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Published by Halston Media, 2020-03-05 14:07:00

The Somers Record 03.05.20

Vol. 9 No. 46 Visit TapIntoSomers.net for the latest news. Thursday, March 5, 2020

Calling all angels

Francine Rinaldi is in need of a kidney and liver

BY CAROL REIF WHAT IS ADPKD?

STAFF WRITER ADPKD causes uid- lled

cysts to develop in both kid-

Like most folks nowadays, neys, and, in Rinaldi’s case,

Francine Rinaldi is tethered to her liver as well.

her cell phone. It is the fourth leading SHS presentsPHOTO COURTESY OF AILEEN EPSTEIN
‘Crazy for You’
It’s there by her side, night cause of kidney failure.
See more details on page 7.
and day. More than half of those

But she’s not trolling with it will develop kid-

social media for tidbits of ney failure by age 50.

juicy gossip or toying with e problem is, an

some face-morphing app. individual can be as-

e Somers mother of ymptomatic until the

three is waiting for it to situation becomes dire.

ring with some news that, Rinaldi found out

for her, could literally be life that she had ADPKD SEF Gala welcomes
three into Hall of Fame
or death. in her 30s, shortly after

Rinaldi’s kidneys are only the birth of her second

functioning at about 20 percent child. She was subse-

and her liver is painfully enlarged quently closely monitored

due to autosomal dominant poly- for kidney function and blood

cystic kidney disease (ADPKD) and pressure, which can be a ected

polycystic liver disease (PLD). by the disease. BY CAROL REIF e organization is marking
STAFF WRITER its 25th, or silver, anniversary.
Her brother has the same condi- Somers resident Francine But things nally progressed to
tion, although his—at this time—is Rinaldi is hoping to find an the point that, two years ago, Rin- ree people will be honored e gala fundraiser will take
less severe. aldi was placed on the transplant this month for making a di er- place from 7-10 p.m. at Elevate
organ donor match. list for both a liver and a kidney. ence in education and the lives Event Lounge on Front Street
About 10 percent of those diag- of children. in Yorktown Heights.
nosed with it have no family history of PHOTO: CAROL REIF Once someone develops kidney
e Somers Education Foun- e honorees are Je
the genetic disease. e theory is that it develops as a failure, dialysis or a transplant are the only options. dation plans to induct them into Feldman, Doreen Stoecker and
its Hall of Fame at its “A Touch Dominic Veltri.
spontaneous, or new, mutation. Neither the 55-year-old nor her brother have had of Red...and Silver” event, set
for Friday, March 27. SEE SEF PAGE 4
However, if there is more than one person in the to go on dialysis yet. But cysts in the liver, an organ

family with ADPKD, that means it is hereditary, prone to bleeding, is another thing altogether.

Rinaldi said, although no one else in their immediate SEE RINALDI PAGE 3
family has it.

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ELEPHANT’S TRUNK 2
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LEISURE 25
OPINION 8 pg 22
SCHOOLS & CAMPS 16
SPORTS 18


Page 2 – The Somers Record ELEPHANT’S TRUNK Thursday, March 5, 2020

The Staff Join the Energy ed to help the Committee make energy e ciency at home or work, 2nd annual Somers Art Circus
Environment Committee the Town more energy e cient e cient transportation, use of re- Fine Art Show and Sale, noon to
EDITORIAL TEAM and sustainable in the 21st Centu- newable energy technology,recycling 4 p.m., Saturday, April 18, at Bai-
JODI WEINBERGER e Town of Somers Energy ry. is is a local grassroots e ort, and waste management, sustainable ley Park. In the event of rain, the
Environment Committee is look- and we encourage all residents and food, composting, green building exhibit will be indoors. e event
EDITOR: 914-302-5830 ing for new members to join the businesses alike to get involved. and land use, please consider joining is organized by Somers Historical
[email protected] Committee, which meets monthly the Committee to help us assess and Society in conjunction with 11th
on the 2nd ursday at 6 p.m. in As part of the longer-range cli- communicate important quality of Annual World Circus Day cel-
BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER the Somers Town House. mate protection e orts, the En- life issues for the Town, our families ebration at the Elephant Hotel.
SPORTS EDITOR: 914-302-5628 ergy Environment Committee and most of all our children! Criteria: Original paintings, draw-
[email protected] e Somers Town Board char- will design, implement, and com- ings, sculpture and photography.
tered the Committee to act as a municate a variety of measures that For additional information, con-
ADVERTISING TEAM conduit for the purpose of promot- can be taken to reduce the Town’s tact the Somers Energy Environ- ere is a $40 entry fee for 10’ x
LISA KAIN ing and communicating environ- greenhouse gas emissions. ese ment Committee Secretary Denise 10’ space. Must provide your own
mentally sound and cost-e ective measures will lead to lower en- Schirmer at [email protected] set-ups. A percentage of entry fee
914-351-2424 initiatives in order to reduce CO2 ergy use and reduced energy costs com or 914-277-5582. proceeds will bene t the Old Bet
[email protected] emissions and energy consump- for both residences and businesses Statue Fund. World Circus Day
tion while making e ective use of while preserving the environment Somers Art Circus is an international festival created
PAUL FORHAN relevant Town resources. for generations to come.
914-202-2392 ere’s a Call for Artists for the SEE TRUNK PAGE 4
[email protected] e people of Somers are need- If you have a particular interest in
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Thursday, March 5, 2020 The Somers Record – Page 3

RINALDI look to omas, the family
FROM PAGE 1
breadwinner, for a kidney,

even if they were a match.

