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The Somers Record 06.06.19

Vol. 9 No. 9 Visit for the latest news. Thursday, June 6, 2019

104-year-old WWII vet makes history

BY JODI WEINBERGER e island stored ammunition and was a refueling base for

EDITOR planes; the threat that the whole island could light up at any

moment loomed over the soldiers, hence the need for some

While stationed at the Johnston Island Air Force Base in comic relief.

the Paci c Ocean during the end of World War II, a then “We had more gas than fresh water,” Forte said.

30-year-old Louis Forte would often lighten the mood with a Forte had come to America as a child from Positano, Ita-

joke before climbing aboard a military plane. ly—a shing town with homes built into the mountains—and

“We’d say, ‘Ok sharks, have a good dinner today’,” referring grew up in the Bronx with his parents and two older brothers.

to the choppy waters surrounding the base. At 16, his father died and Forte said he made the heart-

Sitting in the sun on the deck of his Heritage Hills home, breaking decision to drop out of high school to work to sup-

at 104 years old, it’s clear the veteran hasn’t lost his sense of port his mother.

humor or his sense of adventure. “I quit school and the principal, when I told her I was

“I charge $500 for interviews,” he says, upon greeting e quitting—I’ll never forget it—she was like my mother, she

Somers Record editor. hugged me. She said, ‘Louis, you can’t.’ I said, ‘My father died.

His daughter, Dorothy Forte Rotolo, laughs and waves o My mother, she’s too old to go to work’,” Forte said.

his comment. He started saving all his change, selling the newspaper and

e 1-mile island of “pure white sand” was where Forte doing odd jobs to make money. He would pick pennies up o

spent most of his time as a corporal in the Air Corps from the street until he had about $7,000 to buy a piece of property.

Oct. 1, 1942 to Feb. 8, 1946, when he was honorably dis- e money was enough for a piece of land on Eastchester

charged. Forte served as ground crew, but would often go y- Road and Mace Avenue, but plans were put on hold while

ing with the pilots. Forte served in the war. When he came back he opened a

He was a driver for the White House during the Frank- grocery store where he would later meet his wife, Dorothy,

lin D. Roosevelt administration—at one point for Winston (after which they named their daughter) while she was food

PHOTOS COURTESY OF ANDY LAWRENCE Churchill’s secretary—when he was drafted. He remembers shopping. SEE FORTE PAGE 20
being told that anyone t for overseas service had to go.
Louis Forte under a portrait of Babe Ruth

Chamber honors 3 for Citizen of the Year

is year’s Somers Chamber of Commerce breaks tra- Tom and Darrell because of their positive impact on our Somers Chamber is the backbone of the business com-
dition by acknowleding three local business owners at Somers Community,” said Chamber President Donna munity and the community at-large. Its members sup-
the annual Citizen of the Year Celebration. Martone. “ ey often commit time and resources, they port the community in every way. ese are people who
actively volunteer in local organizations that bene t our care about the products and services they provide and
e event on June 19 honors Brett Freeman, publisher wonderful town of Somers. We are excited to honor them they care about their customers. It is truly an honor to
of Halston Media (which includes e Somers Record); this year and look forward to a wonderful celebration.” be recognized by my peers for this award.”

omas Newman, owner of T3 LogoWear Promotional “I’m honored to be chosen as the Somers Chamber SEE CITIZEN PAGE 18
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The Staff The Somers
Record editor
EDITORIAL TEAM wins multiple
EDITOR: 914-302-5830
[email protected] BY BRETT FREEMAN
SPORTS EDITOR: 914-214-4285 Congratulations to e Somers Record editor Jodi

[email protected] Weinberger, who won second place for Best Special

ADVERTISING TEAM Section at the New York Press Association Better
Newspaper Awards Contest held earlier this spring in
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PAUL FORHAN Jodi won this award for our Celebrate Somers pull-
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845-621-4049 fall of 2018. She shares the award with our Production
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I’m very proud of Jodi and the
TABITHA PEARSON MARSHALL YOU’RE INVITED to an Open House team. Jodi has been editor of e
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that we’re publishing something
ASST PRODUCTION MANAGER special here in Somers.

914-214-4285 Jodi also won both second and
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Thursday, June 6, 2019 The Somers Record – Page 3

Memorial Day Parade

e Somers Annual Memorial Day Parade hit a milestone
this year as its now been holding parades for 100 consecutive
years. Community groups marched in the parade followed be a
ceremony at the Veterans Memorial in Ivandell Cemetery.

Fife and Drum Corps Ed Byrnes,
Retired Navy
Master Chief,

starts the

Julie, 6, and Dominic,
2, Genovesi

Nick DeLucia, VFW Post 8213, takes a More photos on pages 16-17
moment to remember fallen soldiers.


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Support a child for ELEPHANT TRUNK
Somers Summer Camp Midnight at the Celebration on Sunday, June 9,
Masquerade 12:00-5:00 (rain or shine).
It’s that time of year again when young guage. Whatever the reason, these children Join us for entertainment,
children from Somers are nalizing their should be a orded the opportunity to attend
plans for the summer and many are planning camp with their friends. e Somers Wom- e Murder Mystery Co. pres- friendship,and an international pot
to attend Somers Day Camp, held at Reis en’s Club, Stephanie Crispinelli Humanitar-
Park, and Tusker Trax, a program for Somers ian Fund and Democratic Club combined 15 ents Midnight at the Masquer- luck picnic in Reis Park (where the
residents entering grades 7-9 who will travel scholarships, with the Somers Lions picking
to various sites throughout the New York, up the remainder. In the past, the Lions Club ade. Dinner and the show is $55 Somers Library is located.)
New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut has budgeted for 8 scholarships with that
metropolitan areas each day. But, did you number exploding to 20 ($625 per camper) per person. e event is Saturday, For more information, contact
know that there are many Somers children campers paid for last year. is year, the list
who want to go to camp with their friends is staggering, with 44 seeking assistance for June 8, at the Masonic Guild, 11 [email protected]
but simply cannot a ord to? Most of the Day Camp and 2 for Tusker Trax. Currently
need comes from families where both parents the Lions have 20 paid for. e Somers Li- Carpenter Ave, Mt. Kisco. Doors Somers
are working, trying to make ends meet, and ons asks residents to join the organizations open at 6:30 p.m. and show starts
the camp serves as a daycare for their chil- lending a hand to those Somers children in
dren while school is out. Additional reasons need. e Somers Lions are accepting dona- at 7 p.m. For more information, Independence Day
for this include: the increase in single parents tions for these requests at somerslionsclub. call 845-667-4289 or masonic-
or grandparents raising children, illness of org. ere is a donations tab on the left hand
family member, loss of employment, the in- side of the web page and in the comments Somers Independence Day
crease of low-income apartments in the area, section add “Summer Camp.” ank you for
and the increase of English as a second lan- making a di erence for a Somers child! Women’s Organiza- Block Party 2019 kicks o at 3
p.m. Saturday, June 29, at the Se-
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is year the focus is supporting

On Wednesday, July 10, at the veterans through Westches-

noon, the Tamar chapter of the ter All Stars for Veterans and My

Women’s Organization of Ha- Brother Vinny. ere will be mu-

dassah will hold its Annual Gala sic and entertainment through-

Luncheon at the Four Brothers out the day along with games and

Restaurant on Route 6 in Ma- rides for kids and food trucks.

