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The Somers Record 04.07.22

Vol. 11 No. 51 Visit for the latest news. Thursday, April 7, 2022

Assailant of Somers alum
found guilty
Faces up to 25 years for 2019 stabbing 

PHOTO: WHIT ANDERSON BY CAROL REIF Stockfeder’s bail was revoked and he was re-
STAFF WRITER manded to Rikers Island.
Flag Football
Ready to Kick Off! “I don’t want to be ‘the guy that got According to court testimony, Corpo-
stabbed’,” Justin Corpolongo  says of his longo, who had graduated from St. John’s in
On April 1, Somers High School Giants quarterback Daniel Jones, brush with death. 2018, had shared a home with Stockfeder
hosted the kicko jamboree for the and helped get the Tuskers red up and other members of his former college la-
Section 1 ag football league! e af- for the inaugural season. Read more at’s a burden the 2014  Somers High crosse team. He was holding down two jobs
ternoon saw an appearance from NY on page 20. School graduate has carried since the fall of to pay o his college loans.
2019 when he was attacked with a kitchen
knife by his then-roommate, friend and When Corpolongo got back from his
former St. John’s University men’s lacrosse part-time bartending gig on Monday, Oct.
teammate Matthew Stockfeder during an al- 21, 2019, there were about 20 people party-
tercation over a rowdy party at their Queens ing and playing loud music.
Corpolongo, who needed to sleep because
Corpolongo said he’s determined not to he had to go to work early the next day, testi-
let the incident de ne him any longer.
ed that he asked them to lower the volume.
“I don’t want people to think of this when When that hadn’t happened by 11 p.m., he
they think of me,” said the about-to-turn-26 pulled the power cord out of the speaker. e
teacher of special needs students, who’d crowd then moved to an unsanctioned, o -
rather be known for the people he’s helped campus frat house.
or made happy.
Although he had agreed to relocate the
Stockfeder, 24, of Melville, Long Island, party, an “angry” Stockfeder began to send
was convicted on ursday, March 24, of mocking text messages to his housemate,
Katz said.
rst-degree assault – a felony o ense – and
fourth-degree criminal possession of a weap- According to media reports, one witness
on following a three-week-long jury trial in told the jury that Stockfeder had grabbed a
Queens Supreme Court,  Queens District steak knife and stuck it in his waistband.
Attorney  Melinda Katz  announced Friday,
March 25. When asked why, he responded: “To de-
fend myself,” the witness testi ed.
Set to be sentenced by  Justice Stephen
Knopf  on ursday, April 7, he faces up to e two men argued via text and Corpo-
25 years in prison. Following the conviction, longo eventually went over to the frat house


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SVFD, Senator Harckham unveil new command car


Department recently unveiled a
shiny new command car it says safeguarding our residents and on the road at all times to help hicle assigned to Car 2443, which Commissioners for its “hard work
will help rst responders with businesses,” he said, referring to reduce response times. has now become Utility 244. and funding on this project.”
their mission of protecting resi- the SVFD as “one of the busiest
dents and local businesses. in northern Westchester.” Funding for the new vehicle Utility 244 will become the re “We appreciate Sen. Harck-
was approved in 2020, but its duty vehicle, allowing the depart- ham’s assistance in obtaining
e  $85,490 2021 Chevy Last year,the SVFD responded delivery was delayed by issues ment’s current Utility 81 to be- this grant for the department,”
Tahoe, tted with state-of-the- to more than 3,000 calls, accord- associated with the COVID-19 come an EMS vehicle. said Fire Commissioner John
art technology and communica- ing to Chief Jonathan Mackey. pandemic. FitzGerald. “ is command ve-
tions equipment, was purchased ose vehicles are used by cap- hicle will be an essential resource
with the help of a $50,000 State More than 90 active members It was “up- tted” by Hud- tains and lieutenants when they in helping to protect our commu-
and Municipal Facilities Pro- sta the department, which has son Valley Fire Equipment with are on duty. is helps ensure nity.”
gram (SAM) grant secured by the third-largest response district Whelen lighting products and coverage for every emergency in
Sen. Pete Harckham (D-South in the county. graphics, Mackey noted. town, Mackey explained. “ e Somers Fire District does
Salem). a tremendous job ensuring that
e SVFD provides re pro- e vehicles allow chief o cers e department thanked we have the best equipment pos-
SAM is one of many programs tection and emergency medical to arrive at the scene quickly and Harckham for supporting it and sible to accomplish our mission of
administered by the Dormitory care to more than 20,000 resi- also provide command posts at other rst responders in the area. saving lives and property,”Mackey
Authority of the State of New dents in a 33-square-mile district. large-scale emergencies, he said. said.
York (DASNY) with the aim of It also sent a big shout-out to
supporting community and eco- It keeps several command cars It is replacing the current ve- the re district’s Board of Fire
nomic development.