Hers is so enlarged that it is “We have three children.

crowding other organs such as We can’t both be down at the

her lungs and stomach, caus- same time,” she explained.

ing pain and, at times, nausea Rinaldi’s story is compli-

and shortness of breath. Trips cated because two organs are

to the emergency room are involved. However, her doc-

becoming more and more fre- tors recently told her that

quent. if she gets a kidney from a

living donor, she will likely

WAITING GAME be able to get a liver from a e Somers Library is located at 82 Primrose
St. Register for programs at somerslibrary.org
Rinaldi’s brother is expected deceased donor almost im- or by calling 914-232-5717. Programs are
funded by the Friends of the Somers Library
to be placed on the transplant mediately—probably even through donations.

list this week. while she is still in the hos- Friends of the Somers Library An-
nual Appeal
e United Network for pital recuperating from the
Each year, through its annual appeal, the
Organ Sharing keeps track of rst surgery. Friends raise funds to support wonderful
programs as well as providing occasional
everyone in the United States She was reticent about gifts to the library such as the new entry
landscaping and the construction of the cir-
in need of a kidney transplant reaching out to the public culation desk. Last year, the library hosted
987 programs for adults, teens and children.
and matches them with do- for help until Jordan, seeing
ese programs hosted over 16,000 attend-
nors. her normally vibrant mom’s ees thanks, in great part, to our generous do-
nors. We need your support to continue to
e UNOS waiting list does health fading, put her foot help our library to thrive! Donations of any
amount can be sent to the
not prioritize those who have down.
Friends care of Somers Library
been on it the longest. It uses PHOTO COURTESY OF FRANCINE RINALDI Rinaldi also got a mystical P O Box 443, Somers, NY 10589.
a complex formula, weighing the nudge from a tarot card read- Additional information is available at
Francine Rinaldi with her family. the Friends section on the library website:
somerslibrary.org
following factors: the recipient’s ing during which the facilita- Watch for our annual appeal mailing or
pick up our brochure at the library.
age, the blood types of the donor HOW TO HELP tor, sussing out Rinaldi’s health
and the recipient (Rinaldi’s is worries, gently asked why she e Friends of the Somers Library is a
nonpro t organization chartered by the
type A positive), the size of the To put your name on a list as a potential kidney wasn’t being more proactive. Regents of the University of the State of
donor kidney compared to the donor, log onto New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell She had stopped going on a New York.
size of the recipient’s; urgency; Medical Center’s website, Cornell.donorscreen.org/
how long the recipient has been register/donate-kidney. PDK Facebook page because Senior Benefits Information Center.
waiting for a kidney; and the Enter your email and other pertinent information, it was getting “too depressing.” Every Wednesday, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. (No
distance between recipient and But last week, it “just popped” meeting on 11/27). Senior Bene ts Infor-
onto her feed and Rinaldi mation Centers (SBICs) help older adults
sign a HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and 60 and over and those caring for the elderly
donor. couldn’t stop herself from achieve a better understanding of Medi-
care health plans and prescription drug
Rinaldi can’t travel further Accountability) release form, and wait for a medical checking in. coverage. Information is provided about
than two hours from her Somers screening questionnaire. ere was a posting from a di erent types of government programs.
home lest she get that crucial Testing for blood type and so forth is done free of Meet with trained counselors in a private
call telling her that a kidney has charge and takes less than a day. woman who had given part of setting to get information about:
been found. her liver to her pastor about
four months ago and had • Medicare, Medicare Advantage, and
Medigap supplement plans
is makes it di cult, if not Potential donors can specify where they’d like their found it such a life-a rming
impossible, for her to visit her organs to go by listing the person’s name and experience that she was look- • Part D prescription drug coverage
three children. birthdate. (Francine’s is 7/14/64.) ing to donate again. She also • Medicare savings plans for low-income
If you’d like to just chat with Rinaldi directly, email wanted to bring awareness to seniors
Son Jesse, 23, is employed at her at [email protected] living organ donations. • Financial bene t programs such
the Aberdeen Proving Ground, a as Home Energy Assistance Program
U.S. Army facility in Maryland, Rinaldi messaged her and (HEAP), food stamps (SNAP)

a three-hour-plus drive away. the two have been texting each SEE LIBRARY PAGE 13

Her youngest daughter, 18-year- other since.

old Jordan, attends the University of have a job or volunteer for some wor- e Dutchess County resident was

Delaware, almost three hours away. thy organization, but she can’t because advised by medical experts to wait a year

Her middle child, 20-year-old Jenna, of her situation. before she could donate again.

goes to Marist College in Poughkeep- “I feel so trapped; it’s very frustrat- While Rinaldi can’t wait that long, she

sie. And even though that’s only an hour ing,” she said. Referring to her phone, told the woman about her brother, who

away, it’s still a problem to get there. she said, “I feel like it’s my third arm.” probably won’t need a transplant for an-

Her enlarged liver makes it painful Still, Rinaldi’s beyond grateful for her other year or two. A lover of animals, the

for Rinaldi to drive, so she has had to family’s and friends’help and the unwav- 58-year-old veterinarian has the same

rely on the kindness of friends when she ering support of her husband, omas, blood type —O positive—as the afore-

wants to go places. But she’s reluctant who is also her designated caregiver. Her mentioned donor.

to burden them, knowing that she has sweet calico kitty, Pumpkin, is also a big Whatever the outcome, Rinaldi has

to “drop everything and run” the second comfort. nothing but admiration for anyone will-

her cell phone rings. One of the requirements for being on ing to make such a signi cant sacri ce.

Now that all her children are almost the organ list is having a full-time care- “ ere are de nitely angels who walk

out of the nest, Rinaldi would love to giver, she said. at’s the reason she can’t among us every day,” she said.

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SEF TRUNK

FROM PAGE 1 FROM PAGE 2

Peekskill native Feldman and his wife, by Federation Mondiel du Cirque and chaired
by Princess Stefanie of Monaco to celebrate
Sharon, have lived in Somers for nearly circus arts. In Somers, festivities will be held in
the Somers Hamlet National Historic District
30 years. eir three children—Andrew, in Bailey Park and at the Elephant Hotel, a
National Historic Landmark. For more infor-
Jordan and Aaron—are all Somers High mation, email [email protected];
phone: 914-277-4977.
School graduates. Feldman mentors
Festival of the Arts
New York City High School students
Save the Date for the 19th Annual Festival
through programs sponsored by the of the Arts from 7-9 p.m. April 30 at Somers
High School. Join the Somers School District
Hunts Point Alliance for Children and for light refreshments and a celebration of the
Somers Central School District K-12 Young
Pencil. He also volunteers for an inde- Dominic Veltri Jeff Feldman Artists. Don’t miss it and bring extended family
pendent organization known as Chang- Doreen Stoecker to enjoy this celebration of the hard work and
creativity by our Somers Art Students.
ing the Conversation Together.
Annual Egg Hunt
Feldman, a member of the Somers Exceptional Children’s School in North for Troop 376. He became an active
Somers Annual Egg Hunt is at 10 a.m. Sat-
Education Foundation for 20 years, has Salem. member of the Troop Committee and urday, April 4, for 2-8 year olds at Reis Park.