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

Albany’s rent proposals will put
building contractors out of work.

Albany’s rent proposals will make it impossible for many property owners to afford to
maintain and improve their buildings – the majority of which are over 70 years old.
That means thousands of electricians, plumbers and other contractors who work in
these buildings will be out of work. Albany should protect these jobs.

We need Responsible Rent Reforms
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Kitchen & Bath
Local music acts to perform
Your Premier Kitchen & Bath Remodelers All Under One Roof at Somers Independence Day

1S9in73ce Several of the performers at this year’s Somers summer Chris has been hired by Nader/Mara en-

Independence Day Celebrations on June 29 are tertainment company to open three shows with the

local to Somers. Dan Zlotnick and Band will play infamous Bobby Rydell who had multiple hits in

from 4-5 p.m. and Cadillac Chris will play from the ‘50s and ‘60s such as “Wild one” and “Volare.”

6:30-7 p.m. Here’s more about these Somers stars: Dan Zlotnick

Cadillac Chris Ruggiero Dan Zlotnick, 27, grew up in Somers with

Chris, 19 years old, heard DooWop music for dreams of being both a professional baseball player

the rst time in his grandfathers car at 12 years old. and a rock star. In 2016, after a three-year indepen-

As soon as Chris heard DooWop he instantly fell dent minor league baseball career, the left-handed

in love and started singing karaoke here and there, pitcher-turned Americana singer-songwriter re-

putting people in awe everywhere he sang. Fast for- leased his rst album, setting his sights on his sec-

ward a few years and Chris was part of the rst ever ond childhood dream. Zlotnick has since released

Cabinetry • Counter Tops • Ceramic Tile Somers Oldies show put on by the Lions club and a full-length album, “Bumpers,” and he has toured
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M/C Radio personal Dennis Dion Nardone who around the eastern United States, sharing his heart-

has now become Chris’s manager. After performing felt songs of love and life in intimate co ee-houses,

on stage for the rst time at Somers High School, renowned music venues, festivals, and theaters.

SHOWROOMS Chris fell in love with the spotlight of being on ough Zlotnick now resides in Yonkers with his

stage. He appeared in some more shows after that girlfriend and former Somers Intermediate School

Brewster, NY Mahopac, NY throughout the year and than had one of the biggest classmate, Melissa, he still spends much of his time

19 Old Doansburg Road 594 Route 6 opportunities oh his life time. at opportunity was in Somers rocking out at local venues like e

Pawling, NY Bethel, CT to sing on national television on PBS with his fa- Burger Barn and e Creek and also working as a

3 East Main Street 101 Greenwood Avenue vorite group, “ e Duprees,” singing their number pitching instructor to help the next generations of

one hit “You belong to me.” Chris is now attends Somers baseball players achieve their dreams. For

WWW.SOUTHEASTKITCHENANDBATH.COM Pace University, performing almost every weekend more information, visit and nd
all around the country. is upcoming spring and his music through all major streaming services.

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TRUNK every weekend in June. Saturdays tryouts for the Fall 2019/Spring cannot make the scheduled tryout District, County Legislator Mike
noon to 4 p.m., Sundays 10 a.m. to 2020 season is now open. Please time, please email Mark Hopper at Kaplowitz and Shirley Acevedo
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is no greater time to preserve your Somers Education 7-10 p.m. Friday, June 7, at the
written words in a class with other SYSO Football ere is no charge for the tryout. Foundation Anglebrook Golf Club. For more
local residents who are explor- for Fall 2019 Please note that certain age information, visit
ing an idea or a work in progress groups have 2 tryout dates. Your SEF ‘A Touch of Red’
with author and journalist, Linda Somers Youth Football regis- child is required to attend both. On Save the Date for the Somers Golf outing
Spear. e workshop runs contig- tration is OPEN!!!! the day of the tryout,please arrive at Education Foundation event “A e Somers Education Foun-
uously throughout the year. e the location at least 10 minutes pri- Touch of Red” honoring Anna
fee is $150 per six-week session Tackle football is available for or to your scheduled tryout. Players Maggio, director of special servic- dation Golf Outing is 12:30 p.m.
on a rolling admission on Friday 3rd to 8th grades and ag is avail- must bring a soccer ball, water, and es in the Somers Central School ursday, June 13, at the Angle-
at 10 a/m. Bring your ideas, paper, able for 1st and 2nd grades. shin-guards to tryouts. If your child
pen and pencil or laptop with you brook Golf Club in Somers. For
so you can develop strategies for Please visit somersnyfb. W Styl . more information, visit
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Watercolor Exhibit SYSO Cheer Regis-
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Hope Friedland, Edward Ja- Somers SYSO Cheer registra-
cobson and Lori McQueeney, ex- tion for K-8 will open May-13
hibit together as ‘Triple Play’ - a to June 13. On May 19 we will
watercolor and mixed media art be holding an ice social/meet and
show. Lori McQueeney, a Somers greet from 2-4 p.m., at Reis Park
resident, is the watercolor instruc- Pavillion. Grades 3-8 season will
tor at Katonah Art Center, Hope begin Aug. 12 2019. Grades K-2
Friedland teaches watercolor at season will begin the rst full
both the Larchmont Mamoroneck week of school. If you are interest-
Center for Continuing Education ed in learning more please contact
and the Scarsdale Adult Education the Commissioner, Jackie Cavuo-
Programs, Ed Jacobson is an archi- to at [email protected]
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Recently, three women from which listed rights and privi- e local chapter, Alpha Pi, ering from drug or alcohol abuse. education, travel and study sti-
Somers, Rosemary Van Wart, leges which belong to women as meets several times a year, and Alpha Pi also collects personal pends, grants-in-aid, and honors
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e Emerald Isle, part II Sex and the
Seasoned Citizen
As I continue my journey MAN you realize that it’s a long way to New
through Ireland, feel free to OVERBOARD York. A tour of the Waterford Crystal The other after- THE
tag along. And if you speak RICK factory demonstrated a cross between noon, bored and SEASONED
the language, so much the better, MELÉN the artistry of hand craftsmanship tired of reading, CITIZEN
because I didn’t understand a word and literally cutting edge technology. and with no incen-
anybody said for ten days. Dublin is We stayed at the Waterford Castle, tive for a new article, I ADRIENNE
started to click my TV KAVELLE
fun in the daytime and even more fun which dates back to the 16th century.

