A Look Back at Somers Top News in 2011

SOMERS, N.Y. - The Daily Somers has published hundreds of local stories since our site launched on June 1. Here are just a few of the big ones:

June 3 - Somers holds its first Relay for Life in affiliation with the American Cancer Society (ACS), doubling expecting earnings. “For a first-time event, it’s overwhelming,” said Katie Hobday, ACS representative.

June 24 - At 11:55 p.m. Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the same-sex marriage bill. Somers Town Clerk Kathie Pacella issued her first same-sex marriage license on Monday, July 29. Pacella said she enjoyed the new policy. “History is being made.”

Aug. 28 - Tropical Storm Irene roared into town, wrecking gardens, pummeling roofs and leaving thousands without power, some for nearly a week.  

Sept. 11 - Hundreds of people turned out for the Tenth Anniversary Observance of  9/11 at the Somers Unity Garden Bailey Park. Wreaths were placed on the Unity Garden benches dedicated to the three Somers victims: George Bishop, Richard Klares and Joseph Spor Jr.

Oct. 30 - A freak snow storm hit the town, destroying power connections, closing schools and spoiling Trick-or-Treating for neighborhood kids. Supervisor Murphy “postponed Halloween” and celebrations resumed the following weekend.

Nov. 19 - Seven-year-old Primrose second grader Madison Bookall was killed in a tragic automobile accident on Mahopac Avenue. Neighbors addressed the Town Board about traffic safety along Mahopac Avenue. No decisions have yet been made.

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