boday Marissa Carleton, Summa
Sarah Collins Jennifer A. Gold Roger Williams University
Ithaca College Cum Laude with a BS degree in
Loyola University Maryland The University of Rhode Nicholas Adams, degree Christine Morano, BA in Occupational erapy
William Clark Island in B.S. in Construction
Taber Lucchese Management Legal Studies Maggie Mollaghan, Magna
Allison Weinberger Hofstra University Cum Laude with a BS degree in
Purchase College, SUNY Brooke Wheeler James Madison University Occupational erapy
Ariella Green Saint Francis University Samantha Mercado, Bachelor Brianna Morgante, Bachelor Emerson College
Kaysie Morrone Deivydas Kuzavas of Arts in Dance
Frank Scoca The State University of New of Science in Sociology Jennie Shea
Richard Wagner York at Geneseo - Deans List Genesis Rivera, Bachelor of
Cassidy Goucher Arts in Political Science Kathleen Oli ers, Bachelor of Athletics
SUNY Delhi Katie Melly Rochester Institute of
Andrew Ancona The State University of New Technology Arts in History Jack Bauckham competed on
York at Geneseo - Presidents the 2019 SUNY Oneonta men’s
Wheaton College List Derick Kowalczyk, BS in Castleton University lacrosse team
Amy Sparks Justin D’Souza industrial engineering and an Sara Schmitt, Bachelor of
Tufts University ME in sustainable engineering
Rochester Institute of Liz Shelbred Science in Health Science
Technology SUNY Oneonta - Deans List Justin Levine, BS in game
Jack Bauckham design and development University of Vermont
Brandon Spadafora Philip Foglia Elizabeth Whalen, Magna
Je Monaco Eric Giancaspro Brandon Spadafora, BS
University of Scranton Jimmy Hogan in mechanical engineering Cum Laude with a Bachelor of
Jennifer A. Gold Nicole Santaroni technology
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Stephen Henshaw Daniella Iocovello
Muhlenberg College Siena College President’s List Andrew Ancona, associate’s
Kevin Oli ers Lindsay Nugent degree in Computer Information
University of New Hampshire Lehigh University Systems.
Nicole Ferrara Isabella La Rocca
Marissa Carleton Coastal Carolina University Joseph Pender, associate’s
Maggie Mollaghan Zachary R. Gsegnet degree in Welding Technology
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Sports
13U Red Storm rolls over Lewisboro in semifinals

The Somers 13U Red Storm beat
Lewisboro in the B semifinals, and lost to
Cortlandt in the championship game.

PHOTO COURTESY OF
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Falls to Cortlandt in nal

BY SKIP PEARLMAN gave up too many walks. We had another

CONTRIBUTING WRITER chance in the last inning, but we couldn’t tie

it.”

e Somers 13U baseball team topped In the Storm’s semi nal win over

the Lewisboro Lightning, 6-2, last ursday, Lewisboro at Fox Valley Field, Nolan

Aug. 2, in the GHVBL B playo s semi nal Considine went six-plus innings, allowing

round, but Somers came up short in the nal, one earned run on four hits with three Ks, to

dropping a 9-6 decision to Cortlandt National earn the win. FitzSimons closed the game.

in a game played at Rogers Park in Danbury. “Nolan really came up huge,” Kuchinsky

In Sunday’s championship game, Matt said. “He led us, worked through some

FitzSimons took the loss on the mound. adversity, and got better as the game went

Charlie Lewis, Alex Kuchinsky and Tyler on.”

Ostrander all pitched in relief for Somers (12- Kuchinsky went 2-3 with two RBIs,

5). Eddie Baranowski drove in three runs, and

Kuchinsky had two RBIs, Spencer Solano Nick Crecco had an RBI.

went 2-3 with an RBI, and Ostrander and “Our o ense got some key hits,”

Jesse Manginelli each had one RBI. Kuchinsky said. “We picked up four runs in

“We got behind early,” Somers coach the sixth, and that was key. e kids fought PHOTO: SKIP PEARLMAN

Matt Kuchinsky said. “After that we held the whole game, it was a good victory for Eddie Baranowski drove in three runs in a Somers semifinal win over
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Alyssa
Pirraglia Summer league
runs to first provides learning
base
experience

First-time 10U players
make progress

BY CHRIS LOVELL record for the season was low—

CONTRIBUTING WRITER with just one win over Yorktown

—the team stayed strong and

is summer, Somers 10U used the season as a learning

Softball had a di cult but experience, DiChiaro said.

rewarding season, according to DiChiario worked with

Coach Katie DiChiaro. members of the team, some of

For all the players on the team, whom are brand new to softball,

Ashley this is their rst time playing to prepare them for the summer
Kuchinsky in a summer travel softball travel season.
program. e team is made “I’m so proud of the

PHOTOS: up of a majority of rising fth tremendous improvement and
CHRIS LOVELL graders, along with two rising con dence that these girls have

sixth graders. Although their developed,” she said.

