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questions about SHS
BY CAROL REIF
Rabbi Yehuda Heber If it ain’t broke, why x it?
from the Chabad of at is the question some Somers folks are pondering in light
Yorktown lights the
candle for the ﬁrst of the school district’s move to go to a hybrid block schedule at
night of Hanukkah at the high school next year.
the Somers Holiday
celebrations earlier e answer is both simple and complex, said Somers High
this month. For more School Principal Mark Bayer during a recent Facebook Live
chat. e event was just one part of letting everyone know how
photos, see pages it’s going to work and how it will impact students.
While Somers schools are already doing an excellent job of
PHOTO: SARAH BUSSINGER preparing students for the real world, there’s always room for
improvement, Bayer said.
Slow down on Route 100
Besides, more than 50 percent of U.S. schools—especially high
e speed limit on Route 100 from Somers Towne Centre to Route 35 slowed from 55 mph to 45 schools—have already adopted some form of a “block schedule.”
mph.Town Supervisor Rick Morrissey said the speed reduction was requested years ago and was recently
granted approval from the state Department of Transportation. e district has been studying the issue for two years. Teach-
ers, administrators, and students visited high schools in Put-
nam Valley, Chappaqua, Nanuet, Su ern, and Nyack to get the
What they found was that, once logistics are worked out and
folks get over their fear of change, they really like longer classes
and “community” lunch periods.
e majority of Somers teachers are either onboard—with a
few questions, or are “ready to go,” Bayer said.
e bottom line is, it will be better for learners.
Currently students have eight classes, plus lunch.
Under the new system, they will have six and everyone, in-
cluding teachers, will take a break for lunch at the same time.
Courses will rotate over an eight-day cycle. Two classes in the
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The Staff Jingle and Mingle child. All donations will be hung tions, please call 914-232-8441 its luncheon and card party on
on the Mitten Tree. Donations ac- or [email protected] Wednesday, January 16, at noon at
EDITORIAL TEAM Join the Somers Youth Sports cepted until Dec. 20. the Pinnacle Restaurant, Heritage
JODI WEINBERGER Sports Organization for the an- St. Luke’s Food Pantry Hills, Somers, New York.
nual election and board meeting Somers Recreation
EDITOR: 914-302-5830 celebration at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Help our Somers Community Check is to be payable to Tamar
[email protected] Dec. 18, at S.C. Fin Grillroom Winter programs 2019: by helping the Somers Volunteer Chapter of Hadassah for $38 and
in the Somers Towne Centre. Registration for thunder ridge Fire Dept ll the St. Luke’s Food sent to Arlene Gordon, 774C
GABRIELLE BILIK RSVP via text at 914-879-7152. ski area group lessons & brew- Pantry. Donations can be brought Heritage Hills, Somers, no later
SPORTS EDITOR: 914-214-4285 ster ice arena learn to skate are to the Fire House (Rte 202) on then January 7 and this will be your
The Mitten Tree Project ongoing until Dec. 17. the rst Wednesday of every RSVP. Please indicate number of
[email protected] Registration for all other pro- month from 5-7 p.m., or you can players in your group. Any ques-
Girl Scout Junior Troop 2778 grams begin ursday, January 3, drop o donations at St. Luke’s tions please call Judy Weber 277-
ADVERTISING TEAM and Girl Scout Brownie Troop at 8 a.m. o ce on Tues/Wed/ ur from 9 5087 or elma Gruber 277-2154.
LISA KAIN 2001 will be collecting new mit- For detailed program infor- a.m. to 1 p.m.
tens, gloves, hats, scarves and mation go to www.somersny. Toys4Tots Drive
914-351-2424 socks for local shelters to distrib- com, then click on parks and rec, Tamar Hadassah
[email protected] ute to those in need. Please send then click on program registra- e holiday season is a time to
your donation to school with your tion site. If you have any ques- Tamar Hadassah will hold
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Thursday, December 13, 2018 The Somers Record – Page 3
Master barber opens shop in Somers
BY JODI WEINBERGER Camillo Astrologo jokes Supervisor Rick
EDITOR that these haircutting tools Morrissey, Barber
Camillo Astrologo and
Camillo Astrologo is nally home. are his coworkers. Somers Police Chief
For more than half a century, Astrologo Camillo Astrologo cuts Chief Mike Driscoll’s hair. Mike Driscoll outside
racked up accolades for his eponymously Astrologo’s new
named barber shop in Bedford Hills, but this location in Somers.
month he re-located the business to Somers
where he’s lived for just as long. PHOTOS: TABITHA PEARSON MARSHALL
He brought with him his two 120-year-old
barber chairs and antique cash register to 261
Route 202 where he’ll continue being a master
ough he’s hoping many of clients will fol-
low him from Bedford Hills to Somers, there
are at least some long-standing customers who
are overjoyed about the move.
Somers Police Chief Mike Driscoll is among
the ranks of men Astrologo has clipped over
“My older son went to a dentist in Bedford
and he recommended my son to Astrologo and
me all my sons and my grandchildren went to
him,” Driscoll said.
It’s not unusual that Astrologo cuts the hair
of generations of families. In a thick Italian ac-
cent, Astrologo shares memories from his bar-
bershop as he unpacks boxes of photos, awards
and proclamations to hang on the walls of his
Astrologo came to the United States from
Scafa, Italy, in 1958 at 17-years-old and became
the youngest certi ed barber in Westchester
County at 20. According to a 1986 article from
e Patent Trader, Camillo’s shop was the sec-
ond oldest store Bedford Hills until now.
When asked if Astrologo has any other em-
ployees, he opens a drawer and pulls out a razor
and a shears.
“ is is my company,” Astrologo said.
“I enjoy it, every single haircut.”
He hasn’t changed much over the years. He
o ers a limited number of haircuts for men
and specializes in razor cuts, which many new
chain salons don’t do. He doesn’t take appoint-
ments or reservations on the phone; the shop is
For Astrologo, it wasn’t sad to leave Bedford
Hills. Somers, where he lives with his wife,
Sara, and raised his kids Rosa, John and Tina,
is where he belongs.
“It’s my town. I love it,” Astrologo said. “I
should have done it a long time ago.”
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Residents face modest tax increase in 2019 budget
BY CAROL REIF ing the public comment por- to see its proposed tax rate levy amount of money needed to website, http://www.somers
CONTRIBUTING WRITER tion of the Town Board’s Dec. hike of 3.01 pared down. operate the town—increase to ny.com, under news and an-
6 work session. Last month, the town un- 2 percent. nouncements.
e public will get another Marc A. Bergman, a resi- veiled a preliminary budget of It did this by using part of its
chance to put its two cents in dent of Heritage Hills and a $14,073,677, which represented fund balance. ‘CONSERVATIVE’ PLAN
this ursday, Dec. 13, when real estate attorney, told the an increase of $143,436 over its Under the amended plan, the In a letter to residents last
Somers continues its hearing board that while Somers’ taxes 2018 appropriations. tax rate would increase by 1.97 month, Supervisor Rick Mor-
on its proposed 2019 spending are more a ordable than some Bergman appeared pleased to percent. rissey called it “a conservative
plan. other Westchester towns, such learn that the board had already at means someone who spending plan that once again
ere was only one taker dur- as Bedford, he still would like decided to cut the tax levy—the owns a home valued at $500,000 stays within the state-imposed
Rejuvenate your inner self would pay approximately $16 real property tax cap limit.”
