Somers's HamletHub Thu, 06 Oct 2022 09:34:09 -0400 New MNRR Schedules Start Sunday, October 16

New Metro North schedules will be in effect beginning Sunday, October 16, 2022.

Plan your trip on their TrainTime app, at, or by calling 511 (877-690-5114 CT.)

]]> (Metro North RR) Life Wed, 05 Oct 2022 20:05:54 -0400

Latimer and Health Commissioner Urge All Residents to Schedule a Flu Shot and COVID Booster Today 

Watch the News Conference Here: 

(White Plains, NY) – Flu season is officially upon us, and to encourage Westchester County’s residents to stay healthy and safe, County Executive George Latimer will roll up his sleeves and get a flu shot and the bivalent COVID booster at the Health Department Clinic in White Plains. Latimer will be joined by Board of Health President Dr. Robert Baker, who will also receive his flu shot and COVID booster.


The Westchester County Health Department will offer both the flu vaccine and COVID-19 bivalent booster by appointment. every Monday and Friday in October from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 134 Court Street in White Plains. The clinic is closed for the holiday on Monday, October 10.


Latimer said: “As we have seen since over the past two years, COVID-19 infection rates tend to rise during the fall and winter months, and the same goes for transmission of the flu. We should all be taking careful precautions to prevent the spread of COVID and the flu, and getting your vaccines will help us do that. It is strongly recommended to get both the bivalent COVID booster and the flu shot at the same time, to better protect yourself from both illnesses.”

Health Commissioner Sherlita Amler, MD, said: “Combining vaccines is safe, and it is much more convenient to schedule both at the same time. Children often receive multiple shots at once, and you are much less likely to skip a vaccine if both are given together. Vaccines for flu and COVID-19 offer the best protection we have to fight these diseases, so the sooner you get vaccinated, the better.” 

Go to to book your vaccine visit. Flu shots are available for anyone age three and older, and high-dose flu vaccine is available for people ages 65 and older. Children may receive a COVID-19 vaccine at the same time as they get a flu shot on Friday mornings this month. Bivalent COVID-19 boosters are available for adults and children ages 12 and up who received their most recent COVID-19 vaccine at least two months ago.

The Health Department also will hold a pop-up flu and COVID-19 vaccine and bivalent booster clinic at the Yonkers Riverfront Library, 1 Larkin Center, on Thursday, October 6 from 2 to 6:30 p.m. in the Main Entrance Atrium and Second Floor Children’s Library. Appointments must be reserved online at

The County Health Department is on track to provide up to 2,000 flu vaccines this fall. Flu shots are available for a fee from many area pharmacists and medical offices.

Amler added: “We look to how flu behaves in the southern hemisphere for clues as to how our flu season will shape up. Australia just had its worst flu season in five years, and it started two months earlier than usual. Australian children and teens had the highest rates of flu among all age groups. We want to avoid a twin-demic, so please schedule both flu vaccines for everyone six months and older and COVID-19 boosters for everyone eligible as soon as possible. Vaccination protects you and it protects those around you who are more vulnerable to flu complications, such as infants too young to be vaccinated, seniors and people with chronic health conditions.”

In the U.S. flu activity is usually highest between December and February, but can last into May. One flu vaccine now provides protection all season long and can prevent illness or reduce the severity of flu symptoms. The vaccine becomes fully effective after about two weeks.

Amler said anyone who does get a respiratory infection should consider COVID/influenza testing. To avoid spreading germs to others, it is recommended that residents wear a mask; cough or sneeze into their elbow; wash their hands frequently with soap and water; stay home until 24 hours after their fever subsides to avoid spreading germs; clean surfaces they touch frequently, such as doorknobs, water faucets, refrigerator handles and telephones; and get plenty of rest.


]]> (Westchester County) Public safety Tue, 04 Oct 2022 15:58:49 -0400
I-Hop Opens in Danbury

If you like pancakes, you're in luck. IHop has officially opened in Danbury at 32 Newtown Road. Danbury Mayor Dean Esposito was on hand this past Sunday for a ribbon cutting ceremony at the restaurant. The location is the site of the former Pizzeria Mazzo Mozzarella and Wine Bar, which closed in April 2021 due to impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic and other factors.

According to the corporate website, the new Danbury iHop is one of just 10 in Connecticut, joining franchises in Bloomfield, Hamden, Manchester, Newington, Orange, Southington, Stamford, Wallingford and Waterbury.

IHop will be open from 7:00 am. until 10:00 pm. seven days a week.

