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The Somers Record _010920

Vol. 9 No. 38 Visit for the latest news. Thursday, January 9, 2020

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Students awarded for
handling of scary bus ride


Students received Certificates of Bravery from the town of Somers. A group of Somers youngsters are
being praised for their behavior during
PHOT0: CAROL REIF a ride home from school that spurred
DWI charges against the bus driver.

A group of the children and their
parents met at Spins Hudson, an enter-
tainment venue in Peekskill, on Sunday,
Jan. 5.

After solemnly receiving certi cates
acknowledging their bravery, the kids
went back to doing what kids do best…


Parents show up to confront bus driver in court

BY CAROL REIF fore Town Justice Denis J. Timone where mediate School kids home on Dec. 9. charged with aggravated DWI, a Class E
STAFF WRITER his attorney, Howard E.Tanner, informed Students, apparently frightened by felony, under Leandra’s Law, or the Child
the court that his client was currently in Passenger Protection Act. It imposes
A bus driver charged with transporting an alcohol rehab program. Mendez’s alleged behavior, used their cell special sanctions on anyone convicted of
students while drunk last month was for- phones to call their parents, who then endangering the life of a passenger under
mally arraigned in Somers Town Court Mendez’s license was suspended after alerted the school district and police. age 16.
on Monday, Jan. 6. police accused him of having a blood alco-
hol level of .22, more than three times the Mendez is an employee of Royal SEE COURT PAGE 3
William J. Mendez, 61, appeared be- legal limit, while taking 32 Somers Inter- Coach Lines.

He was arrested on Dec. 18 and

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BRAVERY “It blew my mind,”said the 10-year-old.
Kara,grateful that nobody got hurt during

the incident, took a break to tell a reporter

Supervisor Rick Morrissey was sched- that she felt “pretty OK” about getting back

uled to hand out the certi cates himself, on the bus now that winter break is over.

but couldn’t because he was busy handling “I’m not a drama queen.I don’t panic a lot,

the aftermath of yet another storm-related but it was a traumatic experience. We were

power outage in town. all very lucky,”she said.

However, he texted a statement that was Of the 32 children on the bus, 11 came

read to the kids. to play at the arcade on Sunday, a treat ac-

“It’s unfortunate that you were all ex- knowledging their bravery.

posed to this harrowing experience. We ey were Ella Barron, Joseph Coker-

consider all of you the most precious part Walton, Kara DeVito, Christopher Frey,

of our community. What happened to you Emily Frey, Nicholas Frey, Aesun Gibson,

a few weeks ago should never have hap- Braeden Gibson, Cian Gibson, Isabella

pened. However, in your own way, each Vzoh and Hudson Meza.

acted bravely. Your actions…coming to-

gether,keeping calm,calling your parents… BACKGROUND

all contributed to a positive outcome. You e Somers Board of Education is form-

showed perseverance under di cult cir- ing a Transportation Safety Task Force. It

cumstances. e town is a better place for will be made up of about a dozen commu-

your behaviors.” nity volunteers and is scheduled to convene

e 61-year-old driver, William J. Men- ursday, Jan. 9.

dez of Somers,has been charged with aggra- e district’s lawyers are investigating and

vated DWI and DWI in connection with will give the board a written summary once

the Dec. 9 incident. it’s complete.

e former charge, a Class E felony, was According to State Police, Mendez had

brought under Leandra’s Law, or the Child had a blood alcohol level of .22 percent,three

Passenger Protection Act. It imposes special times the legal limit, when he was taking 32

sanctions on anyone convicted of endanger- Somers Intermediate School students home
ing the life of a passenger under age 16. PHOTOS: CAROL REIF on Dec. 9. He was arrested on Dec. 18.

Morrissey invited the kids for a guided windows if the bus ipped, Zywotchenko while others seem to be getting back to nor- He appeared in Somers Town Court on

tour of the Elephant Hotel and Circus Mu- said. mal, said parent Monica DeVito. Monday, Jan. 6, and is due back in March.

seum on ursday, Jan. 9, after school. It will Parent Vin Barron said Sunday that the It’s the parents who are having a harder e Somers School District has placed its

be conducted by town historian Doris Jane certi cates and afternoon at the arcade were time processing the angst. transportation director, Joe Bernardi, on ad-

Smith. intended to “let the kids know that they did Gibson’s daughter came home that day, ministrative leave.

e certi cates read: “In recognition of the right thing…and that things are going hugged her and told her she hadn’t expected Schools Superintendent Dr. Raymond

the great courage you showed on Dec. 9, to be OK.” to “see her again.” Blanch made the announcement Monday,

2019. Your family, friends and community His 8-year-old daughter, Ella, still talks “It was heartbreaking,”Gibson said. Dec.23,in a letter to parents.Bernardi is also

are proud of you and your brave actions.” about what happened but is doing well. Parent Nancy Meza said one of the chil- the district’s chief emergency o cer.