more per year per $1,000 of as- He extolled the “low munici-
sessed valuation. pal tax burden” as “one of the
Under the $14,073,677 pre- attractive elements of living in
Grand Opweinthionurg Specials liminary plan aired last month, Somers.”
that would have been about $25 Budget highlights include:
more per $1,000 of assessed • e addition of one full-
valuation. time position in the Highway
e current rate is $14.61 per Department, which maintains
$10 o Rejuvenator $1,000 of assessed valuation. 32 square miles of town roads
e amended preliminary and infrastructure.
spending plan now stands at e highway folks have been
a 1 hour Escape Massage $65 Senior Special (Reg. $80) $14,076,466. It went up slightly doing yeoman’s duty taking
because the board voted urs- care of preventative tree trim-
day to move two budget items ming and monitoring the local
Swedish inspired with a relaxing and 65 and over on Tuesday after 1pm to its consensus agenda. utility’s installation of equip-
One of those was for ment designed to head storm-
therapeutic style of bodywork. Improve blood circulation, $2,788.44 for wireless micro- related power outages o at the
Includes a free enhancement relieve pain, reduce Inﬂammation &
e board’s current system is • A salary increase of 5 per-
(Aromatherapy or Foot Exfoliation) increase range of motion. outmoded and folks who watch cent for the supervisor, bringing
the live broadcasts of Town his annual pay to $109,233.
Board meetings on a local cable Morrissey recused himself
eternita spa O ers exclude gift certiﬁcates channel frequently complain from the vote. e increase was
of having a hard time hearing approved by all four council-
Aromatherapy • Deep Tissue • Scalp Renewal O ers good until 12/31/18 what’s going on. men.
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councilman said, somewhat voted against giving themselves
tongue-in-cheek, to further a similar raise.
“the cause of Democracy.”
at means that their annual
e second item involved a salary stands at $12,612. ey
10 percent raise for Kim DeLu- did vote to increase their pay by
cia, con dential secretary to the 1.75 percent last year.
supervisor, bringing her annual Under the plan, Highway
Holiday Catering Italian Style! salary to $67,155. Superintendent omas Chia-
e board has to approve the verini will get a 5 percent raise,
2019 budget by Dec. 20, but it bringing his salary to $112,309.
featuring could vote on it today, ursday, Town Clerk Patricia Kalba
Dec. 13. will also get a 5 percent raise,
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‘Illuminate Somers’ assembles map of the illuminated homes
BY JASON KLATSKY are told about new must-sees. As you can imag- cheer, consider using our online map. Search for
e transition from anksgiving turkey to holi- ine, with Somers encompassing such an extensive Mickey Mouse, Olaf and Santa Clause in atables.
day lighting happens so quickly. Each year we are geographic area, it’s di cult to navigate all the Find candy canes and lazer light motion displays.
amazed when seemingly overnight the holiday areas or to know exactly what has changed from Navigate from traditional and trendy to ashy and
movies, holiday songs and even the holiday reality year to year. is is where you can help with just ashier. In addition to individual light displays, the
television “home lighting competitions” magically a few minutes of your time! We are recruiting a map also notes the meticulous e orts made to illu-
appear, while we are still digesting our turkey and few “Illuminators” within each hamlet of Somers. minate the landscapes in front of Somers business-
thoughts of anksgiving are still fresh our hearts. For more information about how you can represent es such as Mexican Shack, Mamma Rosa, Muscoot
Similarly, those feelings of thankfulness quickly turn your area, visit www.IlluminateSomers.com. Tavern and Traditions 118.
to expressions of holiday giving. is year’s Parade of Lights will start in the SHS Residents are always invited to vote for their fa-
Since 2014, the Somers Lions Club has been or- parking lot on Friday, December 21st at 6 p.m. Your vorites by sending their top picks to [email protected]
ganizing “Illuminate Somers” in an e ort to give car will be adorned with glow sticks and you will minatesomers.com which go into the decision for
back to the community for all they do for Somers. receive free hot chocolate before driving in a caravan top prizes, in addition to the Community Choice
e family friendly light decorating competition through Somers, visiting some of the best lit homes Award.
is our fellow residents’ opportunity to share their in our area. Based on our routing, we expect to be It is the Giving Season, some may say “the most
dedication and their talent for expressing holiday viewing lights for approximately 90 minutes. One wonderful time of the year,” and everyone gives
cheer… not to mention winning prizes and earning long-time Somers resident who participated in a back in di erent ways in this town. If you attended
top honors! past year’s parade said, “I thought it was a lot of fun. Holiday Happiness at Primrose, you are supporting
Since its inception, the Somers Lions have made I enjoyed going to bits of the town I have not seen our town. If you attended the holiday lighting of
an e ort to expand the competition with the ulti- in awhile. Additionally, I do believe we ventured on the tree and menorah in front of the Elephant Ho-
mate goal of engaging with more of our neighbors. one road I have never been on in the 44 years of tel, then you are supporting our town. And if you
is includes encouraging residents to illuminate living here. Great fun! Will participate again next have attended a Somers Lions event, you are sup-
their favorite charity linked with their home light year.” porting our town as a portion of the funds raised
display, allowing residents to enter their indoor For those who cannot attend the parade, we goes back to Somers residents in need through our
lighting decorations, and, most notably, the addi- have been building an online map, with the help Somers Angels.
tion of the Parade of Lights. of Google Maps, of where to go to view holiday erefore, on behalf of the Somers Lions Club,
New this year, we are looking to involve the lights in Somers. So, when you are o work, need we are thankful for your community spirit and any
community even more. e Parade of Lights is sure an activity with the kid(s), or just want to discover time you have given back to our community over
to hit many of the top homes, but we consistently a new area illuminated with our neighbors holiday the past year. Now, let the competition begin!
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munity members to let us know mation starting in late November
about homes in their area. Signup and Scholarship Workshops will
give thanks for all that you have, to represent your neighborhood be scheduled.
and help out those who are not at www.IlluminateSomers.com. The Somers High School
as fortunate. Please donate a new, More information at www.Som- Class of 2021 is selling car win-
unwrapped gift for a child whose ersLionsClub.org. dow decals. For more informa-
JosepLh AO . Marra family is struggling this year. Do- Somers School tion, visit www.somersschools.
