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The Somers Record 3.11.21

Vol. 10 No. 47 Visit TapIntoSomers.net for the latest news. Thursday, March 11, 2021

November elections
begin to take shape

Scorrano, Keegan to vie for town supervisor

BY CAROL REIF Christine Robbins. “good people.” Scorrano served Rob Scorrano Stephanie Keegan
STAFF WRITER On the county level, Republi- for several years on the town’s
Zoning Board of Appeals, an the hometown boy will serve the Faulkner was president, trea-
Somers Republicans and cans are backing Gina Arena of appointed position. remaining two and half years. surer and trustee for the Somers
Democrats are both running Somers to represent District 2, a Education Foundation and a
nearly full slates of candidates position being vacated by Dem- Cirieco, who decided not to Garrity said Scorrano also coach, commissioner and board
this fall. ocrat Kitley Covill of Katonah, seek the supervisor’s post be- has his “full support” and will member of the Somers Ameri-
while Democrats are throwing cause of “personal and profes- be helped by “one of the greatest can Youth Soccer Organiza-
Rob Scorrano has been en- their weight behind Erika Pierce sional” reasons, praised Scor- sta in the county, people who tion. He is also a member of
dorsed by the GOP commit- of Bedford. rano’s capabilities in nances. know their jobs and do them the Somers Lions Club and the
tee for the top municipal post, well.” Somers Chamber of Commerce.
which came into play after four- Local GOP slate e incumbent councilman
term Supervisor Rick Morrissey acknowledged that while the Scorrano, who calls himself a Faulkner said Monday that
announced in January that he SCORRANO hopeful doesn’t have experience “Tusker through and through,” he was running for reelection
wouldn’t seek reelection. Rob Scorrano, 47, was born as an elected o cial, “He has us.” said it would be “a great honor” because he enjoys “serving the
to be able to “carry the torch” people of Somers and being
On Friday, March 5, Repub- and raised in Somers. He and his “He’s a young man who can forward for Morrissey, who he part of the team that makes sure
licans also tapped incumbents wife, a nurse practitioner, have a take Somers into the future,” said provided “outstanding ser- its taxes stay the lowest” in the
Anthony Cirieco and William 9-year-old son and a 7-year-old Cirieco said, noting Scorrano vice to Somers.” county.
Faulkner for council and Mi- daughter. He has a background has been “very active in the com-
chele McKearney for tax re- as a nancial adviser and cur- munity.” Scorrano, who played FAULKNER “I only ever make one cam-
ceiver, according to Republican rently works in the insurance in- football in high school and col- William Faulkner, who has paign promise and that’s to do
chairman T.J. McCormack. dustry. While he has not served lege, still coaches local ag foot- the right thing, because it’s the
in any elected position, Scorrano ball, baseball and lacrosse teams. been on the board for eight right thing,” he said.
McKearney has also been en- said Monday, March 6, that he years, is seeking a third term.
dorsed by Somers Democrats, will be able to provide a “unique “He’s got my full support,” CIRIECO
along with Stephanie Keegan perspective” if elected supervisor. Cirieco said. He is a small business owner Anthony Cirieco has said that
for supervisor and Tom New- with decades of corporate -
man and Margaret DiLorenzo Citing his “business mindset” Councilman Tom Garrity, the nance experience, as well as a pi- SEE ELECTIONS PAGE 24
for the two council spots. and background as a manager deputy supervisor, said Monday lot and the operator of two ight
and sports coach, Scorrano said that he had thought seriously schools.
e slate was con rmed Mon- he is con dent he can do the job about running for supervisor but
day, March 8, by Democratic provided he is surrounded by after 20-plus years in politics was
Town Committee chairwoman looking at “other opportunities.”
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Your Neighbor

Eagle Scout Nick Cirillo standing in
the SIS courtyard after completing
the renovation.

New patio, great timing

Eagle Scout project bene ts
Somers Intermediate School

“We want to play ‘Mr. Saint to get outside and move around   e Eagle Scout eventually

Says’ plead the kids in Chris St. during a year when activity and raised $1525 for the project. A

Germaine’s fourth grade class. space are limited. team of 34 volunteers, including

  e students are scattered  “It was all muddy before,” says family members, scouts, scout

around the newly rebuilt court- St. Germaine. “Now it stands up leaders, friends, and the dis-

yard outside their classroom at to bad weather. We’re out here all trict’s own building administra-

Somers Intermediate School. the time.” tion and custodians put in 470

e patio and garden space was   Cirillo raised money on a hours of work to renovate the

rebuilt last summer by Somers Go Fund Me site for the proj- courtyard. Some materials were

High School student Nick Ciril- ect.  “ ough I would love to donated by Lawton Adams, e

lo as part of his Eagle Scout com- host a bake sale or car wash,” Home Depot, and Lowe’s.

munity service project. Classes wrote Cirillo on his fundraising   “At the end of December

use it every day, even in the mid- page, “ e ongoing coronavirus 2020,” says Cirillo, “I earned the

dle of winter. pandemic has made it di cult rank of Eagle Scout, which is

  “We take mask breaks out for me to fund raise in tradition- Scouting’s highest achievement.

there, we play games, we have fun al ways. at’s where you come e SIS Patio project helped me

breaking up a lot of the ice,” says in - even a small donation will past the nish line. e project

student Hudson Meza. allow me to recoup the costs of came full circle not just for the PHOTOS COURTESY OF SOMERS CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

  e timing could not be bet- purchasing tools, materials, food, community, but for Scouting as Fourth grade students play a version of “Simon Says” in the newly
renovated space outside their classroom.
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The Staff Somers work the entire six weeks of camp. ing a viewing and discussion of the Somers High
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SPD receives reform recommendations