coached Somers kids in soccer and bas- In 2004, after completing her mas- then became its chairperson. e event is sponsored by Somers Leos Club,
Somers Senior Citizens Club and the Somers
ketball. He chaired the organization’s ter’s degree, she took a job at Somers Born in Italy, he came to the United Department of Parks & Recreation. Meet Cot-
tontail the Bunny and collect eggs that will
annual Golf Outing and the Harlem High School, where she has since held States when just a toddler. He grew up be redeemed for candy. ere will be Compli-
mentary egg collection bags, donated by the
Wizards basketball game and was co- several key positions, ranging from one in Mount Vernon, graduated from Iona somers senior citizen club, given out the day of
the event. Candy donated by the Somers Leo’s
chair of its Grants Committee and a with the rst Special Class Instruction- Prep High School and then Manhattan Club. For additional information call the recre-
ation o ce at 232-8441.
member of its Scholarship Committee. al Program to teaching in the resource College, where he received degrees in
SEE TRUNK PAGE 6
A Walter Panas High School grad, room. e district’s work-based learn- engineering. He earned his MBA from

Feldman got his degree in econom- ing coordinator and transition specialist Long Island University.

ics from the Wharton School at the also advises the Student Council. e licensed professional engineer

University of Pennsylvania and his law She and her husband, Jerry, have two has lived in Somers since 1994. He

degree from Syracuse University. A real children in the Somers Middle School, manages a global engineering depart-

estate attorney since 1982, he is co- Parker and Jack. ment for Verizon.

general counsel at L&M Development Veltri volunteers for many local or- Veltri has two children: Nicole, a

Partners Inc. in Larchmont. He also has ganizations, including the American Somers High School grad; and Domi-

served on the Board of Trustees of the Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO), nic, who is getting ready to graduate

First Hebrew Congregation of Peek- where he has been a coach for more this year.

skill. than 15 years. He also served as a board To register for the gala, visit https://

Stoecker, who has worked in the spe- member, helped organize and run the www.sefny.org/red/. e deadline to

cial education eld for more than 20 indoor soccer program for its rst eight RSVP is Friday, March 20.

years, started out as a teacher in North years, and coached boys’ and girls’ rec- For more information, visit SEF’s

Carolina. e St. Bonaventure Univer- reational teams and travel soccer teams website at www.sefny.org, email [email protected]

sity grad moved back to New York in for both AYSO and FC Somers. sefny.org, or contact SEF president

2000 and taught at the Westchester Veltri has also been Boy Scout leader Glenn Hintze at 914-582-7698.

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Thursday, March 5, 2020 ELEPHANT’S TRUNK The Somers Record – Page 6

TRUNK brary, by the Community Room, for the Book Sale starting now Visit the Somers Library Foun- bene t is planned for 7-10 p.m.
FROM PAGE 4
any time the library is open. We through the end of April. Op- dation website at https://Somer- March 27. Sponsorships available.

SLF Book Sale need books in good condition (no portunities for you to participate sLibraryFoundation.org and click For more information, visit sefny.
major damage, tears, markings or include sorting books by type and on the “Volunteers Needed” box org/red or email [email protected]

highlighting) for all ages of read- genre, moving books from storage or leave a voice message at (914) TEAM Tuskers
e Somers Library Founda- ers—hard cover and trade books, to the library, setting up before the 361-9979.

tion is preparing for the 2020 but no regular paperbacks, please. sale begins, managing cash regis- Northern Star TEAM Tuskers mentoring is
Book Sale to be held at the You can also help by volunteering ters, assisting customers in locat-

Somers Library from April 24-26. your time—whether it be an hour ing books, keeping books orderly Quilters Guild looking for committed, dedicated
We need books and volunteers to or two at a time, a few hours each during the sale, and cleaning up adult men and women to spend an

make this event a success for our week, or for as much time as you the library after the sale. NSQG is a progressive Quilt- hour each week during the school

library.You can donate your gently can spare. If you’re interested in volunteer- ing Guild that o ers ways for quilt year to support a student in the

loved books now. Just place them ere will be a variety of dif- ing or have any other questions, lovers to socialize and learn more schools. Mentoring is based on

in or near the bins inside the li- ferent activities and roles needed please let us know. about & participate in making building a supportive relationship

quilts of all styles from traditional between an adult and a student—

to art quilts to modern. We wel- to provide insight, to guide, to lis-

Law Firm of come quilters of all ability levels. ten and to be supportive. Mentors

Tracy Christen Reimann Come join us for a meeting! We meet with their mentee for about
JD, LLM, P.C.
If you are in one of these situations… meet on the 3rd Tuesday of every an hour each week at either SIS or

month, September through June, SMS, before school, during lunch

at Kennedy Catholic High School or after school. Rooms have been

(Cafeteria) 54 NY-138 Somers, set aside in each school for these

NY 10589. Meeting begin at meetings and are equipped with

6:30pm games, arts and crafts, puzzles,

I just lost a parent. AWorld of Quilts presented by sports equipment, and a computer.
Northern Star Quilters’ Guild. 10 If you are interested, please visit

My spouse has been diagnosed a.m. to 5 p.m., May 2, and 10 a.m. somersschools.org/teamtuskers;
with Alzheimer’s. to 4 p.m., Sunday May 3, at West- email [email protected]
ern CT State Universtiy West gmail.com, or call 914-481-2716.

My special needs child is turning 18. Side Campus, O’Neill Center, 43 Somers Employment
Lake Ave. Ext. Danbury, Conn.