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Tree wishes Dancing
Last Sunday we strolled into town for the the time I looked up they were gone, but I feel Iremember dancing. Jason THE
lighting of the Somers Christmas tree. that my reporting laid some important ground- held me in his arms and we SEASONED
e weather outside was frightful. It was work for a future exposé on the subject. moved with the music, kind CITIZEN
of like making love in public
dark and rainy, so any light at all would have We caught up with town councilman Antho- ADRIENNE
been welcome, but we had ny Cirieco and chatted about (with our clothes on)! I put my KAVELLE
to wait until 5:00PM before some of the new develop- head on his shoulder, he would
the tree was illuminated, and MAN ments in Somers. DeCicco’s whisper in my ear; it was loving
we had an hour and a half to OVERBOARD is running a little behind and so romantic. We’d do the fox
sing some Christmas songs RICK schedule, they had anticipated Trot, the Waltz, Rhumba, Tango,
and poke around accompanied MELÉN an opening sometime this
by Gidget, the world’s cutest month, but I hope it happens always touching one another. Even when we did the Lindy or the
Cha-Cha we touched each other.
dog. Due to the rain, songsters soon. Every time we cook Now people dance the way they text: next to one another, alone
Rich and Harry Egnor were chicken breasts at least two of but with the belief that they are together. When they text they
holed up inside the lobby of the pieces taste like they were send words but no emotions; when they dance they gyrate, each
the Elephant Hotel, so we found ourselves a cloned from a sofa cushion. Are they on anti- in his/her own space, with air not arms surrounding them.
seat just in time for the chorus of Silent Night. biotics? If so, I hope they nished the whole I’ve suddenly had an epiphany that this could be because of the
e Bing Crosby version is reputed to be the bottle as directed. And the fruit we get from change in our interpersonal actions. We are much freer in physi-
third best-selling single of all time, but I bet an the supermarket these days seems like it’s made cally demonstrating our feelings for each other than when I was
Eric Clapton lead break after the second verse from something synthetic that has too many younger. Dancing gave us the opportunity to touch the person
would vault it right into rst place. isotopes in it. I swear that grapes these days are we favored with no negativity attached. In those days a kiss good
Santa was available for photos, which seemed as tasteless as some of my jokes. at reminds night at the front door was the pinnacle of a date with your loved
pretty safe compared to some of these vaca- me of a joke but I can’t tell you here. We talked one. We called it “necking” and going a step further was called
tion sel es that have been popping up lately on about the proposed Somers Academy that is “petting,” but anything more was relegated to “after the wedding.”
Instagram. Santa, thanks for letting me take my poised to repurpose the IBM campus into an Most of us didn’t err against decorum and those of us who did
photo with you! Would you mind standing over 1800-student STEM school. It seems that I kept quiet about it.
here with me on the precipice of the Grand am much more in favor of schools now that I Anyway, I was talking about dancing. I still think old fash-
Canyon? A little closer. Closer. Closer. Oops, don’t have to go to them. Somers Crossing is ioned dancing was more emotionally pleasing than today’s. Just
not that close. Can Santa y or is it just the the 65-unit condominium construction that as I always write about old fashioned telephone conversations
reindeer? I should have asked beforehand. is underway nearby on Route 100. All these as opposed to texting. We put more of ourselves into the former
e Girl Scouts were in attendance, leading projects seem like good additions to the pros- and retain a kind of distance in the latter. ink of Fred Astaire
some Christmas carols and distributing hot perity and growth of Somers, as long as I don’t and Ginger Rogers; Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey…ballroom
chocolate to the less fortunate (me). As a jour- have to stop at any more tra c lights. I don’t dancing, dirty dancing, but always touching one another, emo-
nalist and someone who has never been a Girl want to stop at red lights coming from one tionally as well as physically.
Scout, I wanted to in ltrate the inner workings way, and I don’t want to stop at them coming We dressed up when we went out on dates. We wore velvet and
of this fascinating group and nd out what from the other way. I propose that they reduce silk, owing skirts and princess crinolines. Our escorts opened
makes them tick. I found three representatives the duration of the red lights and increase the car doors and sometimes brought owers for us to wear. e soft
in full dress uniform that were willing to talk duration of the yellow lights, so I can proceed music, slow dancing, and closeness generated a romantic magical
to me on the record. “Which merit badge was with caution without slowing down. And for aura shared by all.
the hardest to get?” I asked, getting right to the those of you who wanted Somers to be the new People have always danced in groups to express joy and happi-
tough issues with an incisive question. “I don’t second headquarters for Amazon, cheer up- at ness and thanks for answered prayers. is is basic to the human
know,” all three said in unison, and I jotted least we’re not the hindquarters for Amazon. psyche. But also basic is the need to be held, to feel the warmth of
down the answer in shorthand, meaning that We sang a few more tunes from the Chamber a lover’s body moving in rhythm with your own. In my mind’s eye
I scrawled some of the letters of each word in SEE MELEN PAGE 14 I see two people waltzing through life, Jason’s arms around me,
handwriting so bad only my wife can read it. By
dancing forever to the never ending story of “us.”
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Magical Christmas memories from the heart!
There are many magical elers—son Paul usually serves a JulieAnne’s for dinner and up from Florida; I had mailed WHATWAS
memories at Christmas new Christmas libation—trying exchanging gifts. I wonder snow suits, coats, hats and I THINKING?
time. How about those to get dinner on the table. what special cocktail Paul will gloves so they would be pre-
from the kitchen? ey become serve--the ginger in last year’s pared for this signi cant change RUTHANN
a joyful gathering place for During the Christmas season creation caused much coughing in weather for them--even SCHEFFER
family and friends, albeit a bit my thoughts wander to past and dry, sore throats. Paul has the Winooski River falls were
crowded. holidays when my boys were assured us that no ginger will be frozen! We had such fun being holiday selections, was lively
small. e days before were used this year! together: Christmas morning and we sang at the top of our
Mom’s kitchen, over owing was a blizzard of wrapping pa- lungs! As always, it was a time
with love, warmth and super lled with baking cookies, One of my warmest memo- per, bows and boxes; don’t forget of high spirits with the Joan’s,
delicious smells, played host to wrapping and hiding gifts, mak- ries was Christmas 1994 when the mountains of pancakes, Elaine’s, Pam, Sybil, Barbara’s
wall-to-wall family. Today my ing decorations and having our I had just moved to Vermont. bacon and sausages, and music! (and Barbra), Alfreda, Corde-
daughters-in-law have picked tree-trimming party with our My family—Mom, sons Matt’s challenge was getting all lia, Maria’s, and of course, my
up the gauntlet and carry on friends, Rina and Joe, and their George, Paul and Joe—traveled the gifts packed and checked on sidekick, Rosemarie. A big hug
that tradition. Sometimes it’s darling girls, Lysa, Sandy and to my cold, snowy and icy home the plane. At one point at the and a “well done” to Pat Caruso
like we’re traveling through an Stacy. I miss those times. to celebrate the holiday. Matt, airport, an announcement was and the Singles Club Board--
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Best places to take in the lights this holiday season
It’s hard for me to narrow down Untermyer Gardens Hartford Holiday day events. But, being all about holiday
diversions, reign in my curiosity in lights, there is one night, Dec. 16, that the
pursuit of new places and experi- Grand Illumination DIVERSIONS & Light Fantasia Mansion is lit up for a magni cent drive-
ences any day, but during the holiday Untermyer Garden EXCURSIONS Goodwin Park, through experience. e mansion isn’t
season all bets are o . ere just aren’t 1130 Maple Avenue, open that night but check their calendar
enough hours in each day from Novem- Conservancy NANCY for their other events; all historic, tradi-
ber to January for me. My color-coded tional, period events for the entire family.
calendar, a requirement in my family is 945 North Broad- SORBELLA Hartford, Conn.
quite a kaleidoscope this time of year. I Why I love it:
try to make the most of every day and way, Yonkers www.holidaylight Because I love the Vanderbilt Mansions
savor the memories as best as I can. any time of the year. ey are steeped in
It’s one of those times when sensory www.untermyer fantasia.org NY history (and its no secret that I love
overload isn’t a bad thing as long as you NY), beautifully maintained, part of the
can be present in the moment. gardens.org Hartford Holiday Roosevelt-Vanderbilt Historic Associa-
tion, and one of our local connections to a
I love to do as much as possible but Beginning on Dec. Light Fantasia is the great president.
every night I make time to sit in front
of our tree and re ect on the beauty, 12, the magni cent walled garden at quintessential drive-through light extrava- Festival of Silver Lights
spirituality, generosity and festivity of Hubbard Park, 999 West Main Street,
each day. I’m grateful for everyone and Untermyer Park will be illuminated. e ganza. is annual event features over 8 Meriden, Conn.
everything in my life every single day.