at night. Our hotel was right next to If you’ve never stayed in a castle, it’s

St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin’s central everything you ever thought it would

park, and from there you can walk to many of the sites be. It was very drafty, and I’m just talking about the beer remote and came upon

worth seeing in Ireland’s capital. At the Museum of selection at the bar. e only castle I had been in up to a rerun of something

Archaeology, treasures were on display that were uncov- that time was a bouncy castle, and it’s more di erent called Four Weddings.

ered in, of all places, peat bogs. Usually peat bogs are not than I thought it would be. As I was about to click o , I noticed the groom tossing

a lot of laughs, but in Ireland anything goes. Objects of Next day we moved on to the famous Ring of Kerry, the bride’s garter which was caught by a Seasoned Citizen.

art and craftsmanship from the Iron Age to the 12th a two-to-four hour drive around the highlands of the Again, just as I was about to move on, I heard a young

century ll the corridors of the rst gallery. Afterwards Iveragh Peninsula among some of the most scenic land- woman’s voice: “Isn’t that cute!” she said. “ at old man is

we relaxed on the green at Trinity College. It reminded scapes you can imagine. If you go, you should drive in a 90. How adorable!” I’ve heard the same words applied to

me of my college days at Syracuse University, relaxing counter clockwise direction, that way, when you’re done older couples walking together and holding hands.

on the quad, wondering how my class was going that I you’ll arrive an hour before you started. When do we stop being who we are and become

was supposed to be in. Nearby the ancient Book of Kells e following morning, about a three hour drive “Cute”? My husband and I were more in love after 62

was on display for a 14 euro admission. We decided to north, the Cli s of Moher jut up 700 feet from the years than at the start. We had weathered adversity, loss,

skip it and wait until it came out in paperback. Besides stormy seas. ey are stunning in person. You can either disappointment, and came through with more respect,

they only open two pages at a time each day, so that’s 7 think of them as one of the Earth’s amazing natural understanding , and true abiding love…both emotional

euros a Kell. For dinner we sampled some authentic Irish wonders, or the very worst beach in the world. ere is and physical. It’s time we realized that passion exists at all

favorites at the Hairy Lemon, where the cottage pie was a stone wall there to prevent you from getting too near ages and doesn’t just belong to the young.

delicious. We moved on to the famous Temple Bar near the edge of the cli , which you can hop over if you feel Aging is not an illness. It is, with luck, an inevitability.

the River Li ey, which did not disappoint. If you can’t the need to get too near the edge of the cli . If you do, Older people are not caricatures of themselves who need

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right ingredients. large insurance policy on you. Nothing can ruin a vaca- Seasoned Citizens are exactly who they were 25 years ago

e next day we toured historic Kilmainham Gaol tion faster than trying to remember where you parked but with a somewhat di erent outer appearance.

prison, which was witness to many controversial execu- your car after you fall down a 700 foot cli . Seasoned Citizens do not need or want to be tolerated

tions relating to the struggle for Irish independence. After a nal evening in the lovely town of Galway our and placated. ey have as much con dence as younger

Afterward we visited Phoenix Park and the Dublin Zoo. journey came to an end. At last we were on the plane more active people and a lot more real life experience to

I’ve never seen an okapi before, but it looks like a cross pointed west. Since I already expounded last week on back it up. at 90 year old gentleman, I’m sure, took as

between a gira e, a zebra, an ass, an impala, the car not how annoying it is to y, I’m not going to do any more much delight in participating in wedding games as anyone

the animal, and a vodka gimlet. If I left anything out I’ll carping on that subject. By the way, did you ever notice else. Obviously, since he joined with the other single men

photoshop it in later. At night we went to the under- that while you are 30,000 feet up in the air, with the and caught the prize!

bird, and I nally realized we were at a gay bar when it most cutting edge technology and electronics known to We are living in a time where people are marrying later

became apparent that no guys were talking to me. When man operating the plane, that the one thing protecting and becoming rst time parents at a more mature age. By

we went to the straight bar, an entire stag party conga-ed you personally from disaster, the seat belt, looks like it the time their children are out of school they will be in

onto the dance oor all dressed as women. Nothing is was ripped out of a 1964 VW Beetle? Even my car has their 60s. When then do we become “cute” and “ador-

uncomplicated in Dublin. e next day we went to pick a shoulder harness and an air bag. My plane has a tray able”? At 70, or 80, or 90? In what arena do Seasoned

up our rental car to explore the counties of Ireland. at’s table and an air sickness bag. If this plane crashes and Citizens di er from youth or middle agers? Not in the

when the fun really begins. I live through it, that stupid seat belt will have bisected arts or sciences or law or politics; where physical prowess

For those of you who have driven on the wrong side me in two.“Hey Rick, where’s your better half?”“Oh, it is needed, as in police o cers or re ghters, these older

of the road by mistake, it’s not nearly as disturbing as should be along any minute now.”I’ll stick to driving, folk usually nd less strenuous jobs in allied professions.

doing it on purpose. Even so, we were going along ne thank you very much. And now I know how to do it on EPIPHANY! I think I have nally gured it out!

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left in Ireland, and you keep going around in circles until mated to the right side of the road again, so if you see me smacks of sex in older people embarrasses younger genera-

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Happy Anniversary

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Are we marching

You remember Ruthie’s WHATWAS
Brigade? You are my I THINKING?
family, dear friends and
faithful readers who have made

up my cherished and much- RUTHANN

needed support network during SCHEFFER

my battles with breast cancer and

a blood disorder. I’m hoping not,

but we may need to march again.

I went for my yearly mammogram/ultrasound a few weeks ago.

After the procedures, the reviewing doctor indicated that the tests

were normal/benign. However, my breast tissue is dense and because

of this density, it can be hard to nd cancer on a mammogram and

could also be associated with an increased risk of breast cancer. Her

suggestion was that I have a breast MRI. In the next month or so,

I will meet with my oncologist and we’ll discuss the test. I’m not

too happy about this: during my testing before the lumpectomy in

2014, I went for this MRI and ended the test before we even began.

It was uncomfortable and my body wouldn’t conform to the table,

etc. I said to the technician: “We are done here,” slid o the table

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strength back and it was again time to give blood. One of my medical

team suggested that maybe nocturnal oxygen would bring the number

down. I began that treatment in December 2017 and haven’t had a

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When I get more results and decisions on these issues, I will let

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Longview, and bye bye to the Doll Hospital where Mom had to

