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Somers Soccer Star Strikes Gold in the Holy Land


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Shoshanah Bedrosian recently made it to Israel, something she had wanted to do for a long time.  She went to participate in the Maccabiah Games, the Jewish Olympics, for over two weeks in July and earned a gold medal with the dominant U.S. junior women’s soccer team.  But that wasn’t the thing foremost in her mind when she returned to Somers in the beginning of August.

“The big thing,” she said, “was going into Jerusalem and seeing all the different religions get along so well.  So peaceful, such a holy place.”

She also saw the famed Masada of Jewish lore (“beautiful”) and the Dead Sea (“awesome”).  And, late in July, she celebrated her 16th birthday in the Holy Land, complete with a card from her teammates and a cake plus a hug from her father, Geoff Bedrosian.

“My dad came for a week,” Shoshanah said.  “It was great to see him.  He’s my biggest fan in soccer.”

Shoshanna Bedrosian

“I’m my own harshest critic,” says rising junior soccer player Shoshanah Bedrosian, “but I do have confidence.” Photo courtesy Shoshana Bedrosian

Speaking of soccer, well, that was pretty special, too.  Her American team handled the rest of the Maccabi juniors with relative ease.  In seven games, including the championship, it not only went undefeated but outscored the opposition by 22-0.  Bedrosian, a defense-minded left midfielder, not only played an important role in the shutout performance but also scored two goals of her own.

Her U.S. Juniors played Israel – represented by that nation’s junior national team — three times in pre-season, round-robin and title games — and won each contest by 1-0. (more…)

August 14, 2013 |

Help Wash out Diabetes

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When Bruce the Blog Listens, People Talk


With age comes wisdom, which teaches us the hard way that life is anything but simple and neat. For Joy Costa, that life lesson came abruptly and early, when she was 22. Her then-three year old son Mikey was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.

Active in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) the past five years, Joy and her close family – including stepdad John Boggi of Michael Robert Salon in Yorktown — have collected many thousands of dollars to help find a cure, through a variety of fundraisers, including a car wash and cut-a-thon, both of which they will reprise in the coming weeks.

The car wash is Saturday, Aug. 17 at Mahopac Volunteer Fire Dept. on Route 6, from 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The Cut-a-Thon, at Michael Robert Salon, owned by her stepdad, John Boggi, is Nov. 3 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. All proceeds will be donated to JDRF. Call (914) 528-4247 for reservations.

Here, in her own words, are Joy’s thoughts about the blessing that is her son Mikey.

“Oct. 15, 2008: I remember it like yesterday… I took Mikey to the doctor. He was constantly thirsty, irritable and couldn’t control his bladder. I thought maybe he had a UTI (urinary tract infection). He was very thin, not gaining any weight. (more…)

August 14, 2013 |

U.S. Amateur Golf Championship: Brewster’s Miller Advances, Young of Scarborough Exits



Golfer Mike Miller, with his second straight below-par round, established himself as one of the favorites in the U.S. Amateur at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass., as 64 survivors from a field of 312 moved from stroke play to match play.  The 21-year-old from Brewster equaled his opening-round one-under 69 on Aug. 13 to share sixth place among the qualifiers.

Miller pronounced himself “very, very happy” with his game and score. But the other local standout competing for a spot among the 64, Cameron Young, suffered a sad result.

The 16-year-old from Scarborough fell one stroke short of qualification as he followed an even-par 70 with a five-over 75 for 145.  All those at 144 lived to play another day.

“The course played tough today,” Young told TownLink News + Views.  “It bit me a couple of times.”

Miller, meanwhile, took a bite out of par again while keeping alive his outside chance of making the Walker Cup team.  “I’ve made it to match play and I’m looking forward to it,” he said.  “I’m hitting the ball well and today my putter was very, very good.”

August 14, 2013 |

Two-thirds Say Spitzer/Weiner Attention is Embarrassing; Cuomo Seen As Effective Governor: Siena Poll


Loudonville, NY. — More than two-thirds of voters think the national attention being shined on New York by the political comeback attempts of New York City Comptroller candidate and former Governor Eliot Spitzer and New York City mayoral candidate and former Congressman Anthony Weiner is embarrassing, according to a new Siena College Poll of New York voters released Aug. 12.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has seen his favorability rating increase to its highest level since February, as well as increases in his job performance rating and the percentage of voters prepared to re-elect him. More than twothirds
think he’s been an effective governor, even as only 39 percent say he’s improved the quality of life for New Yorkers and only one in three think he would make a good President.