I’m grateful that this year my neighbors fabulous architecture, statuary and hor- million colored lights and 2 miles of view- is is an intimate white light holiday ex-
have such fabulous and tasteful decora- perience featuring 200 buildings and gures
tions and lights that no one will notice ticultural elements will be lit in a unique ing in the center of Hartford. On weekends lit with over 350,000 lights in the center of
my house, usually decorated, but not this charming Meriden. Open throughout the
year, in it’s pitiful pre-paint condition. artistic style on the banks of the majestic Santa is there to greet the kids. Hartford season at 5:30 p.m. until Jan. 1.Traditional
holiday fun that can be a night out or part
Seriously, I have a million things to Hudson River. As the garden is illumi- has a lot of great attractions; this is a great of a New England weekend.
do, and I’ll be sharing some ahead of
time and some after the fact (my up- nated, music re ecting di erent cultures centerpiece of a weekend getaway or just an Why I love it:
coming weekend in the city). is week Because it is slightly di erent that the
I’m all about holiday light displays. I is played while guests stroll freely around evening adventure. is event is open at 5 other holiday light experiences and a nice
can never get enough of them. ere walk in a winter evening. Because if you
is one reprise, from last year, but it is the site enjoying hot cocoa. is same pm every night through January 2nd. plan your visit carefully there are many
the most unique and it is a must-do for holiday events in neighboring towns,
all. May you stay merry and bright all experience is available every night from Why I love it: all just a fairly quick drive from where
season! we are. Because its the perfect scale for
4-8 p.m. through Jan. 1 and is a must-go. Because I love a good drive-through families of all ages.
ere is truly nothing like this stunning holiday light experience. Because down-
artistic light-enhanced treasure. town Hartford’s seasonal lights don’t
Why I love it: disappoint. Because this event is actually
Because it is like no other holiday a bene t for Channel 3 Kids Camp in
lights experience. Because this garden is a CT so you’re having holiday fun while
fave of mine and I talk about it a lot and doing some good.
visit throughout the year. Because this
is where, at the Summer Solstice Soiree, Christmas Illumination
that I met one of my oldest childhood The Vanderbilt Mansion
friends after, well, about a hundred years. 119 Vanderbilt Park Road, Hyde Park
Because growing up in nearby Dobbs www.nps.gov/vama
Ferry I witnessed the transformation of e Vanderbilt Mansion, part of the
this garden from near ruin to restoration National Park Service is also a must-go
and majesty. I cannot love this place more. to throughout the year, and during the
You just have to experience it for yourself. holiday season there are a number of holi-
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MELEN at reminded me- it was time to light up Tying one on
the Christmas tree. First, Santa made his way
FROM PAGE 10 to the exit, back to the North Pole, amid a Iam a scarf person, but I LOST IN
phalanx of security and a bunch of Hos. en am married to a non-scarf SUBURBIA
of Commerce songbook, where some poor we assembled by the tree, which seemed quite person. Conversely, my
soul had to type “Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la” a bit taller this year. I went over and pinched husband is a hat person, and I TRACY
about a hundred and twenty times, before they its cheek and said, “Wow, look how you’ve am not a hat person. He says BECKERMAN
invented “cut and paste.” We sang Jingle Bells, grown!” Like my grandmother used to do to scarves are itchy and make him
and if you stick it out through three or four me, even if I hadn’t grown and she was just look like he has no chin. I say fortable.”
verses, the song gets darker and darker, the guy getting smaller. en it was ve, four, three, hats ruin my hair and make my “I know,” I said. “Itchy, and
falls out of the sleigh, somebody comes along two, one, and presto! e tree lit up and I was head look like a bowling ball.
and laughs at him but doesn’t help. It’s a mess, now o cially behind in my Christmas shop- So, whenever it gets cold out, no chin.”
but to cheer things up, right as everyone sings ping. We ltered into the parking lot, and took he tells me to put on a hat and I “Right,” he said. “But I was in
“laughing all the way,” I tell my worst joke, and it easy on the way home. I didn’t want any tell him to put on a scarf and we
then everyone says, “ha ha ha!” and the joke’s more incidents with Grandma, in case she’s both ignore each other. a store today and the salesman
on them. Grandma Got Run Over By a Rein- been dipping into the egg nog again. showed me a really soft scarf
deer is even worse- she forgets her medication It’s truly amazing we’ve that wasn’t itchy and then…
and ventures out into the snow on Christmas Search “Gidget Gets a Package” on YouTube stayed married for as long as we this is the important part… he
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scarves.” boring conversation I’d ever had
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his forehead to make sure he two other moms about the best
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“No, seriously,” he said. “All
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library. Other ways you can be an winter months with a relaxing
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Big, Beautiful, White Smile! integral part of the library’s future Monday mornings and pack your
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Are you a Friend of the Race Amity Day Discussion
Somers Library? Group, Part 3. Sunday, Decem-
INCLUDES COMPREHENSIVE EXAM, Each year the Friends are tasked ber 16, 2-4 p.m. Join us to view
DIGITAL RADIOGRAPHS, PHOTOS, with raising su cient funds to and discuss the third part of the
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COMPREHENSIVE PROPHYLAXIS (CLEANING), for children,teens and adults at the Illusion: e House We Live In.”
library. e annual fundraising ap- All are welcome to attend; regis-
peal is still underway.Donations of tration is not required.
any amount can be sent to Friends Foodie Club for Teens urs-
of the Library, P.O. Box 443, days, 1/3, 1/17, 2/14, 2/28,
Somers, NY 10589. Additional 3/14,3/28, 4/11, 4/25 & 5/9 from
information, and its brochure, is 3:15-4:30 p.m. Join us at the
available at the Friends section on Somers Library to make snacks
4 Heritage Hills Plaza, 202 Ctr, Somers NY, 10589 the library website: www.somersli- and small meals that the group can
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It accepts donations via PayPal We will also be discussing and plan-
to [email protected] ning for the next meeting’s meal
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LIBRARY • Medicare, Medicare Advan- vided. is program is for teens / grade and up. is program is for “black hat hacking” at the same
tage, and Medigap supplement tweens in grades 6th and up. Space teens entering 7th grade and up! time. In this class, participants
FROM PAGE 16
plans is limited. Register on our online calendar at will learn these concepts and see
Winter Holiday Art for Teens. • Part D prescription drug cov- Winter/Spring Anime/Manga www.somerslibrary.org. how hacking is an essential ele-
Friday, December 14, 3:15-4:30 erage Club. Wednesdays, from 3:15- Teen Tech: What is Hacking? ment of security-focused institu-
p.m. Spread a little holiday cheer • Medicare savings plans for 4:30 p.m. on the following dates: Wednesday, January 16, 6:15- tions, as well as test their skills
decorating a glass votive candle low-income seniors 1/9, 1/16, 1/23 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 7:30 p.m. Snow Date: 1/23/19. with “out-of-the-box” thinking.