Resident advisory board, body cams to be considered

BY CAROL REIF mote public hearing was continued “there has never been a shooting of ferent members of our society face and monitor and make sure that
STAFF WRITER to the Town Board’s meeting today, a suspect–fatal or nonfatal–by any di erent issue when having inter- Somers is a great place for all its
March 11, at 7 p.m. o cer of the SPD.” actions with law enforcement.” citizens,” St. Rose said.
Community policing takes
more than good training; it takes e recommendations must be Councilman Richard Clinchy e idea that everyone should e Somers Community
heart, says Somers police Chief adopted and sent to the state by said some might have concerns be treated equally when it comes Council has long been a place
Michael Driscoll. April 1. about how the data collected on to race, ethnicity and other fac- where ideas are exchanged and
the body cams could be accessed tors is obviously a good thing, but where solutions to problems af-
Speaking at last week’s public Town o cials had reached out by the public. there are times that call for special fecting vulnerable populations are
hearing on the town’s Police Re- to the Somers Community Coun- consideration, such as “when deal- sought, task force member Coun-
form and Reinvention Collab- cil last year for guidance after Gov. “It’s very hard to do a job when ing with our citizens with mental cilman Anthony Cirieco said
orative’s plan, Driscoll elaborated: Andrew Cuomo ordered all mu- at any moment you wonder what’s illness” or with minors, St. Rose Wednesday, March 3.
“I want my o cers, from inside nicipalities with police forces to going to happen. How do we pro- said.
their hearts, to be involved. ey “develop a plan that reinvents and tect the o cers?” he asked. Among other recommenda-
shouldn’t be just trainees. ey modernizes police strategies and Calling the draft “a great nu- tions is the formation of a so-
should witness these things and programs.” “We’re a very transparent de- anced conversation,” St. Rose said called residents advisory board
live these things. partment here and anything on its development brought to light which would hear issues or com-
e executive order was one of cameras is open to the public un- challenges, “but also acknowl- plaints from the community and
“Hands-on training is what I the state’s responses to the growing less it’s in court…we might not be edged some of the opportunities act as a “go-between for the neigh-
call it.But it’s more than just books; demands for accountability and able to release it because of that,” to be better and to better serve borhoods, residents, and police de-
it has to be coming from the heart.” change that followed the death Driscoll said. “Otherwise, I’m all of us in this town and visitors partment.”It also called for tapping
of George Floyd, a 46-year-old 2,000 percent in favor of cameras. coming through, as well.” community liaisons to serve as
Driscoll spoke as a member of Black man who died after a white Because the camera doesn’t lie and ambassadors to various segments
the task force that put the draft Minneapolis police o cer pressed it helps the cops and it helps the She thanked fellow task force of the population, especially tradi-
report together, which includes a knee to his neck during ar- public uncover the truth of a situ- members for “engaging in what tionally “marginalized”ones.
recommendations to equip Somers rest. Somers already bans actions ation.” was a complicated process” and
police o cers with body cameras, such as chokeholds during arrests, having “di cult conversations” in e plan asserts that Somers “is
reinforcement of anti-bias training Driscoll said. Task force member Sharla St. order to land on a plan everyone already at the regional forefront in
and the establishment of a resi- Rose agreed last week that the could live with. promoting racial harmony by be-
dents advisory board. e draft recommends the de- process, so far, has been “an op- ing the rst town in the Hudson
partment continues to use force portunity” for the department “More importantly, the under- River Valley to proclaim an annual
Task force members emphasized only as a last resort and encour- to highlight positive actions it’s standing that this is a living and Race Amity Day, and the rst to
ursday, March 4, that the draft ages further exploration of non- already undertaken. She was breathing document. is is not a sponsor, along with our Somers
would be a “living” document that lethal technology, such as net guns. “pleased”to be in a situation where check-the-box a air; this is where Public Library, monthly Race
with continued community input “we acknowledge that di erent we are now and we plan to con- Amity discussion meetings.”
would change over time. e re- e document notes that, to the members of our community, dif- tinue with this process to measure
knowledge of task force members,

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Tusker University offers parents a chance to learn

It was the parents’turn to learn Elementary School Math, and middle school’s transition to Senior crime analyst Danielle O’Mara-Damin, from the Westchester-
from the teachers at the rst Crucial Conversations: Advo- the International Baccalaureate Putnam Real Time Crime Center, and middle School SRO Lamar
Tusker University event, held cacy for Black, Indigenous, & Middle Years Programme. Wilcher answer questions during the Social Media Boot Camp.
on Tuesday, Feb. 24. More than People of Color Families in Pre-
120 parents attended the virtual dominantly White Institutes.   “Learning about the imple- PHOTOS COURTESY OF SOMERS CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
workshop, a concept developed mentation of the Middle Years
by the Somers Central School ere was also a Social Media Programme and how it will Somers Middle School guidance counselor Ellen Bieber leads a
District’s Learning O ce. Boot Camp run by senior crime impact all of the teachers and discussion with Somers High School guidance counselor John Fleck
analyst Danielle O’Mara-Da- students was so valuable,” says about the transition from middle school to high school and how to
“ is idea came from our min, from the Westchester-Put- parent Jill Schantz. “Jenna access support for students.
community,” says Director of nam Real Time Crime Center, Schettino did an incredible job
Learning Kevin Guidotti. “We along with our own Westches- of role modeling her teaching
asked families how we can best ter County Police Department style and how she successfully
support them and their child’s School Resource O cers. In all, gets everyone engaged.”
school life, and those discussions parents were able to choose from
evolved into these learning ses- 19 di erent options. One of the most well-attend-
sions.” ed sessions of the evening was
“I nally learned how to use the hour-long Social Media
e evening started with a Schoology,” says parent Fabiana Boot Camp. Parents were led
keynote session delivered by Hersh eld. “I am not so lost through the most popular so-
mindfulness expert Dr. Jenni- anymore!” cial media apps and given tips
fer Simon, who led participants on how to monitor what kids
through an exercise in being “It was great to see so many are doing on the apps. e ses-
present in the moment. Simon parents at Tusker University,” sion was recorded and can be
has been working with athletes says Brenda O’Shea, Student watched by visiting https://
at Somers High School, helping Life Coordinator at Somers vimeo.com/517207623
them develop leadership skills High School. “ ey got to
and resilience. She also holds experience a bit of how our “ e engagement of all the
mindfulness workshops for fac- students are learning. It was participants during the sessions
ulty and sta . exciting to have the direct con- was wonderful,” says Superin-
nection to our families and to tendent Dr. Ray Blanch. “We
e learning sessions, de- learn together.” are fortunate to have so many
signed and facilitated by Somers knowledgeable faculty and sta
faculty and sta members, lasted Jill Schantz noted that, as a members who shared their ex-
approximately 30 minutes each. parent, it was a bene cial ex- pertise.” e inaugural event was
Topics included Exploring Tech perience to try to follow a les- the rst of many that will be held
Tools, How to get Involved in son while battling technical is- as part of the ongoing Tusker
Somers High School, Everyday sues, as many students do. She University initiative. 
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Happily Opinion
Ever
After