Harckham said he’s secured
more than $700,000 in state
grants for re ghters in the
40th Senate District since 2019.

e state lawmaker stopped by
the re department’s Lincolndale
headquarters recently to inspect
the vehicle.

“As our municipalities grow,
so do the needs of our rst re-
sponders who are charged with

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Your Neighbor

Jenny Fadda

Somers dietitian o ers new approach to healthy living

BY WHIT ANDERSON  her career o cially began.   place to make real progress.”  healthy diet looks like for them.

STAFF WRITER Fadda, who resides in Somers Fadda believes that the bal- ey will learn how to put meals

with her husband and two anced, realistic approach to together, and how to shop for

It is safe to say that we all young children, is  known for weight loss and other lifestyle food. I like people to understand

want to look and feel our best. her work with clients seeking to transformations combined with the ‘why’ of what they are do-

However, the steps required to lose weight. However, she also the more accommodating fea- ing. If they understand the ‘why,’

become the healthiest version of aids diabetics looking to control tures of Nutritional Goals makes they can adapt and still make

us can often be di cult, contra- blood sugar levels, pre-diabetics, for a worthwhile experience for healthy choices. Ultimately, they

dictory, and just downright con- those with gastrointestinal is- the client.  will be able to go on their own.”  

fusing.   sues, those with cardiac issues “From a day-to-day aspect, be- Fadda also recognizes that

ankfully, for those in the like cholesterol, and pregnant ing fully remote helps those with each client is di erent, requir-

Somers area looking to make a women with nutritional con- a busy schedule,” says Fadda. “It ing individual plans that provide

healthy lifestyle change, regis- cerns.  is easy because they can go on- the correct motivation to con-

tered dietitian Jenny Fadda has Regarding weight loss, the line, book their appointment, get nect with each person’s thought

created Nutritional Goals, a fully di culties of dieting while also the Zoom link, and then they process. All she asks is that any-

remote 1:1 counseling service managing a busy, stressful life Jenny Fadda, creator of can join from their home, work, one looking to make a change,
that provides approachable, real- can often be too much to han- Nutritional Goals. school or wherever else they no matter how many times they
istic programs to help you trans- dle. ankfully, Fadda under- might be. ey do not have to tried before, give Nutritional

form your body, and give you the stands that  countering this ob- feel as if they failed and go back be somewhere for the meeting, Goals a chance. 

tools needed to maintain that stacle requires eliminating what to their old ways. It puts them in making it easier to stick with the “ ere is nothing more im-

newfound health independently.   is known as black and white a never-ending on-and-o cycle appointments.”  portant than your health, for

Despite having an innate  in- thinking.   of dieting.  I like to take things Furthermore, Fadda looks to both you and your family,” she

terest in nutrition during child- “What I nd is when people and not make them good or bad, provide her clients with tools to concludes. “Whether the previ-

hood, Fadda had no idea that want to lose weight, they go into right or wrong. I tell people you make themselves self-su cient.  ous attempt to change did not

her passion could be turned into a mindset that they will change are not good or bad based on the “I am very big on education,” work, or you were not ready, all

a profession. It was not until col- everything,” explains Fadda. foods you are eating. You want Fadda says. “I will never give you need is a more personalized

lege that she indirectly found a “ ey say they will never eat to eat healthily and be active to someone a strict meal plan. For approach that takes that all into

path to live out her purpose.  sweets and they will exercise ev- set up your health goals, but if one, nobody is going to stick account.” 