holder and take home with you • Financial bene t programs 2/13, 2/20, 2/20, 2/27, 3/6, 3/13, What is Hacking? It looks sim- is program is for teens/tweens
in time for the holidays. A perfect such as Home Energy Assistance 3/20, 3/27, 4/3, 4/10, 4/17, 4/24, ple in the movies, but in reality in grades 6 and up. We will be us-
gift for yourself, or a loved one! Program (HEAP), food stamps 5/1, /8, 5/15, 5/22, and 5/29. Join hacking is for more complex. As ing the public computers for this
Space is limited to 15; registration (SNAP) us to watch anime from Crunchy- a society, we rely on both ex- class, but please let us know if you
is required. You will be able to meet with roll on our big screen TV and to perimental “white hat hacking” can bring your own laptop to use
trained counselors in a private set- hang out with friends. is pro- for protection and also need to in class. Registration is required,
JANUARY ting. No appointment is necessary. gram is for teens entering 7th be protected against malicious space is limited to 15.
Art Exhibit: Collages and If you can’t visit the library in per-
Photographs by Jane Hogan at son,you can leave a message on the
the Somers Library. January 5 - SBIC helpline at 914-231-3260
February 1, during library hours or email us at [email protected]
Opening reception on Saturday, with your name, number, a time to
January 5 from 2-4 p.m. in the call between 9 a.m.—5 p.m. and
Program Room. No registration whether your interest is in Medi-
required. Jane has been a Somers care services or other bene ts.
resident for fourteen years. While A counselor will return your call
not an artist by profession or de- within two business days. SBIC
gree, she has always enjoyed the will not meet on days the Somers
arts and has taken courses in many schools are closed due to snow.
art disciplines. Her photographs Happiness Workshop. urs-
re ect her keen eye for detail,while day, January 24, 11:30 a.m. - 1 A Season of Giving
her collage work is usually created p.m. Everyone wants to be happy,
with a friend or family member in but many cannot nd their way A Season of Family
mind. Jane’s work has previously to be truly so. In this workshop,
been displayed at the Putnam Arts Rabbi Laurie Gold and attendees
Council in Mahopac, and she has will explore paths to happiness, Enjoy this magical time!
had her work accepted into a jur- including practicing forgiveness,
ied art show there. She would like gratitude, and meditation. ey
to thank the Somers Library for will also discuss some of the sci-
the opportunity to show some of enti c, sociological and spiritual Steve Wilson, CPA®, CFA®, RICP®
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Shelter pet of the SPCA’s
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Each week, Somers Middle School students ABOUT JAXX Holidays
Jay and Julia Wilkinson present a pet looking I am a rat terrier, known to be
for a home and poem they were inspired to write e following is from the
about that pet. is week, we read about Jaxx. friendly, inquisitive and lovable. My SPCA of Westchester
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SCHEDULE jects to manage and worry about Q&A SUMMARIZED and rethinking of spaces where curriculum and lesson plans.
on any given day. MAX: Can you give us an students can hang out, even if
FROM PAGE 1 they’re not eating. At rst, lines MAX: What do teachers
With a change of this magni- overview? may be longer, but will eventu- think? Are they excited?
students’ course load will not tude looming, it’s crucial that no BAYER: Instead of nine ally shorten.
meet each day, but will rotate one’s caught by surprise. BAYER: Change is a very
back into the schedule the next 41-minute classes a day, there MAX: Will school hours scary thing to humansright up
day. e live chat can be seen on will be six 55- minute classes change? there with death. But anxiety
the district’s Facebook page. e with one lunch period right in levels are dropping as more
Classes are currently 41 min- video—and a list of FAQs— the middle. Courses will “rotate” BAYER: No. ey will still be light is shed on the reboot. Bay-
utes long, plus three minutes will be posted this week on the over an eight-day cycle. 7:35 a.m. to 2:08 p.m. er’s con dent that the dedicated
“passing time” between classes. high school’s homepage. Go to and enthusiastic sta will gure
Under the new schedule, they the district’s website, click the “ e way this works is math MAX: Will this a ect how out what’s best for students.
will be 55 minutes long, plus 3 “Our Schools” button, select the would only be rst period for students drop or add courses?
minutes passing time between high school’s site and then scroll two of the eight-day cycle and MAX: How would this a ect
classes. down to “Announcements” to one of every four days it would BAYER: e process will the BOCES program?
drop. So on Day 2, courses one remain the same. Such changes
It also means students won’t nd a link to schedule related and eight would drop.” are usually made early in the BAYER: BOCES students
be taking the same class at the information. An informational school year, or the beginning of who take classes in the morn-
same time every single day. meeting is set for ursday, Jan. MAX: How would ‘com- each semester. ing will get to lunch a little late
31, at 7 p.m. in the high school munity lunch’ work? A lot of and leave earlier for afternoon
is helps, Bayer said, if you auditorium. students think space is tight MAX: Are teachers getting classes.
are not a morning person—and now and lines too long. professional development
e chat, kicked o by Kyle so they can shift to the new MAX: How would this a ect
rst-period math is not your fa- Chouinard, president of the BAYER: Folks in other dis- system? the International Baccalaure-
vorite subject. Student Council’s executive tricts say it takes a while to get ate program?
committee, was handled by its used to, but “it really does work” BAYER: Teams have been
Being less tethered to the bell, vice president, Max Caron. even in places where there’s studying strategies for teaching BAYER: Not at all where
students will have more time for only one cafeteria. (Somers in longer blocks: project-based the rst year IB course require-
deep thinking (versus rote learn- Caron told Bayer that stu- High School has two: One for activities, cooperative small ments are concerned. ey are
ing) and teachers can provide dents are comforted to know sandwiches/ salads and one for group learning, hands-on activi- run like science courses, with
more feedback. administrators are taking their hot food/snacks.) It will require ties, and Socratic seminars. is
concerns “seriously” and that “a new serving and pay stations spring, teachers will analyze SEE SCHEDULE PAGE 25
Student engagement is key to lot of thought has been put into
the high school’s “success plan,” this.”
ey will also have fewer sub-
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SCHEDULE all the classes they want? ( e idea either. Administrators will this change? their own time.
maximum is eight.) work with students on a com- BAYER: When you have
FROM PAGE 24 promise. MAX: Why x something
BAYER: Yes. However, something that works for you, that isn’t broken?
an additional period every other research shows, and the district MAX: Because teachers it’s easy not to want to shift
day, minus the drop. e overall believes, that students aren’t won’t see us every day, does this gears. Students who insisted BAYER: When students have
IB program won’t be impacted being “done any favors” by being mean more homework? that they valued “routine,” a “richer” educational experi-
in any “signi cant way.” allowed to skip lunch period, nevertheless admitted not liking ence, they retain information
even if they’re not going to eat. BAYER: Not necessarily. It’s “doing the same thing every rather than just cramming for
MAX: How would students about thinking smarter, not ll- day.” What they really liked the big test and then forgetting
with attention disorders be at would just set them up ing in the gap with more stu . about community lunch was everything. Clinging to the old
expected to handle longer for “burnout” and for “making that they nally got to eat with ways could still get the same
classes? unhealthy decisions.” While “To double the amount of all of their friends. e ones great results, but any “smart”
knowing that some kids can homework would just defeat the with lots of advanced classes institution is obligated to do
BAYER: When students are “handle it,” no one’s convinced purpose of what we’re doing,” appreciated a varied workload better “with things that might
interested in something, they that the long-term e ect would which is giving students more and having more “agency” over not be as obvious.”