I just inherited a family business. Come see over 250 quilts, more Openings
than 30 vendors, a ra e quilt,
or another... demos and more. For more infor- Parks and recreation employ-

I can help! Call me at 914-617-8447. mation visit northernstarquilters. ment openings. Must be able
com. to work entire 6 weeks of camp,
Estate Planning & Administration • Elder Law • Special Needs Planning Monday-Friday, 6/29-8/7: Day
• Real Estate • Business Formation, Sale & Purchase Town Historians Camp First Aid Supervisor, Day
need your help Camp Division Head, Arts &
Crafts Specialist, Travel Camp
e Town Historians need your Assistant Director Please submit

Professional Expertise • Personalized Touch help for a joint Somers-North resumes to [email protected]
Salem history project. We are If you have any questions, please
looking for old photos, drawings, contact the recreation o ce (914)
maps, postcards, etc., that show 232-8441.
376 Route 202, Somers, NY 10589 • tcreimannlaw.com
or mention Dean’s Bridge, some- Northeast
times called Casey’s Crossing. If

A SPECIAL INVITATION you have something we can bor- Westchester Rotary
row and scan, please let us know. Club
Contact Doris Jane Smith in

TO THE SENIOR COMMUNITY Somers at [email protected] e Northeast Westchester
gmail.com or Susan ompson in

North Salem at S [email protected] Rotary Club proudly announces

(Sorry, Fellas, Ladies Only!) northsalemny.org. the Book Launch of its 15th edi-
tion at JFK Catholic High School
Magic Show on Wednesday, May 13, from

5:30 p.m. until 8:00 PM (weather

e 10th annual Somers Mag- permitting). On My Mind 2020

ic show is Friday, March 20, at contains the writings of over two

Somers High School. Doors open hundred authors representing six-

at 6 p.m. and the show beings teen schools from a wide and di-

at 7:30 p.m. ere will be pizza, verse area.

drinks, ice cream and souvenirs Our keynoter once again is Vin

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March 15. e show is a romantic comedy, featuring many classic Gershwin songs. “Crazy For You” tells the story of
young New York banker Bobby Child, who is sent to foreclose on a rundown theatre. In Deadrock, Nevada, Bobby falls
for spunky Polly Baker, the theatre owner’s daughter who takes an instant dislike to the city slicker. Bobby vows—through
cunning, razzmatazz, and a hilarious case of mistaken identity—to win Polly’s heart and save the theatre. For tickets, visit
SomersHS.seatyourself.biz.Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students if purchased online; $16 and $11 at the door.

The musical contains songs from Gershwin. The cast and crew get ready for opening night.

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Happily Opinion
Ever
After

Home Alone Ear bling

On a Satur- MAN Swedish descent, I’ve been looking READING, Joan packs up and mails 900
day night OVERBOARD but my parents forward to the month WRITING & pairs of earrings each month to
I might were American. of March! Five of CHOCOLATE women’s shelters in Westchester.
say to my wife, I my spring session writing KIM At a vulnerable time in their
e o cer seems classes start this month, KOVACH lives, receiving a pair of earrings
and of course, I get to cel- can make women arriving in a
want to get out of RICK to have it in for ebrate my birthday. I can shelter feel that someone cares

the house, have a MELÉN Swedish Ameri-

couple cocktails, cans and tells me

see some live to stand on one leg nally stop wearing my about them. Some earrings are

music. And because for thirty seconds, red eece winter hat and also given to Dress for Success

she’s now doing a and after 5 seconds put in my colorful beaded hand-made earrings. programs helping women learn how to prepare

cartwheel I realize she thinks I mean I start to feel like a amingo, and after I actually made several pairs of beaded earrings and dress for job interviews.“A little bling for

by myself, but she gets over it and the 10 seconds I’m apping my arms and at earring workshops run by Joan Lloyd. ladies who need it,”says Joan.

next step is to decide where we should I start to look like a amingo, and after I contacted Joan to ask about her upcoming Bling’s the ing has become Joan Lloyd’s

go. It’s not as easy as it used to be, 20 seconds my defense doesn’t have a spring earring workshops. A long-time York- mission over these last ten years and going

when you went out to your favorite leg to stand on. town resident, Joan started o ering Bling’s the strong. She even o ers daytime, evening and

place and a bunch of your friends were I was watching a “Cops”episode ing earring craft workshops at local libraries weekend earring crafting workshops for birth-

already there. All sorts of factors have where the cops administered a eld ten years ago. Joan had heard a radio segment day parties, baby showers and scout meetings.

since converged into an era where sobriety test by telling the guy to recite about a woman who made jewelry to donate An energetic woman of many interests, Joan

people just stay home in their cocoon the alphabet without singing it. He to local domestic violence shelters. Since Joan was a volunteer EMT for 25 years in Yorktown

and wait for the pupal stage to be over. started out okay, but when he got to enjoyed making beaded earrings, she decided and Mohegan, a middle school teacher in the

It seems like nobody goes out L-M-N-O-P he started to croon to o er earring making workshops at local Lakeland Schools and a designer and program-

anymore, and for that reason, if you just a little, and when he was done he libraries with this concept: for every pair of mer of computer systems at IBM. In her free

want to go out, there’s no place to go almost added,“Now I’ve said my A-B- earrings participants make for themselves, they time, Joan knits and crochets, is the author of

anymore. We went driving around Cs, tell me what you think of me!” e also make one pair of earrings to donate to a several ction and non ction books, and serves

upstate New York last weekend look- cop thought he should be arrested. women’s shelter. as the Treasurer of the Friends of the Library

ing for a bar to have a couple beers, is o cer tells me he’s going to let Joan is upbeat and super organized. She at John C. Hart Library in Shrub Oak.“I keep

and when we nally found a joint that me go with a warning, so I warn him brings a fantastic selection of colorful wood, re-de ning myself,”laughs Joan.

looked like it was jumping, with lots not to pull me over again.Today it’s glass, acrylic and plastic beads in di erent sizes I can personally attest to the feeling of ac-

of cars and neon signs, it turned out to much more complicated, and there are and shapes along with sliver-tone and gold-tone complishment and camaraderie at Bling’s the

be an auto body shop, and even worse, points on your license, and enough for hooks and wires. Each participant is given the ing earring workshops. For me, it feels like

it was closed. two eld goals is NOT winning score. two tools needed (twirlers and squeezers) to a modern version of a quilting bee. People are