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Paving the way for 30 years
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BY BOB DUMAS “After high school, I attended Pace laugh. “Back then, I probably had 15 to outdoor kitchens—anything associated
CONTRIBUTING EDITOR University majoring in marketing and 20 friends from high school work for me, with the backyard. We work closely with
management,” he continued. “I kept up some for as little as a day, and others more Orange County Pools on many of these
Growing up, most of us had summer or the business and started installing small than 10 years—guys like Andy Stone, projects. We design the project and then
after-school jobs to keep us busy and pro- landscape projects to pay my way through John Olivero, and Rene Lemieux helped they build the pool and we build every-
vide a little spending money. But it’s not college.” develop the foundation and the systems thing else.”
often that such part-time work is parlayed the company is built on today.”
into a successful, lifelong career. Ambitious and astute, Jim quickly dis- In addition to sealing and paving
covered a way to expand the business be- After college, Jim’s Driveway Sealing countless driveways, they have completed
But that is exactly what Jim Capone yond just cutting grass. and Paving came into its own. Jim took asphalt paving for commercial properties
did. Jim began mowing neighborhood to the business naturally and never looked such as Home Depot, Sam’s Club and
lawns as a teenager. Now, his business has “I started sealing driveways—the same back. Staples.
grown into a company that provides an ar- clients whose grass I mowed,” he said. “I
ray of services from landscape design and didn’t really have much knowledge about “I enjoyed creating and seeing the Jim now has 25 employees in the eld
installation to asphalt paving and sealing. it when I rst started. I went to Perga- nished landscapes,” Jim said. “I stud- and four in the o ce. A majority have
Jim’s Driveway Sealing and Paving, which ment Home Center and bought driveway ied landscape design at Rutgers Univer- been with him over 10 years, some close
now employs close to 30 people, is about sealer by the bucket. Only 17, I didn’t real- sity, and that’s where I developed my real to 20. ey serve a large territory that
to enter its 30th year of business. ize that sealcoating was an actual industry knowledge of landscaping. I knew design includes Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess
in and of itself. “Back in its infancy, we was the key to di erentiate myself.” and Fair eld counties.
“In the spring of my senior year at Yor- sealed 20 to 30 driveways our rst season. Today, Jim’s Lawn Designs runs paral-
ktown High School, I put iers in mail- Now, we do that before lunch.” lel to Jim’s Driveway Sealing and Paving. Jim now lives in Somers with his
boxes and to my surprise had 30 to 40 “I still run both companies,” he said wife, Karina, and their two sons, Max-
accounts. What I didn’t have was money To last three decades in the business proudly, “specializing in both commer- im and Roman. You can reach him at
for a truck or a lawnmower. So, I took my and reach the level of success that Jim cial and residential properties. We design 914-962-8727 to discuss all your land-
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FRANCELLA half hour later with a Little Lord the dressmaker nally called to assure me that it was indeed the trying to make the day so special
Fauntleroy haircut, including one say that the dress was ready. I was right dress. for me.
FROM PAGE 11 inch bangs. Perhaps I shouldn’t surprised by the enormous box
have said,“I’d like to try something she brought out from the back- She lifted it out of the box, I I walked in silence from my
We ordered food and a cake di erent.” room. I imagined that there had realized there was no tissue. ere mother’s basement kitchen to her
for about twenty people, then sat to be tons of tissue protecting my was no white dress, no soft ru e, basement den because her stereo
back and waited for it all to come I cried for days not knowing delicate little wedding dress; but no delicate lace, no owing mate- had broken several days earlier
together on a beautiful day in early what to do with the bangs which as she lifted the lid o the box, rial that would drape gently and and she had forgotten to tell me
June, 1977. didn’t want to stay down and I could see sti , tan ta eta and I smoothly over my body. ere and had forgotten to get it xed. I
couldn’t be combed up. ey just said,“You must have picked up the was just a sti A-line dress with a just kept my eyes focused on the
Six weeks before the wedding, I sort of jutted out from my hairline. wrong box. at’s not my dress.” sti , straight V and plain netting in amazing man who would soon be
decided to get a trim and perhaps Ken assured me that he loved the She explained that she asked one place of the delicate lace. Instead my husband.
try out a new hairstyle. My long new look and promised that the of her workers to make the dress of wrapping gently around my
brown hair and I walked into bangs would grow out soon. as she pointed out the V neck to neck, the netting became a sti Forty-two years later, I can
the salon for our early morning stand-up collar. e lovely satin laugh at all the mistakes and short-
appointment and walked out a Four days before our wedding, covered buttons down the back had comings of our wedding day, and
been replaced by a zipper. I was realize that what followed was per-
Somers Dental Practice devastated as I realized that there fection: years of trial and error, love
Now Open was no time to buy another dress. and laughter and a healthy baby
Summer girl. It was never about the dress
Introducing As I zipped up the dress on or the food or the bangs, it was just
GiainsnfaoFrerranti, DDS. my wedding day and combed my about marrying a good man and
bangs which had nally grown a taking life’s journey with him.
bit, Ken assured me that I was the
most beautiful girl he had ever Happy Anniversary Sweetheart.
seen. I didn’t believe a word of I wouldn’t change a thing.
it, but loved him even more for
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CITIZEN news about the community, it also Resource Center annual food Brett Freeman Thomas Newman
highlights di cult topics, such as and wine festival, one of the top
FROM PAGE 1 the heroin and opioid epidemic. sponsors of the annual Support received the Yorktown Chamber New York Press Association Bet-
During Freeman’s tenure serving Connection “Support a Walk,” of Commerce Member Apprecia- ter Newspaper Contest.
e three being honored were on the Somers Chamber of Com- and a premiere member of the tion Award and he was chosen as
nominated and voted on by the merce Board of Directors, he lead Somers Chamber of Commerce, a 40-under-40 with the Putnam Currently and for several years,
members of the Somers Chamber the committee that organized a Advocate Member of the Greater County Chamber of Commerce. he volunteers each month with
of Commerce. community panel discussion on Mahopac-Carmel Chamber of Hillside Food Outreach, where
the drug crisis, which was held Commerce, Diamond Sponsor of Freeman is a past board mem- he delivers food to several needy
“Since starting the business at the Somers Community Cen- the Yorktown Chamber of Com- ber of the Somers, Mahopac and families in Putnam and North
in 2013, I have had the oppor- ter several years ago. In addition, merce and Gold Sponsor of the Yorktown Chamber boards, a past Westchester counties. He is also
tunity to work every day here in Katonah Chamber of Commerce. member of the Lake Mahopac a regular volunteer with Lakeview
my hometown, to serve the needs e Somers Record and its sister Rotary Club, a past member Community Church in Carmel.
of our customers, and to play an publications regularly donate ads e Somers Record also works of the Putnam Hospital Cen-
active role in serving my town to Drug Crisis in Our Backyard. closely each year with the Somers ter Foundation board and a past “My proudest roles are em-
and supporting the many amaz- Litter Task Force and e Somers member of the board of the New ployer to over a dozen amazing
ing community groups here in e Somers Record and its sister Lions Club to highlight their good York Press Association. Each year, colleagues; son to a wonderful
Somers,” Newman said. “It’s a papers also donate ads weekly to causes. In 2013, Freeman was Freeman’s newspapers win several mother and father; brother and
great feeling to be recognized for Putnam Humane Society and to proud to receive the Somers Lions journalism awards at the annual uncle; father of two amazing kids;
those e orts and it is my continu- Relay for Life,the American Heart Club’s Robert J. Uplinger Distin- and a husband to a very patient
ing pleasure to contribute to the Association Heart Walk, the M.S. guished Service Award. He has and loving wife who supports me
community of Somers in every Society’s annual local walk, and the also received the Putnam Com- in every way,” Freeman said.
way that I can. I look forward to Somers Community Center’s an- munity Service Network’s Award
many more years of service.” nual cookie swap fundraiser. For for Excellence in Communica-
many years,its papers also support- tions; and he was a co-recipient,
Babboni did not respond to re- ed the Freezin’ for a Reason jump along with my wife, Lauren, of the
quests for information. into Lake Mahopac to raise money “Community of Caring” Award
for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. from Community Cares, which
Brett Freeman helps families while a parent is
e Somers Record is the top undergoing treatment for a medi-
e Somers Record truly serves sponsor of e Somers Education cal condition. Freeman has also
the Town of Somers. In addition Foundation’s annual gala, one of
to highlighting all sorts of positive the top sponsors of the Women’s