Said one of the parents, Marialisa “ML” “She’s a tough cookie,”Barron said. dren became upset when the New York City According to one parent, Blanch rode the

Zywotchenko: “All of the children on the Yamily Gibson had three children on the subway train he was on had to make an un- bus with the kids on the rst day of school

bus were quite scared,but acted very bravely.” bus, a set of 9-year-old twins and a 10-year- scheduled stop. after the winter break.

Afraid that the driver was acting strange- old. “He turned to me and asked: ‘Is there e district is delving into the Dec. 9 in-

ly, they used their cell phones to call or text Being able to blow o some steam among something wrong with the driver?’ ” Meza cident aboard Bus P, including “how it was

their parents, who alerted the school dis- familiar faces is a good way to relieve anxiety, recalled, tearing up. managed, communicated, and where we

trict and police. e children also made sure Gibson said. Kara DeVito, one of the kids on Bus P, could have done better.”

everyone’s seat belt was buckled. Two boys “We were happy to know that they (the said she was amazed by the actions of her It was meeting with safety and security

even switched seats with younger children children) could still think critically while un- fellow students. consultants, Altaris, on Tuesday, Jan. 7, at the

in the emergency row anticipating that they der pressure. ey were very brave,”she said. ey were so calm about it that she didn’t Somers Middle School on transportation

would have the strength needed to open the Some of the children are still shaken up, even realized what was happening at rst. policies and process.

COURT tman made sure that Justice Timone was ited away in a private car before that could ed,” said one.
aware of the parents’ presence in the court- happen. “It’s not fair; he should have had to look
FROM PAGE 1 room.
Mendez is reportedly a retired New York us in the eye,” said another, tearfully.
Wearing a dark suit, Mendez looked at Referring to the seriousness of the case, City police o cer, but that could not be Parent omasine Mastrantoni told a
the oor while his attorney was speaking. Littman said the 20 or so people were there con rmed at press time.
He did not make a statement, and Tan- “to show solidarity.” News 12 reporter that families of the children
ner told the Somers Record that his client Parents expressed their anger and disap- Mendez had driven for years felt betrayed.
would not be talking to the press. Parents were hoping to, if not confront pointment in no uncertain terms to o cers
Mendez as he was leaving, at least force and Chief Michael Driscoll, who tried to When a car that the crowd suspected
He is due back in court on Monday, him to look at their faces, they said. explain that police were merely trying to contained Mendez pulled out of an adja-
March 30. keep order in a highly emotional situation. cent parking lot, several parents brie y ran
But he was escorted out a side door by a after it.
Assistant District Attorney Spencer Lit- member of the local police force and spir- “We feel disrespected and not support-
“Coward!” one of them shouted.

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Officials take oaths of office

BY CAROL REIF who came to witness the ceremony that Somers has “one PHOTO COURTESY OF ALAN ZALE
STAFF WRITER of the best-run local governments in Westchester County
because of its dedicated public o cials and workforce.” “It’s an honor to be trusted like that. You want to live up
anking the Town Board and residents for “their com- to their expectations. And to do that, you owe them your
mitment to making Somers a wonderful place to live,”Rick e board has many goals for the coming year, but chief best judgment,” he said.
Morrissey was sworn in to his fourth term as supervisor on among them, the supervisor said, is to maintain “one of the
Sunday, Dec. 29. lowest municipal tax rates in the area.” “I look forward to continuing to serve the people of my
town as town justice,” McDermott said last week.
Prior to becoming supervisor, Morrissey was a town at can’t happen without continued “strong nancial
councilman and deputy commissioner of the county’s De- management,” Morrissey added. “I thank the people of Somers and the Somers Town
partment of Health. Board in supporting me in my 10th election for my 36 years
Garrity and Clinchy, both serving fourth terms, are look- as Town Justice,”Timone said.
Also sworn in were Councilmen Richard G. Clinchy and ing forward to another four years on the Town Board.
omas A. Garrity Jr., as were Town Clerk Patricia Kalba, According to Morrissey, the town plans to continue in-
Town Justices Michael J. McDermott and Denis J.Timone, Garrity said that the proposed STEAM school, slated vesting in public infrastructure such as roads, stormwater
and the town’s new superintendent of highways, Nicholas for the old IBM property, and sewering Lake Shenorock systems and sewers. It also hopes to proceed with environ-
J. DeVito. DeVito, the former deputy superintendent, re- and Lake Lincolndale are among the board’s top priorities. mental initiatives such as land conservation and energy ef-
placed Tom Chiaverini, who retired.
Last fall’s elections were uncontested. “We hope to maintain services while watching the bot- ciency projects.
Morrissey told the crowd of family members and friends tom line,” he added. He said the town will continue to pursue grants to help
fund these projects “so that the burden doesn’t fall onto local
To Clinchy, being an elected o cial is like having your taxpayers.”
neighbor give you the keys to their house when they go
away. e bottom line is “to always act in the best interest of the
town of Somers,” Morrissey added.