Is it that people are afraid to drink Are people just staying home and put the earrings together. e bead selection sitting around long tables with their beads and

and drive? All that drinking isn’t par- watching Net ix? I know it’s tempt- changes constantly and Joan makes sure there crafting tools, happy and relaxed and sharing

ticularly necessary- the era of excess is ing to laze around in your pajamas, is always something new in stock. Her instruc- design ideas. Participants feel proud to wear

over. It was di erent back in the day, glued to an episode of “Crazy Ex- tions and assistance make rst-timers and non- their handiwork, gift something hand-made to

when we were in the dark ages about Girlfriend.”You don’t have to wash crafty people feel like jewelry designers! family and friends and donate hand-made ear-

drinking and driving. On the way your hair, nd appropriate footwear, Joan’s Bling’s the ing earring workshops rings for a good cause.

home you’d see some ashing lights in nd a babysitter or talk to anyone at local libraries draw people of all ages –from In March, Joan will be o ering her earring

the rear view mirror and think, wow more challenging than the cat. You teens who need community service credit to workshops at libraries in Somers, Mount Kisco

there’s a cop after some poor sap, and don’t have to spend any money or get commuters who want a fun relaxing craft expe- and Shrub Oak.To nd dates and locations for

then the poor sap turned out to be gas for your car. I get that. But what’s rience after work and seniors who enjoy a new upcoming workshops please visit Bling’s the

you.“Good day, Occifer, what seems to it going to be like if EVERYONE sits daytime activity. Workshop participants feel ing on Facebook.

be the troublem? ...What?.... WHAT? around in your pajamas in front of the good about doing something nice for someone

Oh. Okay, I’ll roll down the window.” television? It’s going to get crowded in else in the community. Joan likes to say,“For Kim Kovach teaches ction and creative non ction

And then the o cer asks where I your pajamas. SEE MELEN PAGE 11 every pair they donate, it’s a smile for a woman writing for adults, as well as creative writing classes

came from, and I tell him, well, I’m of in a shelter.” for children and teens. www.kimkovachwrites.com

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One morning we woke TRACY dent Monty did not have
up and realized that BECKERMAN anything serious going on, the side...
Monty was sick. He I still had some Doggie ER
wasn’t only merely sick. He was PTSD from my last time
really most sincerely sick. At rst, there and wondered if they

we thought he might have eaten o ered something like a chair One of my favorite classes
in high school was pub-
something that disagreed with massage or aromatherapy for lic speaking. is small
classroom was set up as a mini
him, but then, after two days of pet owners while they waited WHATWAS
I THINKING?
unmentionable dog symptoms for updates. It was possible

on our various rugs, we decided we should bring that such services existed, but I assumed it was

him to the vet. Naturally, by the time this happened only for owners of elite dogs like Bavarian Moun- theater with rows of seats—not RUTHANN

it was the weekend and the vet’s o ce was closed, tain Hounds and Tibetan Masti s. the soft leather chairs you’d nd SCHEFFER

so we had to bring him to a doggie ER instead. “His temperature is normal, and he doesn’t in the movie theaters but the

Unlike the time when I went into the emergency seem to be in any pain when I press his abdomen,” good old-fashioned metal fold-

room while I was in labor with my daughter in the the vet told me as she examined the dog. ing chairs. ere was a stage in

suburbs, nobody o ered Monty a wheelchair, valet “Well, that sounds good,” I said. the front of the room where we would “perform.”

parking, or a latté on his way in. He did however “But he could have a parasite or an obstruction Every week we were assigned a di erent topic and each of us

get a lot of attention and a private room, which was or something else,”she said.“We should run some would put our creativity on the line. One student pantomimed her

more than I got when I actually gave birth. tests and do an x-ray. In the meantime, we can assignment, no words. She “acted out” waking up in the morning,

Monty seemed to be comfortable start him on an antibiotic and give him a hydration washing her face, getting dressed, preparing breakfast, putting on

and at ease while we waited for patch and some meds to make him feel better.” her scarf and coat, leaving the house for school and strolling o the

the doctor. I, however, was “How much will that be?” I said nervously. stage, invisible books in hand. We had no doubt as to what she was

not. e last time I “I’ll work up an itemized estimate for doing, all without a word. I thought that was pretty clever.

brought a dog to you,” she said to me. “And then you Another assignment was to speak about someone famous and

the animal ER it can let us know how you want to what impressed you about him/her/them. I chose Lucille Ball and

did not have a proceed.” Desi Arnaz and how “I Love Lucy” came to be. I did extensive

happy ending. SEE BECKERMAN PAGE 11 research on both Lucy and Desi and of course, threw in some of the
Although I
best parts of this show: Lucy and Ethel working at the chocolate

was con- factory, Lucy making wine in Italy, and the many times she’d try and

trick Ricky to get a part on his show. My audience was laughing as I

ended my performance and our teacher gave me high marks.

Young women in high school during the 50s wore dresses, skirts

and blouses—no jeans, capris, shorts and other casual stu that we

see nowadays. Many dresses had full skirts requiring a half slip, a

crinoline slip, if you will—kind of made the skirt a little pu y. at

being said, there was one student’s performance I remember as if it

happened yesterday. Her name was Ann and she was going to read

poetry from a favorite book.

Ann was a tall, pretty, young woman with blond hair. As she

stood on the stage, reading from her book, I noticed a bit of lace at

the bottom of her dress. It seemed her half slip was “showing.” e

lace came down a little bit more, and more until the slip was gath-

ered around Ann’s ankles. is brave trooper calmly stepped out of

the slip, moved smoothly to the side and nished reading her poetry.

Our teacher and class rose from our seats as one and applauded

this classy, poised young woman. While walking back to our

classrooms, my friends and I agreed we probably would have burst

out crying and run o the stage if this horri c event had happened

to one of us.