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Both personally, and through
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“She came to buy some vegetables or something,

and I looked at her and I liked her,” Forte said. “She

would come on the weekends. at’s how we got


Dates would start after midnight as Forte would be

at the grocery store from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. and then

rst go home to shower and shave before picking her Mariano Rivera and Forte at a dinner several years ago
up for the evening.

ey married in 1955,had three kids—Louis,Dorothy and getting old.

Lawrence—and moved to New Rochelle, then Mahopac and His family believes its this

then Heritage Hills, where Forte lived for about 24 years. mindset, his sense of humor

On Memorial Day, Forte and many of his children and and many friends that have

grandchildren (he has seven grandchildren and two great kept him young. Plus, he’s

grandchildren) were invited to the Yankees game where maintained the same healthy

Forte became the oldest veteran honored for his service. diet he had as a kid in Italy.

e crowds roared as his age and service record went up He eats organic vegetables,

on the Jumbotron. Forte, wearing Mariano Rivera’s jersey, some of which he grows on Family watched as Forte was honored at Yankee Stadium

number 42, walked proudly out onto the eld. his deck,and lots of fresh sh. PHOTO COURTESY OF ANDY LAWRENCE

His daughter Dorothy described her parents as two of In Positano, his family would Forte and another veteran with SNL’s Kenan Thompson

the Yankees’ biggest fans. Forte grew up going to the watch get milk from a goat walked

the games for a quarter at the old stadium in the Bronx. from house to house to ll up

Several years ago, daughter Dorothy arranged a dinner the bottles for the day.

with Rivera, Forte’s favorite player, who told Forte how He exercises as much as he Forte with his
shocked he was to be picked by the Yankees after being can and says moderation— Yankees memorabilia
scouted playing on the streets. “eat well, don’t overdo any-
thing”—has helped him thrive. PHOTOS COURTESY
“He told me the whole story,” Forte said. “He’s a great OF THE FORTE FAMILY
man, very down to earth.” For his family, seeing him

At the Yankees game on Memorial Day, Forte was the out on the Yankees eld was emotional. Especially, too, be-

star. Kids came up to thank him for his service and he got a cause the month before he battled viral pneumonia and his

surprise visit from SNL’s Kenan ompson, too. doctors were unsure if he would pull through.

At 104, his daughter Dorothy said Forte has become “It’s something we always talked about,” said grand-

something of a local celebrity. Around Heritage Hills he’s daughter Christa Rotolo. “It’s incredible to see him com-

known as the Bocce champion. He helped grow the club bining the two things he loves. One, he’s most proud of

and taught many how to play. He only stopped driving at serving his country. And it’s something growing up that

100 and up until last year he lived completely on his own. we always knew, Grandpa and Grandma had to have the

He’s only recently started saying that he feels like he’s Yankees on.”

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Thursday, June 6, 2019 SCHOOLS & CAMPS The Somers Record – Page 21

Area Students Earn
Academic Honors at Harvey

e Somers Library is located members will choose the books e Harvey Middle School in Katonah has announced the names of the students who have earned
academic honors for the rst marking period of the spring term. e following residents of Goldens
at 82 Primrose St. Register for to be read. For the May meet- Bridge have earned places on the school’s Head List with grade-point averages of 3.7 or higher:

programs at ing, we will discuss e Wordy Logan Alexander, grade 6, Ryan Byrne, grade 6, and Kevin (Xiang) Li, grade 8.
e Harvey School is an independent coeducational college-preparatory school for students in
or by calling 914-232-5717. Pro- Shipmates by Sarah Vowell.
grades six through 12.
grams are funded by the Friends Cookies will be served. Space is

of the Somers Library through limited to 15; please register on

donations. our online calendar at somers

GetYour Swag On- JoinTAG! or call 914-232-5717.

Tuesday June 11 from 3:15-4:30 Mondays Writers Workshop. Summer in the Yard!
p.m. Are you a teen or tween and Mondays, June 10, 17, 10:30 a.m. Art • Pottery • Kids Classes • Teen Classes • Art Therapy

a Somers resident? Would you If there is a book in you, a mem- 7 weeks starting the week of July 8 — August 23

like to make an impact on your oir, a ctional recounting of a

library & your community? Join time in your life or an historical

our Somers Library TAG! TAG tome, there is no greater time to

members will have an opportu- preserve your written words in

nity to work with the library to a class with other students who

gain volunteer hours while devel- are exploring an idea, a work in

oping leadership skills. Food will progress, or a chapter in their life.

be provided. is program is for Bring your ideas, pen and paper

teens / tweens in grades 6th and (or laptop) so that within a few SUMMER CAMP TEEN PORTFOLIO CLASS

up. Space is limited. short weeks you will have devel- 4 one-week sessions: Art portfolio class for
Monday-Friday, 9am-12pm college admittance prep.
Senior Benefits Information oped the strategies to become a
Week 1: July 15th to 19th 7 Tuesday’s July 9 – Aug 20
Center. Every Wednesday, 10 lifelong writer. People of all skill Week 2: July 22nd to 26th, 6:15 to 8:15
Week 3: July 29th to Aug 2nd
a.m. - 1 p.m. Senior Bene ts In- levels are welcome. Space is lim- Week 4: Aug 5th-Aug 9th 7 Friday’s July 12 – 23
12:30 to 2:30
formation Centers (SBICs) help ited, so register early!

older adults 60 and over and those Genealogy Workshop for Be-

caring for the elderly achieve a ginners. Have you ever wondered

better understanding of Medi- who your ancestors were? Do you

care health plans and prescrip- wonder if you have family mem-

tion drug coverage. Information is bers you weren’t aware you had?

provided about di erent types of Come to this workshop to discover

government programs. Meet with your past and build your own fami-

trained counselors in a private set- ly tree! Topics covered will be: How

ting to get information about: to get started, keep track and orga-

• Medicare, Medicare Advan- nize; Family stories and traditions;

tage, and Medigap supplement Charts and software programs;

plans Collecting vital records; Online re- Sign up today at RAILYARDARTSSTUDIO.COM
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• Part D prescription drug cov- sources (including library resources,

erage, etc.), census, probate

• Medicare savings plans for records and newspapers. Upcom-

low-income seniors ing Presentations: Beyond Begin-

• Financial bene t programs ner Genealogy June 15 from 11-

such as Home Energy Assistance 12:30 p.m.

