Vol. 11 No. 40 Thursday, January 20, 2022
Developer eyes HomeGoods site Town Board
for apartment project works towards
Five-story, 160-unit building proposed
BY CAROL REIF Urstadt Biddle president and
BY CAROL REIF
STAFF WRITER COO Willing “Wing” Bid- STAFF WRITER
dle told the town Planning eir recent vote to change Somers’ legal de nition
of family is a step forward, but not necessarily the
A major housing project Board Wednesday, Jan. 12.
nal solution to the problem of private home rentals
is being proposed for the Calling the departure of that neighbors might nd disruptive, town o cials
seemed to agree last week.
soon-to-be-former site of HomeGoods “unfortunate,”
“It’s a work in progress,” Supervisor Robert
HomeGoods in Somers. he admitted that the Green- Scorrano noted during a public hearing on the
proposed code amendment ursday, Jan. 13.
Urstadt Biddle Properties, wich, Conn.-based real estate
e action has been spurred by a town code whose
owners of Somers Com- investment trust has “a prob- de nition of the word family the town attorney has
deemed “outmoded”in light of numerous complaints
mons in Baldwin Place and lem”on its hands. raised by residents in the Summit Lake section of
town where there are two Airbnb-type operations
two other shopping centers “We have a 30,000-square- that rely on that de nition.
in town, unveiled plans last foot box and I don’t need to e town took the homeowners in question to
court. eir attorney, George Calcagnini, called the
week that call for a ve-story, tell you all there’s been a lot current code “defective.”
160-unit apartment building. of challenges in the retail He said his clients must sign a written stipulation
stating they will abide by whatever new de nition of
HomeGoods, a national world,”Biddle said. “family”the town establishes.Once the town attorney
signs o on it, “the charges will be dismissed.”
chain known for low-priced Even before the pandemic
e code as it stood prior to the board’s action
home décor and furnishings, hit, the rise in internet sales last week de ned a “family” as “one or more
persons occupying a dwelling unit, related by blood,
is moving to the Cortlandt was making it more di - marriage, or adoption, living privately together as
a single housekeeping unit and using a kitchen
Town Center in Mohegan cult to lure big-box stores
SEE RENTAL PROPERTIES PAGE 4
Lake where it will occupy to shopping centers such as
the space of a former Bed Somers Commons. Urstadt PHOTO: CAROL REIF
Bath & Beyond. is means Biddle reached out to about HomeGoods is relocating to the Cortlandt Town Center in
that the shopping center o 100 di erent retailers be- Mohegan Lake.
Route 6 in the town’s north- fore setting its sights on a
westernmost corner will lose residential project. Goodwill, Cold Stone shops in Somers Commons
one of its two biggest tenants. Biddle pointed out that Creamery and Penny Lane are empty.
e other “anchor” is Stop & the area has multifamily Dance Academy – busi- Urstadt Biddle owns
Shop. and age-restricted housing, nesses that are adjacent to about 83 properties, mostly
“Somers Commons has single-family residences, the proposed apartment in the tri-state area, and
always been a pretty success- commercial operations and complex – will remain, Bid-
dle said. Four of the smaller SEE APARTMENTS PAGE 5
ful shopping center for us,” retail businesses.
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In with a whimper
MAN but I have a few ideas. I would heroes starting ghts in the says we’re out of peanuts, and my contact lenses in, so I could
OVERBOARD normally attend a party, and if cabin because they don’t want I’m guessing you have a secret optimistically see half the glass
no one invites me to a party, I to wear a mask to prevent them stash in there. I have three bags as full for the new year. Every-
RICK might go to one that no one from coughing their COVID all of pretzels, and I’ll trade the one would have said I looked
MELÉN speci cally told me to avoid. I over my tiny little pillow. Come three pretzels for one peanut. great, and I would have lied and
remember when I was about 13 think of it, I don’t think we told them they looked great too.
Well, 2021 went out or so and stayed all the way up should have to wear seat belts is is a limited-time o er. Tell I de nitely looked better than
with a bang when to watch the festivities on tele- either, and I can’t see anything the co-pilot also.” Columbo but not as good as
I kicked it through vision with my family, and the out the window with that big Jack Cassidy.
