Somers's HamletHub Thu, 20 Jun 2019 15:18:26 -0400 State Police in Troop K remove sixteen impaired drivers from public roadways over the June 15, 2019, weekend

New York State Police (Troop K, Somers) report that over the June 15, 2019 weekend they removed 16 Intoxicated or Impaired drivers from area roadways. Several of the arrests occurred in this area and are listed below.

On June 15, 2019, State Police from SP Brewster arrested Robert E. Pearman, age 62, of Farmersburg, IN, for DWI.  He was traveling on State Route 22 in the town of Southeast, when he was stopped for a violation of the vehicle and traffic law.  Investigation revealed he was under the influence of alcohol, and was subsequently arrested.

On June 16, 2019, State Police from SP Cortlandt arrested Jorge Tepan, age 40, of Haverstraw, NY, for Aggravated DWI with a prior conviction, a class E felony.  He was traveling on North Division Street in the town of Cortlandt, when he was stopped for a violation of the vehicle and traffic law.  Investigation revealed he was under the influence of alcohol, and was subsequently arrested.

On June 16, 2019, State Police from SP Cortlandt arrested Jaime S. Caiza Espejo, age 27, of Carmel, NY, for Aggravated DWI Leandra’s Law, a class E felony.  He was traveling on Oregon Road in the town of Cortlandt, when he was involved in a one car motor vehicle crash.  Investigation revealed he was under the influence of alcohol with a child in the vehicle, and was subsequently arrested.

On June 16, 2019, State Police from SP Somers arrested Christopher L. King, age 36, of Chicago, IL, for DWI.  He was traveling on State Route 123 in the town of Lewisboro, when he was involved in a one car personal injury crash.  Investigation revealed he was under the influence of alcohol, and was subsequently arrested.

]]> (New York State Police) Public safety Thu, 20 Jun 2019 08:33:00 -0400
Raising Awareness And Collecting Donations For Pets For Vets

Local High School Student Reaches Out to the Community to Help Veterans and Shelter Animals Help Each Other

Evan Schwartz, a junior and honors student at John Jay High School, in Cross River, NY, is helping to increase awareness for the needs of veterans and shelter animals through his fundraiser at the upcoming Sunset Market event at the Jefferson Valley Mall. He will be collecting donations for Pets for Vets, a 501c(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to match shelter animals with the companion needs of veterans in the area.

Evan’s goal is to raise over $500 for this charitable organization. He will be at Sunset Market on June 27th from 5:00pm to 8:30 pm at the Jefferson Valley Mall Community Hub located at 650 Lee Blvd, Yorktown Heights, NY. Evan will be giving away free home-made peanut butter based dog biscuits, while supplies last, to any dog owners who wants to take a tasty treat for his or her pet. He will also be passing out literature explaining about Pets for Vets and how they help local veterans adjust back to civilian life. Evan will be collecting donations for Pets for Vets at this event.

Evan says, “I wanted to find a way to give back to veterans who have given so much to this country. I have a dog and two cats at home and they are such an important part of my family. I wanted to help foster this bond between vets and shelter animals.”

Pets for Vets is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created to improve the lives of both Veterans and animals by bringing them together in a thoughtful, caring way. The enduring bond humans share with animals has the power to reduce suffering, mitigate loneliness, improve mental well-being and bridge the gap between ourselves and others. For our returning troops, these benefits are especially important to help ease the transition into civilian life. 

Their goal is to give back to the brave servicemen and women who have given everything to our country, while finding homes for deserving shelter pets. By matching the right pet with the right Veteran, everyone wins! Shelter animals receive a second chance at life and Veterans receive a second chance at health and happiness.

]]> (Stand Out for College) Charities Thu, 20 Jun 2019 06:21:23 -0400
North Salem Youth Accepted to West Point

Last Friday evening June 14th, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) announced that 15 Hudson Valley students, whom he nominated, have accepted offers of appointment at one of the United States' Service Academies.

“I couldn’t be more proud to nominate these outstanding young men and women from the Hudson Valley to our Service Academies. These students have demonstrated strong leadership, character, and smarts, and will make our country proud,” said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney.

The United States Military Academy at West Point is located in New York’s 18th Congressional District.