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TRUNK Depart upper Reis at 9 a.m., with a return of 6 p.m.

FROM PAGE 2 Checks payable to Somers Seniors.

April 22 Imperial eatre, the Temptations “ain’t

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Janet H. King of Somers Circo Russo
passed away ursday, De-
cember 26, at home, after a Circo Russo, 82, of Somers, formerly of Rosedale, died ursday, December 19, 2019
nearly two year battle with at Phelps Hospital after confronting Alzheimer’ disease with dignity and courage for over
leukemia. ten years.

She was born Janet Ciro was born on February 21, 1937 in Brooklyn to the late Giovanni and Carmela
Elaine Heller on March Russo. Ciro was a proud U.S. Army veteran and served in Korea shortly after the Korean
25, 1931 in Brooklyn NY War.
to the late Carl and Flor-
ence Heller. She was Salu- Ciro was a graduate of Eastern District High School in Brooklyn. He attended evening
tarian of her high school classes at John Jay College of Criminal Justice while working as a Special Investigator for
class in Lynbrook, NY in the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, where he worked for 32 years.
1948, and graduated from
Cornell University Col- Ciro was an active member in the St. Pius X Parish in Rosedale, during the 1970’s and
lege of Human Ecology 1980’s, serving as President of the Holy Name Society. During this same time, Ciro orga-
in 1952. She is a sister of nized countless fundraisers, helped the nuns of the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary,
Alpha Epsilon Phi and and served as a church usher for the Sunday Children’s Mass of St. Pius X. He moved to
later earned a master’s de- Heritage Hills in 2000 where he lived until his death. He was a past president of Heritage
gree from Columbia Uni- Hills Condo 20 as well as the Heritage Hills Garden Club.
versity. She was a professor
at Marymount College in Ciro is the beloved husband of Angelina (Aniano) and is the loving father of Donna Russo of Manhattan, and Karen (Ger-
Tarrytown until her retire- ald) Frieri of Somers. He is the devoted grandfather of Briana Frieri of Washington, DC. Ciro is survived by several nieces
ment in 1993. and nephews. Ciro was a sel ess and giving individual. He was full of hope; he was extremely kind and always optimistic. Ciro
lived his life cherishing family and friends and his greatest accomplishment was recognizing the best in everyone. Nothing was
Janet is the beloved more enjoyable to him, than having people in his home for dinner. His greatest joy in life was retiring in 1999, to help care for
partner of Martin Bern- his granddaughter.
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store them in the overhead bin and RICK tennis. I’ll get the last laugh at health and happiness. Gyms, diet KIM
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prepare for takeo , but remember, MELÉN dancing though, since the baby

contents may have shifted. has two left feet. Doctors noted stores look forward to this time of

that they are con dent that the year. So do publishing companies,

GRANDMA GIVES BIRTH SO extra limbs can be safely removed. o ering a whole new crop of self-

HER GAY SON CAN HAVE BABY help books. Popular book titles include Get Out of Your Own Way

In Nebraska a 61 year-old woman gave birth to a GUY ACCIDENTALLY BLOWS UP YARDTRYING and Be You, Only Better.

baby girl using her son’s sperm and an egg provided TO KILL BUGS By mid-January, you may already be ignoring the self-improve-

by his husband’s sister. Guess what, I have two Dads A man in Brazil poured gasoline into a hole he ment books, apps and exercise equipment received as holiday gifts.

and my Mom is my Grandma. My sister is my Aunt. made in his lawn, after his wife complained that she e rubber exercise bands are dangling from the doorknob and the

Just kidding about the Aunt, she might also be my was scared of the roaches that had been invading cardio tracker is practically at-lining as you sit on the couch eating