the back door with my foot. I ball dropped in Times Square, ugly wing sitting there in my We watched a Columbo mar-
was not sorry to see it go. But and they sang “Auld Lang Syne” way. Okay? athon all day on television until If we had gone out to one of
2022 tiptoed in quietly at 12:00 and I remembered thinking, this it was the cocktail hour, which those fancy prix xe dinners it
midnight as if its curfew was is a stupid song. Why should Also, I’m a bit of a backseat we moved up into the dinner would have cost me about 300
at 10:00, and it was trying not old acquaintances be forgotten? driver, and I think that the slot (we had moved dinner into bucks, and I would have made
to wake up its parents. Due to pilot’s intercom should be two- lunch). I knew right away who fun of things all night like foie
the resurgence of the pandemic, en my folks said I could have way, so I can let him know how committed the murder, because gras, that I would never eat in
the blur of activity usually sur- some champagne and I forgot I think he’s driving. He already I’m a bit of a crime-solving a million years, and my wife
rounding New Year’s Eve was most of my old acquaintances introduced himself, so I go genius. I told my wife, “Jack would have told me what I was
idling in the garage in “park.” anyway. At that age acquain- ahead and introduce myself too. Cassidy did it. I’ll bet you 20 missing out on and that I might
Gatherings of one person or tances weren’t old enough for “Pilot Bill, may I call you Wil- bucks.” “He’s not even in this as well order pizza at home. So
less were recommended by most me to miss them much. liam? It’s super hot where I am one. It’s Patrick McGoohan, this year we ordered pizza at
authorities. If you got together - I think we’re ying too close they already showed him killing home. e pizza was good, but
with three people, at least two Many people didn’t want to to the sun. I happen to know the guy,” she said. “I still think I had nothing to make fun of,
of them were required to be y anywhere to celebrate the another way to Europe if you’re it’s Jack Cassidy, and if Robert and I had to try and carry on a
boring. occasion, and I don’t blame interested.” Someone’s been in Culp turns up, I bet you 20 normal conversation. You know
them. Even birds aren’t ying the bathroom for 45 minutes bucks all three of them kill each what? I just realized, maybe
I still can’t believe I spent right now unless they abso- and I bet he has the Sunday other.” I was out about 80 bucks THAT should be my New
New Year’s Eve at home for the lutely have to. Air travel was crossword puzzle. I’d like to get before Columbo even scratched Year’s resolution. To order more
already an abject annoyance to up and walk around, but where his head once. pizza at home.
rst time in at least 45 years. I’m me even before the pandemic, would I go? “Hey Pilot Wil-
not sure who to blame for this, and it seems like only people liam, you got a second? It’s Pas- We got all dressed up for the Look for Rickster Melen on
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BY WHIT ANDERSON and the Greeley lead was down to 22-19.
CONTRIBUTING WRITER “We saw that Greeley only plays man
to man on defense, so we knew that since
BOYS BASKETBALL they weren’t going to switch we would
Somers 58, Horace Greeley 40 get a lot of looks inside,”DiSalvatore said
Wednesday, Jan. 12 on the Tuskers’ in-game adjustments.
After starting o the season 0-6, the “We just needed to set some cross-screen
Somers Tuskers won their third straight action and get guys cutting to the basket.”
game against a talented Horace Greeley In the rst few minutes of the second
team on the road. half, it looked like Somers went away
“Honestly, the kids are just believing,” from the adjustments that got them
said Assistant Coach Silvio DiSalvatore. back into the game. Potack got multiple Brady Leitner sends a pass.
“We got o to such a slow start because open looks to go down, and the Quakers
of football and soccer. Every game we were scoring on the fast break. e 7-0
were right there, but it just wasn’t going Greeley run brought the lead up to 29-19
our way. We just told the guys to keep midway through the third quarter.
e Tuskers seemed to sense the Bennett Leitner puts up a runner in the paint.
believing in the process, we’re young,
we’re energetic, we’re excited, so it’s game slipping away, and turned up to
gonna turn around. And this last week the level of intensity that has been there
it’s starting to turn.” consistently during this win streak.
Somers did not get o to the best Somers’ defense locked in once again,
of starts in this game, largely due to preventing any open Greeley looks. But
the talents of Greeley on display. e more importantly, Matt Fitzsimons woke
Quakers, possessing both shooting and up.
size, utilized their advantages in the rst Fitzsimons went on his best scoring
quarter. tear of the season so far. e star player
Justin Potack got Greeley o to a hot hit four threes in a span of less than four
start by knocking down a pair of threes minutes. Whether it was o the dribble,
early. On the other end of the oor, from the catch and shoot, or completely
Somers was unable to penetrate the contested, Fitzsimons was too in the
defense for good looks, instead turning zone to miss. His e orts not only tied the
the ball over which gave the Quakers game up for Somers, but gave them a 40-
fast break baskets. Greeley’s size also 35 lead at the end of the third quarter.
got them multiple o ensive rebounds “It’s so unique,” said DiSalvatore on
in the quarter. Nonetheless, the Tuskers having a player like Fitzsimons. “ e
displayed a spark of energy in the nal thing that makes it unique is that he’s so
minutes to close the lead, ending the humble and always wants to get better.
quarter down 15-11. at is the di erence. All these kids love
e start of the second quarter was him. You can go right through him with
more of the same for the Tuskers. ey the o ense, and everyone is happy top to
continued giving up rebounds, and the bottom.”
big men of the Quakers were getting Like when all great scorers go on a tear, Andrew Violante grabs a
inside looks to push their lead to 19-11 the rest of their teammates get a boost
with 4:52 left in the half. However, after of con dence. e fourth quarter saw
a quick timeout, Somers adjusted their everyone else on the oor for the Tuskers
zone and turned defense into o ense. knock down threes and open jumpers, Matt Fitzsimons launches
a three over John Jay’s
Nate Cohen was a big factor in the including Bennett Leitner who nished Andy Kote.