Service Academy students accepted include:

  • MacKenzie Arns from Middletown, NY – attending the United States Military Academy
  • Bethany Carter from Highland Falls, NY – attending the United States Military Academy
  • Erica Harper from West Point, NY – attending the United States Military Academy
  • Terence Kelly from South Salem, NY – attending the United States Military Academy
  • Grant Nawoichyk from Tuxedo Park, NY – attending the United States Military Academy
  • Tommy O’Rourke from Carmel, NY – attending the United States Military Academy
  • Elisabeta Aversa from New Windsor, NY – attending the United States Military Academy
  • Maria Evans from New Windsor, NY – attending the United States Military Academy
  • Katherine McGrath from North Salem, NY – attending the United States Military Academy
  • Meredith Hickman from New Windsor, NY – attending the United States Air Force Academy
  • Benjamin Leicht from North Salem, NY - attending the United States Air Force Academy
  • Jack Ninos from Fishkill, NY – attending the United States Air Force Academy
  • Amanda Morales from Hopewell Junction, NY – attending the United States Naval Academy
  • Benjamin Werve from Hopewell Junction, NY – attending the United States Naval Academy
  • Aidan Finn from Warwick, NY – attending the United States Merchant Marine Academy

Every year, Rep. Maloney has the honor of nominating outstanding high school students to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO, the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY. Students who wish to receive a nomination must go through a competitive application process and then be selected by an esteemed panel of local veterans and community leaders. The Academies make the final decision on who receives an appointment of admission.

More information for prospective U.S. Service Academy students can be found here:

]]> (Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney) Life Thu, 20 Jun 2019 06:11:42 -0400
Drop in Craft Fridays at Somers Library

Stop by the Somers Library any Friday this summer during their regular hours for "Drop-In Crafts". The program begins June 28 and runs through August 30

Use our materials and your imagination to make your own craft!

Funding for programs provided by Friends of Somers Library

Contact Vicki DiSanto, Children's Librarian or Library Assistant, Beth Levine for more information or if you have any questions by calling the library at 914-232-5717

]]> (Peter Carey) Events Thu, 20 Jun 2019 05:03:01 -0400
Voluntary Recall of Some Ragu Products

A nationwide voluntary recall was issued for certain Ragu pasta sauces that could contain fragments of plastic, parent company Mizkan America said. 

No consumers have reported injuries or complaints, the company said Saturday. 

The recall is for jars of Chunky Tomato Garlic & Onion (45-ounce and 66-ounce jars), Old World Style Traditional (66-ounce jars) and Old World Style Meat (66-ounce jars) with certain production codes. 

The jars were distributed nationwide, the company said. Retailers have already been notified
Customers are asked to look in their fridges and pantries for jars with the product codes below. Any recalled sauce shouldn't be eaten and should be discarded. 

Customers can call 800-328-7248 to receive a replacement. 

The recalled product codes are: 

RAGÚ® Chunky Tomato Garlic & Onion, 66 oz.

Flavor Description: RAGÚ® Chunky Tomato Garlic & Onion

Cap code: JUN0520YU2

Best Use by Date: JUN0520YU2

RAGÚ® Chunky Tomato Garlic & Onion, 66 oz.

Flavor Description: RAGÚ® Chunky Tomato Garlic & Onion

Cap code: JUN0620YU2

Best Use By Date: JUN0620YU2

RAGÚ® Old World Style Traditional, 66 oz. 

Flavor description: RAGÚ® Old World Style Traditional

Cap code: JUN0420YU2

Best Use By Date: JUN0420YU2

RAGÚ® Old World Style Meat, 66 oz.

Flavor description: RAGÚ® Old World Style Meat

Cap code: JUN0520YU2

Best Use By Date: JUN0520YU2

]]> (Mizkan America Corp.) Public safety Thu, 20 Jun 2019 04:19:19 -0400
Comedy Night at Studio Around the Corner

Out Here With Frankie Becerra is comedy show hosted by Brewster’s own Frankie Becerra where he brings out some of his favorite comics for a great night of comedy. In a world that can use more laughter, come join us to relax and have some fun. Refreshments will be served, tickets are only $20 for a full night of performers.