can focus for longer periods. be “positive.” time to think about what they’re
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Great cookie swap for great causes
BY BRETT FREEMAN
e fth annual Cookie Swap for a Cause on Judging the Cookie Swap contest is serious business. The Cookie Swap volunteers Andrew Cameron, John Roublick,
Nov. 30 was a huge success, raising $1,500 for lead judge this year was Dr. Rick Bridgham, top left. He is Patrick Marbella, Giovanna Minuto, Ally Leff and Amanda
the National Organization for Rare Disorders joined by (top row, from left): Matthew Tumminello; The MIcerri
(NORD) and $1,850 to the Bruncaj family in Somers Record publisher, Brett Freeman; Richie Martone; TJ
Somers. McCormack and Somers High School Principal Mark Bayer;
(bottom row, from left): Dianna Cardillo; Penny Lane owner
e donation to NORD was in honor of Ni- Andie McCormack; and Dr. Anita Barr.
cole Roublick, who is battling a rare illness called
Autoimmune Lymphoproliferative Syndrome. Laura Roublick, right, is joined by her ofﬁcial
rafﬂe prize readers, from left: Trixie McCormack,
Cookie Swap, held at the Crystal Hall Somers
Community Center, was founded by Nicole’s Millie McCormack, Lianna Martone, Maria
mom, Laura, as well as Somers Community Cen- Boniello and Jenna Freeman.
ter owner Donna Martone and William Raveis
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Mazzola. Over the years, the cookie swap has fo-
cused mainly on raising money to give back to
the charities that have helped the Roublick family
over the course of Nicole’s disease.
is year, the Cookie Swap decided to also
help out the Bruncaj family, as Rozmarin Bruncaj
has undergone a double mastectomy after being
recently diagnosed with breast cancer. Her hus-
band, Meti, was taking care of her until he started
to feel sick and was diagnosed with Stage 4 pan-
creatic cancer. ey have a 14-year-old son who is
a freshman in high school.
THE WINNERS Best use of chocolate: Casie Hansen
After careful consideration, the judges Best assorted: Christina Mannering
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Most festive: Jackie Hernandez Best in show: Lauren Schinnerer
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Somers bunch leads Stepinac to second state title
Carino, McKenna earn prestigious accolades in historic season
BY DOMINICK DEPOLE Joey Carino, Kevin McKenna and Nate Henderson after winning the state championship. for 150 yards on 20 carries on o ense.
CONTRIBUTING WRITER During the regular season, “Mad Dog”
Kevin McKenna, Nate Henderson and Brendan Wilkins after winning the league section
After Archbishop Stepinac High School’s championship McKenna racked up 125 tackles, 90 of them
football team got o to a lackluster start this solo. e junior star sacked the quarterback
season, four players from Somers played piv- PHOTOS COURTESY OF AJ CARINO AND KEVIN MCKENNA 11 times, registering one interception and
otal roles in picking up the defending state three forced fumbles.
champions and guiding them to a second e National Honor Society student passed son, not tossing a single interception and
consecutive title. He received rst-team All-League honors
for 2,351 yards and 26 touchdowns while completing 74 percent of his throws. He and was invited to play on the USA Interna-
“When we were struggling,I knew that we tional Football team once again in 2018.
were going to come out of that,” said senior also rushing for 340 yards and ve touch- compiled 997 passing yards, 14 touchdown
kicker Nate Henderson, one of the Somers McKenna did it all, even blocking a punt
Four. “I knew that we just had to put the downs. passes and two touchdown runs in only four for a touchdown return and scoring two
pieces together to get it where we should be.” touchdowns on o ense.
Two of Carino’s four touchdown passes playo games.
Henderson and his fellow commuters to Veteran kicker Henderson’s talented toe
the White Plains school—quarterback Joey went for over 50 yards (62 and 52 yards each). McKenna, like Carino, was named Player nailed 49 of 53 point-after-touchdown kick
Carino, linebacker Kevin McKenna and de- attempts in 2018 and converted seven of nine
fensive end Brendan Wilkins, all juniors— “Since our fourth loss of the season to of the Game multiple times and earned rst-
helped rewrite a dismal script that saw St- eld goal chances.
epinac stumble to a 1-4 start. Chaminade, we treated every game like a team Westchester/Putnam All-star team Wilkins,who played JV last season,earned
a job as a varsity starter at defensive end and
But by winning their next seven games, state championship from there on,” Carino honors. Carino made the second-team. never looked back, pressuring the quarter-
the Crusaders once again captured the state back at will and forcing turnovers.
crown. said. “It was more of a learning process and McKenna was the team’s anchor defen- As the third seed in sectionals, the host
Crusaders defeated Christ the King, 51-
“It feels amazing because we worked so getting used to everyone to get the o ense sively, making 40 tackles and three sacks in 13, the second time they had trounced the
hard for it,”McKenna said of the remarkable school this past season.
turnaround. e gritty defender played most owing.” the postseason alone. He even forced two In a crucial semi nal match with archri-
of the season with a broken wrist,his forearm val Iona Prep, Stepinac (8-4) answered the
encased in a plaster cast. He limited his mistakes in the postsea- fumbles and picked o a pass while rushing bell with a 37-26 road victory over the top-
Carino, whose 26 touchdown passes Senior running back Malik Grant histori-
helped fuel the Stepinac comeback, said, cally broke the school’s single-game rushing
“We really turned it around and found who record with 405 yards on the ground in the
we were deep inside.” momentum building win.
“Our rst loss to Iona was tough (2 point
“It was like a rush of happiness that I’ve overtime loss earlier in the season),” Carino
never felt,” said Wilkins, who notched 38 said.“It was a big game and we really focused
tackles—20 of them solo-with three sacks to get it done. Our coaches put out a great
and one interception. game plan that week.”
Taking on Cardinal Hayes at Mitchell
A transplant from Yonkers this past year, Field in Long Island for the Section nal,
Wilkins is the relative newcomer in the Stepinac overcame a 12-0 de cit in the rst
Somers sports quartet. e others have half to beat the Cardinals, 29-18.
known each other, and competed in Somers’ Finally, the Crusaders annihilated St.
extensive youth sports programs, since child- Francis in the state nals at home, 49-7. Ca-
hood. rino played awlessly, completing 16 of 19
passes for 301 yards and four touchdowns
“I’ve known them for my whole life,”Hen- (one rushing touchdown) to earn the O en-
derson said of McKenna and Carino.“To do sive MVP Award.
something that has never been done before
with Kevin and Joey was really special.” e Crusaders, with an outstanding foot-
ball program, continue to draw interest from
All four are standout athletes. At Stepinac, students in Northern Westchester.
in addition to football,Henderson,McKenna
and Carino suit up for lacrosse and Wilkins “ is is a great group of kids,”Carino said.
for hockey. Since third grade, McKenna and “ ey are really talented and just came to-
Carino have played in Somers’ lacrosse, bas- gether. We have to build that team mentality
ketball, soccer and football programs. for next year.”