]]> (HH) Places Tue, 04 Oct 2022 15:53:12 -0400
Celebration of the Great Swamp

Friends, supporters, members, and all residents in the surrounding communities are invited to join FrOGS for a weekend celebrating the awesome beauty, incalculable value, and prominent benefits of the Great Swamp. Each year this premier event is full of fun, educational, and inspirational activities for the whole family. The “26th Annual Celebration of the Great Swamp” will take place on Saturday and Sunday, October 22 and 23, 2022, at Christ Church on Quaker Hill (17 Church Road, Pawling, NY). The Celebration will be open from 11:00 am until 5:00 pm on Saturday and Noon until 4:00 pm on Sunday. Admission is free to all.

The event will feature educational exhibits and talks as well as many hands-on activities for children, who will receive a Game Pack booklet and a “Passport to Fun” to document their travels through the event. Activities will include a live hawks and owls exhibit by Sharon Audubon Center (Saturday) and Master Falconer Jim Eyring’s popular “Birds of Prey” demonstration (Sunday). Learn about “Native Plants for Pollinators” and “What’s So Great About the Great Swamp?” from expert speakers. Exhibits include a hands-on watershed demonstration table, live swamp animals, a macro-invertebrate display (insects, worms, crayfish), a clay animal sculpting table, and a matching animal-to-habitat game. The drawing for a Kayak Raffle will occur Sunday afternoon.

A highlight of the Celebration is a juried Art Show and sale, as well as a vendor section with local arts and crafts for sale, including pottery, silk and woven scarves, glass items, and jewelry. Last year, the Art Show featured more than 60 artists with over 100 works of painting, drawing, collage, and photography. It has been considered to be the finest autumn show of painting, plein air work, collage, textile art and photography in the Lower Hudson Valley. Colorful and inventive interpretations of the plants and animals of the Great Swamp created by students from local schools will greatly enliven the show.

This annual event celebrates the Great Swamp, a 6,000 acre wetland stretching 20 miles through a valley at the eastern edge of the Hudson Highlands, from Dover in Dutchess County to Brewster in Putnam County. Although one of the largest freshwater wetlands in the state and called one of New York’s “last great places”, it remains mostly unknown to people who live beyond the watershed’s borders. FrOGS hosts the Celebration to bring attention to the value of the Great Swamp and to encourage its conservation as a source of clean water, a site for recreation, and a home for diverse and rare wildlife.

Proceeds from the Celebration go to both the artists and to FrOGS, which uses the money to further educational efforts, purchase land, and promote and protect the Great Swamp. For more information on the Great Swamp and FrOGS, the schedule of events for the 26th Annual Celebration of the Great Swamp, or other upcoming events such as hikes and paddles, visit

]]> (FrOGS) Places Tue, 04 Oct 2022 09:22:17 -0400
Five things to do to protect yourself online

Your online accounts, computer, and phone hold a lot of your personal, financial, and health information. Information that’s valuable to you — and to scammers who try to steal it. Here are five things to do to keep hackers out of your accounts and your personal business.

1. Lock down your online accounts

Your password is the key to all the personal information in your account. Make it long. Avoid common words. And don’t re-use it.

If it’s available on your accounts, turn on multi-factor authentication for an extra layer of security.

2. Secure your home Wi-Fi network

Your wireless network is the hub that connects your devices. To protect it from hackers

  • encrypt it
  • change your default passwords
  • and keep it up to date

Here’s detailed advice about how to secure your home Wi-Fi network.

3. Protect your computer and phone

Once your home Wi-Fi network is secure, focus on protecting your devices.

If you use a computer to go online, make sure your security software, operating system, and Internet browser are up to date. Turn on automatic updates to keep up with the latest protections.

Keep your phone up to date, too.

4. Recognize attempts to steal your personal information

Scammers try to trick you into giving them your personal information. They’ll pretend they’re with an organization you know well — like Apple or Amazon — and make up a reason they need some info from you. They’ve also impersonated FedEx, the Postal Service, the Social Security Administration, and the FTC.

If you get a phishing email or text message, report it.

5. Back things up

Back up important information you have on your computer and phone. That way, if something does happen, you can recover your information. Here’s how to back up your computer and your phone.

Concerned about protecting your privacy online? Check out the FTC's guide to protecting your privacy online.

]]> (Federal Trade Commission) Public safety Tue, 04 Oct 2022 08:25:44 -0400
“Ketiva v’chatima tova”

Yom Kippur is the holiest, most important day of the year in Judaism, known as the “Day of Atonement.”

It begins at today at sundown Tuesday, October 4, 2022, and ends Wednesday evening, October 5th—the last of the ten days of penitence that began with Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year).

Yom Kippur commemorates the day Moses came down from Mount Sinai after seeking God’s divine forgiveness for the Israelites who sinned against him by worshipping a golden calf idol.