Mom. If this kid doesn’t grow up to be incredibly her garden. He threw a couple lit matches in, and left-over holiday cookies and candy. One glance out of the window

maladjusted it won’t be for lack of trying. I’m sorry if BOOM- not only were the roaches still alive, but and your excuse of “it’s too cold/snowy/icy”to drive to the gym sends

you can’t get on, but the site is broken now they were ying, raining down like a plague you back to the couch. It’s hard to keep the momentum going.

right now. from the book of Exodus. Since roaches have been Standing on the check-out line at the grocery store, we are bombard-

around since the Carboniferous period, It’s doubt- ed with headlines blaring “Live Longer with Superfoods!”or “Celebrity

LIONESS STEALS PHOTOGRAPHER’S CAMERA ful that blowing up one’s lawn is going to get rid of New Year’s Resolutions”and “ e Tricks to Staying Motivated.”

AND GIVES ITTO HER CUBS them. How do you think the Carboniferous period A popular theme a couple of years ago was to face your fears and

A wildlife photographer taking pictures of a pride got its name? Further, If I had known that I could improve your life by saying,“Yes!”to new ideas and challenges. It takes a

of lions in Botswana dropped her camera and a blow up my yard by accident I would have had the concentrated e ort to actually make changes to your life. Marianne Power,

lioness picked it up, ran o with it and gave it to her accident on purpose. a journalist in England, decided to try a di erent self-help book each

cubs, who immediately used it to open an Instagram month for one year. e idea was to see if she could face her fears, improve

account.“Here I am with NO MAKEUP! You can’t NORTH KOREA’S KIM SENDS CONDOLENCES relationships and gain nancial independence in one year. Of course she

hide those lion eyes hahahaha! Hey, does this wilde- TO MOON OVER MOTHER’S DEATH wrote and published a book about her self-help journey titled, Help Me!

beest make me look fat???”By the way, it’s probably I just like the headline, because if you don’t know When I was researching the concept of cold water swimming

unethical to re-gift something to your kids that you that the South Korean leader’s name is Moon, it around the world for a previous column, I read about author Katja

stole in the rst place. What kind of message does makes Kim Jong Un seem like he might have literally Pantzar. After moving to Finland, she noticed that men and women

that send to the cub reporters of tomorrow? gone too far this time. of all ages enjoyed swimming daily in icy water and bicycle riding in

below freezing temperatures. She interviewed lots of ordinary Finnish

AMAZON PREVAILS IN DOMAIN NAME FIGHT BALD EAGLETRIESTO SNAG OCTOPUS citizens as well as experts in the eld of health and wellness. She also
WITHTHE ACTUAL AMAZON Salmon farmers in British Columbia saw a bald
learned more about the traditional Finnish concept of “Sisu”which has won the right to use the .ama- eagle swoop down and try to grab a pink octopus out
zon domain name, after a lengthy dispute with the of the Quatsino Sound. Instead, the octopus grabbed translates into the overall attitude of grit, fortitude and perseverance.
Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization, which the stunned raptor and tried to pull it under the surf,
represents the countries that the Amazon River actu- until the salmon farmers were able to free it. Even e ancient concept of Sisu refers to the idea of determination
ally ows through. ey argued that the name should after seeing the whole incident on video with my own
belong to them, since as I mentioned they have the eyes, I still couldn’t believe that an eagle would be that and forward movement over uncomfortable or unlikely odds, turning
actual Amazon. said cry me a river and interested in a pink octopus, or that an octopus could
sued. Negotiations had broken down when a lawyer capture an eagle, or that an octopus might be pink in challenges into triumphs. In her book, e Finnish Way: Finding
from Brazil showed up with an anaconda and slipped the rst place, or that salmon knew how to farm, or
three piranha into the Amazon representative’s cof- that they could talk. After witnessing the entire event Courage, Wellness and Happiness through the Power of Sisu, Katja
fee. Whereupon the Amazon representative boxed up I felt like sending condolences to the Moon.
the Latin American o cial with some bubble wrap embraced the national attitude of determination in everyday life in
and shipped him to Patterson, New Jersey, where he PIGEONS IN COWBOY HATS SEEN ROAMING
arrived in two days for FREE! LAS VEGAS Finland. She became a devotee of cold water swimming and winter