Carino has drawn the attention of college
scouts with gaudy statistics at quarterback.
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Thursday, December 13, 2018 SPORTS The Somers Record – Page 31
Quick start: Tuskers start 2-0
Somers cruises past Saunders, Gorton
BY ROB DIANTONIO added 14 points while Fecci and a junior, but is a capable shooter Somers will compete in its “ e expectations are through
CONTRIBUTING WRITER Lasher each had 10 points. Jalen with the ability to run the oor tournament, the Michael De- the roof,” Germaine said of the
Wilson (6 points), Dylan Berliner and bang inside. Paoli Memorial Tournament, on 2018-19 season. “We’re not tak-
e pace that the Somers boys (5 points), Joe Grippo (5 points) “He’s really stepped up for us,” Dec. 14 and 15. It will face York- ing any opponent lightly. Every
basketball team plays with can be and Declan Talleur (4 points) Germaine said.“He’s really helped town at 7:45 p.m. on Friday. e game we’re going in and thinking
dizzying. chipped in. me out on the rebounds and been championship game is slated for we’ve got to win this game to get
Up and down the oor they go. Somers led 41-24 at halftime a big part of our scoring and lead- Saturday at 3 p.m. with the con- to the County Center. at’s our
e Tuskers press the opposition and 59-31 after three quarters. ership.” solation game at 11 a.m. mentality.”
into submission, creating count- “Our team chemistry is phe-
less turnovers leading to easy nomenal,” Germaine said. “We’ve Kennedy Catholic
buckets. ere’s no hesitation on been together for a long time. We
3-pointers. all know how we play and what
we’ve got to do.”
at tenacity has led to a 2-0
start, with wins over Saunders and e Tuskers were without head High School w w w w w w Somers, NY
Gorton to open the season. coach Chris DiCintio, who was
“ at’s been our tempo since serving a one-game suspension
the start,” senior center Max Ger- due to its game last season against Rising 7th and 8th graders are invited to visit our beautiful
maine said. “We’ve had this group Saunders, which raised money 63 acre campus, see our state of the art facilities where our
of kids together since sixth grade. for the LGBTQ community. e
Our coaches really preach just event was not approved by Section multiple CHSAA championship teams play, and learn how our
running up and down the court as 1, resulting in the suspension. students received over $49 million in college scholarships.
fast as we can. We pride ourselves Assistant coach Darryl Atkin-
on our speed, so I think this is a son led the Tuskers in DiCintio’s
big part of our game. Our job is to absence.
be in better shape than the other Two days later, Somers blew
team.” out visiting Gorton, 89-38, to im-
With guards with endless en- prove to 2-0. It was 30-9 after one
durance like Lucas Fecci and quarter and 59-18 at halftime.
Drew Lasher, along with skilled “We’re all playing with con -
big men inside who can run the dence right now,” Maestri said.
oor, Somers has the perfect per- “We’re all jelling together. It all
sonnel to execute its game plan: starts with chemistry. e chem-
Play fast and furious. istry is through the roof.”
“It all starts with our two point All ve of the Tuskers’ starters
guards, Fecci and Lasher,” senior were in double gures in scor-
Nick Maestri said.“We just go out ing: Fecci (15 points), Germaine
there and play and do the best we (14 points), Maestri (14 points),
can every game.” Charlie Weissman (12 points)
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Maestri paced Somers with a be critical this season. e senior
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arrival time 60. Lute 3. Online stock 12. Consume 27. Jogged quickly broken down into nine 3x3 boxes. To solve a
11. French 61. Weight of a liter exchange 14. Ancient Syrian 28. Roth is one sudoku, the numbers 1 through 9 must ﬁll each
commune of hydrogen 4. Irish castle city type row, column and box. Each number can appear
13. Cigarette 62. Crimson 5. Audio-system 19. Australian 29. Mineral only once in each row, column and box. You
(slang) 63. Returned brewery 34. Purpose can ﬁgure out the order in which the numbers
14. Nobleman 35. Financial term will appear by using the numeric clues already
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16. Adam’s wife 36. Orange is name, the easier it gets to solve the puzzle!
17. Most popular the New Black
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currently are and shape wood
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motor speed 40. Top of the line
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Sparta 42. Greek
22. North, South mountain
and Central 44. Angola’s
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30. Russian 45. Expressed
31. Female 46. Fermented
daredevils honey beverage
organization 47. Month in the
32. Relating to Jewish calendar
music 48. Frontal is one
33. Female body type
part 51. Basics
38.Tyrion Lannister 52. Uncommon
41. Honored 53. Broad kimono
43. Argentine sashes
footballer 54. European
45. Novices defense
47. Wings organization
49. Doctors’ group 58. Box score term
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Thursday, December 13, 2018 LEGAL NOTICES The Somers Record – Page 33
PUBLIC NOTICE APPEALS Block: 2, Lot: 55. Permit under Section Schedule against may be served & shall
VICTOR CANNISTRA All persons having any interest 170-70. The property included mail process to 440 White Plains
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE in this application is located in an Rd., Ste. 202, Eastchester, NY
that the Zoning Board of CHAIRMAN in the application are invited R-40 Residential District at 159 10709. General Purpose.
Appeals of the Town of Somers, to attend and will be given an Route 118, Yorktown Heights
Westchester County, New York Denise Schirmer, Secretary opportunity to be heard. and is known and shown on LLC FORMATION NOTICE
will conduct a Public Hearing the Town Tax Map as Section:
on Tuesday, December 18, December 4, 2018 BY ORDER OF THE 16.17, Block: 1, Lot: 5. 23 Cliffside LLC, Arts of
2018 at 7:30 P.M. at the Somers ZONING BOARD OF Org. filed with Sec. of State
Town House, 335 Route 202, PUBLIC NOTICE All persons having any interest of NY (SSNY) 11/1/2018.
Somers, New York, 10589 on the APPEALS in the application are invited Cty: Westchester. SSNY desig.
application of Kaela Choquette PLEASE TAKE NOTICE VICTOR CANNISTRA to attend and will be given an as agent upon whom process
and David Potter for an Area that the Zoning Board of opportunity to be heard. against may be served & shall
Variance under Section Schedule Appeals of the Town of Somers, CHAIRMAN mail process to: 43 Romer Ave.,
170-69 and Town Law 274- Westchester County, New York BY ORDER OF THE Pleasantville, NY 10570. General
b. The Property included in will conduct a Public Hearing Denise Schirmer, Secretary ZONING BOARD OF Purpose.
this application is located in an on Tuesday, December 18,
R-80 Residential District at 6 2018 at 7:30 P.M. at the Somers December 4, 2018 APPEALS LLC FORMATION NOTICE
Annarock Drive, Somers and is Town House, 335 Route 202, VICTOR CANNISTRA
known and shown on the Town Somers, New York, 10589 on PUBLIC NOTICE S-WD 4, LLC, Arts of
Tax Map as Section: 28.06, the application of Heritage CHAIRMAN Org. filed with Sec. of State
Block: 1, Lot: 5. Hills Sewage Works for an Area PLEASE TAKE NOTICE Denise Schirmer, Secretary of NY (SSNY) 10/30/2018.