]]> (HH) Life Tue, 04 Oct 2022 07:16:40 -0400
Ronald McDonald House Hosts Dashing for Dylan Endurance Challenge

 Ronald McDonald House of the Greater Hudson Valley (RMHGHV) is hosting the Dashing for Dylan Endurance Challenge, annual fundraising event in honor of Dylan J. Hoffman, for the entire month of September. The Dashing for Dylan Challenge will support the families at Ronald McDonald House located at the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital in Valhalla, NY. 

The month-long event, which launched September 1st challenges participants to raise money and log miles while doing any activity, at any location and on any day for the month of September. Miles can be logged by walking, running, bike riding, skating, dancing or any kind of exercise. The goal for the Dashing for Dylan Challenge is to move 6,000 miles and  raise $80,000. 

“The Hoffman family of Wilton, CT, was one of the first families to stay at Ronald McDonald House when it first opened in 2011, shortly after the birth of their son Dylan. The Hoffman's stayed at the Ronald McDonald House for a total of 77 nights during three different stays over Dylan's very short life that lasted a little more than three years,” said Christina Riley, Executive Director RMHGHV. ” Since his passing in 2014, the family continues to keep his memory alive and celebrate Dylan’s life by hosting this event, in conjunction with the House, in an effort to raise awareness and funds and continue to support families like theirs who require the services of Ronald McDonald House.”

A Family Fun Day celebration and grand finale of the month-long challenge will take place on Sunday, October 2nd  at Crawford Park in Rye Brook. Families and participants can enjoy a fun-filled day of kid centered family activities such as face painting, obstacle courses, bounce house, ornament decorating, BBQ, raffles, giveaways, music and more. 

DARCARS Automotive Group, with locations in Mt. Kisco and Greenwich will be this year’s Platinum Sponsor for the event and will be on hand showcasing some cars at Family Fun Day. Other sponsors include, First Republic Bank, Breezemont Day Camp, Rye Pediatric Dentistry, Martin Brower, and Greenwich Logos. 

“Every year we look forward to  hosting  this event and bringing the community together to honor Dylan’s memory and continue to ensure we can support families like the Hoffman’s”  added  Riley. “The funds we raise truly make a difference in the lives of the families we serve so we encourage everyone to and get out there, have fun and join the challenge.”All proceeds will support the families and children who call Ronald McDonald House home and all donations made are 100 percent tax deductible.  To register or for more information visit

]]> (pr2) Events Sat, 01 Oct 2022 14:21:17 -0400
Super Lawyers Honors Five Attorneys at Westchester County Elder Law Firm Enea, Scanlan & Sirignano, LLP

The law firm of Enea, Scanlan & Sirignano, LLP, located in White Plains & Somers, N.Y., is pleased to announce that three members and two associates have been recognized in the 2022 New York Metro edition of Super Lawyers. Managing member Anthony J. Enea has been selected by his peers as a Super Lawyer in the practice area of Estate & Probate; Sara E. Meyers, member, was recognized in Elder Law. Samantha A. Lyons, member; Lauren C. Enea, senior associate; and Stella King, associate; have been named Rising Stars.

2022 marks the sixteenth consecutive year Anthony J. Enea has been included in the Super Lawyers list, and the tenth time he has been honored as a “Top 25” attorney in Westchester County. An “AV” Rated Preeminent Attorney (Martindale-Hubbell) and strong leader in Westchester’s legal community, Mr. Enea is a past president of the Westchester County Bar Association, immediate past president of the Westchester County Bar Foundation and past chair of the Elder Law and Special Needs Section of the New York State Bar Association. His practice areas include wills, trusts & estates, elder law; Medicaid asset protection planning; Medicaid applications (home care and nursing home) and special needs planning.

“I’m honored to once again share this recognition with four deserving colleagues,” said Mr. Enea. “Working in the field of elder law, we can make a real impact on people’s lives – stepping in at a time of need with the knowledge and ability to protect our clients’ life savings from the overwhelming costs associated with long-term care and estate taxes. Our attorneys are committed to maintaining the highest legal standards and achieving the best possible results."

Also recognized as a 2022 Super Lawyer, Sara E. Meyers has been on the New York Metro list for ten consecutive years. Ms. Meyers concentrates her practice on guardianship proceedings (including contested guardianships), special needs planning and long term care planning strategies, with a focus on Medicaid home care and nursing home. Ms. Meyers is co-chair of the Westchester County Bar Association’s (WCBA) Guardianship Committee and a frequent lecturer for both the WCBA and New York State Bar Association.