DOCTORS IN INDIA STUNNED BY BABY BORN Why the pigeons are wearing cowboy hats is so bicycling and realized the bene ts of overall happiness and well-
WITH 4 LEGS AND 3 HANDS far anybody’s guess. e rodeo is in town, but went
out of its way to issue a press release saying that the being all year round. Unlike the culture of immediate grati cation
A 24 year-old Indian woman gave birth to twins, pigeons are in no way connected to their operation.
one of whom was perfectly normal, and the other Which means that they just rode in by horseback on and convenience that people in the U.S. take for granted, she admired
who had possibly absorbed the limbs of a potential their own. I work in New York City, there are a lot of
third fetus. is is a story that I don’t actually believe. people there elbowing each other out of the way, and the Finnish mindset of not taking the easy way.
I believe that the baby was born with four legs and the only thing I like less than pigeons are those horse
three hands, but what I don’t believe is that doctors in carts that are now trying to clutter up my bicycle lane. Activities seem more enjoyable after conquering the challenges.
India were stunned by it. So many weird things hap- So pigeons, if you’re out there, anything I have to say
pen in India that this probably doesn’t even push the to you goes double for the horse you rode in on. Finnish people put the concept of Sisu (tenacity, resilience and
needle into the “unusual”category. In India, police-
men are paid extra if they have a mustache and store Happy Holidays to all, and here’s wishing your new year determination) into everyday practice. Here’s an old Finnish saying
owners hang chili peppers from the doors of their AND your vision are 2020! Say hello at: [email protected]
that sums up this national attitude: “Happiness does not come from

searching for it, but by living.”

Another old Finnish proverb that you can put into practice is: “ ere

are no shortcuts to any place worth going.”So if your plan for the new

year is to eat healthier, exercise more, stay in touch with friends, watch less

TV, read more books, try a new hobby, expand your social life, volunteer

to help others, clean up your language, de-clutter your closets or learn

a new skill just get started! Step by step, little by little with an attitude

adjustment of determination and the ability to enjoy the process along the

way, you will be on the path to happiness and well-being in 2020!

Kim Kovach challenges adults to discover their inner writers in the winter
session of Writer’s Inspiration on Tuesday mornings at the Pound Ridge
Library starting January 14th.

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I’ll be okay

JUST No doubt most of this arrive the day before Christmas week before Christmas,
JO ANN week’s columns will be Eve and stay with us for about 5 and Ken and I simply
about Christmas and days. I wake everyone by 5 a.m. couldn’t celebrate. We
JO ANN New Year celebrations. Many on Christmas morning and we didn’t have a tree and
FRANCELLA of my friends had children tear into presents for a while, we put away all the dec-
home from college, and fam- and then sleep two more hours orations we had taken
ily and friends traveling many before we make our way to New down from the attic. In
miles just to spend the holidays Rochelle to be with the Fran- a sentence, Ken and I
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our keisters.
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e cream of the crop

day cream because apparently I have no idea if they work be- lotions have multiple uses and I was about to do this when I
cause, honestly, who wants their can also be used as bug repellant, realized that the night cream had
TRACY one needs more moisture on face to smell like sh. motor oil, and hoof and mane just kicked in and I had to take
their face when they sleep. I cream for horses, I usually sail a nap because my face had fallen
BECKERMAN have night eye cream and day When I was in college, I was right through. asleep.
eye cream for the same reason. a moisturizer virgin and really
had no idea what, if any, lotions Knowing that all of this was You can follow Tracy on Facebook
ese are for the ne lines or creams I needed to maintain pretty ludicrous, I decided it at
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Noxzema on her face every night was absolutely necessary.
parently, are not moisturized which quite possibly smelled
worse than the seaweed cream
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the bathroom. her in 30 years so I can’t tell you
“Honey, what’s I just put on my face. I have if the stu worked, although
something called a retinol which I assume that the smell of the
I’m told is necessary because I’m Noxzema was so o ensive it’s
possible that the odor alone
wrong? Are you OK?” My in my fties and the retinol helps would have caused any aging
skin cells she might have had to
husband ran into the room, speed up the regeneration of my jump ship.

wondering, I’m sure, what kind skin cells which must be dying Naturally, I’ve tried to cut
down on the number of creams I
of tragedy could have transpired o at the same rate as the aged use mainly because,

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Full of untruths LETTERS

the most basic facts regarding the sewer issue. e
United States Environmental Protection Agency has

To the editor: identi ed the appropriate number of septic systems

During Christmas week, I received an incendiary per square mile: 0 to 20 systems is considered low

mailing from the well-funded, vocal minority that is density; 20 to 40 systems is medium density; over 40

opposed to the establishment of Sewer District No. systems is high density. Lake Lincolndale has 1,780