Despite the high temperatures

during many of this season’s

games, the girls continued

to stay strong and play hard.

DiChiaro said the popularity of

softball is rising in Somers.

“I’m so excited about the

enthusiasm for this sport and to

be playing and representing our

town with all Somers players,”

she said.

“DiChiario is simply the most

altruistic, sel ess person on the

face of this earth,” added Ritana

Pirraglia, whose daughter,

Alyssa, plays on the team. “She

is certainly committed to the

girls and pushes them to excel.

In the face of a challenge, the

girls pushed themselves to make

plays, even when they weren’t

sure they would get what they

wanted out of it.”

Moments when the players

tried to pick their teammates up

Add Value after getting out and remained
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this season DiChiaro, said. As

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“It has been amazing to watch

these little girls grow up into the

When we’re done, there is nothing left to do. players they are now,” DiChiaro
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Thursday, August 8, 2019 LEISURE The Somers Record – Page 25

CLUES ACROSS 28. Famed patriot Adams 50. Indicates silence 15. 2,000 lbs.

1. Crackle & Pop’s friend 30. Tear 52. Computer giant 17. Scraped

5. Having wings 31. One-billionth of a second 53. Sea eagles 18. One point east of

10. Small, rounded fruit (abbr.) 55. Moved quickly due south

12. Cobb and tossed are two 33. Dog 56. Small island (British) 21. Books of the New

14. Not sensible 35. Electronic 57. Prosecutor Testament

16. One of the six noble communication 58. A type of monk 23. Political action

gases 37. Marked 63. Pictures or sculptures of committee

18. Helps little firms 38. Informed upon (slang) the Virgin Mary 24. Resembles a pouch

19. A way to approve 40. Actor Damon 65. Area of muddy ground 27. Genus of badgers

20.Triangular bones 41. Black, long-tailed cuckoo 66. Saddle horses 29. Daniel Francois __,

22. Plead 42. A type of corrosion 67. Fasting in Islam South African P.M.

23. Longs (abbr.) 32. Pull up a chair

25. Covers with turf 44. Sportscaster Patrick CLUES DOWN 34. Egg of a louse

26. Peyton’s little brother 45. Witch 1. Engine additive 35. Removed

27. Partner to cheese 48. Neatly, carefully store 2. ATM company 36. Catches poachers

3. Satisfaction 39. Fall back

4. Park lunch 40. Sports equipment

5. Remarks to 43. Stroke gently

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A pooled community trust can keep New Yorkers in their homes

A pooled community trust is regularly on a monthly basis. ministrative fee paid to and/or Medicaid. Said funds and/or in-
utilized to prevent the spend down of come can be deposited into the pooled
income by the recipient of Home Care e pooled commu- GUEST the not-for-pro t can trust and be used for the disabled per-
Medicaid. It is a speci c type of Special nity trust is established CORNER then be used to pay for son’s living expenses as delineated above.
Needs Trust (SNT). and managed by a not- the disabled person’s
ANTHONY J. living expenses, such ere are presently over 20 not-for-
An SNT allows a person with a dis- for-pro t association ENEA pro t organizations in New York that
ability to continue receiving government o er pooled trusts. e assistance of an
bene ts, such as Medicaid and Supple- that acts as the Trustee as food, rent, taxes, experienced elder law attorney in select-
mental Security Income (SSI), irrespec- ing a suitable pooled trust not-for-pro t
tive of the dollar value of assets and of the Trust; a trust mortgage, clothing, and enrolling in a pooled trust can be
income held by the SNT. e purpose invaluable.
of the SNT is to supplement (not sup- company must also act telephone, utilities, pri-
plant) the bene ts paid by the govern- Anthony J. Enea, Esq. is a member of
ment to help improve the quality of the as a Co-Trustee. As a vate pay care services, the rm of Enea, Scanlan & Sirignano,
life of the person with the disability. e LLP of White Plains and a home o ce in
legal requirements for an SNT in New pooled community trust can have nu- etc. Without the ability to enroll in the Somers. He can be reached at 914-948-
York are delineated in the Estates, Pow- 1500. Mr. Enea is the Past Chair of the
ers and Trusts Law of New York. merous bene ciaries, a separate sub-ac- pooled community trust, most disabled Elder Law and Special Needs Section
of the New York State Bar Association
Unlike other forms of SNTs, the count is created and maintained for the seniors would not be able to retain their (NYSBA). He is the incoming Chair of the
pooled community trust has no age Senior Lawyers Section of NYSBA. Mr.
limitation and has no payback to the sole bene t of each disabled bene ciary. monthly income and continue to reside Enea is the Past President and a founding
government requirements (such as a member of the New York Chapter of
self-settled SNT). However, the funds Any person, irrespective of their age at home and receive Medicaid Home the National Academy of Elder Law
held in the pooled trust at the time of Attorneys (NAELA). He is also a member
the bene ciary’s passing remain in the (even over age 65), can establish and Care. It is a critical component in allow- of the Council of Advanced Practitioners
pooled trust and may not be paid to of the National Academy of Elder Law
the bene ciary’s estate or family. If the fund the pooled trust; however, there ing seniors to receive Home Care Med- Attorneys and is a Certi ed Elder Law
pooled trust chooses not to keep said Attorney as certi ed by e National
remaining funds, they must be paid to may be Medicaid and/or SSI transfer of icaid and be able to utilize their income Elder Law Foundation. Mr. Enea is
Medicaid up to an amount equal to the the President of the Westchester Bar
total amount of medical assistance paid asset penalties for those over age 65. for their needs. Foundation and a Past President of the
on behalf of the bene ciary by Medic- Westchester County Bar Association.
aid. As such, it is recommended to use e most frequent utilization of a Additionally, the pooled community
the funds deposited to the pooled trust
pooled community trust occurs when trust can be of use and advantage to a