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ank you! LETTERS BECKERMAN tion that my husband was still
taurant, Mancini Realty, Mexican Shack, Putnam conscious.
FROM PAGE 10
County Savings Bank, and Mary Ward, Houlihan “OK,” he nally said. “Let
“Of course, we’ll do anything them do whatever they need to.
To the editor: Lawrence. we need to do for him,” I assured I’ll call the bank and see if we
her. “Whatever the price is.” can get a second mortgage.”
e Friends of the Somers Library would like to Donated funds are used to enhance library
She left the room and came One x-ray, a battery of blood
publicly thank our local business donors: services by providing the extras not covered by the back a few moments later with tests, and a veterinary bill that
a piece of paper. I was hoping could choke a horse later, we
Diamond Friend: Denis Timone, Esq.; Platinum Town of Somers’budget. All programs for adults, that they had a de brillator had the results.
handy because when I saw the
Friends: DeCicco and Sons, Somers; Dr Paul Har- teens and children are funded through our fund- number, I was pretty sure I was “He’s ne,” said the vet.
going to have a heart attack. It “Fine, ne?” I said.
bottle, Le Fontane Restaurant, Dr Robert Pitaro, raising e orts. For the Somers Library to remain a appeared that I had a choice “Yup,” she said. “Must have
between running the tests on just eaten something that dis-
Somers Animal Hospital, Somers Democrats, vital, valuable asset to our Town, the support from the dog or buying an island in agreed with him.”
the Caribbean. “ at was my original diag-
Somers Smiles; Friend: Spmers Pharmacy; In Kind local businesses is key. We encourage your readers nosis.” I said shaking my head.
I called my husband. “I should have been a vet.”
Donors: Mobile Mart, M. Furman Printing. to thank these businesses for their continued sup- “ ey need to run some tests “It’s a tough job,” she smiled.
on the dog and it’s going to be “But the money’s good.”
Front Desk Flower Sponsors: Advanced Com- port of the Somers Library. expensive,” I told him.
“How much?” he said. Want more Monty? My dog
puter Repair, Appliance Sales Plus, Dr. Robert Susan Taylor I gave him the number. ere Monty has his own Instagram
was a long stretch of silence account now and he’s posting some
Grimshaw, Dr. Je rey Schachne, Il Forno Res- For the Board of the Friends of the Somers Library on the other end of the phone great pics. You can follow him at
and I waited for some indica- @MontyWearsBoxerShorts.
MELEN about sports on a casual basis. And you might just be the crazy future
people won’t meet as many other ex-boyfriend.
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Problem could be the husband, not the teacher

Dear Dr. Linda, learn something new, it citizen, it certainly hap- you spoke slowly, you managed to ask your
I’m a senior citizen who is taking classes doesn’t matter how long husband what he wanted for his birthday
it takes. What matters is STRONG pened to you.
to learn German. I’m actually enjoying it. that we’re learning. LEARNING Let’s step back and in a language you couldn’t speak before.
at is, I was until the other day when I Everyone learns at their own pace and it
Just think about it. take a look at what hap-
tried out my German on my husband— You were able to recall sounds like you’re doing great!
whose native language is German—and words you hadn’t known DR. LINDA pened. Tell your husband that you’re sorry that
asked him what he wanted for his birthday. before and string them SILBERT “Your accent is hor- he feels that way but that you’re proud of
together to make a how well you’re doing. And continue your
I have to admit that it was exciting for sentence or two—no matter how long it rible.” Is that true? Pos- classes, looking to your instructor and fel-
me that I was able to put a few sentences took you or how you said it. You did it and low students for feedback about how well
together, but my excitement was quickly should feel very proud of yourself. sibly, but the expert on you’re doing.
quashed by his response. “Your accent is If your husband’s remarks still leave you
horrible and you’re speaking so slowly. What happened to you happens to that topic is the teacher feeling more than an understandable level
How long have you been going to those students every day. Learning new things is of disappointment that he is unable to
classes? I’d ask for my money back!” I hard for everyone. Some things are harder of your class, not your husband. (A friend provide appropriate emotional support for
felt as if I had just been punched in the for some more than others. If signi cant your attempts to learn, contact a quali ed
stomach. others in the lives of students, whether it’s of mine who speaks Spanish well enough psychotherapist to help you build up your
Mom, Dad, a teacher—or a spouse—criti- con dence and realistically assess your
At this point, I want to drop out of the cizes them, are sarcastic or even makes fun to basically communicate with Spanish- skills.
class. ose comments took away every bit of them, their feelings of self-worth can Or perhaps consider a marriage coun-
of enjoyment for me in learning German. be a ected. Especially when we’re young, speaking people still can’t easily roll her selor. I’ll bet this isn’t the rst time your
Maybe he’s right. Maybe I’m not good at our self-esteem, and our resultant self- husband has spoken to you in a way that
it. Should I just walk away from it and go con dence comes from our perceptions of “r’s.”) left you feeling diminished.
on with my life as it was? But then again, what signi cant others think of us and our And, in the meantime…keep up the
does that mean I’m weak if I drop out of abilities. Yet, sometimes with the best of “You’re speaking so slowly!” Is that true? good work!
something? Why are his comments both- intentions, parents and teachers say things
ering me so much? to children and teens that are negatively Probably, but that’s normal. You haven’t Dr. Linda
perceived by those children and teens.
Mary been taking classes long enough to be Dr. Linda is co-author of “Why Bad Grades
Dear Mary, People who make damaging remarks Happen to Good Kids” and director of Strong
to others may not understand that it can uent. Learning Tutoring and Test Prep. If you
Congratulations on learning a new crush the enthusiasm of the person they’re have any questions, email her at [email protected]
language. Research has shown that during saying it to. Although you’re a senior “How long have you been going to stronglearning.com.
the senior years, it’s healthy to learn new
things because it stimulates a part of the those classes? I’d ask for my money back!”
brain you don’t use every day. When we
You probably interpreted that to mean that

you chose a poor teacher or you’re stupid

because you’re not speaking German up to

his standards.

• Is your instructor a poor teacher?

Could be, but if you’re enjoying the class

and are progressing at a speed that you

can see, it’s working for you. If you get to

a point where you aren’t seeing progress

anymore, then change teachers.