2 in Somers, the project that will provide sewers to septic systems per square mile! Lake Shenorock has

CREATING CUSTOMERS FOR LIFE the Lake Lincolndale and Lake Shenorock com- 2,150! And many of these septic systems date back
• In Home Electrical Upgrade •
munities. To say that the yer was full of untruths to the 1930’s. While it is true that stormwater has
• Smart Home Setup •
• Electric Car Chargers • and deceptive misstatements would be a vast under- to be considered for the health of our lakes, waste-

• Generators • statement. But rather than correct the errors here, I water must be considered both for our lakes and for
• All of Your Electric Needs! •
would like to focus on the question of who is mount- the quality of our drinking water. e revision of
10%WheOnFYFouSPreersevnitcTehisCAadlls 914.455.2158 • [email protected] ing and bankrolling this opposition. It is important the Map, Plan, and Report for this project will be
Licenses in Westchester, Putnam, NYC & CT!
that residents of the proposed District recognize that completed in January. e town plans several mail-
the most strident opponents of the project own rental ings to provide information and updates. I urge you
properties in town, but don’t actually live here. eir to educate yourself about this issue, but to consider
interest in this issue is entirely nancial. Why else the sources of the material that you are considering.

would they be sending out an expensive mailing, well Is it from objective town o cials who do not stand

beyond the means of those individual homeowners to bene t personally from the project? Is it from

who support this District, to block an environmen- individual homeowners who are willing to make a

tally necessary plan that can only be of bene t to the personal, nancial sacri ce for the good of the lake

town? eir focus is solely on money, as was clear in communities and for the town as a whole? Or is it

the yer, and not on the impact that septic systems from greedy landlords who are solely hoping to avoid

have on drinking water and lake ecosystems. My the expenditures involved in hooking up to sewers?

wife and I own and live in one of the ten homes that Please support clean lake water and drinking water

are directly on the shore of Lake Lincolndale. Our in Somers by supporting the establishment of Sewer

quality of life is intimately connected to the qual- District No. 2.

ity of the lake and the quality of our well. e op- Michael Schwarzchild

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Pace partners with Kennedy Catholic HS on business curriculum

Pace University is o ering the Pace Café—where they learn your growth in any career of your “Re-emphasizing the basic no- management who has taught the
John F. Kennedy Catholic High about sales, inventory, accounting, choosing.” tion that they need to prepare to courses since their inception last
School students valuable lessons marketing and the like. Addition- participate in the economy, and spring, appreciates the dichotomy
in business—and a chance to ally, students who successfully Dylan Flynn, an 11th grader ultimately society at large, and of high school and college stu-
jumpstart their college careers by complete the courses with a 3.0 from Putnam County, agreed: then giving them the options to dents, and enjoys teaching on the
earning college credits. grade point average, or B average, “ rough this course, I’m able begin doing so at the high school high school campus in Somers.
by the end of their junior year will to get a sense of the business level is a worthy goal, since a
In this partnership, which is be considered for priority admis- world and how it works,” Flynn more productive working popu- “ ey are great students,” Pro-
expanding in the spring, Pace sion into Pace University. ( e said. “With this, I can also de- lation is better for everyone.” fessor McGuigan said. “ ey are
business professors teach college- credits transfer to other colleges termine what I want my college engaged, curious and interested –
level classes such as Business 101, and universities as well). major to be and the career path Pace Professor Patrick Mc- and they are really celebrating the
Business Law, and Managerial I want to take. is class is giv- Guigan, a clinical professor of relationship with Pace.”
and Organizational Concepts at Twenty- ve students com- ing me a head start in life. Most
Kennedy High School in Somers, pleted Business 101 in the fall students don’t have the opportu-
providing students with an oppor- semester, and another 37 are reg- nity to take a class as informative
tunity to earn up to nine college istered for the college courses in as BUS 101, but I am fortunate
credits before graduating, and a the spring, which include a new enough to have the course avail-
fast-track to Pace University. addition, a business management able right at my school.”
“We are bringing a business e Pace partnership is among
education to students who might For 11th grader Juliet Meza of several the University is leading
not traditionally be exposed to a Dutchess County, the Pace part- with private Catholic schools in
business education,”said Professor nership has been invaluable, eye- the region. It also works with St.
Randi Priluck, associate dean of opening and helpful in consider- Joseph by the Sea High School in
undergraduate programs at Pace ing a major to pursue in college. Staten Island, and is considering
University and director of the developing others in the Hudson
master’s program in Social Media “Communications, problem- Valley in the near future.
and Mobile Marketing at the Lu- solving, teamwork, critical think-
bin School of Business. “ ey get ing, and leadership skills are just Educators at Kennedy lauded
to see what a real college class and a few of the experiences o ered the program for its value in pro-
college curriculum is like.” to students who take a business viding students with real-life
class at Kennedy,” Meza said. business experience.
While Advanced Placement “Accounting and budgeting, in-
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schools, this program is unique in ect management are all essential prepare students to participate in
that it is taught by college profes- skills for every area of work you the economy, and the sooner they
sors from Pace University. As part encounter. erefore, the expe- have a feel for the ‘real world’
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Holiday joy