Variance under Section Schedule that the Zoning Board of Cty: Westchester. SSNY desig.
All persons having any interest 170-32.7H. The Property Appeals of the Town of Somers, December 4, 2018 as agent upon whom process
in the application are invited included in this application is Westchester County, New York against may be served & shall
to attend and will be given an located in a DRD District at 9 will conduct a Public Hearing LLC FORMATION NOTICE mail process to 168-A Irving
opportunity to be heard. Heritage Hills Drive, Somers on Tuesday, December 18, Ave., Ste. 200K, Port Chester,
and is known and shown on 2018 at 7:30 P.M. at the Somers LLD Services, LLC, Arts NY 10573. General Purpose.
BY ORDER OF THE the Town Tax Map as Section: Town House, 335 Route 202, of Org. filed with Sec. of State
ZONING BOARD OF 17.10, Block: 10, Lot: 18.1. Somers, New York, 10589 on the of NY (SSNY) 12/7/2018. LLC FORMATION NOTICE
application of Kaela Choquette Cty: Westchester. SSNY desig.
APPEALS All persons having any interest and David Potter for a Special as agent upon whom process D.S.International Realty LLC,
in the application are invited Exception Use Permit under against may be served & shall Arts of Org. filed with Sec. of
VICTOR CANNISTRA to attend and will be given an Section Schedule 170-69. The mail process to 538 Westchester State of NY (SSNY) 9/13/2018.
opportunity to be heard. Properties included in this Ave., Rye Brook, NY 10573. Cty: Westchester. SSNY desig.
CHAIRMAN application are located in an General Purpose. as agent upon whom process
BY ORDER OF THE R-80 Residential District at 6 against may be served & shall
Denise Schirmer, Secretary ZONING BOARD OF and 8 Annarock Drive, Somers LLC FORMATION NOTICE mail process to 500 Mamaroneck
and are known and shown on Ave., Ste. 320 South, Harrison,
December 4, 2018 APPEALS the Town Tax Map as Section: 329 Locust Street LLC, Arts NY 10528. General Purpose
VICTOR CANNISTRA 28.06, Block: 1, Lots: 5 and 4. of Org. filed with Sec. of State
PUBLIC NOTICE of NY (SSNY) 11/5/2018. Cty: LLC FORMATION NOTICE
CHAIRMAN All persons having any interest Westchester. SSNY desig. as
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE in the application are invited agent upon whom process against 4 Shady Road, LLC, Arts
that the Zoning Board of Denise Schirmer, Secretary to attend and will be given an may be served & shall mail of Org. filed with Sec. of State
Appeals of the Town of Somers, opportunity to be heard. process to 37 Sprain Valley Rd., of NY (SSNY) 11/14/2018.
Westchester County, New York December 4, 2018 Scarsdale, NY 10583. General Cty: Westchester. SSNY desig.
will conduct a Public Hearing BY ORDER OF THE Purpose. as agent upon whom process
on Tuesday, December 18, PUBLIC NOTICE ZONING BOARD OF against may be served & shall
2018 at 7:30 P.M. at the Somers LLC FORMATION NOTICE mail process to Andrew Cortese,
Town House, 335 Route 202, PLEASE TAKE NOTICE APPEALS 78 Main St., Dobbs Ferry, NY
Somers, New York, 10589 on that the Zoning Board of VICTOR CANNISTRA 19 Aqueduct Street, LLC, Arts 10522. General Purpose.
the application of Gerardo and Appeals of the Town of Somers, of Org. filed with Sec. of State of
Consiglia Villani for an Area Westchester County, New York CHAIRMAN NY (SSNY) 11/13/2018. Cty: LLC FORMATION NOTICE
Variance under Section Schedule will conduct a Public Hearing Westchester. SSNY desig. as
170-49. The Property included on Tuesday, December 18, Denise Schirmer, Secretary agent upon whom process against TWN Lag LLC, Arts of
in this application is located in 2018 at 7:30 P.M. at the Somers may be served & shall mail Org. filed with Sec. of State
an R-120 Residential District at Town House, 335 Route 202, December 4, 2018 process to Piotr Ryzy, 20 Old of NY (SSNY) 11/6/2018.
2649 Route 35, Katonah and is Somers, New York, 10589 on Locust Ave., Cortlandt Manor, Cty: Westchester. SSNY desig.
known and shown on the Town the application of Mastrantoni PUBLIC NOTICE NY 10567. General Purpose. as agent upon whom process
Tax Map as Section: 37.11, Brothers, Inc. for an Area against may be served & shall
Block: 1, Lot: 3. Variance under Section Schedule PLEASE TAKE NOTICE LLC FORMATION NOTICE mail process to 156 Middle
170:A1 of the Zoning Schedule. that the Zoning Board of Patent Rd., Bedford, NY 10506.
All persons having any interest The Property included in this Appeals of the Town of Somers, Azzurro Holdings LLC, Arts General Purpose.
in the application are invited application is located in an Westchester County, New York of Org. filed with Sec. of State
to attend and will be given an R-10 Residential District at 12 will conduct a Public Hearing of NY (SSNY) 11/7/2018.
opportunity to be heard. Hickory Road, Lincolndale on Tuesday, December 18, Cty: Westchester. SSNY desig.
and is known and shown on the 2018 at 7:30 P.M. at the Somers as agent upon whom process
BY ORDER OF THE Town Tax Map as Section: 5.19, Town House, 335 Route 202,
ZONING BOARD OF Somers, New York, 10589 on the
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To gift or not to gift? Tis the question for the season!
GUEST e existence of an $11.18 donee and there are no con- Anthony J. Enea is a member of the Past President and Founding
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ANTHONY J. at the end of 2025 unless may be appropriate. However, Past Chair of Elder Law and Special Attorneys (NAELA). Mr. Enea is
ENEA made permanent by law, cre- in most other instances the use Needs Section of the New York State the President of the Westchester Bar
ates a great opportunity for of a trust to hold the gift is a Bar Association (NYSBA). He is the Foundation and Past President of the
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she will be able to apply his bene ciary(ies)’ creditors have
or her federal exemption for against them until the time
federal estate and gift taxes to the trust makes a distribution
the amount of any gift above to them. Additionally, one can
the $15,000 per donee in any give the trustee(s) the authority
calendar year. For example, if to continue the trust beyond
a single (non-married) donor the set termination date if
makes a gift of $100,000 in doing so is in the best interest
the year 2018 to his son or of the bene ciary. e assets
daughter, $15,000 of the gift in the trust will also not be
is tax free and $85,000 would subject to equitable distribu-
be subtracted from the donor’s tion claims in New York in
federal exemption amount of the event the bene ciary gets
$11.18 million for federal estate divorced. Furthermore, if the
and gift taxes (available through bene ciary develops any dis-
Dec. 31, 2025). If the donor is abilities during the term of the
married, his or her spouse can trust and the bene ciary needs
join in on the gift and then re- any federal and/or state aid, a
duce the taxable amount of the properly drafted trust will allow
gift to $60,000, whereas only the bene ciary(ies)’ share to be
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donor. It should be noted that will not impact his or her
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tax. state programs.
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