• Are you stupid? Unable to learn? Of

course not. Whether your accent was o , or

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LIBRARY Westchester & Putnam. Sunday, Japanese Tea Ceremony March 28 from 10:30-12:00 -
FROM PAGE 3
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You will be able to meet with we work to advance cross-racial nese tea ceremony represents the to be discussed are as follows:

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setting. No appointment is neces- the public discourse on race. Our culture in many ways. Please join • Why eating fat does not make

sary. If you can’t visit the library in monthly meetings feature speak- us and immerse yourself in the you fat

person, you can leave a message ers, screenings, and presentations world of “harmony, respect, purity, • What hormones could be out

on the SBIC helpline at 914-231- where discussions are aimed at and tranquility”of the tea ceremo- of control in your body

3260 or email us at [email protected] educating one another on who we ny. You can also enjoy the taste of • Learn ways to reduce your risk • Presenter: Edward A. Mar-

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SBIC will not meet on days the M. Petrone, CFP, CPA and a So- tea and sweets. Seats are limited Foundation of Wellness Profes- Reversal,natural solutions to health

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Somers Science Research
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PHOTO COURTESY OF RACHEL HEESE High school students from the Somers Science
Research program competed at the Westchester-
Rockland Junior Science & Humanities Sympo-
sium on Saturday, February 8, which took place at
John Jay High School. e Westchester-Rockland
Junior Science & Humanities Symposium is de-
signed to challenge and engage students in grades
9-12 in science, technology, engineering or math-
ematics (STEM). Individual students compete by
presenting the results of their original research ef-
forts before a panel of judges and an audience of
their peers.

Congratulations to Ariel Markowski, Nicholas
D’Souza, and Sun Graham for placing in the poster
competition. Also, congratulations to Robin Mas-
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place, respectively, in their speaker rooms and will
be moving on to the state competition in Albany
to compete for a chance to move on to Nationals!

Not losing their marbles

Failing can be productive. at is one takeaway from the process
of building marble mazes in the fth-grade STEM Club.

“ e students experienced that things do not always work per-
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sor and engineering teacher at the middle school. “ rough hard
work and a lot of trial and error, the students created successful
designs.”

e students used the tops of copy boxes to design the marble
mazes, as well as parts made by the new laser cutter that was do-
nated by the Somers Education Foundation. e club is so popular
it has been split into three, grade-level sessions. e fourth-grade
members designed and built laser-cut, balloon-powered hover
crafts and they are putting the nishing touches on a hovercraft
powered by a leaf blower, which they will ride across the middle
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Thursday, March 5, 2020 SCHOOLS & CAMPS The Somers Record – Page 17

Scouts during their extreme cold
weather camping trip.

Cooking over the fire.

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GIRLS BASKETBALL Sports

Dani DiCintio Ava Giudice Pooja Rao
sinks a half-court puts up an of the
off-balance
shot to beat the Tuskers
halftime buzzer shot. drives

against Rye baseline.
in the Class A
quarterfinals.

Somers falls on buzzer beater

Tuskers give up late lead to Rye in quarter nal loss

BY ROB DIANTONIO di cult three-point play to cut the Tusk- the Tuskers 54-35 back in December in PHOTOS: ROB DIANTONIO
CONTRIBUTING WRITER ers’ lead to two points. Somers’ season opener. e rematch, how-
ever, was a much di erent story. Emily Arena goes up for a shot inside
With a ve-point lead with just un- On an inbounds play, Somers missed while being swarmed by Rye defenders.
der a minute to play, it appeared Somers an open layup and a jump ball was called, “I was very proud of my teammates as
was heading for the Westchester County giving Rye possession. Teaghan Flaherty we were prepared and practiced very hard
Center for the fourth straight year. scored on a oater to tie the game at 59- all week,” DiCintio said. “We took our fo-
59 with 14.7 seconds left. cus onto the court and left everything we
But the tables quickly turned, and top- had out there. Despite Rye being the No.
seeded Rye pulled o a 61-59 win at the DiCintio drove across half court into 1 seed and many people predicting us to
buzzer over the eighth-seeded Tuskers a crowd but the Garnets stole the ball at lose, the team and I believed in ourselves
in the Section 1 Class A quarter nals on the foul line and quickly passed ahead to and we are used to playing at a high stan-
Wednesday, Feb. 26. Latkany. Latkany heaved a half-court shot dard. So to us it hurt to lose a game we
and it clanged o the glass, right into the know we could have won.”
Jordan May converted a three-point waiting hands of teammate Natasha Mey-
play then Dani DiCintio made 1 of 2 free er, who scored at the buzzer. Somers trailed 31-26 late in the rst
throws to put visiting Somers up 59-54 half but Pooja Rao hit a three with 30
with 56.6 seconds left. “We believed in ourselves, so the ve- seconds left then DiCintio banked in a
point lead didn’t surprise us,” DiCintio 3-pointer from just inside half court to
Everything went Rye’s way from that said. “But the fact that we let it slip away send the Tuskers into halftime with mo-
point on. in the last minute for a veteran team was mentum and a 32-31 lead.
frustrating and disappointing. is will
Rye star forward Amanda Latkany, who sting for some time.” SEE BASKETBALL PAGE 19
ended Somers’ season at the buzzer two
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BASKETBALL PHOTOS: ROB DIANTONIO

FROM PAGE 18

“It was an exciting moment,” DiCintio said. “We entered Amy Lasher, right, looks to fight for a rebound.
the locker room hyped but after a minute or so we let it go
because we knew the game wasn’t over. Coach (Marc Hat-
tem) even told us that the game wasn’t over and we moved
on and let it go.”

e third quarter was much of the same with the teams
matching baskets. Rye was up 41-38 midway through the
quarter but DiCintio knocked down a three from the left
wing and then drove and nished to put them up 43-41.
Freshman Ava Giudice drove to the basket and scored
with 35 seconds left and Rao hit a foul-line jumper with
four ticks on the clock to give Somers a 47-43 lead after
three quarters.

Rye led 52-49 with ve minutes remaining. Giudice was
fouled on a three with 3:21 to go and made 2 of 3 from the
line to cut the de cit to a point. Giudice then found Amy
Lasher to give Somers a 53-52 lead with three minutes
left.