Program (HEAP), food stamps Summer Art at the Somers

(SNAP) Library. Mondays, 6/10 & 17,

You will be able to meet with 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. You can

trained counselors in a private begin/continue to explore paint-

setting. No appointment is nec- ing with acrylics. is is a fun,

essary. relaxed clas with inspirational

If you can’t visit the library in background music to inspire your

person, you can leave a message creativity! Instruction will in-

on the SBIC helpline at 914- clude mixing colors and additives

231-3260 or email us at [email protected] and the application of paint with with your name, di erent tools to achieve dra-

number, a time to call between 9 matic e ects. Supply List: Char-

a.m.—5 p.m. and whether your coal pencil, Sketchpad or paper,

interest is in Medicare services or Brushes, Canvas or canvas board,

other bene ts. A counselor will Palette knife, Acrylic paints. Op-

return your call within two busi- tional extras: Sponges, Rollers,

ness days. SBIC will not meet Folding easel, Fixative spray/

on days the Somers schools are hairspray. A $30.00 fee, payable

closed due to snow. to the instructor Judika Lieber-

Somers Library Non-Fiction man, is due the rst day of class.

Book Club. Mondays, June 10, Art Exhibit: Oil Paintings by

July 8, Aug. 12, Sept. 9, Oct. 7, Mindy Yanish: “Faces of God”.

Nov. 4 and Dec. 9 from 6:30- June 1 - 30 during library hours.

8:30 p.m. No mysteries, no love Opening Reception June 1, 6 -

stories, no elves, no schools for 8 p.m. Mindy Yanish has been

magic (not that there’s anything making art since the age of 3.

wrong with them!). We will be Primarily self taught, she received

concentrating on history, biogra- her Masters degree in Painting

phy, technology, astronomy, com- SEE LIBRARY PAGE 22
puters and science. In the future,

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Sunday, at it’s Best up well
June 9th, 2019
10 am to 1:30 pm Second grade Somers Girl Scout Troop 2053 participated in
Somers Litter Clean Up around Primrose school to the Van Tassel
REGISTER NOW Soccer eld.
IN SUMMER CAMP AND PRE-K LIBRARY Medication & Surgery). Saturday,
Toddlers • Pre-school June 29, 10:30 a.m. to noon. At
Summer Camp this educational workshop pre-

from the School of Visual Arts. sented by Dr. Edward Markowitz

She is the owner of O erings of the Advanced Wellness and

Gallery in Katonah where she of- Injury Center in Danbury, Conn.,

ten exhibits and sells her work. you will learn: How to improve

Linda Spear’s Writers’ the way you feel, look and work;

Group Open Mic. Saturday, June How to limit your need for drugs

8, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Both the and surgery; How to reduce your

Monday and ursday Writer’s pain naturally; How to reduce the

Workshops, under the guidance harmful e ects of stress; Why our

of Linda Spear, have been meet- health care costs are rising an we

ing for three months, working are still so sick.

together and giving each other Create a Summer Seashell

feedback for their work. Now, as Wreath (Adults): Saturday, June

the workshop is ending, come and 22 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Ju-

Summer ARTS on the Hill hear the results of the members’ dika Lieberman will lead the class

at Putnam Arts Council hard work as they read their sto- and materials will be provided.

ries, essays and more! Registration is required.

Alan Sklar Reads Heming- Teen Dungeons & Dragons

way’s Best African Big Game Club (D&D). Saturdays, 6/15;

Hunting Story: Saturday, June 7/6 and 8/3, noon to 2:30 p.m.

CfoLMrAMCidYhU-JiulLdlAyTr–eRAIun-gTA.62S–R2•1C2T2–AS3&x/Mw&TeeeePknSs 15 from 1 - 2:30 p.m. Join us to play Dungeons &

WCWeOraEmREiKcKs•SEHPNaOiDnPtinSgTEEwNAviatiOhlabPIlneEsJtuNrnue–cStATiuogUn. DIO Navigating the Unexpected Dragons this summer! Familiarity

- Are you Ready? Wednesday, with Dungeons and Dragons is

June 19, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Life encouraged. Grades 6 and up.

happens, and with signi cant life Atelier @ Somers: Applique

events comes stressful and emo- Plaque Design. is program is

tional challenges. Be ready for a mini series. For best results, it

any curve balls that life throws is recommended that participants

PPhoFRtOoIgVRraApAThyEL•LPLiAEaSnGoS•EOVSoN!icSe at us when least expected! Join attend all three program dates to

NCeOraTmiJcsU, DSrTawFinOgR& PKaIinDtiSng! us for a panel discussion with lo- be held on ursdays from 3:30

for Adults! cal professionals who will address - 4:45 pm: 6/13, & 6/20. Take

frequently asked questions to help your love of fashion and interior

you take control while experienc- design to a new level! Join us for

ing life’s key milestones,including: a fun class where you will learn

• Getting married how hand sew and appliqué your

• Transitioning through divorce initials! Participants will have the

TRY A CLASS FOR $25 • Coping with the loss of a opportunity to choose from a va-

Discover the artist in you! spouse or loved one riety of fabrics, ribbons and colors.

845.803.8622 Come hear strategies and tips Participants have the option of

521 Kennicut Hill Rd, Mahopac to keep you on the right path to bring their own two fabric choices
nancial, emotional and physical to customize design. After three

health. Space is limited. Registra- classes you will have a framed ini-

tion required. tial plaque to decorate your room,

Classes Taught by Qualified Artists How to Increase Your ENER- or to give as a gift. is program
in our Climate-Controlled Art Studios.
GY, VITALITY and YOUTH is for students grades 6 and up.

(While Decreasing Your Need for Space is limited to 10 participants.