In addition, three attorneys from Enea, Scanlan & Sirignano, LLP are 2022 Rising Stars:

  •    Samantha A. Lyons (Estate & Probate): Practice areas include Medicaid applications (nursing home and home care) & Medicaid planning, estate planning, and guardianships
  •    Lauren C. Enea (Estate & Probate): Practice areas include elder law; probate and administration proceedings; wills, trusts, and estates; and Medicaid planning & applications (nursing home and homecare)
  •    Stella King (Elder Law): Practice areas include elder law, Medicaid planning & applications (nursing home and homecare), and estate planning

The research team at Super Lawyers,a publication of Thomson Reuters, undertakes a rigorous, multi-phase selection process each year. Once nominations are determined through a statewide survey of lawyers, candidates then undergo independent evaluations by an attorney-led research staff and a peer review by practice area.

The selection process for the Rising Stars list is the same as Super Lawyers, with one exception – to be eligible for inclusion in Rising Stars, a candidate must be either 40 years old or younger or in practice for 10 years or less. While up to five percent of the lawyers in the state are named to Super Lawyers, no more than 2.5 percent are named to the Rising Stars list.

Enea, Scanlan & Sirignano, LLP is located at 245 Main Street in White Plains, N.Y. with additional offices in Somers, N.Y. For more information or to schedule a consultation, call 914-948-1500 or visit

About Enea, Scanlan & Sirignano, LLP

Enea, Scanlan & Sirignano, LLP is an eight attorney AV preeminent rated elder law firm with offices in White Plains and Somers, N.Y. The practice concentrates on Elder Law; Medicaid Planning; Nursing Home and Home Care Applications; Wills, Trusts and Estates; Guardianships; Estate Litigation; Supplemental Needs Trusts; and Special Needs Planning. Enea, Scanlan & Sirignano, LLP serves Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, the Bronx, Manhattan, Long Island and Queens and is committed to providing the highest quality legal services to seniors, the disabled and their families. Visit the firm online at

About Super Lawyers

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. Super Lawyers Magazine features the list and profiles of selected attorneys and is distributed to attorneys in the state or region and the ABA-accredited law school libraries. Super Lawyers is also published as a special section in leading city and regional magazines across the country. In the United States, Super Lawyers Magazine is published in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., reaching more than 13 million readers.

]]> (Michelle Lauricella) Neighbors Sat, 01 Oct 2022 07:22:29 -0400
Italian American Heritage Day Tomorrow in Brewster!

]]> (HH) Life Fri, 30 Sep 2022 15:00:26 -0400
Somers Library Closed Tomorrow

In anticipation of Soccerfest, the library had planned on being closed. 

Due to the late notice of Soccerfest being cancelled, the library was unable to find adequate staffing to open the building.

Thank you for your understanding and your patronage.

]]> (Somers Library) Life Fri, 30 Sep 2022 14:26:13 -0400
Halloween Story Time & Parade At Somers Library

Halloween Story Time & Parade

Tuesday ~ October 25, 2022 

3:45 - 4:30 pm

at the Somers Library  

Come dressed in costume and hear Halloween stories with Doris Jane Smith!

Pre-Registration is Required. *  

Register here for this program.  

Our programs are supported by Friends of Somers Library through our patrons' generous contributions.

Michelle Wellansky- Children's Librarian


Beth Levine- Library Assistant

]]> (Somers_Library) Events Fri, 30 Sep 2022 14:17:11 -0400
Join NASA for International Observe the Moon Night

Are you ready to observe the Moon with us?NASA

Join NASA this Saturday, Oct. 1, for International Observe the Moon Night, an annual, world-wide public event that unites people across the globe in a celebration of lunar observation, science, and exploration. International Observe the Moon Night occurs annually in September or October when the Moon is around first quarter.  

You can take part in celestial observations, connect with fellow lunar enthusiasts, and honor cultural and personal connections to the Moon from wherever you are! Here’s how: 

Host a virtual or in-person event in your community; participate in an event; or observe with your family, friends, or on your own.  

Register your participation to add yourself to the map of lunar observers worldwide. 

• Share your artwork by uploading your lunar photography, Moon-themed art, and event photos to our collaborative Flickr gallery. 

Connect with lunar enthusiasts around the world and share your Moon viewing experience on social media, tagging #ObserveTheMoon. 

Plus, you can learn about the latest lunar science and hear from observers around the world in this year’s International Observe the Moon Night broadcast. Tune in at 7 p.m. EDT (23:00 UTC) on Oct. 1 and see views of the Moon from telescopes around the world.

