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Breaking News - 2/7/2016 8:54 AM

Cuomo Orders New Indian Point Investigation After Tritium Finding  Free Access 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has ordered a new investigation into the Indian Point nuclear energy plants after increased levels of tritium were found in three groundwater monitoring wells on the site. More...

Region’s most modern ladder truck arrives in Putnam County  Free Access 

With red lights flashing and cheers ringing out at Carmel FD headquarters, the newest and most modern piece of firefighting apparatus throughout the region arrived in Putnam More...

Firefighters Join The Ranks

Putnam's proud tradition of volunteerism in the emergency services field is alive and well following the graduation of 48 young firefighters.   More...

Parents’ Worst Nightmare, 2-year-old Chokes to Death

Every parent’s worst nightmare unfolded for a Kent couple when their 2-year-old twin son choked to death while eating an apple.  Kent Police, Lake Carmel FD Rescue Squad personnel and a paramedic from the Trans Care Ambulance Service raced More...

Maloney Challenger Praised By GOP

While Republicans will be needing a scorecard to sort out the candidates interested in challenging Democratic Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney in June when balloting in a GOP Primary, one of the six in the race, received quite a send off Saturday in More...

General Stories

On-the-Go Meals Coming to the Greater Brewster Area

Getting hunger pangs while driving throughout greater Brewster may soon be resolved by a stop at a roadside food vendor.  The Southeast Town Board has begun the process of drafting a food truck law that will allow up to seven purveyors to sell m More...

Brewster’s Old Town Hall Theater to Undergo Renovations

Renovations will be getting underway later this year on the Old Town Hall Theater located on Main Street in Brewster.  The building was erected in 1896 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  More...

Erin Meagher to Lead Mahopac-Carmel Chamber

A resident of Brewster will be leading the Greater Mahopac Carmel Chamber of Commerce in the new year. More...

Sports

Carmel Wrestling Beats Mahopac in Crazy, Controversial Finish

CARMEL – Well, this might be the craziest finish of the high school wrestling season, and certainly the most controversial.  More...

Mahopac Girls Bounce Back From Heartbreaker To Win

MAHOPAC – The week started off with a heartbreaker, but it finished far, far better for the Mahopac High School girls’ basketball team.  The Indians won twice after dropping a 51-50 defeat to John Jay-East Fishkill in overtime. More...

Brewster Girls Roll On

BREWSTER – “It’s still not pretty,” Brewster High School girls’ basketball coach Mike Castaldo said, “but it’s a win.”  Indeed.  Dayja Medina provided much of Brewster’s offense on Tuesd More...

Letters to the Editor

Reboot Putnam’s Economy

To the Editor,  In regard to the column titled “Putnam County IDA Needs a Reboot” by the Chairwoman of the Putnam County Chambers, Jennifer Maher.   More...

Regarding the Entire IDA Board Resigning

To the Editor,  According to Roger Gross, “the legislature is sliding toward being basically, an extension of the administration”.   More...

Gipson Made Pudding Street Overpass A Priority

To the Editor:  Gene Eilbacher of Putnam Valley, in a January 21 letter to this paper, expressed concern – shared by many in Putnam Valley, Philipstown, and the surrounding areas – about the very dangerous intersection of Pudding Str More...

Obituaries  Free Access 

Barbara Vail

Barbara M. Vail died Jan. 27 in Southbury, CT, after a short illness. She was 88.  Barbara was a teacher of home economics in the Carmel public school system between 1965 and 1988. More...

Martha Allio

Martha Allio (nee Baridon) passed away at home on January 31, 2016.  More...

Kurt Thomas Corsi

Kurt Thomas Corsi, 60, of Bakersfield, California, passed away on January 29, 2016.  More...

Breaking News - 2/10/2016 7:47 AM

Brewster and Carmel schools delay openings due to snow  Free Access 

Due to slippery road conditions, Carmel and Brewster schools delayed opening by two hours for Wednesday. More...