Page 26 – The Somers Record SPORTS Thursday, June 6, 2019


Moon makes states in 100-meter dash
Altieri, Luciano come up just short of qualifying

BY ROB DIANTONIO 14-0. He had three tries at 14-3, the Ashley Moon on her way Christina Luciano
CONTRIBUTING WRITER state qualifying standard, but came to her first-place finish in had a personal
up just short. Altieri also competed the 100-meter dash. best of 34 1.5”
Somers’ Ashley Moon has im- at Lakeland’s last chance meet on
pressed throughout her young ca- June 4, registering a 13-0. PHOTO: PAUL ANDREWS PHOTO COURTESY
reer and the sophomore sensation OF LINDA LUCIANO
continued to do so last week. Christina Luciano tied for rst
in the shot put with a 34-01 1/2 Michael Altieri
Moon placed rst in the but lost out on a tiebreaker be- clears the pole
100-meter dash at the New York cause North Rockland’s Guerlor vault bar on his
State qualifying meet with a time of Estabine’s second best throw was way to a second
12.28 seconds to qualify for states in farther. place finish.
Division 1. She edged out Anaika
Louis of Spring Valley, who n- Emily Heese, who also made
ished second with a New York State states in the pole vault in the win-
qualifying time of 12.41. ter, was third at the qualifying meet
(10-0), which took place on May 31
“Ashley’s run some very fast times and June 1, at Arlington and White
so far, but a 12.2 puts her on another Plains High Schools, respectively.
level,” Somers girls track and eld
coach John Vegliante said. “It’s one Clare Keane took fourth in the
of the fastest times in the state and high jump (4-09). Nieve Ma-
she’s only a sophomore. Ashley is hood was sixth in the 800 meters
just an incredible talent. She rises to (2:24.33). Ella Lansky nished
the occasion and feeds o that com- ninth in the 400-meter hurdles.
petition. When she has someone to Megan Spencer took 12th in the
chase she turns it on and it leads to discus.
something special.”
For the boys, the 4x800-meter
e state meet takes place on relay team was fth with a time
June 7 and 8 at Middletown High of 8:26.35. Altieri, Peter MacNeil,
School. Cole Willman and Jan Hoekstra
comprised the team.
“I never thought that it could be
possible,” Moon said of making it Michael Herbert took third in
to states. “But, honestly, I couldn’t the pentathlon with a personal
have done it without my amazing record 2,887 points. He was rst
coaches and their support.” in the long jump (5.95), fourth in
the 110-meter hurdles, fth in the
Michal Altieri, who quali ed for 1,500, seventh in the shot put and
states in the pole vault in the winter, eighth in the high jump.
placed second at the state qualify-
ing meet with a personal record James McHugh placed 10th in
the shot put.


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Thursday, June 6, 2019 SPORTS The Somers Record – Page 27

Team finishes 13-1
season on a high note

Beats John Jay in nal game

Somers JV boys lacrosse upset John Jay 9-8 May 11, closing out
their 13-1 season.

Nate Rosenzweig scores Ben Ericson celebrates and hugs the coach.

Sean Collins



Kennedy Catholic students
sign intent letters

Luke Ferrari and Luke Rossiter both committed to play Division
I soccer at Siena College for the 2019-20 academic year. Ferrari will
play defense and Rossiter is set to be a goalkeeper.

Page 28 – The Somers Record LEISURE Thursday, June 6, 2019

CLUES ACROSS 36. A bog 59.Threaten persistently 24. Acrobatic feats For puzzle solutions, please see
1. Ancient Rome had one 38. Small cavities in a 60. Commercial 26. Car mechanics
7. Engagement rings gland 61. Listen without the group
tend to have them 40. GrandTheft Auto speaker’s knowledge 27. Mustachioed
13. Not the leader vehicle 64. Rhodium actor Elliott
14. Decorated 41. More vigorous 65. Caregivers to kids 30. Inquired
16. Morning 43. Supply to excess 67. Highly ornamented 32. S. Korean
17.The Garden State 44. Pie _ __ mode 69. Real, fixed property industrial city
19. __, myself and I 45. Dash 70. Brains 35. Member of the
20. Gets up 47.You sometimes CLUES DOWN cuckoo family
22.Type of meal pardon it 1. Resembling apes 37.Test for high
23. Cavalry sword 48. Catch doing 2. FamedTV host schoolers
25. Proclaims something wrong Sullivan 38. Some nights
26. Historic places 51. A constellation’s 3. Rare Hawaiian geese are these
28.They go into space second star 4. Convicted traitor 39. Helps you stay
29. Hostelry 53. Famed French painter 5. Make into leather organized
30. Peter’s last name of dancers 6. Urge to do something 42. Cool!
31. Necessary for syrup 55. Engines do it 7. Small town in Spain 43. Genus
33. Kids’ channel 56. Chemically inactive 8.They promote containing pigs
34.Take upon oneself 58. Moved quickly on foot 46. An opinion at
products odds
9. Small 47.Types of bears
Eurasian deer 49. Smartphones
10. Ancient give them
people 50. Nobel physicist
11. The Hans
Volunteer 52. Where rock
State stars work
12. Academic 54.Your car needs
term it
13. Natives 55. Dutch name for
of Alberta, Ypres
Canada 57. Go after
15. Cause 59. Cold wind
to become 62. Examines animals
insane 63. Popular island alcohol
18. Feed 66. Northeast
21. Crime 68. Indicates position

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Thursday, June 6, 2019 BUSINESS & REAL ESTATE The Somers Record – Page 29

Is it time for you to have LEGAL NOTICES

the talk with your parents? PLLC FORMATION NOTICE will conduct a Public Hearing on

CY.DO, PLLC, Arts of Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at 7:30
Org. led with Sec. of State of P.M. at the Somers Town House,

NY (SSNY) 5/1/2019. Cty: 335 Route 202, Somers, New

more creative approach. and a home o ce in Somers. He Westchester. SSNY desig. as York, 10589 on the application

GUEST Some of the tactics used by can be reached at 914-948-1500. agent upon whom process against of Robert and Donna Fles for
CORNER may be served & shall mail an Area Variance under Section
children that have helped their Mr. Enea is the Past Chair of the
process to Christian Youssef, 4 Schedule 170-49. e property
ANTHONY J. parents are as follows: Elder Law and Special Needs

ENEA (a) Taking steps to educate one’s Section of the New York State Martine Ave., White Plains, NY included in this application is

parent(s) about the advantages Bar Association (NYSBA). He is 10606-4016. Purpose: Medicine. located in an R-80 Residential

of engaging in long-term-care the incoming Chair of the Senior LLC FORMATION NOTICE District at 1 Otha Drive,
planning. For example, provid- Lawyers Section of (NYSBA). Katonah and is known and

ing them with articles about the Mr. Enea is the Past President EZ Wash Laundromat, LLC, shown on the Town Tax Map as

I recently consulted with a cost of long-term care (nursing and a founding member of Arts of Org. led with Sec. of Section: 28.17, Block: 1, Lot: 4.

92-year-old who had never ex- homes/ home care), the use of a the New York Chapter of the State of NY (SSNY) 6/29/2018. All persons having any interest

ecuted a Last Will and Testament Medicaid Asset Protection Trust National Academy of Elder Cty: Westchester. SSNY desig. as in the application are invited

and/or any other form of estate or to protect assets from said cost Law Attorneys (NAELA). He agent upon whom process against to attend and will be given an

long-term-care planning. and Medicaid eligibility require- is also a member of the Council may be served & shall mail opportunity to be heard.