e sixth grade students in the St. Joseph’s Religious Education program in
Somers worked hard to spread some holiday joy. e class sponsored a family
within the St. Joseph’s Parish and brought them some Christmas relief. e
single parent shared a “Wish List” for her 4-year-old daughter and the class

lled it! e students wrapped all the gifts before the delivery.

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Thomas Gall, who won
the 220-pound title, lifts

up Lakeland/Panas’
Charlie Dubrawski in

the semifinals.

Zach Lupinacci won
the 145-pound title at
the 41st annual Eric
D’Agnese Memorial


Lupinacci, Gall claim tourney titles

D’Agnese’s brother delivers speech to inspire team

BY ROB DIANTONIO “Every Somers wrestler has a goal to DiSanto noted that the highlight of PHOTO COURTESY OF RON DISANTO
CONTRIBUTING WRITER win the Somers tournament by the end the day was when Eric’s brother Vinny
of their career,” DiSanto said. “With their made a motivational speech before the Eric D’Agnese’s brother, Vinny, gives a
e Somers/North Salem wrestling goals in mind, they remained calm and first place medal to Somers senior Zach
team placed 10th overall and walked away focused throughout the day. It was spe- nals. Lupinacci, who won the 145-pound title.
with two individual champions when it cial for them both to win it together their “It was about how his memories of
hosted the 41st annual Eric D’Agnese senior year after coming close in previ- Eric are not about his wins and losses but
Memorial Tournament on Saturday, Jan. ous years. Zach had to wrestle smart and about the great person he was,” DiSanto
4. methodically to win those close matches said. “Vinny encouraged the wrestlers in
against tough opponents in the semis attendance to see the big picture and live
“Overall, we competed with a lot of and nals. omas pulled an upset in the their lives with integrity and dedication.
heart,” said Somers/North Salem coach Vinny also helped distribute medals at
Ron DiSanto. “Having the home advan- nals, leading 1-0 going into the third the awards ceremony.”
tage at a tournament is a privilege that period and winning by pin against Lon-
not all teams get to experience. Our guys drim, who is ranked in the section.” e team was scheduled to travel to
were extra motivated wrestling in their Yorktown for a dual meet on Wednes-
home gym.” Peter Kim, another senior, took second day, Jan. 8. DiSanto said they are well
at 160 pounds. Michael Aquilino (106) prepared for a grueling stretch before the
Seniors omas Gall (220 pounds) and Mike Rivera (220) each nished postseason.
and Zach Lupinacci (145) placed rst for sixth for the Tuskers.
Somers/North Salem. Gall pinned Ma- “Each tournament in January gets
hopac’s Londrim Hasanramaj at 4:47 in D’Agnese, who passed away in 2005 tougher and tougher,” he said. “We will
the nals. Lupinacci scored an 8-3 vic- after being a member of Somers’ wres- get to test ourselves against good com-
tory by decision over Mahopac’s Larry tling team for four years, had his name petition in January and make the adjust-
Nardecchia in his nals match. added to the tournament’s title “to keep ments needed to peak for the postseason
his memory alive,” DiSanto said. in February.”




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Senior shines on soccer pitch,
basketball court

BY ROB DIANTONIO Eating good food and hanging out If you could have one superpower,

CONTRIBUTING WRITER with my teammates is so much fun. what would it be and why?

Who has been your biggest role Super speed because I could run to

Somers senior Joe Grippo is a starting model over the years and what have the Bahamas and warm up whenever I

guard and team captain on the boys basket- you learned from them? want to.

ball team. He was also a captain and key My father has de nitely been the If you could pick one place to visit

defender on the boys soccer team, which biggest role model in my life.What I’ve on vacation that you’ve never been to,

won the Section 1 Class A title in 2018 and learned from him is to work hard at ev- where would you go and why?

was a section runner-up this past season. erything I do. I would go to Bora Bora because the

How old were you when you started Tell us one thing about yourself weather there is perfect and I’ll get the

playing basketball and soccer and that not a lot of people know? chance to sleep in a hut that is on the

how did you get started in each sport? My favorite sport to watch isn’t soc- water.