“I took a psychology class my ery day. is strict and stringent you want to have cake at a party, with it, and they will not know To contact Jenny Fadda and

senior year that was on people plan sets them up for failure be- you can do that. Just hearing what to do when they must di- book an appointment with Nu-

with eating disorders,” Fadda fore they even start because once that makes people feel a lot bet- vert from that plan. I want peo- tritional Goals, visit https://www.

recalls. “During the class, they they deviate from that plan, they ter. ey can nd that balanced ple to understand what a sound,  

started speaking about this in- There is nothing more important than
terprofessional team that worked
with individuals who had eating
disorders. One of the members

of the team was a registered di-
etitian. ey went into detail
about what that person did, and

your health, for both you and your family.’itjustclickedformethatthatis
what I wanted to do.” 

From there, Fadda spent two Jenny Fadda

years at Marymount College to

obtain a degree in nutrition, and Registered Dietitian

Call “Mrs. CC”

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Owner and Director

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The Staff Lions Clubs ready for
‘A Night at the Races’
TOM WALOGORSKY Fundraiser to bene t
EDITOR: 914-302-5830 Friends of Karen 
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IMAGE COURTESY OF SOMERS LIONS CLUB BY CAROL REIF tables, races, and the event itself, ac-
VIM WILKINSON STAFF WRITER cording to event chairman Vincent
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vited to an event that will not only e goal is entertainment.
ADVERTISING TEAM give them some fun for their money, “It’s a fun night,” he said, adding:
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Page 6 – The Somers Record ELEPHANT’S TRUNK Thursday, April 7, 2022

Town of Somers Recreation O ce at 232-8441. Preserve on Route 138 (Primrose Day Program by Bob MacGregor. scription in order to have access to
Street). Cancellation in the event Enter the Preserve at Route 139 this meeting. You will receive an
ANNUAL EGG HUNT Somers Land Trust of rain. All are Welcome! Tree and follow the road to the upper invitation prior to the start of the
Saturday, April 9, at 9 a.m. guru Bob MacGregor to talk about parking lot. All events will be can- webinar. Our programs are funded
Join us in Reis Park for pic- ARBOR DAY PRESENTATION pruning, wiring for deer, preventing celed in the event of rain. Please by e Friends of the Library -
Saturday, April 9, from 1:30 - 3 beaver munching, and much more. dress for Tick prevention. thanks for your support!
tures with the Cottontail Bun-
nies and to collect eggs that will p.m. NATURE WALK Somers PTA Council VIRTUAL: FROM MICKEY
be redeemed for candy. Open to Love Trees? Learn how to care Saturday, April 9 at 2:30 p.m. MOUSE TO STAR WARS
all Somers residents 10-years- Join a family-friendly nature FOODIE CARD SALE AND BEYOND
old and younger. Sponsored by for them at our Arbor Day: Main- Enjoy 10% o at over 1600
Somers Leos Club and Somers taining Trees and Shrubs presen- walk with local naturalist Jim Nor- Monday, April 11, from 7 - 8 p.m.
Department of Parks and Rec. For tation by Bob MacGregor, Vice dgren on the Yellow Trail at Angle Foodie Card-friendly restaurants! How the Walt Disney Com-
additional information, call the President of Somers Land Trust. Fly Preserve, following the Arbor See the yer on our PTA website pany Conquered the Entertain-
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and famous artists express grief
“Andersen” and all other marks where denoted are trademarks of Andersen Corporation. SPIRIT WEAR SALE through painting. A discussion of
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School senior! e high school institutions, government or mu-
English Department is coordinat- nicipal o ces is not accepted at
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learning opportunities for twelfth- inspect all paper to be shredded
grade students. ese authentic and will reject any paper identi-
experiences will provide valuable
knowledge and skills for seniors as ed as commercial or institution-
they transition from high school al. Please call the Town Supervi-
to college and careers. We are in- sor’s O ce with any questions at
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Thursday, April 21 from 7 - 9 COMMUNITY PASSOVER
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Come support our young artists Friday, April 15, at 7:30 p.m.
post Covid as they exhibt won- Join us for the rst night of
derful works of art created in the Passover in a warm and inviting
SCSD K-12 art programs. Held atmosphere, with gourmet Pass-
at Somers High School. over cuisine (including shmurah
matzah and wine or grape juice),
The Somers Library and enjoy a meaningful and in-
teractive Seder. At the Yorktown
ese events are all virtual. Community Center, 1974 Com-
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SMS counselors keep connected with students