After “happily ever after” Slip sliding on ice

THE each other, began to live life as it WHATWAS bench legs crossed at the ankles, resting his
SEASONED becomes after ‘happily ever after’ I THINKING? left arm upward on the secretary’s desk, the
CITIZEN and are still the heroes. It is how I paste jar cap sitting proudly at the base of his
taught them they must slay their own RUTHANN pointer nger. My boy looked so forlorn.
ADRIENNE dragons and create their own ‘happily SCHEFFER
KAVELLE ever afters’ to sustain the fairy tale “Matthew, honey, how did the cap get on
that becomes reality. During the recent snowy and icy days, your nger,”I gently asked him.
Don’t you just love the words a long-ago adventure came to mind.
“once upon a time”? For It’s the way we see things that It involved my ever-inquisitive son, “I was holding it up in the air, looking at
me they conjure up a time color our outlook and make our lives Matt. it, when it fell on my nger,”he innocently
in my life when fantasy ruled and either miserable or happy. Accepting responded.
reality wasn’t as real as it is today. A ‘once upon a time’ as a model for our On a bitter cold, icy day in January, the
time when I could curl up under the lives we can all be winners. Cinderel- principal of our elementary school in White What? e principal and I shared a look
bedcovers and lose myself in a land la becomes the princess; Arthur pulls Plains called me. In a soft, calm voice he told of disbelief. However, we didn’t have time
peopled by kings and queens, beau- the sword from the stone; Beauty me that “we”had a problem with Matthew, to pursue the “interrogation,”that would
tiful princesses and brave knights, kisses the beast and he becomes my seven-year old son (he’s now 56). come later. I had to get Matt to the ER. e
ogres, and fairy-god mothers. I feel a prince. e stories of Camelot Somehow, the cap of a paste jar had principal and I agreed that the roads were too
the warmth of the blankets and hear and Brigadoon show us interesting become stuck around his nger. dangerous for me to drive to the hospital. He
the soft voices of my mother and outcomes. Camelot didn’t end well You remember the white paste jar suggested we call the police. Within minutes,
grandmother whispering that the because people lost their belief in with the brush inserted through the a police car was at the school and o we went
world was my oyster and there was themselves, but Brigadoon shows us cap e principal, nurse and to the hospital. e o cer, whom I knew, told
nowhere to go but up. that true love can make absolutely teacher had used butter, ice,
anything happen. oil, anything they could think Matt not to worry, the doctors would
Another phrase, “happily ever of to slide the cap o his remove the cap and everything
after,” summed up the wonderful sto- Seeing ourselves as the heroes of would be ne. He said he’d wait
ries and we were left with smiles on our own stories gives us the impetus nger. Nothing worked and take us home since I didn’t
our faces and stars in our eyes. Some- to become them. Neville Longbot- and now Matt’s nger have my car.
how we never bothered to ask what tom was belittled by his relatives and was red and swollen. e ER doctor sat in front of
comes after ‘ever after,’ so sometimes peers until he grabbed life by its tail Fortunately, we lived Matthew, examined the nger
life, as we must live it, confuses us. and became as true a hero as Harry across the street from and asked him the same question
Potter. It’s not who we are or what the school. I grabbed I had. Matthew gave him the
I diluted it a little bit for my kids. we are, it’s what we believe we can be my coat and carefully same answer. e doctor and
I changed ‘ ree Blind Mice’ to that sets us free to make the most of inched my way over, I looked at each other and
read ‘ ree Kind Mice’ and had the our personal stories. slip sliding on the icy shrugged. Matt’s eyes wid-
farmer’s wife ‘cut them some cheese sidewalk, praying I ened and he looked terri ed
with a carving knife.’ I hoped to give ‘Once upon a time’ shows us how wouldn’t do a half when he saw the nasty-look-
our children a kinder, more a able it can be. ‘Happily ever after’ is what gainer! ing metal cutter held by the
feeling toward their fellow creatures. we make it. ere’s an old saying that doctor. e doctor assured
“no one ever promised us a rose gar- As I walked into him that the cutter wouldn’t
I also put a special twist on the den” but, if we turn the ground, add the school o ce, touch his skin; he was going
old bedtime stories. I’d say, “when I enough manure, and water it daily, there he was: my to make a cut on the side
was Rapunzel and Daddy was the who needs promises? We’ve done it blue-eyed, curly-haired of the cap, pull it apart and
prince…” By becoming the protago- ourselves! son sitting on a wooden remove it from the nger. e
nists who, when we nally rescued tetanus shot he gave Matt
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I didn’t know that!