I began playing soccer at AYSO cer or basketball; it’s football. What is your favorite food to eat

when I was 5 years old.Along with that, Will you continue to play soccer or before or after a game?

I started playing basketball at in-town basketball in college? If so, where are My favorite food to eat before a

games when I was 7 years old. you going and why did you pick that game is a chicken cutlet sandwich.

What are the team’s goals for this school? Best place to eat in Somers?

basketball season? I won’t be playing college sports in Somers Super Deli.

As a team, we want to keep defend- the future, but I will continue to par- Favorite social media platform?

ing at a high level.A long-term goal the ticipate in intramural and club level De nitely Snapchat.

team has is to nish rst in our league. basketball and soccer. For a young athlete growing up in

As a senior on the basketball team, Do you know what you want to Somers, what would you tell them

how much do you value being a leader? study in college? If yes, what and why? about the experience of being part of

I value being a leader highly. Being I want to study engineering in col- the basketball and soccer programs and

a senior captain on both of the varsity lege, because I enjoy math and science, why should they go out for the team?

soccer and basketball teams is very im- and I’m con dent that I will achieve Being a part of the soccer and bas-

portant to me. success in that eld. ketball programs will make you feel like

What is your favorite team activity, What is your favorite music to you are a part of one big family of ath- Joe Grippo looks to
drive past a defender.
pregame or postgame ritual that you listen to warming up for a game? letes. Playing basketball and soccer in
share with your teammates? Hip hop/rap music. Lil Tjay always Somers is very enjoyable.Young athletes

I’ve always enjoyed team dinners. gets me pumped up. should de nitely go out for those teams.

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Brian Luciano makes his Somers High School
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PHOTO COURTESY OF LINDA LUCIANO throw record on Saturday,
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Thursday, January 9, 2020 LEISURE The Somers Record – Page 21

CLUES ACROSS 33. Child’s dining line in a fraction 29. Advanced degree For puzzle solutions, please see
1. Beer ingredient
5. Popular FOX TV show accessory 62. Reddish browns 31. Business designation
11. Recurring from time
to time 35. Payment (abbr.) 63. This (Spanish) 34. Chinese-American
14. Criticized severely
15. Musician 36. Guitarist’s tool actress Ling
18. German urban center
19. Quenched 39. Dabbling ducks CLUES DOWN 36. Performs on stage
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ground 6. In the course of 45. News organization

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48. Scarlett’s home
52. Tropical Asian plant (abbr.)
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observance or practice
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actress Perlman 54. Sons of Poseidon

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headdress shopping

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25. Blood type and southeast

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steady stream of new research on Some key roles include planning, ing computer systems and design x software bugs, nd solutions to

IT topics, recently shared some installation, con guration, design, more e cient options. Median outdated programs, and must be is is provided by Metro Creative

key ndings that’s news for those as well as migration. DBAs also salary is $88,270, lower than some both creative and technical. Some Connection

who work in tech. will troubleshoot and enhance

• Around 11.8 million people database security. Median pay

are employed in tech in the Unites is $87,020.

States, and 261,000 new jobs were 4. Information security ana-

added in the past year. lyst: Concerns about security

• Software and web developers breaches continue to grow as PUZZLE
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Corresponding to
growing segment of tech jobs. savvy. Information security ana- Last Week’s
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tions and carry out measures to
output of the tech industry equals protect a company’s networks
$1.8 trillion. and systems. e professionals

e Bureau of Labor Statistics

predicts technology careers are maintain systems by updating

on the rise, with expected growth software and recommending

of 12 percent between 2014 and security updates to manage-

2024. Speci c elds within the ment. Median pay is $95,510.

tech industry are expected to ex- 3. IT manager: IT manag- Doing your own TAXES?
perience even stronger growth, as ers are in high demand thanks to
high as 27 percent. increasingly digital workplaces.

ere’s never been a better time ese individuals coordinate all

to work in tech, particularly for computer-related activities for Don’t be a cottonheaded
those who have a knack or a n- an organization. Some jobs in- ninnymuggin!
ity for computer operations and clude recommending software

networks. Here’s a look at some and hardware needs, securing
of the promising tech careers, in- networks, and searching for new
cluding some of the more lucra- technologies. Median salary is

tive, courtesy of U.S. News “Best $139,220.

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