Frankie Becerra (host)
James Crowley
Renee Stanko
Jonathan Bar Ness
Marcus Givan


For more reservations or more information, call (845) 363 – 8330, email or visit

About The Town of Southeast Cultural Arts Coalition

Cultural Arts Coalition and Studio Around the Corner

67 Main Street, Suite 101, Brewster, NY 10509

(845) 363-8330




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Our Salute To Summer Special – A Free Digital Organ Function Screening

Sophia Presents: “Our Salute To Summer Special – A Free Digital Organ Function Screening” 

Till the end of July, to help as many people as possible feel FABULOUS, we’re offering a FREE TEST at our office! With every complimentary Initial Office Visit, we will provide a Digital Organ Function Screening Evaluation!

This non-invasive screening tool measures what Chinese medical doctors call meridians. The meridians are pathways in the body that distribute oxygen and blood nutrition to the organs as well as communicate intricately with all systems.

The results of this computerized test can help us discover imbalances and the root of health problems for some, assist in developing a prevention program for others, and outline an individualized treatment strategy. Strategies include using acupuncture and its added therapies, nutrition, customized herbal/supplemental protocols as well as diet and lifestyle recommendations.

During the complimentary Initial Office Visit and testing, we will discuss your health priorities, explain the results of the testing and recommend a follow-up plan to assist you in creating better health.

To take advantage of this FREE offer, call us at (203) 720-6251 to schedule your appointment!

Promotional Valid: June – July, 2019
Where:  SOPHIA Natural Health Center, 31 Old Route 7, Brookfield, CT
Cost: Free

About SOPHIA Natural Health Center: SOPHIA Natural Health Center is the largest natural health and wellness clinic in Connecticut, combining the traditional healing arts of Chinese and Naturopathic Medicine with modern science – getting our patients results when nothing else has worked.

Dr. Kenneth Hoffman, DACM, L.Ac., Medical Director, has serviced thousands of patients since opening his practice in 2004. He also hosts “The Natural Medicine Connection”, Fairfield County’s only health talk radio show, on WLAD Danbury (800WLAD on the AM dial), every Saturday, from 10 to 11 a.m.

]]> (SOPHIA Natural Health Center) Life Wed, 19 Jun 2019 16:55:10 -0400
Kids and Oils on June 24 at the Jefferson Valley Mall

We feel that essential oils & plant based products are the ULTIMATE Parent Toolkit! We will be telling you how we use oils with our littlest newborns up through teenagers. We'll tell you about our favorite oils & products for our kids as well as why we use them & how we use them! There will also be a Make & Take available for those that bring their kiddos. The class is FREE and the Make & Take workshop is $5.00 (YL members) or $8.00 (non YL member). The class will start at 6:00pm on the upper level of the Jefferson Valley Mall by the escalator.

Monday, June 24, 2019 at 6 PM

Jefferson Valley Mall
Lee Blvd., Yorktown Heights, New York 10598

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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Networking Event Officially Launches Yorktown HamletHub

The Yorktown HamletHub Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Networking Event will be held on Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 5:30-7PM at the Jefferson Valley Mall "Hub" 2nd Floor, 650 Lee Blvd, Yorktown Heights, NY. The official ribbon cutting is scheduled for 6PM and the evening holds more in store!

Yorktown HamletHub is a free digital publication focused on Yorktown. All are welcome to read, submit, and share positive news about Yorktown on their interactive website. Visitors can sign up for a daily e-newsletter, browse the community calendar, and follow them on their social media platforms. Yorktown HamletHub joins over 50 HamletHub sites in NY and CT.

Since Yorktown HamletHub's location is in cyberspace, the Jefferson Valley Mall has offered the use of their "Hub" co-working space for the event which will include light refreshments, raffle prizes, a free 15 minute productivity workshop, and ample networking opportunities. "Boost Your Productivity: Clear Your Way to a Profitable Path" workshop will be presented by Lisa Zawrotny of Positively Productive Systems. Lisa is a Certified Life Coach specializing in Productivity & Organizing.

Margaret and Peter Carey have been HamletHub editors since 2015, starting with Brewster and expanding into New Fairfield, Carmel, Somers, and now, Yorktown. "Our mission is to share positive news and information about the communities we cover," explains Margaret, "Yorktown is filled with interesting places, businesses, community organizations, educational opportunities, events, and so much more. We are thrilled to have Yorktown as our latest HamletHub and look forward to helping people read and share stories about the community." 