JUST to study the face for a long time Fun Facts by Jo Ann
JO ANN to try to imagine the feeling and
the brush strokes as da Vinci Da Vinci was born in 1452. He was illegitimate, received very little formal education,
JO ANN painted his masterpiece. It is
FRANCELLA said that da Vinci took four and died in 1519.. His full name is Leonardo de ser Piero da Vinci. He is the painter
years to paint the lips alone.
I’m normally a voracious of some of our greatest works of art
reader, always having a He was so much more than
book under my arm in case an artist; he was also a drafts- Vinci came up with a design Parachute: Sebastian Le- been too heavy for a smooth
I can get in a chapter or two man, mathematician, inven- for a suit to be worn by soldiers normand created a parachute descent.
along my day. With the winter tor, botanist, musician, writer, planning stealth attacks on in 1783, but da Vinci came up
months upon us, I’m able to sculptor, architect and engineer. enemy ships. His design wasn’t with the idea a couple of cen- Robots: It is said that da Vinci
get even more reading done, well known until after his death turies earlier. On a sketch da made a version as early as the
which leads me to the recent e following are ve inventions in 1519. Vinci wrote, “if a man have a 1490s. e robot knight was op-
article I read about Leonardo da of da Vinci’s which we still use tent made of linen of which the erated by levers and pulleys and
Vinci’s inventions. After reading today: Machine gun: Since da Vinci apertures have all been stopped mimicked human movement.
about each one, I said, “I didn’t was obsessed with making mod- up, and it be twelve braccia
know that!” e ball bearing: Ball bear- ern warfare more e cient, one (about 23’) across and twelve Many of da Vinci’s creations
ings allow for smooth move- of his designs was a cannon with in depth, he will be able to were not realized during his
We all marvel at the look on ment of all sorts of mechanical multiple barrels that rotated so it throw himself down from any lifetime, but his concepts and
the Mona Lisa’s face and I was devices by reducing the friction could re one load while another great height without su er- innovations were spot on and
fortunate enough to stand in between surfaces. ey were in- was being loaded. is design ing any injury.” e issue with are credited with leading to the
front of the painting at the Lou- vented between 1498 and 1500. of a portable, fast, lightweight that theory was that linen creation of products that are still
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MAN ing a nice quiet cup of co ee feeder. A squirrel had rigged the garage lights went o and I not doing them myself. “Reck-
OVERBOARD with the newspaper while I’m the old one so that bird seeds couldn’t see where it was to turn less” is an ironic word for people
unconscious. If the paramedics poured out the side when he it back on, so I tried to nd a that get into a lot of wrecks, but
RICK remember me from last time she stood on the perch. He prob- it’s not me. I don’t even eat dan-
MELÉN might make them a cup too. ably took a chainsaw to it ashlight and by force of habit gerous foods, like mushrooms
when his wife was away for the turned o the light switch on for instance, in case they turn
According to a study by What are you going to do weekend. e new feeder had a the wall thinking I was turn- out to be poisonous and I don’t
a major insurance com- while I’m gone, she asked me, picture of a squirrel crying on ing it on, and when I found the have the antidote. I don’t eat
pany, 77 percent of acci- and I told her I’m going to the box (no lie), so I just added bananas because I read that they
dents take place within 15 miles clean my shotgun. She rolled him to the list of those who are ashlight and turned the breaker are full of plutonium. Or was it
of home. I nd that it’s even her eyes a few times, because disappointed by me. I brought back on the switch was still o potassium? Either way I’m not
more convenient to take care whenever a wife kills her out the most rickety wooden and when I went over to turn taking any chances. I don’t order
of the whole 77 percent right husband on “Forensic Files,” ladder you’ve ever seen, which it back on the battery in the sword sh for obvious reasons.
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your car and drive 15 miles just shotgun. ey’re going to be grade shop class right before ashlight went dead. is went And because I’m so careful
to have an accident something suspicious of her of course, but recess. As I was swinging from on for quite a while, and thank I made it through most of the
bad could happen to you along her lawyer proves that it can be side to side near the top of the God no squirrels were around to weekend without injuring my-
the way. I always seem to pick done by pretending to shoot thing the birds were watching, witness it and laugh at me. self or others, and now I’m going
the most dangerous things to do himself by pulling the trigger the squirrels were watching, to do something boringly safe
around the house when my wife with his toe. e jury is root- waiting for me to fail, like when It’s not like I’m a daredevil or and get rid of all that ice and
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here to witness any mishap I be- eye at my wife in case anything again he may not. Usually I play range industrial amethrower
lieve that she would eventually happens so I take o my shoes e most challenging time things pretty safe. I don’t interact for the job. Stay safe, people,
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SCHEFFER cookies and her love. My DR. LINDA the science of infectious diseases and our immune
brother, also a police o cer, systems. Despite the fact that we’ve sadly lost over
FROM PAGE 8 stopped by a little later. e had FROM PAGE 9 half a million people to the novel coronavirus in the
heard about Matt’s “incident” U.S., people who learned science created and tested
park compared to this fright- from the responding o cer won’t mention which one, and he told me that he vaccines in less than a year! (It took eight decades to
ening experience. and wanted to make sure we never went past biology in high school. He never develop a vaccine for polio…)
were okay. After we nished took a science course in college! Since he graduated
As we were walking out the hot chocolate and warmed many years ago, I can’t say that if he attended today, Imagine the world without antibiotics, lights,
of the ER, the police o cer ourselves, my brother drove us he could still graduate without taking any science batteries, refrigeration, automobiles, planes, phones,
rushed over: there was a riot home. courses, but I was frankly shocked. computers, and more. People study science every
at the high school and he had day to make our lives easier and safer. We celebrate
to leave immediately. Because Matthew stuck by his In order to be an educated adult, you need to entertainers and athletes but not only don’t thank
of the sleet and snow, taxi cabs story. However years later learn two things, skills and knowledge: skills like but, in our ignorance, attack the very people who
were non-existent. However, when he became a father and learning to read, write and do math, all of which work every day to save our lives.
Mom and Dad lived a few was on the receiving end of require the learning of knowledge and then con-
blocks away; we would walk childhood pranks - one of his tribute to continued knowledge. e problem is Continue doing what you do. Continue sending
there. I made sure we were o spring put a peanut butter that most people stop learning once they have basic emails to the parents and hopefully, you’ll be helping
buttoned up; then o we and jelly sandwich into the skills. ey may be able to write an essay, read a one of your students become a scientist or simply
went, holding hands tightly, VCR - he nally came clean. book, and or do enough math to get by day to day. understand more about the world in which we live
taking cautious baby steps and ourselves. When we gain all the knowledge
over the icy sidewalks. is always-curious boy of But science is treated di erently for some reason. we can and think like scientists, we’re better able to
mine needed to nd out if the My theory about that is that much of the science di erentiate between fact and ction and nd solu-
We were iced over and cold cap would t over his nger. we learn, unless we become scientists or science tions to make life better for not only for ourselves,
when we reached my parents’ He removed the brush and teachers, isn’t something we perceive that we need but for the rest of the world.
home. Mom hugged us and slipped the cap over his nger, every day. Nothing is further from the truth! Every
put our coats and gloves on pushing it down. Yeah, it t day, we check to see what the outside temperatures Will any of that solve your problem of getting
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Sports

WRESTLING

Tuskers bounce back on mat

Somers defeats Yorktown after loss to Rebels

BY ROB DIANTONIO
CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Somers’ wrestling team re-

bounded from a dual-meet loss

to Lakeland/Panas with a 49-18

league win over host Yorktown

on March 6.

“After the Lakeland/Panas

match, our weaknesses were Somers’ Peter McIntyre picked up a 5-1 decision over Lakeland/
exposed and we had three days Panas’ Spencer Maja.
to practice before the Yorktown

match,” Somers coach Ron

DiSanto said. “ ese were really

good practices that gave us a lot

of time to drill what we needed
to work on while adding some Somers’ Michael Rivera is in control in a 172-pound match against
new techniques  to our reper- Lakeland/Panas.

toire.  e hard work paid o in

the Yorktown match and we saw

a lot of improvement on things

we had been working on.”

Picking up wins for the Tusk-

ers were Michael Rivera (172

pounds, 9-0), A.J. D’Orazio

(189, pin), Luca D’Orazio (215,

forfeit), Chris Aquilino (285,

forfeit), Matt Cascio (126, for-

feit), Peter McIntyre (132, 5-1),

Anthony Tucci (145, forfeit),

Connor Fucci (152, forfeit) and

Robert Davidson (160, forfeit).

“Rivera and A.J. D’Orazio

were dominant against York- PHOTO: ROB DIANTONIO
town,” DiSanto said. “ ey both
continued great senior seasons, The Tuskers’ Anthony Tucci competes against Lakeland/Panas’
with their success  on the mat Stephen Carroll.

and their leadership o the

mat.”  we were the less experienced, In a short season that is far

Earning wins for Somers in less proven team,” DiSanto from normal with no tourna-

extra individual matches were Somers coach Ron DiSanto calls for two points during a match with said. “I liked the way everyone ments, the Tuskers are relishing
Ethan Burns (138, 2-0), Ryan Lakeland/Panas as assistant coach Chad Brenneman looks on. battled.  ere were many indi- every moment. “ ere are great

Cole (172, pin), Nathaniel Trav- vidual matches that were close vibes on the team,” DiSanto

er (172, pin) and Luca D’Orazio but didn’t go our way. L/P de - said. “ e team is optimistic

(189, pin). 5-1) and Cole (172, pin). key moments.” nitely earned the win but I feel and supportive of each other.

