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Sound of Music – Costume and Prop Request

The Spring Musical is looking for help with costumes and props.  Please click on the links to view what items are needed and email if you can help.


St. Joseph’s Church in Somers welcoming choir additions

Saint Joseph’s Church in Somers is currently welcoming and encouraging people of all ages who enjoy music to participate in the parish music ministries program. There are currently three (3) choirs at the parish:

An Adult Choir for anyone 18 and over; rehearsals Thursday evenings in Meeting Room 1 at the church; and the Adult Choir sings each Sunday at the 10:00 am liturgy on Sundays.

A Contemporary Ensemble, for anyone in high school and older, both singers and instrumentalists are most welcome! Great group if you like “praise” music or “contemporary” style; guitarists, flutists, drummers, singers, brass, woodwinds–all welcome and needed. Plays for the the Sunday 6pm liturgy and rehearses an hour prior.

A Youth Choir for children in grades three through eight rehearses on Tuesday afternoons 5:45-6:30 in the church. and sings for a monthly family mass. Great for grade school kids.

A calendar of all music ministry events is available. Contact the Director of Sacred Music Mr. Joseph Nigro at treasurehousemusic@gmail.com or call 914-318-3268 for more information.

The parish also has a concert series of diversified sacred and secular concert programs held during the year. A brochure is available on the church website.

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Kennedy to host Bionic Brouhaha II: The Second One on Jan. 10

When Dean Kamen founded FIRST, or For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, he had a goal of developing ways to inspire students in engineering and technology fields.

“Kids are idolizing celebrities and sports stars and so few of them can go pro in their field, so we want to show them where else they can go pro,” Kennedy Catholic senior Laurel Higham said of Kamen’s message.

The Bionic Gaels were born.

Four years ago, Higham and her father Joseph formed the Bionic Gaels robotics club. The team has experienced a myriad of successes over the years and after hosting a robotics qualifying event last year, they will be doing so again this year when Bionic Brouhaha II: The Second One comes to Kennedy Catholic on Saturday, Jan. 10.

Twenty-four teams, more than 200 students and some 100 parents and volunteers will descend on Kennedy Catholic in Somers for the last of five qualifying tournaments in the Hudson Valley.

“Everyone is very enthusiastic about being a big community,” said Laurel, a Kennedy senior, who is the captain of the Bionic Gaels. “You don’t want to create any hard feelings between teams.”

Being the 5602 Bionic Gaels are hosting the event, they will not be competing. But Kennedy Catholic has another team, the 9541 Xeno Gaels, which consists of four students and was formed in October. This will be their first event as a team.

Awards are not just given out for the performance of a team’s robot. Teams are judged on their team spirit, fundraising, community service and how well you designed your robot.

“It’s not just about the robot,” Laurel said. “There’s a greater message to it.”

Saturday’s Empire NY FTC Mid-Hudson Qualifying Tournament will showcase robots from teams across the Hudson Valley, Long Island, upstate New York, Buffalo, New Jersey and Connecticut. Six squads will advance to the Championship event at Pace University on Sunday, Feb. 8.

“Nationally and regionally, our robotics program has been experiencing explosive growth,” said Joseph Higham. “We’re expecting 200-250 of Westchester’s brightest students along with an additional 100-150 parents, coaches, mentors and volunteers.”

Laurel estimates that the team practices 8-12 hours per week. In their most recent competition, the Bionic Gaels placed 13th of 36 teams and won the Think award at the Robo-CATastrophe Core Qualifier in Columbia, New Jersey on Nov. 16. They will compete at the New Jersey State Championships in March and it is the first time they’ve advanced past the qualifying round in the New Jersey tournament.

Teams will begin making preliminary adjustments at 9 a.m., with opening ceremonies to follow around 10:30 a.m.

The 5602 Bionic Gaels consist of senior captain Laurel Higham, senior Maggie Caridi, junior Austin Cohen, senior Susanna Cohen, senior Sarah Dollard, junior Silvana Acierno, junior Matt Beisswenger, junior Gabby Formoso, senior Jordan Hopkins, junior Max Jarcho, junior Skylar Rom and sophomore Danny Caridi.

The 9541 Xeno Gaels consist of freshman Rachel Beisswenger, junior Al Cantarella, freshman Sean Dollard and sophomore Chris Hanrahan.

For more information on the event, click here.



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Hoops for Hope Saturday, Dec. 20

Kennedy Catholic will host the eighth annual Maureen’s Hoops for Hope at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 20 in the Kennedy Catholic gymnasium. Watch as Kennedy Catholic students, alumni, faculty, friends and family compete in a 5-on-5 basketball tournament!

The event honors Maureen McAvoy, who was a member of the Kennedy Class of 2006. In October 2007 she died after a long and brave battle against brain cancer. Among the tournament’s organizers is Maureen’s sister, Siobhan, a 2007 graduate of Kennedy.

There will be a 50-50 along with plenty of food available, including 6-foot heros, pasta and desserts. An $8 suggested donation is requested at the door and t-shirts will be sold for $12.

All money raised goes directly to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Brain Cancer Research Center. Over the years, the participants have raised more than $40,000 and have been officially recognized for their donations by Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital for the past three years!

If you would like to sign up and create a team, please contact Siobhan McAvoy by phone at 845-729-9667 or email at mcavoysiobhan@gmail.com . Also, if you cannot attend and still would like to donate please contact Siobhan.

We hope to see you all there to celebrate the life of Maureen McAvoy and support our fight to beat childhood cancer!