Special thanks to sponsors, Master IT Media LLC, Yorktown Chamber of Commerce, and Jefferson Valley Mall.

RSVP at If you can't wait until the ribbon cutting, sign up for the Yorktown HamletHub free e-newsletter at

Yorktown HamletHub online digital publication providing free information about the events, places and people in the five Yorktown hamlets of Mohegan Lake, Shrub Oak, Jefferson Valley, Crompond, and Yorktown Heights and the surrounding area. Yorktown HamletHub consists of a website, social media platforms, a daily e-newsletter and a free community calendar that is linked to the 50 other neighboring HamletHubs in NY and CT. Kerry Anne Ducey founded Ridgefield’s Talk of the Town in 2009, a small blog that showcased local happenings and stories in Ridgefield, CT.  In 2011, Kerry Anne decided to share the popular and successful "Talk Of The Town" online news model with other towns and founded HamletHub LLC, a network of hyperlocal news sites. From 2012 through 2019, HamletHub has earned prestigious Connecticut Press Club Awards for original journalism and storytelling on the Web. 

]]> (Master It Media) Events Wed, 19 Jun 2019 11:59:37 -0400
Summer Reading Kick Off Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at Somers Library

Get ready to read with a program from

Nancy Hershatter, M.Ed.- Teacher-Musician-Performer!

This educational and entertaining program will take families around the world with songs and stories celebrating Mother Earth and in keeping with this year's theme- 

A Universe of Stories! Join us on  Wednesday, June 26 at 1:00 pm!

Here's the scoop on what your child (from babies to Grade 5) can do to read and receive prizes all summer! 

Click here

Questions?  Please contact:

Vicki DiSanto~ Children's Librarian


Beth Levine~ Library Assistant

914-232-5717 or see our website at

 Funding for this program provided by Friends of Somers Library.

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CDC Advises Public on Voluntary recall of Pillsbury Flour

Hometown Food Company, in cooperation with ADM Milling Co., today initiated a voluntary recall of two specific lot codes of its Pillsbury® Best 5 lb. Bread Flour due to a potential presence of pathogenic E. coli. The product was manufactured by ADM Milling Co., at the company’s mill in Buffalo, NY.
The severity of E. coli infections vary among people and often include several symptoms, including severe stomach cramps, diarrhea (often bloody) and vomiting. People usually develop symptoms and get sick 3-4 days after ingesting the germ, and most recover within a week. In some cases, individuals may develop a serious illness called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS, which can result in kidney failure, stroke, and even death). Young children, elderly individuals, pregnant women and those who are immunocompromised are more susceptible to foodborne illness. If you feel ill or are at all concerned about an illness, please contact your physician.
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Hundreds Turn out to Say Farewell to Judge Reitz

Putnam County turned out en masse Tuesday morning, despite the gloomy weather, to say their final goodbye to the Honorable James Reitz who passed away unexpectedly last Friday.

Local Fire Departments, County Sheriffs, NY State Court Officers and civilians lined Gleineda Avenue and packed St James the Apostle Church were the Funeral mass was held.

The procession from the Gargain Funeral Home a few blocks away was led by Motorcycle units from several departments and police crusiers from as far away as Yonkers. Judge Reitz close friends, including Putnam Count Health Commissioner Michael Nesheiwat, acted as pallbearers while judge Reitz Court Officers stood at attention nearby and the Knights of Columbus Lady of the Lakes Council #6318 Color Guard escorted the casket into the church as per the family’s request. The 6 Knights color guard were resplendent in their traditional tuxedos, capes and chapeaus. After the mass in which the judge was eulogized by his widow, Barbara, in front of packed crowd, a sole bagpiper played Amazing Grace as the casket was carried out of the church and the procession left for Judge Reitz’ final resting spot, St. Raymonds Cemetary on Rt 52 in Carmel.

The 57 yer old jurist passed away Friday June 14th while presiding in court of an apparent heart attack. He has been remembered by officials from both sides of the political aisle as fair, compassionate and a friend to everyone who always had smile.  He was a prominent member of several civic organizations including the Knights of Columbus and  the Mahopac Falls Volunteer Fire department and their members turned out in huge numbers to pay their respects.