Lakeland/Panas 51, Somers 21 “Peter McIntyre stood out to Recording wins for the Tusk- we were more competitive than We’re happy to have any form

Tuesday, March 2 me in both matches last week,” ers in extra matches were Traver the team score showed.” of a season and are making the

Earning victories for Somers DiSanto said. “He has a lot of (172, two pins), Luca D’Orazio Somers, which is 2-1 in dual most of it.  With our young

in a 51-21 league loss to host heart and just seems to have (189, two pins) and Rivera (172, meets, was scheduled to host team, we’re not only talking

Lakeland/Panas were Dalton the clutch gene.  He has good pin). Mahopac on March 10 and about this season but looking

Baloy (102, forfeit), Liam Dw- awareness on the mat and seems “We faced a di cult task welcomes Edgemont for a 10 forward to the next two to three

yer (110, forfeit), McIntyre (132, to make the right decisions in wrestling Lakeland/Panas as a.m. dual meet on March 13. years together.”

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Thursday, March 11, 2021 SPORTS The Somers Record – Page 19

Somers’ Maddie Lyle looks to get off a shot late in The Tuskers’ Ava Giudice drives in the team’s win over John Jay-CR. The Tuskers’ Natalia Rukaj looks to pass.
the fourth quarter against John Jay.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Somers ends skid vs. John Jay-CR

Tuskers net important win before playo s

BY ROB DIANTONIO
CONTRIBUTING WRITER

A team never wants to head into the postsea-
son on a losing streak. Following ve straight
losses, team morale was low for Somers’ girls
basketball team.

But the Tuskers earned an important con-
dence building win to close out the regular
season, defeating visiting John Jay-Cross Riv-
er, 63-47, in a league game on March 5. e
Tuskers turned the tables on the Wolves, who
beat them 50-46 two days earlier.
“It feels good,” Somers coach Marc Hattem
said of the home win over the Wolves. “ e
girls have been kind of down. I think they’ve
been down because they want to succeed and

SEE BASKETBALL PAGE 21

Somers’ Alexa Warycha PHOTO: ROB DIANTONIO
starts a break up the floor.
Somers coach Marc Hattem speaks with the Tuskers before
the start of their final regular season game against John Jay.

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BOYS BASKETBALL

Leitner, Fitzsimons spark Somers

Tuskers endure losing streak to end regular season

BY ROB DIANTONIO
CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Ben Germaine goes up strong in the paint. In such a short season, quickly building team chemistry and nding who your Somers’ Bennett Leitner glides in for two.
Somers’ Bennett Leitner takes a go-to scorers are is crucial. Somers’ Henry Gilroy tries to score inside.
fadeaway jumper in the Tuskers’ 60-55 Somers’ T.J. Olifiers drives to the baseline.
win over Lakeland. Junior Bennett Leitner and sophomore Matt Fitzsimons have emerged as those
Matt Fitzsimons looks to make his move scoring threats for Somers’ boys basketball team.
against visiting Lakeland.
“We had this goal coming into this year that we knew we were going to be the
guys,” Leitner said. “It’s good that we’re taking the next step as being leaders and
playing o each other because we need it for our team. I’m glad that we’re nding
our stride.”

One night after combining for 49 points in a blowout win over Carmel, the
dynamic duo was back at it. Fitzsimons tallied a team-high 23 points with Leitner
adding 20 points in a 60-55 league win over visiting Lakeland on Feb. 25.

“Bennett is a three-year varsity player and Matt is a two-year varsity player,”
Somers coach Chris DiCintio said. “ ere’s no question that the two of them are
elite athletes. Matt is looking to play at a high level and has the potential to play at
a high level in college and Bennett has the potential to play at a high level in soccer.

ey’re both tremendous athletes and they both can play basketball. To try to stop
one guard who’s speedy to the rim and another guard that not only has the ability to
create a shot but also is a knockdown shooter, it’s very di cult for teams to defend.”

David Mula, who had a game-high 25 points for Lakeland, nailed a pull-up
jumper to trim the Tuskers’ lead to two points at 54-52 with 2:50 to go. After a
few empty possessions for both sides, Somers’T.J. Oli ers made 1 of 2 free throws
with under a minute to go to get the lead back to three points. Ben Germaine came
through with a block that sailed right to Mula, who missed an open three.

Leitner’s two free throws were answered by a Lakeland three but Fitzsimons
made two more from the charity stripe to make it 59-55 with 11.4 ticks left to seal
the win. “We kept on persevering,” Fitzsimons said. “I feel like we never really were
out of it. We built each other up and never really quit.

“Bennett and I feed o each other and pick each other up. Every time he gets the
ball, I’m con dent that he can score.”

Germaine chipped in with ve points while Oli ers and Mike DiFilippo added
four points each.

Yorktown 61, Somers 43
Tuesday, Feb. 23
Somers fell to league rival Yorktown for the second time, dropping a 61-43 con-
test at home.
Fitzsimons (13 points), Leitner (8 points), Robert Repp (7 points) and Germaine
(6 points) led the Tuskers.
Somers 81, Carmel 54
Wednesday, Feb. 24
Leitner (25 points) and Fitzsimons (24 points) sparked the Tuskers to an 81-54
rout of host Carmel.
Mahopac 59, Somers 51
Monday, March 1
Leitner netted a game-high 21 points in a 59-51 league loss to visiting Mahopac.
Fitzsimons added 14 points.
John Jay-CR 70, Somers 67
Tuesday, March 2
Leitner (27 points) and Fitzsimons (20 points) led the Tuskers in a 70-67 loss to
visiting John Jay-Cross River.
Mahopac 52, Somers 51 (OT)
Wednesday, March 3
Mahopac’s John Cosentino made a 3-pointer at the buzzer to force overtime and
Miles Buckley converted a three-point play with three seconds left in overtime to
give the host Indians a thrilling 52-51 win over Somers.
Leitner (16 points) and Repp (13 points) paced Somers in defeat.
John Jay-CR 60, Somers 35
Thursday, March 4
Leitner (8 points) and Nate Marcus (7 points) led Somers in a 60-35 loss to host
John Jay-CR.
Lakeland 63, Somers 60
Saturday, March 6

e Tuskers ended the regular season with their fth consecutive loss in a 63-60
defeat at Lakeland.

Somers (4-7) will participate in the Northern Westchester/Putnam large school
regional playo s, which started on March 10.