an applicant for Community (home disabled younger person with special

care) Medicaid has income in excess of needs. For example, a disabled younger

the amount permitted by Medicaid. For person may be a bene ciary of SSI and

example, for the year 2019, an applicant Medicaid. If said person were to receive

for Medicaid is permitted monthly in- an inheritance, an accident settlement or

come in the amount of $879. If the ap- recovery, or accumulates too much in-

plicant has income of $2,000 per month, come, which would otherwise disqualify

the excess income of $1,121 is paid to them from SSI and/or Medicaid, the use

Medicaid assuming the applicant does of the pooled community trust may be of

not enroll in a pooled community trust signi cant advantage to them. Depend-

or has monthly medical expenses in the ing on the facts for each disabled person,

amount of the surplus. However, once they may be able to receive the inheri-

enrolled in the pooled community trust, tance, settlement, recovery and/or excess

the surplus income less the monthly ad- income while continuing to receive SSI

LEGAL NOTICES

LLC FORMATION NOTICE 4/4/2019. County: Westchester. SSNY designated agent upon SSNY designated as agent of shall mail process to: 4 Harris

Platinum Strategy Group, SSNY designated agent upon whom process against may be the LLC upon whom process Court, Baldwin Place NY.

LLC, Arts of Org. led with whom process against may be served & shall mail to 575A against it may be served. SSNY Purpose: any lawful purpose.

Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) served & shall mail to 575A Heritage Hills, Somers, NY

5/30/2019. Cty: Westchester. Heritage Hills, Somers, NY 10589. General Purpose.

SSNY desig. as agent upon 10589. General Purpose. LLC FORMATION NOTICE

whom process against may be LLC FORMATION NOTICE Notice of Formation of
served & shall mail process to

26 Kiscona Road, Mt. Kisco, NY Stara Green Properties LLC, Ambassadoor Technologies,

10549. General Purpose. Articles of Org. led with the LLC. Art. Of Org. led with

LLC FORMATION NOTICE Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) on SSNY on 5/31/2019. O ce
4/4/2019. County: Westchester. Location: Westchester County.

627 ROUTE 22 LLC, Arts

of Org. led with Sec. of State DEMAND JUSTICE Wednesday, August 14
of NY (SSNY) 6/11/2019. Victims of sexual abuse by Reis Park Main Field (near the Pavilion)
Cty: Westchester. SSNY desig. Catholic clergy or by authority
as agent upon whom process Rain date – August 21
against may be served & shall gures at school have rights.
mail process to PO Box 134, FTRHEFEEAEFMNOITLRIYRE AFN(1RDpEeSEr NpPeOOrsoPCnCO) ONRENS!
Croton Falls, NY 10519.
General Purpose.

LLC FORMATION NOTICE

Stara Realty Properties LLC,

Articles of Org. led with the

Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) on NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY LAW HAVE
4/4/2019. County: Westchester. EXTENDED THE TIME PERIOD IN WHICH TO FILE
SSNY designated agent upon YOUR SEXUAL ABUSE CLAIM. ACT NOW TO GET
whom process against may be
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Heritage Hills, Somers, NY CLERGY ABUSE ATTORNEY HOTLINE 800-444-9112
10589. General Purpose.

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