January 8, 2015 RSS feed / Front Page

Shakeup at Emergency Services

Odell Declines to Reappoint Stiebeling

Putnam Commissioner of Emergency Services Adam Stiebeling is out of a job.  Stiebeling was appointed commissioner in September 2012 following the retirement of Commissioner Robert Mc- Mahon, who lost a battle with cancer the following year. More...

Putnam’s First Baby of 2015

A first baby of the year hadn’t been born on New Year’s Day at Putnam Hospital Center fort the past decade.  That changed on Thursday morning when at 7:35 a.m., Jeffrey Anderson was brought into the world by Dr. More...

Politics

Legislature Picks Leaders

The Putnam County Legislature conducted its organizational meeting Tuesday evening before a small gathering at the historic Putnam Courthouse. More...

Large Crowds Welcome Officials Sworn In on New Year’s Eve

There was standing room only at the historic Putnam County Courthouse on New Year’s Eve when officials on the state and county level took their oaths of office for 2015. More...

Land Tied to Leibell is Sold

The End of an Era in County

More than four years after a federal anti-corruption probe started against then State Sen. More...

School News

Mahopac Teachers Start Off 2015 With New Contract

It was a long time in coming, but the Mahopac Teachers Association and the Board of Education have agreed to a new contract. The five year pact affecting some 450 educators that is retroactive to 2013 extends through the 2017-2018 school year. More...

Sports

Brewster Wrestling Takes Down John Jay-EF

BREWSTER – Maybe this wasn’t a make-or-break match for the Brewster High School wrestling team, but as far as senior Joe Buonadonna was concerned, it was darn close to it.  More...

Carmel Wrestling Dominates in 78-9 Rout of Somers

CARMEL – Carmel High School won every match but two – and one of those was a forfeit – in dominating Somers on Tuesday night, 78-9, in a Section One wrestling meet.  The Rams had nine victories by pin.  99: Vlad Panchishak More...

Alfonzetti’s Hat Trick Leads Carmel Hockey to Win

BREWSTER -- Tyler Alfonzetti had the hat trick Tuesday night, and the Carmel High School ice hockey team beat Somers, 5-1, in a Section One game played at the Brewster Ice Arena.  Alfonzetti also added an assist. More...

Letters to the Editor

Issues with Brewster School Bond

Congratulations to the property owners of the Brewster School District on becoming $38 million deeper in debt. Thanks to 635 of your fellow citizens, a bond issue in that amount was approved in a vote conducted on December 9, 2014. More...

Unfunded Mandate Reform

To the Editor,  When the state legislature returns to Albany this year, one of the first pieces of business they should work on is Unfunded Mandates.   More...

Canopus Truck Traffic

I am writing you in regards to tractor-trailer traffic on our town’s small back roads. In particular, I am most familiar with problems on Canopus Hill Road, which is in both Philipstown and Putnam Valley.  More...

Obituaries  Free Access 

MaryLisa McKay Mangan

Putnam Valley -- MaryLisa McKay Mangan, 52, beloved mother of Willow and Leif Mangan, passed away on December 17, 2014; in the comfort of her own home, surrounded by her loving family.  More...

Raymond S. Kmetz

Raymond S. Kmetz, age 87, of Stuart, FL, formerly of Brewster NY, died January 1, 2015, in Carmel, NY.  More...

Edward T. Sevcik Sr.

Edward T. Sevcik Sr. of Vero Beach, FL, and formerly of Mahopac, NY, passed away peacefully at home on December 30, 2014, at the age of 81. He was born in Benwood, WV on March 26, 1933, the son of Thomas and Susan Suchock Sevcik.  More...

Breaking News - 1/13/2015 7:47 AM

Schools return to regular schedules  Free Access 

Follows closures Friday, Monday

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Breaking News - 1/10/2015 7:28 PM

Anxious moments at PHC

Anxious moments came at the Putnam Hospital Center Saturday afternoon when a light haze filled the medical center’s first floor and a strong odor of something burning permeated the More...

Breaking News - 1/10/2015 3:56 PM

Odell clears the air over Putnam Fire & EMS

200 first responders attend

The release of Adam Stiebeling as Putnam Commissioner of Emergency Services by County Executive MaryEllen Odell created a firestorm throughout the county’s police, fire and EMS comm More...

Baby It’s Cold outside

Putnam residents awakened to temperatures hovering around zero Thursday with wind chills as cold as -15 degrees. Forecasters say the mercury will not rise out of the teens throughout the day with overnight temperatures plummeting to near zero ag More...

Three Kings Day is a Great Success

Putnam County’s first Three Kings celebration was a tremendous success when dozens of children joined by their parents and grandparents crowded into the Studio Around the Corner in Brewster Tuesday evening.  More...

General Stories

Putnam Valley Library Reopens After Repairs

It’s been a painstaking process but after being closed for over a year, the Putnam Valley Library has reopened.  The library was shuttered after cracks in a second floor wall were discovered and officials feared for the safety of library s More...

County Launches Internship Program

Winter may be in full swing but county officials have already begun thinking about next summer.  County Executive MaryEllen Odell this week encouraged high school, college and graduate students to apply for paid and unpaid summer internship oppo More...

Former Gov. Mario Cuomo Dies; Announcement in Putnam Recalled

Here’s a little known fact most people don't know:   Former Governor Mario Cuomo, whose funeral was Tuesday, first announced his candidacy for governor at just two gatherings: One in Queens, and a Democratic fundraiser in Putnam County. More...

Around the County

Influenza: An Epidemic in NY

Cases of the flu in New York State have almost doubled in just a week. It’s a national epidemic and the worst part of the season has yet to arrive. The Centers for Disease Control Friday declared it a plague nationwide. More...

Paintings by Cara Gilroy at Mahopac Public Library

Cara Gilroy’s paintings are imaginative, surreal, and mysterious. She uses acrylic paint to create abstract landscapes that invite interpretation and discovery. More...

Winter at Belle Levine Art Center

Affordable winter ART classes begin the end of January with many new offerings and ongoing favorites including pottery, painting, drawing, and photography. More...

Editorials

Sifting Through the Sands of Time

The Burglar is Abroad

Walter B. Dickerman, president of the New York Stock Exchange, reported to the New Rochelle police on December 27 that burglars had entered the farm house on his premises at Quaker Ridge, New Mamaroneck, and had stolen a large amount of property. More...

Word of the Week

Dovecote  a small compartmented raised house or box for domestic  pigeons, a settled or harmonious group or organization   More...

Worship Services

Worship Listings

CHUANG YEN  MONASTERY 2020 Rte 301, Carmel  845-228-4283/4288 baus. org bauscym@aol.com  Sunday programs: 9-10am  - Chanting and Meditation,  10-11am - Dharma Talk,  11am-12pm - Noon Book  Discussion Group More...

Birth Announcements

Lucy Alice Dunning

Lucy Alice Dunning was born December 19, 2014, to parents Christine and Michael Dunning. Lucy was 8 pounds, 9 ounces. The family resides in Valhalla.  Maternal Grandparents are Henrietta and Thomas Lazzari of Carmel. More...

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‘No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.’ ~Hal Borland