Join NASA on Saturday, Oct. 1

]]> (Peter Carey) Events Fri, 30 Sep 2022 13:15:59 -0400
HDSA Hudson Valley Team Hope Walk Returns October 23

The Northeast Region of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA) will host the Hudson Valley Team Hope Walk on Sunday, October 23rd at 10:00 AM at Walkway Over The Hudson. All proceeds support HDSA’s mission to improve the lives of people affected by Huntington’s disease (HD) and their families. 

“It is inspiring to see the incredible outpouring of support our HD community receives at our Team Hope Walk event,” said Melinda Jensen, HDSA’s Northeast Regional Development Officer. “It is a welcoming space for new HD families to find community, and all walkers leave the day with a renewed sense of motivation, determination, and courage to continue the fight against HD.” 

Team Hope is HDSA’s largest national grassroots fundraising event, which takes place in over 100 cities across the U.S. and has raised more than $20 million for HD since its inception in 2007. Thousands of families, friends, co-workers, neighbors, and communities walk together each year to support HDSA’s mission to improve the lives of people affected by HD and their families.  

For more information about the event, please contact Brittany Johnson (, 845-551-4172). Online registration and donation can be found at 

HDSA's Team Hope Walk Program is nationally sponsored by Genentech and Teva Pharmaceuticals.  


Huntington’s disease (HD) is a fatal genetic disorder that causes the progressive breakdown of nerve cells in the brain. It deteriorates a person’s physical and mental abilities during their prime working years and has no cure. Every child of a parent with HD has a 50/50 chance of inheriting the faulty gene. Today, there are approximately 41,000 symptomatic Americans and more than 200,000 at-risk of inheriting the disease. The symptoms of HD are described as having ALS, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s – simultaneously.

The Huntington’s Disease Society of America is the premier nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of everyone affected by HD. From community services and education to advocacy and research, HDSA is the world’s leader in providing help for today and hope for tomorrow for people with HD and their families. HDSA was founded in 1967 by Marjorie Guthrie, the wife of legendary folk singer Woody Guthrie. Woody died from HD complications when he was only 55 years old, but the Guthrie family legacy lives on at HDSA to this day.

To learn more about Huntington’s disease and the work of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America, visit or call (800)345-HDSA. 

]]> (HH) Life Thu, 29 Sep 2022 04:53:00 -0400
Irving's 'Legend' at Sunnyside, Washington Irving's estate!

Master storyteller Jonathan Kruk is back to spin a spine-chilling version of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow on the grounds of Washington Irving's estate. With live music by Jim Keyes, creepy characters that lurk about, and a heart-pounding appearance by the Headless Horseman himself, this is a Halloween experience unlike any other! See America's favorite ghost story performed under the stars at the author's very own home.
Fall-themed sweets and treats are available, along with exclusive Legend souvenirs, in the museum shop. And don't forget to take some pictures using our new Instagram filters, the Sketch Book Frame and the Washington Irving Portrait Face Swap.

Weekends Starting September 30 thru October 31

Washington Irving’s Sunnyside
GPS address: 3 W. Sunnyside Lane, Irvington, NY 10533
]]> (HH) Events Tue, 27 Sep 2022 06:36:06 -0400
Reminder from the Somers Tax Receiver - Tax Payment Due 9/30/22

Just a Reminder, if you have not already paid the first half of your 2022/2023 School Tax Bill.

The 1st half of he 2022/2023 School Tax Bill is due by Friday, September 30th.

‍*Tax Office Hours: Monday – Friday 9:00 am –4:30 pm*

‍‍Ways to pay:

Online through the Town of Somers website: We accept ACH and Credit Card payments through our online website. Please follow this link to make your payment.

Online Bill Pay through your Bank: Many banks offer online bill pay. You can pay your taxes this way by initiating the bank to mail a check in for your taxes. Just make sure it is made out to Michele McKearney, Receiver of Taxes, include your bill number and address in the memo portion of the check and mail in time to be received by 9/30/22.

Drop Box: There is a drop box outside the side door of the Town Hall. Drop box hours are Monday- Friday from 9am-4:30pm. Please make sure to include your phone number and indicate if you would like a receipt mailed to you once processed.

Mail: When using the post office please make sure that your payment is postmarked by September 30. If paying on the last day please have the post office hand stamp your envelope.

‍In Person: If you would like to pay in person or are paying with CASH, please come to Town Hall Monday- Friday, 9am-4:30pm.

The LAST DAY to pay without penalty is Friday, September 30, 2022 for 1st half.

If you have any questions please contact the Somers Tax Receiver's (Michele McKearney) office at 914.277.3610 or

]]> (Somers Tax Receiver) Life Tue, 27 Sep 2022 06:24:35 -0400