An annual check-in about suc- counselor Ellen Bieber.“Having an or even encourage them to join a develop a relationship,” said Ellen dents how to manage stress and
cesses, struggles, friendships and annual “About Me”check-in keeps club,sport or activity.“We are mak- Fabian, sixth grade school counsel- increasing academic pressures for
more is an important way school us in tune with who they are, what ing sure they know how to pursue or. “Hopefully, the individual con- seventh graders.
counselors at Somers Middle they like to do and where they things, how to seek extra help and nection opens the door to future
School stay connected with their might need some extra supports.” making them aware of what exists opportunities for kids to schedule Bieber said these previous ques-
students. in the school for them to explore,” an appointment to go over their tionnaires are an important tool in
Bieber said a visit to the School she said. She added that often unique questions and or concerns.” the high school planning process
“About Me” is a short question- Counseling o ce for the check-in times it’s a nudge about the WIN for eighth graders. “We can point
naire School Counseling gives each is especially important for the sixth periods that o er students oppor- By the time students return to to something a student may have
year to sixth and seventh grade graders. “When they rst meet tunities to try a new enrichment School Counseling for the sev- liked in sixth grade as an elective
students. It was implemented in with their counselor and ll out the activity or receive academic inter- enth-grade questionnaire, school for them to take in high school,”
Somers several years ago under the form, it’s about building that rela- vention. counselors can dig a little deeper. she said. She said many times in-
updated New York State Learning tionship they may not have had in Questions are geared toward friend terests have changed, but some-
Standards. elementary school,”Bieber said. “ e current sixth grade is ll- relationships, identifying adults times students looking at their in-
ing out the About Me form in within the school and community terests from sixth or seventh grade
“It’s a chance for kids to identify Opening the initial door for stu- advance of their annual meeting, they can trust, school challenges, reignites the spark.
their strengths, interests, struggles, dents’ “About Me” questionnaire allowing the counselor and student interests and one or two “fun facts”
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Gold medal Playing the market 

