May 14, 2009 RSS feed / Front Page

Greg Ball Set to Brawl with Hall Next Fall

On the patio of Murphy's restaurant in Yorktown, Republican Assemblyman Greg Ball kicked off his campaign to unseat Congressman John Hall. "I'm running to bring a voice for reform and change," he said to a packed audience. More...

Community Mourns Tragic Death of Richard Grasso

It's not how you die—it's how you live and Richard Grasso lived a life of service, compassion, and dedication to his family and the people he served for decades as a member of the law enforcement community. More...

Calendar

Weekend Events Saturday, May 16 Stir-Crazy Story Time Join the Patterson Library for Stir - Crazy Saturday Story Time! Mom or Dad, get out of the house and join us for stories and fun with your child. More...

General Stories

Putnam Family and Community Services Welcomes New Directors

May is Mental Health Month—a fitting time for an agency dedicated to promoting the mental health of the people of Putnam County to add two new members to its Board of Directors. More...

Putnam Hospital Center Will Host Thousands for Kid's Day

Putnam Hospital Center will be busier than normal Saturday when thousands are expected to participate in a traditional spring event—Kid's Day at PHC! More...

Injured Vet Raises Money

In 2001 Mahopac resident Jon Schneider went directly from classes at the police academy to Ground Zero. In 2003, he went from a training exercise at a secure American base in Nasiriyah, to paralyzed in a hospital bed in Germany. More...

Sports

Rams Roll Past Mahopac Behind Volpe One-Hit Gem, 4-0

Carmel Ace Puts Together BesOutingofSpring to Out-Duel Iuni

CARMEL - This was the performance Mike Volpe and the Carmel Rams had been waiting for. After suffering through a bout of mono just before the season got underway, Volpe's strength has been returning a little at a time. More...

Carmel Girls Win Nyack Tournament, Take Two from Mahopac

CARMEL - The Carmel High softball team won the Nyack Tournament last weekend, topping Sleepy Hollow, 4-3, in the opener, then beating the host, 8-1, in the championship game Sunday at Nyack. More...

Mahopac Edges Greeley on Perrelle Goal

Indians Rippe d by John Jay in 14-4 Loss

MAHOPAC - The Mahopac High lacrosse team split two games last week, dropping a 14-4 decision last Thursday at John Jay, after nipping Greeley, 9-8, the prior Tuesday in Chappaqua. More...

Columns

Sifting Through the Sands of Time from the Courier Archives

2 80 Years Ago May 17, 1929 The Chicken Thief The chicken thief is usually considered an unimportant sort of criminal—a character for comic stories and cartoons, but nothing more. More...

Debate: What Should Be Done With Peekskill Hollow?

Three Opinions: Make It Safer, Says Robert Tendy; Balance Safety with History, Says Vinny Tamagna; Leave It An Old Paved Cowpath, Says Victor Tiship More...

Retrospectives

Putnam's Office of The Aging Celebrates Their 40th Anniversary

A birthday bash is planned for next Wednesday when the Putnam County Office for the Aging celebrates its 40th anniversary. More...

Worship Services

Worship Services

PATTERSON COMMUNITY CHURCH 1062 Rte. 311 Patterson, NY 12563 845-878-3961 Sunday Worship 10:00 am FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH Brewster 460 N Main St Brewster, NY 10509 (845) 279-2636 Worship Service: Sunday 9: More...

Leibell and Ball Assail MTA Bailout, Call for Audit

State Senator Vincent Leibell, Assemblyman Greg Ball, and other local officials lambasted the New York State legislature for its $2.26 billion dollar bailout of the debt ridden MTA, on the ground of Yorktown High School Friday, May 8, 2009. More...

Swine Flu Will Return, Officials Say

Putnam Health officials have painted a frightening picture about swine flu. Commissioner Dr. More...

Peekskill Hollow Road Stirs Passions

Residents of Peekskill Hollow Road are passionate about their community, and that zeal was evident last week when the Putnam Legislature conducted a special meeting dealing with a proposed $7 million renovation of the winding road that carries tra More...

Challengers Line Up to Run Against Sheriff Smith

Last week Don Smith announced his intentions to seek re-election as Putnam County Sheriff. The election will be Smith's first major political test. More...

Around the County

Carmel

Praying for the Community Dozens of residents took time from their busy schedules to participate in Putnam County's celebration of the National Day of Prayer. More...

Southeast

Pedaling for Progress Trinity Lutheran Church in Southeast is kicking off its Pedals for Progress campaign next Saturday and organizers have asked the public to participate. More...

Brewster

RSVP Luncheon Returns More than 400 senior citizens will be on hand in Brewster next Friday when the Putnam County Office for the Aging hosts its annual Retired Senior Volunteer Recognition luncheon. More...

School News

Brewster Education Foundation Golf Tourney Raises Dollars

More than 100 golfers were out in force Monday and enjoyed a beautiful spring day on the links at the Centennial Golf Club while raising money for the Brewster Education Foundation. More...

Carmel Students Excel in Tri- County Science Fair

A gold, two silver and a bronze medal— not bad for a group of Carmel middle school children who participated in the Tri-County Science Fair in White Plains. More...

Students Learn Orienteering Skills

Children from North Salem's Pequenakonck Elementary School got back to basics from their world of hightech gadgetry by venturing into the wilds of western Kent. More...

Editorials

Debt, Decisions, and Destiny

Several hundred billions of dollars have been spent by the federal government in just the last few months with much more to come. There is almost no way to understand the amount of money that is in this proposed federal budget. More...

Letters to the Editor

Peekskill Hollow Road

Dear Editor: Disappointed with the failure Wednesday evening, May 6th, to enact a decisive vote putting to rest once and for the foreseeable future any proposed widening or straightening of Peekskill Hollow Road from Adams corners to Route 301, I More...

Gypsy Trail Mystery

Dear Editor: Where the heck is the "Alien Rock" from Gypsy Trail Rd.? This icon on the Kent/Carmel border just north of the 4H fairgrounds has been a famous (at least to my family) landmark for years, at least the 12 we have lived here. More...

Tolerance

Dear Editor: "Secularists and atheists" are "misguided," intolerant people, according to you. These labels sound very intolerant to me. You ask that atheists try to be tolerant. Why don't you try to be tolerant of atheists? More...

Birth Announcements

Births

The Courier received no birth notices this week. More...

Obituaries  Free Access 

Joan J. Barker

Barker, Joan J., age 78, a 38 year resident of Brewster, NY, died at her home on Thursday, May 7, 2009. She was the wife of the late Ronald S. Barker. Mrs. Barker was a cashier for Kobacker's Supermarket in Brewster, NY. More...

Philip "Bucky" Presti

Philip "Bucky" Presti, a 38 year resident of Putnam Lake, NY, died Saturday May 9, 2009, at the age of 78. Mr. Presti was born April 6, 1931 in New York City, son of the late Frank and Adeline (DeFini) Presti. More...

Richard Lawrence Grasso

Richard Lawrence Grasso age 51 of Brewster, NY died suddenly on May 7, 2009 in Patterson, NY. Mr. Grasso was born Aug. 25, 1957 in Bronx, NY son of Armand Grasso of Yorktown, NY, and the late Dorothy (McGrane) Grasso. More...

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