PHOTOS BY ROB DIANTONIO

Thursday, March 11, 2021 SPORTS The Somers Record – Page 21

Somers’ Lauren ICE HOCKEY
McCartin runs
the offense in the BYSNS win big on Hockey
Tuskers’ 63-47 win Day in America
over visiting John
Jay-CR on March 5.

PHOTOS:
ROB DIANTONIO

Somers’ Ava Giudice BY MIKE SABINI “Moving the puck in the zone and
goes up for a shot in CONTRIBUTING WRITER getting shots in front net helped us seal
the game,” Du said.
the paint against BYSNS ICE HOCKEY 3 3 1
the Wolves. BYSNS 6, Byram Hills 2 Matt Gergley made 9 saves for the
Tuesday, March 2 (Brewster Ice BYSNS.

Arena) John Jay-CR 8, BYSNS 0
e BYSNS (Brewster/Yorktown/ Friday, March 5 (Brewster Ice Are-
na)
Somers/North Salem) defeated Byram
Hills 6-2. e BYSNS lost to John Jay-Cross
River 8-0, with Gergley (37 saves) and
Trailing 1-0, the BYSNS’ Jacob Gas- Dylan Weber (8 saves) performing in
parini, o assists from Ian Woloshyn the net.
and Timmy Froessel, tied the game.
BYSNS 14, Fox Lane 4
en Woloshyn, courtesy of an assist Sunday, March 7 (Brewster Ice Are-
from Dylan Filmer, put the BYSNS on na)
top 2-1 at the end of the second period. Jonathan Graham (5G, 2A), Gas-
parini (3G), Carson Brunco (1G, 1A),
“Taking the lead de nitely built up Ryan Cindrich (1G, 1A), Bryan Kott-
a lot of con dence,” Yorktown junior mann (1G, 1A), Brooks (2A), Froessel
Callahan Du said. (2A), Filmer (1G), Ashley Goodli e
(1G), Brien Suchanek (1G), James
Helping the BYSNS take command McGowan (1A), Gergley (29 saves)
of the game in the nal stanza were and Weber (3 saves), all contributed to
goals by Filmer, assisted by Froessel, the BYSNS’ 14-4 win against Fox Lane
and two goals by Gasparini. omas on Hockey Day in America.
Eberhardt assisted on both goals, put- “It was a good comeback game for
ting the BYSNS up 5-1. the kids,” BYSNS’ co-coach Joey Bo-
nitatibus said. “Generating o ense has
Byram Hills responded with its been a small issue so it was good to see
second goal before Connor Brooks, us put them home.”
o assists from Yorktown’s Michael
D’Eramso and Du , nished the
scoring.

Maddie Lyle fires a three from the The Tuskers’ Alexa Warycha looks for a
right wing in the first half. teammate.

BASKETBALL terday, we got on her big time (and told
FROM PAGE 19
her), ‘If you’re open, shoot it.’ e kid shot

lights out tonight.”

they want to win. ey needed a win and McCartin scored 11 of her 14 points in

it will help lift their spirits a little bit. It’s the rst half to help the Tuskers jump out

always nice to get a win, especially at the to the big lead. “She was the best player on

end of a long, long week.” the oor and was a superstar in the rst

Sophomore guard Ava Giudice sparked half,” Hattem said.

Somers with a game-high 20 points.Fellow Somers, which held a 50-34 lead after

sophomore Lauren McCartin added 14 three quarters, also received scoring con-

points while Maddie Lyle, another sopho- tributions from Alexa Warycha (7 points)

more, netted 10 points including two big and Amy Lasher (6 points).

threes during a second quarter run. e Tuskers, who ended the regular

e Tuskers and Wolves were tied season with a 5-7 record, will compete in

at 12-12 late in the rst quarter before the Northern Westchester/Putnam large

Somers went on a 16-0 run to break the school regional playo s which were slated

game open. Somers went up 28-12 when to begin on March 10.

Lyle nailed a right wing 3-pointer midway John Jay-CR 50, Somers 46

through the second quarter. Tuesday, March 2

John Jay nally stopped the scoring Warycha (13 points) and Giudice (10

drought with under three minutes left in points) sparked Somers in a 50-46 league

the half but Lyle swished a corner three loss to the host Wolves.

and Giudice followed with a three from Mahopac 37, Somers 28

the left wing to send Somers into halftime Wednesday, March 3

with a commanding 34-14 lead. McCartin scored a game-high 13 points

“Maddie’s been our rst sub o the in a 37-28 league loss to visiting Mahopac.

bench and she comes in and she causes Mahopac 49, Somers 32

absolute havoc and that’s what she did,” Thursday, March 4

Hattem said. “ e thing with Maddie is McCartin paced the Tuskers again with

that she can cause havoc on the defensive 11 points as they dropped their second

end and she can be scared to shoot the straight game to the host Indians in a 49-

ball. She just wants to play her role. Yes- 32 defeat.

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Thursday, March 11, 2021 The Somers Record – Page 23

Somers High School Featured Seniors

As the Class of 2021 counts down to graduation on
June 23, e Somers Record is proud to highlight a
di erent group of seniors in each issue.

AIMEE MAORIELLO

What interests you most?

What activities do you partici- AIDAN HORVATH

pate in, both in school and out- ANGELINA HURTADO What is something that most

side of school? What is something that most people don’t know about you?

I’ve played softball for as long people don’t know about you? I have a weird talent of being

as I can remember, and I’ve been a I enjoy hiking and going to able to memorize songs very fast.

Girl Scout since kindergarten. I’ve places with really nice views, like I was once able to memorize and

also played eld hockey since 7th the Yorktown or Sunderland recite a song two days after its ini-

grade.  Bridge especially at sunset.  RUBEN CASTILLO CHRISTINA DOWNES tial release. 

Favorite vacation spot? Favorite comfort food? What three words would What three words would Favorite comfort food?