SEASONAL skills I learned as a child and applied MAN things, and Freedom of Choice should
TIDBITS them to my college Division I riding OVERBOARD be one of them. If that’s in the Bill of
team and did quite well for myself. In Rights, they should take it out as soon as
LAURA an exhibition on curling in upstate NY, RICK possible. In countries where they don’t
CAMPAGNA I learned how to push the stone down MELÉN have 37 di erent brands of dog food, I
the ice. I did it twice before my turn contend that the people are much hap-
The Olympics have been over for was over, and because of this, I became This little piggy went to market, pier, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the
a few months, and now we wait the household expert. When Team and people who hardly shop for dogs are happier, too. I hate that guilty
two more years until we watch USA was on TV facing their rivals, I groceries should take a few mo- feeling when I don’t get my dog the
our athletes compete against other would yell at the team to tell them how ments to appreciate those heroes who healthiest blend of USDA-approved,
competitors in the sport of their choice and where to position their stone. ey do. ose people that run into a crowded vet-sanctioned, human-grade balanced
and hopefully walk away with the gold never listened to me and would win the supermarket when the rest of us are recipes with no by-products. I’m not
medal. tournament anyway. running out (of food). I’ll spend my few even sure I DIDN’T get my dog that,
moments right here, because I had to do and I’m also not sure if I would eat it
I have done many of the sports On a recent visit to see my parents, the food shopping for a couple of weeks, myself if I were a dog (not one of them
featured in the Olympics. When I my mother suggested one day that I and I get exhausted all over again just mentioned Kit Kat bars or pizza in the
was young I, skied down a mountain join her for her church chair yoga class thinking about it. ingredients). inking of all those sad,
face in Vermont, played out eld in my later in the afternoon. It is here that shivering dogs out in the cold, chained
town’s softball league, tried basketball I should report that everyone who First, I test-drive a few shopping carts to a trash bin in the ASPCA ad, maybe
once, wrestled my sister for the remote participates is between 65 and 90 years to nd one with decent handling. I don’t I should spend another 20 minutes
control, gure skated on the local lake old. It was 9:30 in the morning when need rack-and-pinion steering, but I looking at the carbohydrate count on the
praying with every glide that it would she asked, I was already on the couch won’t tolerate a dead wheel because at label. But in the end, I bought some-
not be my last and I would fall through planning my day, and taking a few naps some point when no one is looking I’m thing that looked like an order of sesame
an opening in the ice. In 7th-grade gym throughout the day was already on the going to air that baby out at a dead run chicken. Time is passing me by as I look
class, there were lessons in the game of list. I told her I would take a pass on and then put my feet up on the chas- at dog food labels and even though qual-
Badminton. We had a swanky one- the class. She became animated and sis and see how far I can coast without ity of life is important, quantity of life is
piece uniform. Not sure of the popular asked again if I would join her stating running into the grapefruit display. at’s important too.
fabric of the early 70s but it resembled it would mean so much to her if I did. I the kind of thing guys do when women
lycra with a pop of polyester-like shorts agreed and went to my room to see if I aren’t looking. I found a sporty model is is how supermarkets play me for
with an attached blue striped top with packed anything that would be appro- that actually had a cup holder on it so the fool that I am: I wanted a few crois-
a zipper. It was not the most atter- priate for church chair yoga. I found a that I wouldn’t spill my cocktail if only I sants to make a nice breakfast sandwich
ing out t. If it was suggested today, it pair of gray ankle-length pants, a black had remembered to bring one. I kept my this weekend, but all they had was a
would not make it out of the locker long sleeve top, and a brown multi- eye open for something to put in there package with literally 25 croissants in
room. Gym uniform aside, we had a patterned eece. I did not have the a little stronger than a bottle of salad it, so then I had to think of 25 di erent
blast trying to get the birdie over the appropriate footwear and was forced to dressing. Maybe this wasn’t going to be things that you could put on a croissant,
net. I was the goalie on my high school put on my men’s knee-high black work so bad after all. and by the time I worked my way down
socks and brown slip-on sketchers. I to peanut butter my cart was already half
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CAMPAGNA I was going to rock this class. I was much Gold Medal Granola Bars 2. Transfer mixture to a greased
younger than those participating, so surely 9x9 baking dish, very firmly
FROM PAGE 10 I was more exible. INGREDIENTS pressing the mixture into pan in an
3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats even layer. (tip: for easy removal,
bun, and I was ready. I was the fashionista I could not have been more wrong. After 3/4 cup peanut butter line the pan with parchment). If
of the day. Vogue was knocking on my 20 minutes of leg stretches and some back 1/3 cup honey desired, sprinkle additional
door. stretches, I could feel THE BURN. ank- 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips chocolate chips over top, pressing
fully, it was time for a water break. One of 1/2 cup flaked coconut them into the mixture.
e morning got away from us, and the ladies came out of the nearby kitchen, 1/2 cup chopped walnuts 3. Bake for 15-17 minutes or until
it was time to leave. My mother began looked at me, and o ered me a can of milk. 1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg the center is baked through. Start
speeding down the roads. Each road had My mind raced to why would someone 1 teaspoon cinnamon checking at 12 minutes as all
a speed limit of 30 to 40 mph, and she want to drink milk during yoga, from a can 2 whole eggs ovens are different.
was doing well over each. When I asked no less and how would you open it. I shook 4. Let the bars cool completely
her what the rush was, she said we have my head no and reached for my water (this is important) before cutting
to get there as soon as we can to get our bottle. While I was taking a sip I noticed into 16 squares or 12-14 bars.
two chairs in the circle. I had no idea what others getting their small 3-pound hand
she was talking about, and reached for the weights. It was at that moment I realized INSTRUCTIONS
strap over the passenger side window and I was being o ered two cans of milk to be 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In
hung on for dear life. When we reached used as weights for the next exercise and a large bowl, combine all
the church my mother put the car in park not to be used as my water break beverage. ingredients and mix well.
and ran to the door and straight into the
room where church chair yoga was to take I learned some things that afternoon.
place. I sauntered in and stopped in the e rst is that I am nowhere near as ex-
o ce to say hello to my sister who is the ible as I think I am and that I do not move
church receptionist. She took one look at with an ‘LY purpose,’ carefully, slowly, and
me and asked what on earth I was wearing purposefully.  e instructor during each
and what happened to my hair. I reassured exercise explained why it was important to
her that Vogue had already called for my do each movement, to help us move with
photo shoot. an ‘LY purpose.’
When the meditation to end the class
As I entered the yoga arena I was was over and we were heading out the
greeted with a few ‘it is nice to see you door, I grabbed my homemade granola
again’ and some hugs of those I was more bar, a reward for surviving the class and
friendly with. I have spent many summers I realized that those around me were the
volunteering at the church in one form or real athletes that deserve the gold medals.
another, and I have become friends with ey are ensuring that they remain safe
many of the women who volunteer all year and healthy while they maneuver steps,
round.  As we settled into our seats, the chairs, climbing in and out of beds, cars,
instructor reminded everyone to do only and wherever else life may bring them. I
what their bodies are capable of and not put the bronze medal around my next and
to notice what others around them are limped to the car.
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hilarious, yet she never laugh the hardest was when we softest tone I could, hoping that fact that she looked somewhat
intended to be. She were sitting at a banquet booth Jane Curtin could not hear this All but Grandma burst out younger than her years and had a
lived to be almost ninety-six, and and to our surprise, actress Jane conversation. laughing. How much Jane
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Vacation time