Breaking News - 2/9/2016 11:25 AM

Libby Pataki blasts 'wrong & unfair' coverage of tourism by out-of-town paper  Free Access 

Says she will remain in post

Libby Pataki, Putnam County’s tourism director, vowed Monday evening to remain in the job and continue to serve the people of Putnam County. More...

Breaking News - 2/8/2016 3:02 PM

Three area residents rescued in upstate wilderness

Three area residents experienced harrowing experiences when lost last weekend in upstate New York – but thanks to the state Department of Environmental Conservation Police and local fire and EMS responders, all three were safely rescued.  More...

NYC cop, shot on patrol in apartment complex, is from Putnam County

A New York City police officer shot Thursday night in the Bronx when he and his female partner encountered armed suspects in an apartment complex hallway has been identified as a resident of Brewster. More...

Heroin trafficking takes a major hit in Putnam

The trafficking of deadly heroin has taken a major hit across southern and western Putnam with the arrest of an alleged drug dealer outside a popular Yorktown Heights shopping plaza. More...

School Family Rallies Around One Of Its Own

A sign welcomes guests to Jessica Curran’s first grade class at the Matthew Paterson Elementary School: “It only takes seeing one smile or receiving one act of kindness to change your view of life!”  More...

Zika Health Advisory Issued

The Putnam Health Department Friday issued an advisory for those traveling to Central or South America as well as the Caribbean Islands, Mexico and Brazil due to an epidemic of the Zika virus.  More...

Tunnel To Towers Foundation Benefits From Fundraiser

The Tunnel to Towers Foundation is a bit richer this week thanks to students at Brewster High School. More...

Around the County

Choir Seasons Commencing

The Dream Choir and the People's Choir are getting in tune for their spring 2016 season. These two popular community choirs are directed by acclaimed singer/guitarist/arranger Cat Guthrie.   More...

‘Love at First Bite’ Offered at Educated Palate

Those wishing to get into the Valentine’s Day spirit a few days early are encouraged to make a reservation today for next Thursday’s Valentine’s Day themed luncheon at the Putnam-Northern Westchester BOCES student-run restaurant the More...

Metro-North ridership up significantly

  The MTA on Tuesday announced that ridership increased significantly on Metro-North Railroad in 2015. Metro-North reported all-time record ridership of 86.1 million customers, an increase of 1.6% over 2014. More...

School News

Carmel Superintendent Blasts New York State Over Education Aid

Carmel Superintendent of Schools Andy Irvin has blasted Albany lawmakers over their smoke and mirrors approach to education aid. More...

A Night to Celebrate Benefits Brewster School Sports

Two hundred residents were on hand at the Starr Ridge Manor Banquet Hall in Southeast Saturday evening when the Brewster Sports Foundation hosted its 9th annual "Night to Celebrate." More...

Editorials

Sifting Through the Sands of Time

MILLIONS INVOLVED

An Important Railroad Suit Will Soon Be Argued On Appeal   More...

Word of the Week

Kinesics \kuh-NEE-siks\  NOUN: a systematic study of the relationship between nonlinguistic body motions (such as blushes, shrugs, or eye movement) and communication   More...

Worship Services

Breaking News - 2/7/2016 3:33 PM

Sandy Hook moms cope with daughters’ deaths  Free Access 

Two women who lost children in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting three years ago told congregants gathered at the First Baptist Church of Brewster Sunday that their faith in the Lord has allowed them to survive their unspeakable tragedy. More...

Sandy Hook Moms to Preach Sunday in Brewster’s First Baptist

Two women who lost children in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting three years ago will be in Brewster Sunday sharing their experiences with congregants of the First Baptist Church of Brewster. More...

First Hebrew Committee to Assist Project Linus

Project Linus knits and crochets blankets for babies and children who are ill, traumatized, homeless, in foster care and in need of some comfort. More...

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