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Christmas Concert December 10

Kennedy Catholic’s annual Christmas Concert will be held on Wednesday, December 10 at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium. Admission is $5 per person or $10 per family, payable at the door. Current parents may use their Fair Share Coupons.

The evening will include Christmas music performed by our band, choral programs, dance and string ensemble, as well as caroling with the audience at the end of the show.

After the concert, enjoy hot cocoa, hot cider and cookies in the Lakeview Room. There also will be a 50-50 raffle.

We hope to see you there!

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Toy Drive for the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital

We are holding a toy drive for the the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital. The last chance to hand in donations is Monday, December 15. Monetary donations are also accepted. Please donate unwrapped and brand new gifts only. At the hospital’s request to respect families’ beliefs, please no religious toys/crafts. Contact Jennifer Goldfarb, Christina Rowland or Rebecca O’Callaghan for more information.

Donation suggestions include but are NOT limited to:


– Flannel pajamas (in teen sizes)

– Sports team hats/shirts

– Baby pajamas/onesies

– T-shirts (child large/x-large)

– Infant hats/bibs

– Girls headbands

– Makeup

– Nail polish


– Keychain kits

– Jewelrey kits

– Color-by-numbers

– Model magic

– Coloring books

– Markers/colored pencils

– Glitter pens

– Word searches

– Drawing pads/journals

– Art kits

– Paints

Toys (please no glass)

– Stuffed animals

– Dolls

– Plastic toy cars

– Baby toys (0-12 months)

– Plastic instruments

– Action figures

– Legos

– Board games

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Soccer squads earn All-League awards

Kennedy Catholic’s varsity boys and girls soccer teams each had three players named All-League in the CHSAA Bronx-Westchester Division.

For the girls, senior Stephanie Amengual and sophomores Kerry Brosnan and Deirdre Kokasko were selected as All-League.

And for the boys, senior Michael Donnelly, senior Chris Mulholland and junior Matt Kiernan were named All-League.

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Gaels hand out awards at Fall Athletic Dinner

Kennedy Catholic had its Fall Athletic Dinner at Colonial Terrace last night (Nov. 20) and handed out a number of awards to its varsity teams.

For the city champion volleyball team, Kelly Gallagher and Katelynn Ryan were named team co-MVPs. Danielle Kralik received the Patricia Maurer Sportsmanship Award.

In girls soccer, Kerry Brosnan was dubbed team MVP, while Tara Heslin-Scott earned the Sportsmanship Award.

Michael Donnelly was selected as the MVP for the boys soccer squad. Chris Mulholland received the Sportsmanship Award.

In cross country, Robert Kastberg claimed both awards as he was named the team MVP and took home the Sportsmanship Award.

Tucker Clair earned the sportsmanship award for the varsity football team.

Julia Bauer garnered team MVP for the field hockey squad, while Lauren Costello collected the Sportsmanship Award.

For the cheerleading team, Jillian Lepore earned MVP and Dana Kelly brought home the Sportsmanship Award.

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Kennedy volleyball receives awards

Kennedy Catholic’s varsity volleyball team received a number of postseason awards.

Senior Kelly Gallagher was named the CHSAA Bronx/Westchester League Player of the Year.

Earning All-League honors was Gallagher along with fellow seniors Mary Burns, Katelynn Ryan and Joanna Weidenhamer.

At the Kennedy Fall Athletic Dinner, Gallagher and Ryan were named team co-MVPs, while Danielle Kralik received the Pat Maurer Sportsmanship Award.

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Four Kennedy baseball players sign National Letters of Intent

Since Bob Fletcher took over the Kennedy Catholic varsity baseball team nine years ago, the Gaels have been on the rise.

Kennedy earned a NYSPHSAA state title in 2008 and has won two Section 1 titles under Fletcher, along with sending dozens of players to the college diamonds.

Now four more Gaels will join that group.

Seniors Griffin Dey, Ryan Marrone, Gavin Garay and Tom Brady all signed National Letters of Intent to play college baseball on Thursday, November 13.

Dey, a first baseman and pitcher, will attend Yale University (New Haven, Connecticut). Garay, who played shortstop for the last two years at Kennedy but will play third base at the next level, is headed to St. John’s University (Queens, New York). Marrone, a right-handed pitcher, will take his talents to Swarthmore College, which is just outside of Philadelphia. Brady, a second baseman, will compete at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (Newark, New Jersey).

“It’s pretty exciting,” said Garay, who chose St. John’s because of their strong academics, coaching staff and reputation. “I’ve played with these guys for a couple years now — just developing together and stuff like that.”

Dey chose Yale because it was the perfect combination of academics and athletics.

“I fit with the coaching staff real well,” said Dey, who was also being pursued by Notre Dame, Georgetown and Columbia. “It’s close to home and I feel like I can go there and do well in and out of the classroom. My whole goal was to continue my baseball career as far as I can and playing at Yale is going to help me pursue my goals. I’m really excited to get the opportunity.”

Fletcher said that it’s the first time that he’s had three players from one team play Division 1 baseball.

“It’s a great moment today,” Fletcher said. “I’m excited because I think it’s the first time in school history that we’ve had one team with this many Division 1 players on it. Normally we have one or two and this year we have three D-1 players. I also think it’s the first time we’ve had an Ivy Leaguer going to Yale. It’s very exciting to see that we have four boys this year going to play college baseball.”

Click Here to view a photo gallery from the signing.