JUST what an experience it was. We curbside check-in, but it was we went through TSA. As usual, e turbulence was so bad
JO ANN got through all the paperwork cold and rainy, so we opted for I was pulled aside and frisked that I honestly expected the
and had an early morning ight indoor check in. We played while Ken was waved through. air masks to fall from over-
JO ANN out of JFK. We loved that we around with one check-in For some reason, it happens head. During a slight reprieve
FRANCELLA would be landing in the Baha- machine for about 20 minutes every time we y. from the turbulence, I decided
mas at 10 a.m., but that meant before we were told that it was to use the restroom and quickly
Iknow that so many of my that we had to leave our home broken. We moved to another e next problem arose when regretted it as I was tossed from
friends and acquaintances at 3 a.m. machine and entered all our info, we were assigned seats on the wall to wall with my pants
have traveled over the past but when it was time to pay, the plane. Ken and I were seated down around my ankles. As I
two years. In fact, I would see Of course, we never like machine would not accept our three rows apart from each got myself together and tried
pictures of their smiling faces as having to board our pets, and it credit card.  In fact, none of the other, something I did not like. I to gracefully make it back to
they lounged in a pool with the was no di erent for our sweet check-in machines would accept wondered how I could possibly my seat, a child in the row
sun beaming down on them. Daisy. We had only kenneled anyone’s credit cards. As soon as ask the 19-year-old girl beside behind me threw up all over
her once before for just one day, everyone realized that there was me if I could lay my head on her her mother. If I wasn’t queasy
Ken and I, on the other hand, but we safely deposited her at a malfunction, there was a mad shoulder while I slept. I decided before, I was then.
didn’t travel. We adhered to all the kennel the day before our dash for the doors to get back that might not be such a good
the rules and stayed safely at departure. I gave her many kisses outside for curbside check-in. By idea. It was just a three-hour Somehow we nally landed,
home. Quite frankly, we didn’t and hugs and promised that we then it was 4:20 a.m. and I was and it was wonderful feeling the
quite comprehend the pandemic would pick her up in a week. I already exhausted. ight and I gured I could get warm breeze on our faces when
and all the various rules we were cried when I left her. through it without Ken by my we left the airport. Will I be
asked to adhere to, so we gured With boarding passes in hand, side; that is until the second
that we would rather be safe At the airport, we tried for hour of the ight. ying somewhere again soon?
than sorry. I doubt it, but the week we
Fun Facts by Jo Ann spent in the Bahamas soothed
It’s now been two years since my achy muscles, relaxed my
the start of the pandemic and The Bahamas is made up of over 700 islands, most of which are uninhabited. body, mind and soul and gave a
Ken and I planned our rst The Bahamas was the landing site of Christopher Columbus. beautiful glow to my sallow, tired
plane trip to the Bahamas, and complexion. Until next time,
beautiful Bahamas.

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Jacque’s Spin on Music for April 2022

April has finally arrived The jazz community is get- by Too Blue, who is open- Make plans for dinner on Jacque Roche is a freelance writer,
and the local music ting very excited about Jazz ing. Doors at 6:30 p.m. Visit Saturday, April 30 from 6 - 8 editor and music blogger for
scene is blooming. I’m on Main, a new “old soul jazz their website for full details and p.m. Blues duo, Forst*Toscano and contributor
the season’s calendar. are the perfect accompaniment to several local publications.
looking forward to a won- club” coming to Mount for this Mexican restaurant, at Archived broadcasts of 2016-
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Play outside