Cairns, Australia  Chicken cutlet sandwiches your friends use to describe your friends use to describe you Cheeseburgers 

What do you hope to be doing with mozzarella cheese and bal- you and your personality? and your personality? What are some of your main

in five years? What are some of samic. Big brained, wrinkly brained, Courageous, determined, and life goals?

your main life goals? What is something that moti- and smart. hard working. I plan on attending Rochester

I hope to be successful and stay vates you? Favorite book? What is something that most Institute of Technology, where I

true to myself. While I’m not yet My mom and dad are alwasy “Diary of a Wimpy Kid.” people don’t know about you? will be majoring in and studying

sure where I would like to go to motivating me to do the best I Yes, I like that book.  I’ve worked at Home Goods for Graphic Design.

college or what I would be study- can. Favorite sports team? the last two years. What is Somers’ best attrac-

ing there, I hope to nd something What would you miss most Whatever team Tom Brady Favorite book? tion?

that I am good at and enjoy doing.  about Somers if you were to is on.  e “Harry Potter”series. Somers Library

What is something that moti- ever leave? What three things would What is Somers’ best attrac- Were your years at Somers

vates you? I would miss the school spirit you take to a deserted island? tion? High School what you expected

Views and sunsets (especially and our sense of community here A are, a boat, and gas for Bobo’s is the key part of Somers. them to be?

when hiking).  in Somers. the boat Were your years at Somers High School is where I found

Were your years at Somers Were your years at Somers Were your years at Somers High School what you expected who I am as a person. I discov-

High School what you expected High School what you expected High School what you ex- them to be? How would you de- ered my love for graphic design. I

them to be? How would you de- them to be? How would you de- pected them to be? How scribe your high school experi- solidi ed my friend group. I also

scribe your high school experi- scribe your high school experi- would you describe your ence in one word? found my hidden interest in act-

ence in one word? ence in one word? high school experience in one Not really. If I could describe my ing. High school is where I got to

roughout my years at Somers Unexpected. I grew a lot as a word? high school career in one word it see myself succeed, while shaping

High School, I was lucky to have person and made new friend- It was “aight”  would be complicated. my own character.

a great group of friends that made ships. Entering the spring semes- ease...Put your
going to school exciting. One word ter of senior year, I feel I’ve found
that would describe my overall ex- more of my identity and my mind at
perience would be “work.” During friends. ere were a lot of things
my time at the high school, I’ve that I never would have thought
worked very hard to grow into a would happen, but in the end,
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ELECTIONS to approve budgets that were Somers’ substance abuse com- the Heritage Hills resident “a the Royal Bank of Scotland,
under the state-mandated tax Greenwich Capital Markets and
FROM PAGE 1 cap. mittee, and has been a Somers dynamo whose energy improves JP Morgan Co.

one of his major accomplish- He is the Town Board’s liai- school board trustee and a mem- everything that she leads.” He currently sits on the town’s
ments as a councilman has been son to Partners in Prevention, Zoning Board of Appeals and
ber of the district’s Citizens Fi- Keegan is looking forward to the Somers Education Founda-
tion Board of Trustees, serving
nance Committee. Cirieco is a “detailing her exciting and cost- as assistant treasurer for its exec-
utive board. Newman is a mem-
nancial adviser, former CFO saving ideas for Somers in the ber of the Somers Chamber of
Commerce, a volunteer coach
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NEW YORK Organization and a volunteer
RESIDENTS International, and had his own adding: “Her fresh voice will be for the Somers Land Trust.

Homeowner Funding is now offering homeowners a chance consulting business. a welcome addition to the town’s “I appreciate the unanimous
to make necessary energy efficient home repairs and will be endorsement of the Somers
offering its services to families who: Democratic slate government.” Democratic Town Committee
1. ARE UNABLE TO PAY CASH FOR NECESSARY HOME Keegan said Monday that she and look forward to the oppor-
tunity to continue my service
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KEEGAN grown to love Somers and wants said Newman.
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cumbent Republican Kevin By- time in elected o ce, but Keegan for Knoll International.

rne, who was seeking his third said she feels well-equipped to Her community involvement
incudes serving as a member of
term in the 94th District. lead due to her experience help- the Somers Newcomers Club,
the Somers school district’s
Keegan’s son, Daniel, served ing create legislation “to help PTA, SEPTA and PTA Council
and Somers Partners in Preven-
in Afghanistan for 26 months. people who are struggling.” tion. DiLorenzo volunteers with
the Scouts and the SPCA of
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She wants to help “create a
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American Heart Association ELECTIONS
Heart Walk goes digital
FROM PAGE 24
With the coronavirus pandemic still keep- On Friday, March 26 and ursday, April To register for the Westchester Heart
she and her husband James,
ing many Americans at home, the American 1 Westchester & Putnam Heart Walk par- Walk visit www.westchesterheartwalk.org or now Katonah’s former re chief,
raised eight children. After los-
Heart Association (AHA) remains commit- ticipants and teams will not physically meet to register for the Putnam Heart Walk visit ing their 6-year-old son Jimmy
to brain cancer in 2005, the cou-
ted to funding groundbreaking research and but are invited to get moving at home or www.putnamheartwalk.org – from there par- ple launched the JIMMY ( Just
Imagine Making Miracles Yours)
helping people live healthier lives through around their neighborhood. Here are a few ticipants can stay up to date by downloading Foundation, which helps pro-
vide nancial relief for families
walking together. e AHA’s iconic West- activities to consider choosing from: the Heart Walk mobile app and encourage of children stricken with the dis-
ease. She works with the county
chester & Putnam Heart Walks are being • Take a walk outside (while following friends and family to join in via e-mail or Department of Laboratories and
Research. She also is a Founding
transformed into a new Heart Walk Experi- current social distancing guidelines). on social media. Everyone is encouraged to Family of the Devereux Millwood
Learning Center, which helps ed-
ence, providing a way for people to get ac- • Get the whole family involved and have wear red and post pictures on our Facebook ucate children with autism.

tive, celebrate heart and stroke survivors, and an indoor dance party. event page at http://spr.ly/wpheartwalk. And Arena “knows the territory
and the people know her,” Re-
raise life-saving funds. • Try out a few strengthening exercises check out the Heart Walk Experience Flip- publican Town Committee chair
T.J. McCormack said ursday,
“Now, more than ever, we’re all looking for like push-ups, lunges and squats. book for the full Heart Walk Experience! March 4.

ways to connect with others, stay active and • Create an at home circuit workout. e Heart Walk is sponsored by FujiFilm, “She’s a positive person who
runs a positive campaign and
stay encouraged,” said Howard Klein, CPA, “ is year, we will walk together as ONE Phelps Hospital Northwell Health, PSCB that’s what the people want,” he
said.
MST, chair of the American Heart As- because so much is at stake,” said Klein. Bank, Dr. Patrick and Mrs. Johanna omas,
Arena said last week that she’s
sociation’s Westchester Board of Directors “COVID-19 has only strengthened our Burke Rehabilitation Hospital, New York “looking forward to talking with
the people of Westchester again.”
and Tax Partner at Citrin Cooperman. “Our resolve because 40 percent of those hospi- Medical College, Nuvance Health, Tompkins
On the Democratic side in the
week-long digital experience allows everyone talized due to COVID-19 are stroke sur- Mahopac Bank,Paraco Gas,Park Ford of Ma- District 2 race is Bedford resi-
dent Erika Pierce, Covill’s for-
to continue to have fun and support our life- vivors or people with heart disease. With hopac, Marshall & Sterling and Volz Auto. mer aide, who has been endorsed
by. Somers and North Salem
saving mission, while spending more time at our help the American Heart Association is For more information visit www.west- Democrats.

home. We are grateful for the support from investing in new research and training front chesterheartwalk.org; www.putnamheart- According to the North Salem
committee chair Emily Seigel,
our community and can’t wait to see how ev- line workers, while they continue the ght walk.org or contact Megan Lucas at megan. “Having worked alongside Kitley
Covill for the last four years and
eryone makes the Heart Walk their own.” against heart disease and stroke.” [email protected] been involved in local politics for
a very long time, Erika has the
2020 was a insight, knowledge, drive and ex-
CRAZY YEAR! perience necessary to positively
impact the voters of her district
We can help make your taxes less crazy. and Westchester County.”

