February 19, 2015 RSS feed / Front Page

Breaking News - 2/24/2015 7:55 AM

Coldest morning yet across Putnam  Free Access 

For the third time in the past eight days More...

Breaking News - 2/23/2015 12:18 PM

Schumer lashes out at President Obama on drug funding  Free Access 

Democratic U.S. More...

Woman rescued from Metro-North track in Brewster  Free Access 

An upstate woman escaped serious injury Thursday when she fell onto a railroad track at the Brewster Metro-North station as a northbound train was approaching. More...

Stiebeling Sues County; Odell Cites Investigation & Flawed Judgment  Free Access 

Adam Stiebeling, formerly Putnam’s Commissioner of Emergency Services, is not going quietly into that good night. More...

Schumer, at Grand Central, Proposes RR Safety Fixes

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer will be introducing legislation in Washington aimed at reducing highway rail-grade collisions following the horrific Feb. More...

Politics

Democrats Recruit Candidates in Southeast

Nine offices will be up for grabs in the greater Brewster- Southeast area this fall and local Democrats are recruiting candidates to seek public office. More...

Around the County

Firefighters Fight More Than Fire at Mahopac Home

Firefighters battled more than flames Sunday when a house caught fire on Stephanie Lane off of West Lovell Street in Mahopac.  More...

Student Artwork Displayed at Mahopac Public Library

A current exhibit in the Young Arts Gallery at Mahopac Public Library, entitled Our Perspective, features twenty student artworks that demonstrate the use of perspective in an imaginative way. More...

Christ Church Nursery School Open House

Christ Church Nursery School (‘CCNS’), invites families to our open house on Saturday, February 21, from 10 am – 2 pm. More...

School News

Future Broadcasters in the Making

Five students at Carmel High School have learned what it takes to record a public service announcement. More...

Cuomo Blasted For Withholding School State Aid Estimates

Gov. More...

Snow Days Disrupt Area Schools

Vacation plans have been turned topsy-turvy for many Putnam families due to the large number of school cancellations resulting from inclement weather. More...

Editorials

Sifting Through the Sands of Time

Burglars and Burglaries

Sometime Tuesday night burglars entered the store of Marcus Badt of Brewster and stole some summer clothing, mostly pants. Mr. Badt said the robbery amounted to $200. More...

Word of the Week

Quotidian  occurring every day; belonging to each day : everyday;  commonplace, ordinary   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...

Breaking News - 2/25/2015 11:42 AM

Mahopac High School closed again  Free Access 

Utility crews and employees from the Mahopac School District worked non-stop Monday and have reenergized the Mahopac High School’s electrical system and heating plant allowing for the re-opening of the building on Baldwin Place Road on Tuesday. More...

Breaking News - 2/24/2015 8:59 PM

Koehler Senior Center closed Wednesday  Free Access 

Putnam’s largest senior center—the Bill Koehler Senior Center in Mahopac—will be closed Wednesday due to a water issue in the building. Office for Senior Resources Director Pat Sheehy made the announcement Tuesday evening, telling the Courier an More...

Breaking News - 2/23/2015 6:18 PM

Roof collapses due to weight of snow

A house in Patterson has been deemed unsafe for occupancy following a roof collapse Sunday due to the excessive weight of Mother Nature’s fury this winter. The residence, located at 641 North Birch Hill Road, is owned by the Casarella Estate, ac More...

Arctic cold claims life in Lake Carmel  Free Access 

Updated, New Info

A 53 year old Lake Carmel woman was pronounced dead at Putnam Hospital Center early Friday after being found face down in snow outside her Barrett Hill Road home. Kent Police received a call around 11 p.m. More...

Thousands welcome Chinese New Year in Putnam

Thousands crowded into the Chuang Yen Monastery in Kent Cliffs last Thursday to celebrate the Chinese New Year 4713. The Year of the Ram or Year of the Sheep was ushered in with prayer and song.  More...

Patty Hearst’s Putnam Pup Wins Gold at Westminster

In a surprise, the Best in Show at the 139th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show went to Miss P., a 4-year-old Beagle from British Columbia. But throughout the show, our Putnam pups performed very well indeed. More...

Future of 9-1-1 Center Questioned

A dozen members of the county’s emergency services field crowded into a tiny meeting room on the third floor of the Putnam Office Building last Wednesday evening to learn first hand about the future of Putnam’s 9-1-1 Dispatch Center.  More...

General Stories

Legislature to Move Forward on Styrofoam Food Container Ban

The Putnam Legislature is expected to approve a resolution next month banning polystyrene foam disposable food service containers used by county governmental agencies such as the Office for Senior Resources.  More...

Old Fashioned Winter Carnival in Kent

Area residents may be tired of Mother Nature’s fury since January 1 with numerous snow and ice storms and arctic cold, but as Kent Supervisor Maureen Fleming puts it: “This IS winter!”  More...

Spectra Energy Gas Pipeline Opposition Mounts

Putnam County legislators have promised to keep hammering the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) with letters and correspondence in opposition to Spectra Energy’s plans of expanding its transmission system with the Atlantic Bridge Proj More...

Enterprise

Trailblazers Come From All Walks Of Life

Putnam’s Trailblazers represent a varied cross section of the county. More...

From the Chamber

Sign Ordinance Development, With Focus on Business Needs

The Town of Carmel is looking to enact a new sign ordinance, which potentially threatens efforts to improve the local economy and may hamper the conducting of business in the area. More...

Sports

Delahanty, DiNardo and Knox Advance in Wrestling

WEST NYACK – Mahopac and Carmel high schools are sending three wrestlers to the New York State championships.  Mahopac boasted two champions in Mike DiNardo (182 pounds) and Ryan Delahanty (285 pounds), and Carmel’s Kevin Knox won th More...

Carmel Girls Win First Sectional Game Before Being Eliminated

CARMEL – The 15thseeded Carmel High School girls' basketball team won its initial postseason game last week before being eliminated by the tournament’s No. More...

Successful Defense! Putnam Valley Wins Another Sectional Wrestling Title

THORNWOOD – Buoyed by four individual weight class champs, the Putnam Valley High School wrestling team on Saturday defended its Section One, Division 2 team title by edging Pearl River for the overall championship,  The Tigers tallied 233 More...

Letters to the Editor

Battling the ‘Powers That Be’

To the Editor,   I read with pleasure (and displeasure) your terrific article entitled “Their Hands Are In YOUR Wallet” (Cunningham’s Corner, Feb. 5). More...

Incentives for Land Conservation

Dear Editor,   On Thursday, February 12, by a super-majority of 67%, Congress voted in favor of the America Gives More Act (H.R. 644), which included a key incentive for land conservation. More...

Obituaries  Free Access 

William James Francis Maguire

William James Francis Maguire of Mahopac, New York, passed away on Sunday, February 8. He was born January 25, 1933, in Mount Vernon, NY. More...

Mary Zywotchenko

Mary Zywotchenko (nee Hawraniak) passed away February 8th, 2015. She was born March 21, 1945, in Schopfenhof, Germany, just as the allies were marching toward Berlin in the waning days of WW II, to Ukrainian parents working as forced laborers. More...

Henry Fausto Turgati

Henry Fausto Turgati, 94, a resident of Carmel since 1946, died on February 15, 2015.   More...

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