READING, shared black and white bicycle bought me a pink and white Spaulding ball and we chose up stick jumping without holding
WRITING & with Dad’s metal wrench. girl’s bicycle. In a couple more teams. on (“Look, no hands!”) was 600
CHOCOLATE years, my brother’s next bicycle jumps.
“Hey,” I said, “I can’t ride a was a Schwinn with a banana I remember attaching metal
KIM two-wheeler.” seat and tall handlebars so that roller skates to my sneakers and When I’ve asked my adult
KOVACH he could “pop wheelies” up and roller skating down our long writing class participants to
My brother did not care about down the street. sloping street. I never learned the hearken back to their childhood
When I was in rst that. He started to ride that now correct way to stop. My perpetu- days of playing outside, everyone
grade, my younger two-wheel bicycle around in our I have many memories of the ally scabbed knees were proof of is all smiles. City childhoods
brother and I shared yard. other outdoor activities all of the that. included stickball, stoopball,
a new black and white children’s kids on my quiet suburban street and Johnny on the pony. Kids
sized bicycle with training Dad was tasked with teach- played from morning until din- Sometimes, the girls on our could also sit on the cement
wheels. ing me how to ride a two-wheel ner time. In those days, parents block played hopscotch if we steps to play jacks. One adult
bicycle on the at sidewalk said, “Go outside and play.” We had a fresh piece of chalk. Other writing student who grew up in
One Saturday morning while outside. I remember that Dad did not need any coaxing. We times, we played jump rope. You Haiti, recalls playing a version of
my parents were still asleep held onto the back of the bicycle were not hunched over electronic needed good timing to jump jacks called Osselets using goat
upstairs, my brother and I got while I pedaled and gripped devices or glued to the television. into the moving, apping jump knuckle bones!
dressed and walked out the side tightly onto the handlebars and In those halcyon days, everybody rope held by one girl on each
door into the backyard. ere tried to maintain my balance. played outside. Each spring, end. Do you remember those Men and women fondly recall
was no Captain Kangaroo or summer and fall we played active jump rope songs? “A my name is those childhood days of walking
Romper Room to watch on Dad continued holding onto games like Red Light, Green Anna and I come from Ala- down to the corner candy store
TV on Saturday mornings. My the bicycle and encouraging me, Light or Giant Steps or tag or bama…” to buy candy dots, wax lips, Pez,
brother brought Dad’s toolbox until suddenly he wasn’t holding hide and seek. If enough kids Bazooka bubble gum, Tootsie
with him and proceeded to re- on anymore. But by that time were outside at the same time, Mom bought me a pogo stick Rolls, and so much more!
move the training wheels on that I was pedaling, I was balancing spontaneous punchball games and I invented all kinds of trick
and I was de nitely riding that commenced. Someone brought moves to amuse myself. I could Kim Kovach remembers the
two-wheel bicycle! One thing out the bouncy pink rubber balance and maneuver that pogo freedom of playing outside! www.
I do not remember is how I stick to jump around in a square
stopped at the end of the block. formation. My record for pogo

e next weekend, my parents

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Thursday, April 7, 2022 OPINION The Somers Record – Page 19

Practice makes perfect

STRONG years later and this proverb Not understanding the con- of wasting your breath on the practice. And if he believes you,
LEARNING still holds true. People in the nection, most students don’t old proverb, “Practice makes he may not want to practice, but
enjoy learning, and when a perfect,” talk to your child about he’ll understand why it’s impor-
DR. LINDA eld of sports need to practice particular subject is di cult for what he or she wants to become tant.
SILBERT continuously. Musicians and them, the last thing they want as an adult. Investigate with him
actors need to practice continu- to do is spend even more time or her what he or she has to do Dr. Linda
Dear Dr. Linda, ously. ese particular profes- “practicing” it. And these are the in order to achieve this goal.
A while back you wrote a col- sions, and virtually all others, students who need the practice Dr. Linda is co-author of “Why
are dependent on practicing. even more. Eventually, when they Discuss the fact that to Bad Grades Happen to Good Kids,”
umn explaining why some kids go to college or technical school achieve it he may need to get and director of Strong Learning
get poor grades and you men- e people who went into these and decide on a major, they take certain grades now and to Tutoring. Send your questions to
tioned that they don’t practice careers understood and ac- courses they love and see the get those grades, he’ll have to [email protected]
enough. Even though I’m now cepted the fact that to be in that connection between what they
a grandfather, I remember high profession, they would spend learn and landing a job in that
school and college and in order hours each day practicing the
to do well, I had to practice. skills they were developing. eld. en, they will practice.
Kids today don’t seem to real- ey will want to practice.
ize how important practicing e problem, when it comes So, if you have a child that
(studying, reviewing, home- to telling children and teens
work) is. Just look at athletes. that they need to practice, is refuses to study, which means
that they did not choose being a hours of practicing, remember
ey practice. Look at music student as a profession. I think that they did not choose to be a
students. ey practice. we often fail to demonstrate student. To make matters worse,
and communicate how learning they are under pressure to do
Steve N. the skills may be important to well in this “career” they not only
Dear Steve, them. Believe it or not, there are didn’t choose but dislike. Instead
students who truly enjoy learning,
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Somers girls flag football season kicks off