By a nearly two-to-one margin, voters side with the Assembly’s position on the Governor’s Women’s Equality Act – passing all ten proposals – rather than the Senate’s position of passing nine proposals, excluding the one on abortion. While most voters have heard little or nothing about the Governor’s new Moreland Commission, a majority believe it will be at least somewhat effective in rooting out corruption and restoring public trust. (more…)

August 13, 2013 |

Young, Miller Shine at Start of National Amateur Golf Tourney



The area’s two standout young male amateur golfers both turned in standout opening rounds at the U.S. Amateur Aug. 12 at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass.

Mike Miller, 21, of Brewster turned in a one-under par 69 to share 12th place in a field of 312, hoping to be among the 64 moving on to match play after the second stroke-play 18 holes the next day.

Cameron Young, 16, from Scarborough, was an even-par 70 to share 19th place.   Barring an uncharacteristic collapse, both will be among the 64 advancing.

“I had a nice round,” Miller said simply.  “My short game was working well.”

Miller’s golfing future is entwined with this tournament.  His goal this season has been to make the U.S. Walker Cup team of amateurs who will face Great Britain and Ireland Sept. 7-8 but a triple-bogey at the Western Open and an ear infection, which kept him out of the Players Amateur, have hurt his chances.

Five U.S. players have been chosen and Miller, now the 35th ranked U.S. amateur, will have to finish exceptionally high in the event to get one of the remaining five spots.

If he fails to do so, he plans to turn professional in time for the Met Open Aug. 20-22.  “But the Walker Cup is my focus,” he has said repeatedly.

Young actually was two-under par on the front nine but settled for a still-impressive par round.

“I played pretty well,” Young said.  “I just got penalized by a couple of shots which weren’t bad but ended up in bad places.”

August 13, 2013 |

Sign Up Now to Participate in a Volunteer Activity to Remember 9/11


September 11th is a solemn day of remembrance for all Americans. To commemorate the 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance, Westchester County government and The Volunteer Center of United Way have again joined together to present “9/11: Serve & Remember,” more than 25 service events and activities, organized by area nonprofit organizations Sept. 3-11.

“Volunteering is one of the best ways to honor the victims and families affected by the tragic events of 9/11 and to pay tribute to our first responders and other heroes,” said County Executive Robert P. Astorino. “There are volunteer opportunities across the county that are suitable for people of all ages who want give back.  I encourage people to sign up now on the Web site of The Volunteer Center.”

Detailed information is available at and early registration is encouraged.

Alisa H. Kesten, executive director of The Volunteer Center, said: “As an agency devoted to increasing volunteerism in Westchester and our surrounding communities, we see this as a wonderful opportunity for people of all ages and interests to join together in service to build a permanent and positive legacy that rekindles the spirit of unity that followed the tragic events of Sept. 11. The Volunteer Center will help connect individuals to activities that match their interests.” (more…)

August 9, 2013 |

South Salem’s Morales Ousted in National Golf Tourney



      The Round of 32 has not been kind to Nicole Morales lately.

      The 17-year-old golf star from South Salem recently scored well in stroke qualifying at the U.S. Junior Girls championship, then won her Round of 64 match easily, only to lose by the narrowest of margins, 1 up, in the Round of 32, though playing under par.

      In the current week’s U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship at the Country Club  of Charleston, her second-round 68 gave her a high finish in stroke play.  She then won a taut Round of 64 match, 2 and 1, only to lose by the same score on Aug. 8 to Californian Casie Cathrea in the Round of 32.

      “My driver was off but my iron shots were excellent,” Morales said after the match.  “Missing a few short putts was the difference.”

      A day earlier, Morales had ousted New Zealander Liz Cheng in a see-saw match.  “I hit the ball super-well in that one,” said Morales, whose birdie putt on 16 clinched the victory.

      Morales refused to be discouraged by the loss.  “I’m looking forward to the Junior Solheim Cup next weekend,” she said.  There, Cathrea will be a teammate.


August 9, 2013 |
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