I asked her why she waited so ments. It is not unusual for a par- of Advanced Practitioners of the process to 1039 Yonkers Ave., BY ORDER OF THE

long to see an attorney and she ent to be poorly informed about National Academy of Elder Law Yonkers, NY 10704. General ZONING BOARD OF

stated that “I’ve been very busy the the devastating impact that long- Attorneys and is a Certi ed Elder Purpose. APPEALS

last 91 years.” term-care costs can have on his or Law Attorney as certi ed by e PUBLIC NOTICE VICTOR CANNISTRA
While it is true that life often her nances if they are unable to National Elder Law Foundation.

seems to pass by at lighting speed, become eligible for Medicaid. Ar- Mr. Enea is the President of the PLEASE TAKE NOTICE Denise Schirmer, Secretary

I still believe that in 91 or so years, ticles are available on our website Westchester Bar Foundation and that the Zoning Board of May 30, 2019

she could have (and should have!) at esslaw; a Past President of the Westchester Appeals of the Town of Somers, SEE LEGALS PAGE 31

found an hour or so to consult (b) Inquire with your family County Bar Association. Westchester County, New York

with an attorney. When I looked and friends about the issues they

across the table at the client’s have faced when a parent and/or BUSINESS OWNERS:
daughter, she shrugged and said grandparent has been taken ill or
that she had been asking her to do been diagnosed with dementia.
it for at least 20 years.
is is especially relevant if they

For many, approaching a par- have a family member that needs

ent about whether or not they home care and/or nursing home

have done estate and or long-term care. Share these stories with one’s 401 LSLCHCOORRSPA?
planning can be an uncomfortable parent. ere is nothing better
and intimidating task. As a prac- than real life stories by a member
ticing attorney for almost 35 years, of one’s family or friends to mo-
I know full well that some par- tivate a parent into taking action;
ents never discuss their personal (c) O er to pay for the parent(s)’

nances and planning with their initial consultation with the elder
children. It is something they feel law attorney. I have found that in
is no one’s business. However, some instances, children who are
I also know that this can often willing to nance the cost of the
be quite unfortunate for both consultation, and in some cases
the parent(s) and the child(ren). even pay for the planning, is of sig-

e lack of knowledge about the ni cant assistance in helping the
parent’s nances often becomes parent to act. is would of course
problematic, especially if a parent require the consent of the parent;
is taken ill, rendered incapaci- (d) If the parent(s) still resist

tated and/or unexpectedly passes any attempt to engage in long-

away. Under said circumstances, term-care planning, such as creat- IRA
the family is often hampered in ing and funding a Medicaid trust,
its ability to gather the necessary gifting of assets and/or purchas-

nancial information and docu- ing long-term-care insurance (if

ments to apply for Medicaid, and/ insurance is an available option),

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Tools are great for Father’s Day – and for investors

GUEST the rst step toward accomplish- nails, screws, glue, brackets, of your individual risk tolerance. ing an annual portfolio review
CORNER ing any outcome is to assess the moldings and so on. And to work • Review your work – Once with your nancial professional
challenge. So, for example, if you toward a comfortable retirement, should be a priority.
MICHAEL want to build some bookshelves you’ll also need the right tool – in you’ve nished your bookshelf,
O’DONOVAN right into the wall, you’ll need to the form of a long-term nancial you occasionally may need to Tools are a big deal on Father’s
locate the wall studs, determine strategy, based on your speci c make some minor adjustments Day. But the construction-relat-
If you’re a dad, you may well be if you have adequate space for retirement goals, risk tolerance or repairs in response to slippage, ed tasks they represent, physically
pleased to unwrap some tools as the shelving you want and allow and time horizon – along with cracks or other issues that can and symbolically, go beyond any
Father’s Day gifts. room for future expansion. Simi- the appropriate materials – the develop over time. As an investor, one holiday and can be used by
larly, if you want to retire at a mix of investments you use to you also may need to tweak your anyone interested in working to-
Of course, it might be a ste- certain age, you need to consider carry out that strategy. ese in- ward a solid nancial future.
reotype that all men are handy at the key variables: your current vestments include those you’ve nancial strategy periodically
repairs; women certainly can be and future income (How much placed in your IRA, your 401(k) and adjust your investment mix is article was written by
every bit as good when it comes can you count on from your re- or other employer-sponsored – not necessarily because some- Edward Jones for use by your
to building and xing things. In tirement plans?), where you’ll live retirement plan, and those held thing is broken, but to accom- local nancial advisor, Michael
fact, the construction process is (Will you downsize or relocate? outside your formal retirement modate changes in your life, such O’Donovan, at 247 Route 100,
valuable for anyone to learn – and Will you rent or own a house accounts. Ideally, you want a di- as a new job, new family situa- Suite 200, Somers, NY 10589
the same skills that go in to creat- or condominium?) And what versi ed mix of investments ca- tion and new goals. Furthermore, (next to Somers Sports Arena).
ing and mending physical objects you’ll do as a retiree (Will you pable of providing growth poten- over time, your risk tolerance Reach him at 914-401-9218 or
also can be applied to nancial travel extensively or stick close to tial over time, within the context may change, and this needs to be [email protected]
projects – such as working to- home? Will you do some type of re ected in your array of invest- com.
ward a comfortable retirement. work for pay or pursue your hob- LEGALS ments. Consequently, conduct-
bies and volunteer?). York, 10589 on the application
HERE ARE A FEW FROM PAGE 29 All persons having any interest of Robert and Jennifer Gajda
OF THOSE SKILLS: • Assembling the right tools in the application are invited for an Area Variance under
and materials – To put together PUBLIC NOTICE to attend and will be given an Section 170:A1 of the Zoning
• Diagnosing the challenge – your bookshelf, you will need the opportunity to be heard. Schedule. e property included
A good craftsperson knows that right tools – saw, hammer, drill, PLEASE TAKE NOTICE in this application is located in
sander and so on – and the right that the Zoning Board of BY ORDER OF THE an R-10 Residential District at
building materials – plywood, Appeals of the Town of Somers, ZONING BOARD OF 3 Greenwood Drive, Mahopac
Westchester County, New York and is known and shown on the
PUZZLE SOLUTIONS will conduct a Public Hearing on APPEALS Town Tax Map as Section: 5.15,
Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at 7:30 VICTOR CANNISTRA Block: 3, Lot: 64.
Corresponding to Last Week’s P.M. at the Somers Town House,
May 30 Issue 335 Route 202, Somers, New CHAIRMAN All persons having any interest
York, 10589 on the application Denise Schirmer, Secretary in the application are invited
of Christine Cruisius-Smith for to attend and will be given an
an Area Variance under Section May 31, 2019 opportunity to be heard.
Schedule 170-40A. e property
included in this application is PUBLIC NOTICE BY ORDER OF THE
located in an R-40 Residential ZONING BOARD OF
District at 21 Lynway Lane, PLEASE TAKE NOTICE
Somers and is known and shown that the Zoning Board of APPEALS
on the Town Tax Map as Section: Appeals of the Town of Somers, VICTOR CANNISTRA
17.10, Block: 1, Lot: 64. Westchester County, New York
will conduct a Public Hearing on CHAIRMAN
Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at 7:30 Denise Schirmer, Secretary
P.M. at the Somers Town House,
335 Route 202, Somers, New May 30, 2019


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