Latkany answered for the Garnets but a DiCintio run-
ner had Somers leading again, 55-54, with 1:44 remaining.

DiCintio and May paced Somers with 20 and 16 points,
respectively. Giudice added 12 points while Rao had 9
points for Somers, which concluded the season with a 14-8
record.

e Roberts Wesleyan-bound DiCintio, a four-year
starter who surpassed 1,000-career points this season,
played her nal game for the Tuskers. Other key players
like May, Rao and Emily Arena will also graduate.

“I will miss playing with the girls I grew up with since
the third grade,” DiCintio said. “I’ll miss the underclass-
men and our bonding events. And I will miss the high
level of competition our program has continued to display
throughout my four years of high school, including our
County Center runs, Slam Dunk tournament and over-
night trips. I’ll miss the relationship I built with my coach,
playing for him all four of my high school years.”

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Q: How are patients screened and treated? community members can get the best cancer care right
A: Patients are screened with a noninvasive low-dose near home, in Westchester. Patients who want the most
CT scan, which only takes a minute. It’s a very sensitive advanced cancer care don’t need to travel to NYC.
test for diagnosing lung cancer. If the cancer is in the Q: Are marijuana smokers or those who vape at risk?
early stages, the most advanced treatment option is A: While researchers still don’t know the precise risks
minimally invasive robotic surgery, which enables me for long-term marijuana smokers or those who vape,
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damaging healthy surrounding tissue. In addition, I’m increase your risk.


Page 20 – The Somers Record SPORTS Thursday, March 5, 2020

Booster Club president retires

Dwindling volunteer numbers a concern

BY BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER

SPORTS EDITOR ‘In this day and age,

Somers Tuskers Booster Club, parents will write a check
which funds athletic programs
and awards student scholarships, but there are no boots on

is in need of volunteers following
the retirement of its president,

John Reilly. the ground.’
“ ere is a volunteer shortage

in the whole town,” Reilly told

e Somers Record. “It’s going –John Reilly
to be a challenge. In this day and
age, parents will write a check but Somers Tuskers Booster Club

there are no boots on the ground.”

ough the club distributed

a half-million dollars last year

to enhance athletic programs in

the district, the Boosters Club is lately it’s been myself and Linda with the Booster Club about 10

mostly a two-person operation, [Morgante]. at’s all there is. years ago when his daughter was

Reilly said. We don’t even have kids in high a freshman student-athlete at

“We try to support the ath- school. We just have a love for the Somers High School.

FILE PHOTO letes, the facilities, the coaches school and the sports.” “I saw how sports was a big

John Reilly as best we can,” Reilly said. “But Reilly began volunteering thing in her life and how it helped

her maneuver all the di culties

in high school,” Reilly said.

Initially the vice president

to Chris Ward, he took over as

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Thursday, March 5, 2020 SPORTS The Somers Record – Page 21

GYMNASTICS

Lusthaus competes at States Lucy
DeMichelle
Somers High School’s Emma Lusthaus competed at the New York State gymnastics champion- (Croton)
ships, held Saturday, Feb. 29, at Cold Spring Harbor High School.

Lusthaus, who nished in 48th place on the vault out of 60 gymnasts, competed on the Section 1
team with other gymnasts from the area. e Section 1 team nished in fth place.

Her teammates, Lucy DeMichelle (Croton) and Mariam Abud (Briarcli ), also competed at states.

Emma
Lusthaus on
the vault

PHOTOS: TABITHA PEARSON MARSHALL

The Section 1 team, front row: Emma Lusthaus, Samantha Flores, Caitlin Pellegrino, Ava
Greenhut, Emily Quinn, Emily Lai; back row: Lia Graap, Mariam Abud, Lucy DiMichele,
Samantha Greenhut, Veronica Rosario, Justine Valentino, Chloe Lee and Nicole Giannetta


Page 22 – The Somers Record SPORTS Thursday, March 5, 2020

ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT – EMILY HEESE

Volunteer EMT,
senior pole vaulter

Emily Heese competes

prepares for statesat the New York State

Qualifiers on Feb. 23.

A Touc f Re & S lveCelebrating 25 YEARS of Service to Somers Schools BY BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER
SPORTS EDITOR
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(914) 275-6887 | bruceaparpr @ gmail.com How old were you when you started pole vaulting and what

BRUCE APAR got you started?

I began vaulting my freshman year because my grandfather used

to pole vault and I had many friends who were involved.

What is your favorite thing about being on the track team?

My favorite thing about track is how many friends I’ve made and

how close the team is.

What is your goal for the state championships?

My goal for states is to win a medal and clear 11-6.

Who has been your biggest role model over the years and what

have you learned from them?

My biggest role models are my parents because they are fabulous

and have taught me how to work hard to earn what I want.

How do you get prepared for meet? Do you listen to any mu-

sic? If so, what kind?

To prepare for a meet I usually listen to quite a variety of music,

but “Dance Monkey” never fails to make the playlist.

Will you be attending college? If so, where and what will you

study?

I will be attending college, although I’m not sure where as of now.

I plan to study biochemistry on a pre-med track.

Will you continue to play sports beyond high school?

I plan on continuing track in college and I’m in contact with the

coaches at the schools I’ve applied to.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?

If I could have one superpower it would be to y because it would

make me a lot cooler and I could travel much more e ectively.

What is something about yourself people would be surprised

to learn?

A little fun fact is that I’m an EMT and a member of the Somers

Volunteer Fire Department.

What is your favorite place to visit on vacation and why?

My favorite vacation has been my trip to Greece because of the

food, but also all of the monuments and natural landmarks.

What is your favorite place to eat locally?

My favorite place to eat is Route 100 Market because their sand-

wiches are top-notch.

What’s the go-to app on your phone and why?

My go-to app on my phone is Instagram because there is con-

stantly something entertaining on there.

For a young athlete growing up in the Somers school district,

what would you tell them about the experience of being part of

the track team and why should they go out for it?

Track was one of the best experiences of high school because it

gave me a place to have fun while working at something that I really

enjoy doing. e family-like team environment at both meets and

practices is unmatched and I value every second I get to spend on

this team.


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