On a side, note one member of the Fire Department contingent appeared to pass out just as mass started. He was quickly attended to by the several dozen Firefighters standing nearby and transported to a local hospital by Carmel Ambulance. As he was being loaded into the ambulance he appeared to be alert and talkative.

After the rituals of the day were done, family and friends gathered at the Carmel Fire house to share a meal and their fondest memories of Jim. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

]]> (Peter Carey) Events Wed, 19 Jun 2019 05:44:36 -0400
Unlock the Inner Visionary Summer Workshop

Join us to celebrate the start of the Summer Season!

Beth Mendoza and Rhodella Hughes will combine Yoga, essential oils and journaling to work with our inner Vision to create purpose and our life dream.  
Sunday June 23
12 - 3pm
Golden Prana Yoga
223 Katonah Ave, Katonah, NY 10536
$45.00 includes Journal


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Hudson Valley Hockey Company Opens in JV Mall with Colton Orr

Frank Vazquez has been playing hockey in the NY area since he was 5 years old.  Now 28, he has done it all in the world of hockey. From working in a shop selling equipment and sharpening skates to being a player, coach, referee and a fan. He has seen hockey from all angles. Several years ago he opened  Hudson Valley Hockey Company. He sold new and used equipment and sharpened skates. Now he has a new store in the Jefferson Valley Mall and held the official Grand Opening this past Saturday June 15th. Dozens came out for the event to browse, buy and take a few shots at a goal he had set up in the walkway in front of his store. Participants scored by hitting targets in the goal and for each target hit they earned one chance into a raffle.

The store is located on the second floor just next to the food court and has everything the budding player could want. From Jerseys in sizes for the youngest player or fan to goalie pads for the budding collegiate players to several styles of sticks. A player can even get their skates sharpened using the store new technique called Flat Bottomed V Technology from Blackstone Sports. Stop by the shop, Mr. Vazzquez is more then happy o talk to you about this new technology which he calls “the greatest method of sharpening” skates.

Raffle and openings aside the real attraction for the day was ex-Ranger Colton Orr who dropped in to meet and greet die hard hockey fans and casual shoppers as well. Orr played for 3 NHL teams over a career that spanned from 2003 to 2016. He was a NY Ranger for 4 seasons from 2005 through 2009. His NHL totals were 477 games with 12 goals, 12 assists and 1186 penalty minutes. Orr was known as an enforcer for his physical style of play and for regularly fighting. 

Dozens of fans lined up to chat and get autographs and he was very accommodating to all but especially to one little boy. Nephrili Dooley brought her son and daughter early to the opening so as not to miss the former Ranger. Two years ago she and her husband, both huge Rangers fans, were trying to think of a good tough “Hockey” name for their soon to be born baby boy. They came up with Colton after remembering his physical style of play with the Rangers and thought it was the perfect "hockey" name . Now little Colton Dooley , along with his sister, Annelise, and his Mom, met his namesake in person. He was at first a bit shy and laid back but Mr. Orr brought out a few smiles and in a few minutes they were fist bumping like old teammates. Mr. Orr signed several items for the little guy and the whole family left with smiles. 

Hudson Valley Hockey Company is open 11am until 7pm Tuesday through Thursday. 11am - 6 pm on Friday and Saturday and 11am until 4pm on Sundays. They are closed on Mondays for the summer.

Visit their website at Hudson Valley Hockey Company or call them at 914-556-6501 for more information.

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Would your child love to read to a dog? @ Somers Library

Welsh Corgis Romeo or Mischka will be here on Wednesdays from 3:00-5:00pm from July 10-August 7.
Bassett Hound Dante will be here on Saturdays from 10:20-12:20 from July 6-August 17 (No July 13 or July 20).
Each child will read for 20 minutes.*
Arrive early to pick books, or bring your own!
They love to listen to your child read! 
Each of these dogs has been specially trained as a Tail Waggin' Tutor from Therapy Dogs International.  
Registration is via phone only!  
Call Vicki or Beth at 914-232-5717.
Call now to reserve your child's spot!  
*You may select a maximum of 3 (three) slots to read!
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