Jamboree features appearances from New York Giants players

BY WHIT ANDERSON  girl’s league in New Jersey, and

STAFF WRITER were looking  to expand on this

endeavor, donating $60,000

Years of arduous work and to the New York State Public

planning have nally paid o High School Athletic Associa-

for Katie DiChario and Jenn tion (NYSPHSAA) to bring ag

Kisslinger as the Section 1 kick- football to Section 1 and Section

o jamboree, located at Somers 4 starting in spring 2022. 

High School, celebrated the Fast-forward to last Friday, and

start of the inaugural high school the Somers varsity ag football

varsity girls ag football season team, coached by DiChario and

for the Tuskers and surrounding Kisslinger, along with eight other

towns.  Section 1 teams, eagerly awaited

Back in 2018, DiChario, a the arrival of representatives from

Somers mother, launched a youth the Giants organization to begin

ag football league for elementa- the jamboree. 

ry-aged girls who had no oppor- Kisslinger’s daughter, Grace, a It was never
tunity to play the male-exclusive wide receiver and safety on the
sport. e league attracted in- Tuskers, commented on prepara-

stant popularity, and the number tion for both the jamboree and PHOTOS: WHIT ANDERSON an opportunity
of participants exponentially ex- the season in general, saying, “It before, yet they
panded each season.   has been a great experience. Ev- The lineup for the inaugural Somers flag football team.
eryone is taking it seriously. We
DiChario and Kisslinger, have a great coach. Everyone on are brave enough
coaching a team of girls with

little to no prior experience in the team is so close. I think this
football, were blown away by season will be great. It is all posi-

how quickly their athletes picked tive vibes.”   to show up and
up the game.  Despite the cool and rainy give it their all.’

“ ey are working at capac- weather, the event started o
ity every single practice. With hot. Once all the teams lined
their skills and attention, they are up on the eld, the Giants’ rep-

striving to be better every day,” resentatives arrived, highlighted Jenn Kisslinger
Coach, Somers ag football
said DiChario.  by quarterback Daniel Jones and

“ e bravery of these girls is linebacker Blake Martinez. 

astounding to me,” Kisslinger re- e buzz amongst the crowd

marked. “ ey are teenagers try- was impossible to ignore. Both

ing this for the rst time. Some excitement and nerves radiated New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones and linebacker Blake
Martinez at the Section 1 jamboree on April 1.
of them have never touched a from the hundreds of athletes
football in their life. It was never and spectators. However, Lily

an opportunity before, yet they Carino, the Tuskers’ quarterback

are brave enough to show up and and wide receiver, kept her cool.

give it their all. I have no words.”  She sang a breathtaking rendition

Having seen the New York Jets of the National Anthem, shock-

partner with Nike to start a var- ing all in attendance, including

sity ag football pilot program in those from the Giants. e per-

2020, DiChario and Kisslinger, formance was so spectacular that

also a Somers mom, reached out before Jones and Martinez spoke,

to the New York Giants in the the Giants personally invited Ca-

hope that they could aid their rino to sing the anthem at one of

cause in a similar manner.   their games this fall, leading Ca-

e Somers moms could not rino’s teammates to embrace her Coaches Katie DiChario and Jenn
Kisslinger will be at the helm of the
have picked a better team. e SEE FOOTBALL PAGE 21 Players participating in passing, receiving, and defensive drills. Tuskers this season.

Giants had already started a

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