845-628-5400 GASHI
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824 Route 6, Suite 4 | Mahopac, NY 10541 Gashi (D-Yorktown) for reelec-
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county Legislature candidate
accounting advice. You should consult your own tax, legal and accounting advisors before engaging in any transaction. Erika Pierce in District 2.

Gashi has “established a su-
perb record of protecting the in-
terests of the residents of the 4th
Legislative District, as well as the
interests of Westchester County
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crats are proud of his service as
an outstanding and in uential
county legislator,” Robbins said
Monday.

Gashi, in his rst term, said
Monday that he’s “excited about
the prospect of running for re-
election.”

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Area man charged with drug possession

BY CAROL REIF Artem Golikov. and “Stoner Patch” gummies, police said. ing marijuana edibles from Golikov via a
STAFF WRITER Police responded to a report of possible THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the social media platform. ey were paid for
main active ingredient of cannabis. electronically, they added.
A Somers teen was charged with pos- drug activity involving a Hyundai with
session of a controlled substance after New York license plates on that date on e search was conducted after o cers Golikov was charged with possession
being arrested last month in Greenwich, Pemberwick Road, according to Green- reported smelling marijuana coming from of a controlled substance; possession with
Conn., police said. wich Public Information O cer Capt. the vehicle. intent to sell; operating a drug factory and
Mark E. Zuccerella. sale of a controlled substance. He was re-
Evan Lasseter, 18, of Lincolndale, was Also seized from the car were marijuana leased on $10,000 bond.
arrested on Sunday, Feb. 21, after admit- e vehicle in which Golikov and Las- in plastic baggies, 64 THC vape cartridg-
ting, police said, to purchasing marijuana seter were parked contained more than 2 es, THC-laced chocolate, a digital scale, Lasseter was freed on a promise to ap-
edibles from 24-year-old Armonk resident kilograms of THC- lled goodies such as an Apple iPhone 12 Pro and $352 in cash. pear in Stamford (Conn.) City Court on
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Police said Lasseter admitted to buy-

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Gilda’s Club announces Teen Cancer Story Contest

BY TOM WALOGORSKY
EDITOR

A cancer diagnosis not only impacts those stricken with To

the disease, but also the lives of family, friends, and everyone

around them.

Gilda’s Club Westchester is once again holding their Teen

Cancer Story Contest, open to teens age 13-17 in Westches-

ter,Rockland,and Fair eld counties. e contest aims to give

youths an outlet to speak about the emotions associated with

a cancer diagnosis, whether it be their own, a loved one, or

someone they know.“It’s important for teens to have an out-

let to express how they feel, and how cancer has impacted

their life,” explains Children’s Teens and Families Manager

Jaime Aker.

Founded in 2001,Gilda’s Club Westchester is a non-pro t

organization that o ers free support services to Westchester,

Rockland, and Fair eld County residents who have been di-

agnosed with cancer, as well as their families. Services o ered

include support groups,counseling,and a wide variety of spe- munity.A cash prize of $250 will be awarded for rst place in

cial programs including art, meditation, and yoga instruction. each category, with runners-up also being recognized.

e organization has been holding the Teen Cancer Story Gilda’s Club Westchester is located at 80 Maple Avenue IMAGE COURTESY OF GILDA’S CLUB WESTCHESTER

Contest since 2009. in White Plains,and the facility is hoping to open a new teen

For this year’s incarnation, Gilda’s Club Westchester is center area this year. O cials are hoping that submissions

expanding the contest to include three new categories, with from the Teen Cancer Story Contest can be used as inspira- contest is not open to previous winners, and all entries must

submissions of poetry,artwork,and video also being accepted. tional decor when newest addition to the facility is opened. be submitted electronically. Artwork may be mailed or deliv-

“Teens these days are so tech savvy and creative, we wanted “We’re excited, and we hope to be able to use some of the ered in person. All submissions are due by Friday, April 16 at

to have a number of ways for them to share their story and artwork submissions that we receive,”says Aker. 5:00 p.m.

express themselves,”explains Aker. e Teen Center Story Contest is currently accepting sub- For more information on contest rules and submission

Each category will be judged separately by a panel com- missions in all categories. All work submitted must be new guidelines, visit https://gildasclubwestchester.org/teen-

prised of Gilda’s Club board members and others in the com- and original, and teens maybe enter in only one category. e cancer-story/

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Thursday, March 11, 2021 LEISURE The Somers Record – Page 29

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How parents can utilize their local library

e COVID-19 pandemic has For example, the New York Pub-

been challenging for everyone. As lic Library in New York City hosts

the world adjusted to lockdowns, weekday story times through its

school closures and remote working, website. During such sessions, li-

parents have been faced with espe- brarians read books, sing songs and

cially unique challenges, and many even share literacy tips. An archive

of those challenges were still present of story times is available at https://

a year after lockdowns began. www.nypl.org/education/kids/sto-

Finding productive ways for their rytime, and many local libraries of-

children to ll their time has been fer similar services.

an ongoing issue for parents since • Craft sessions: Some librar-

the pandemic began. School-age ies even o er free craft projects to

children may not be going to school members. Supplies can be picked

for full days, and many virtual up at the library on predetermined

learning programs also end around days of the week, and then families

lunchtime. But a familiar local re- can work on the projects together

source may be just what parents at home or with other families

need to keep their kids occupied at through Zoom calls hosted by li-

home on weekday afternoons. brary employees. Parents can in-

Local libraries are invaluable quire with their local libraries to

community resources, and that val- see if such programs are available in

ue has become even more apparent their communities.

during the pandemic. Parents can • Academic support: Some local

utilize local libraries in various ways, libraries even o er academic support,

each of which can help ll young- which can be especially valuable in

sters’time during those hours when the era of virtual learning when kids

school is not in session. have little one-on-one time with

• Online story time: In normal their teachers. Tutoring services may

times, many libraries host in per- be available via a local library, which

son story time sessions for young also may supply supplemental ma-

children. Many libraries have been terials like interactive learning tools

unable to host in person story time that can bring lessons to life.

since the start of the pandemic.

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