December 31, 2015 RSS feed / Front Page

Breaking News - 1/2/2016 5:29 PM

Putnam’s first baby of the year comes from Mahopac  Free Access 

The new year was just under 12 hours old when at 11:58 a.m., Putnam County’s first baby of the year, Erin Cavanna, was brought into the world. Erin’s mom, Keisha Cavanna, expressed great joy Saturday that her bundle of joy was first at Putnam Ho More...

Oaths of office administered to county officials  Free Access 

There was standing room only at the historic Putnam Courthouse on New Year’s Eve when Robert Tendy, Barbara Scuccimarra, Ginny Nacerino and Joseph Castellano were administered their oaths of office. Tendy, Putnam’s new District Attorney, receive More...

Cyclist killed in Mahopac Falls

A 26 year old motorcyclist from Mahopac was killed in a head-on crash with a BMW in the final hours of 2015. Carmel Police identified the fatal victim as Zachary Zappala. Chief Michael Cazzari said Zappala’s Yamaha crossed into the oncoming lane of More...

Up in Smoke: $1 Million Missing from Patterson Fire Department!

Federal Authorities Join Case

In a dramatic expansion of possible wrongdoing, a second volunteer fire department in Putnam County is now under investigation for suspected alleged misuse of taxpayer dollars.  Word was received over the long holiday weekend that the Patterson More...

Most Putnam Schools Will Now Consider 3-hour Delay

Big Storms Drive Change

As Monday night’s sleet and freezing rain demonstrated, winter is here. More...

General Stories

2015: A Year in Review

Like bookends, wacky weather marked both the entrance and exit to 2015. More...

Holiday Cheer For Hospital Patients

Being hospitalized during the holidays can be hard!  Members of the Greater Mahopac-Carmel Chamber of Commerce realized that fact and on Christmas-eve delivered more than 100 stuffed bears and assorted animals to the county’s sole medical More...

Mahopac Woman Killed Crossing Street

A Mahopac family spent the Christmas holidays without their matriarch who was struck and killed while crossing East Lake Blvd. More...

Cultural Events

Buddhist Ceremony to Call for World Peace

Nothing is more peaceful and spiritual than spending New Year’s morning at the Chuang Yen Monastery in western Kent.  The Buddhist Association of the U.S. More...

Upcoming Events at the Patterson Library Crafts, Comedy, and Quizzes are Fun For All

Winter Reading Puppies Fridays, from 4:30 – 6 PM Kids in kindergarten through fourth grade can read their favorite book to an energetic guide-dog-intraining. Sign up for your 15 minute session with Miss Jenn! More...

Martial Arts Self Defense Course

Get ready for some action packed lessons in Krav Maga Martial Arts, a technique used by the Israeli military, to learn self defense. More...

Editorials

Sifting Through the Sands of Time

EFFECT OF SORROW

Life has long years; many pleasures it has to give in return for many which, are taken away and with our ears can receive the sounds of revelry, and our eyes are sensible of pleasant sights, and our bodies are conscious of strength, we deem we live. More...

Word of the Week

Quaggy \KWAG-ee\  ADJECTIVE marshy or boggy, flabby or soft   More...

Obituaries  Free Access 

James D. Carey

James D. Carey, age 65 of Brewster, New York, died Sunday, December 27, 2015, at his home.  Mr. Carey was born October 11, 1950, in Manhattan, NY, son of the late John and Marjorie (Fleming) Carey. More...

Joseph W. Budzienski, Sr.

Joseph W. Budzienski, Sr., age 62, of Mahopac, NY, died on December 19, 2015, at Putnam Hospital Center, Carmel, NY with his family by his side. More...

Arthur George Perlett Jr.

Arthur George Perlett Jr., age 71, of Patterson, NY, died December 21, 2015, at Putnam Hospital Center, Carmel, NY.  More...

Breaking News - 1/5/2016 10:59 AM

Fire destroys Carmel building; updated with new info  Free Access 

Brutal cold hinders firefighting

Putnam’s first major fire of the year took place early Tuesday on the coldest morning of 2016. The blaze was reported at 1:11 a.m. More...

Breaking News - 1/4/2016 5:24 PM

Rumors of immigration roundup are false  Free Access 

Dozens of Putnam’s newest residents kicked off 2016 in fear following rumors being circulated throughout the area that ICE (Immigration Customs Enforcement) would be arresting undocumented individuals during a regional crackdown.   More...

Breaking News - 1/1/2016 5:26 PM

Buddhist ceremony calls for world peace  Free Access 

A peaceful and spiritual New Year’s morning was celebrated at the Chuang Yen Monastery in western Kent. The Buddhist Association of the U.S. More...

Pataki ends Presidential run  Free Access 

Both supporters and naysayers on the local level agreed: It had a nice ring to it—“Putnam County’s George Pataki, President of the United States.”But New York State’s former Governor, who announced his candidacy last May, never really caught on with More...

Holiday to Remember as Soldier Returns Home

Marie DeNapoli received a special Christmas present on Christmas Eve morning when her 21-year-old son, Mike – stationed in the military in Hawaii – arrived home for the holidays.  More...

Mahopac Pet Shop Owner Charged With Witness Tampering

More Charges for Richard DOyle

That 55-year-old Mahopac man owning pet shops in Danbury and Mohegan Lake, charged last summer with three counts of animal cruelty in Connecticut, is now facing multiple charges of witness tampering.  More...

Around the County

Homecoming For Historic Parrott Gun

History of Putnam

A journey over 150 years in the making finally came full circle last week. It was a long anticipated homecoming for an original Parrott gun, a piece of American history whose story began in Putnam County. More...

Tandem Snow Plows Rolled Out In the Nick of Time by DOT

Newly designed tandem plows will be out in force this winter removing snow from Interstate 84 throughout Putnam County. More...

Countywide Response Battles Huge Fire

Firefighters from both eastern and western Putnam joined their neighbors from southern Dutchess, northern Westchester and Orange counties last week in battling a huge fire that destroyed a large turn of the 20th century home at 67 South Mountain Pass More...

School News

High achiever

A Putnam County resident has been awarded a $1,000 per year "Educational Foundation Academic Distinction" scholarship to attend Alfred State. More...

Sports

New Year Brings High School Seniors Closer to Life Changes

Commentary

I have written these words before, in one form or another, but to me it bears repeating.  New Year’s Eve is Thursday, New Year’s Day is Friday. It’s just one day, 24 hours, and yet it might as well be a quantum leap. More...

Mahopac Girls Finish Year On Winning Note, 6-3 Record

The Mahopac High School girls’ basketball team finished the year on a winning note, beating Fox Lane 56-46 before the extended holiday break.  The Indians are now 6-3, somehow squeezing all nine games into a 22-day span in the month of Dec More...

Brewster Puts Three Into Quarterfinal Round Of Big Wrestling Tourney

FREEDOM PLAINS – The annual Mid-Hudson Wrestling Invitational at Arlington High School is a big deal every year, with some of the best teams and some of the best high school wrestlers coming from a wide path from Albany to Long Island to compet More...

Worship Services

Worship Listings

Lake Mahopac  United Methodist  Church 85 Mount Hope Rd, Mahopac Pastor Ed Dayton  845-628-3637 10:15 am  Sunday Worship Service  & Sunday School (during school year); Communion on 2nd Sunday of  the month; loca More...

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