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Somers soccer alum turns pro
BY WHIT ANDERSON My experience at Wake Forest was challenging in
CONTRIBUTING WRITER other ways. Adjusting to a new team and coaching
style was di cult after four years at one school. Also,
Jenna Menta is far from your average soccer player. my master’s program was very demanding, which was
hard to balance at times. Despite the challenges, the
e 2017 Somers High School graduate had an team was so welcoming, and playing in the ACC was
such a fantastic experience. Both universities were
accomplished career with the Tuskers, helping the team ultra-competitive environments with rigorous training
schedules, but it was so worth it. I am very grateful for
win the state title in 2014, being selected all-state in all of my amazing teammates and coaches who have
supported me along the way.
2016, and earning multiple all-section and all-league
Now that you have been drafted, what’s the game
honors. Menta went on to have a standout college plan to optimize this opportunity moving forward?
career at Georgetown and Wake Forest that included I still have to nish my degree, which is my priority.
However, I will be going to Louisville for the rst three
winning the 2020 Big East Player of the Year. And if weeks of preseason, during which I’ll take my classes
online so I can train with the team. My goal is to
that wasn’t enough, Menta is now moving on to play prove myself to the team and earn a contract to further
develop my soccer career in Louisville after I graduate.
professionally, as it was announced this past December Menta was selected as the 30th overall pick by Racing
that she was drafted by Racing Louisville F.C. of the Louisville F.C. of the National Women’s Soccer League. Do you have any advice for younger Somers
National Women’s Soccer League. The Somers Record athletes who are looking to play in college or go pro
in their sport?
was able to catch up with Jenna recently to discuss her Melissa is the most supportive older sister, and I’m
My number one piece of advice is to be resilient. No
journey to becoming a professional, along with what’s in so grateful for her. I am also thankful for my parents matter the sport or the level, there will be challenges
and disappointments. However, the most important
store for the future. who drove me to countless practices, games, and thing is how you react. Don’t get discouraged, but
learn from those experiences and grow through them.
What was your reaction to hearing your name tournaments. ey instilled key values in me at a young I love the phrase “grow through what you go through”
because every experience is an opportunity for growth.
called at the draft? age, such as discipline, hard work, and resilience, all of Other than that, just believe in yourself. You have to
be your number one fan and biggest supporter because
It felt surreal. I received an email right before they which have shaped me into the person I am. you are more capable than you think.
announced the 30th pick that said “Welcome to the PHOTOS COURTESY OF JENNA MENTA
NWSL,” so I knew I was being called next. Hearing What was your experience playing for Somers Jenna Menta was part of the Somers state championship
team in 2014.
my name and seeing myself on TV was the most High School like, and how did it help you?
exciting feeling. It felt like a dream, and I had no Playing for the Tuskers was such a ful lling,
words. competitive, and fun experience. I was lucky to have
played with such talented players during my four years,
Growing up, did you envision yourself making a many of whom went on to play at college. I always
career out of soccer? compared it to an elite club team because that’s what it
I didn’t necessarily envision myself making a career felt like. I am also so grateful for my coaches, Saia and
out of soccer, but I could never picture my life without Deegan, who pushed me to get better as a player every
it. ere was always another level to reach and another day. Winning a state championship is one of my most
challenge to take on, so I worked my hardest to get cherished memories. at experience was incredible
there. I knew from a young age that I wanted to play and one that I wish I could relive. But what I miss
in college. At rst, I was mainly pursuing Division 3 most is being able to practice and compete every day
schools because I was on a low-pro le club team and with my best friends.
didn’t realize I was capable of playing Division 1. is
changed once I found Georgetown and my coach What was it like playing at two high-level
took a chance on me. Once I got there, I realized that universities?
playing professionally could be an option, but I never Playing for Georgetown and Wake Forest has
imagined getting drafted to the NWSL. been challenging in many ways but so rewarding
and exciting. Entering Georgetown, I was the last
Who were your main motivators and role models recruit, didn’t come from a ranked club team, nor did
that helped you get to where you are today? I have a scholarship. It was an incredibly competitive
My older sister, Melissa, was my biggest role model. environment, so I had to work hard and prove myself.
It was never easy following in her footsteps because I earned playing time and a scholarship, and by my
she was a fantastic player and achieved so much. I was senior year, I was able to lead the team to a Big East
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