December 17, 2009 RSS feed / Front Page

DeStefano’s Service Project Denied

Former Sheriff’s Candidate, Captain Andrew DeStefano appeared before Judge Richard Vercollone at the Town of Southeast Justice Court on Wednesday to explore whether he could complete his 100 hours of community service working in Assemblyman Gr More...

Chamber Seeks to Unite East & West

Business leaders from Carmel to Cold Spring gathered in Garrison to kick off a new Putnam County Chamber of Commerce. More...

Galef Seeks to Ban Earmarks

State Assemblywoman Sandy Galef believes the time has come to eliminate all “member items” in state governmental spending. More...

General Stories

‘Doc’ Baker Yearns for Peace PAC

A World War II hero residing in Baldwin Place has donated a rare sign to the Mahopac American Legion on the occasion of the 65th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge. More...

Peace PAC Craft Sale at the Lodge Underway

The work of more than 40 talented and gifted artisans from across the region is on sale for holiday gift giving this week at the Putnam Arts Council’s Craft and Art Sale at the Lodge. More...

Decorate Safely for the Holidays

Holiday decorations are festive and can be extremely beautiful, but residents throughout the region are being encouraged to decorate safely this time of the year. More...

Editorials

Letters to the Editor

Constitutional Considerations Dear Editor: I feel compelled to respond to the eloquent letter written by Ed Lundberg (December 10) in response to my letter of December 3, because his letter misrepresents the position of my own and, of more conc More...

Reassessing Mr. Scrooge

The famous miser has been grossly misunderstood

Every year at Christmas time it is the same old thing. More...

Everything True Except the Facts

Nothing is as it appears in the age of Obama

“Who are you going to believe; me or your lying eyes?” Coined by Groucho Marx, this line was used to good effect by the late comedian Richard Pryor, in a routine in which his wife has caught him cheating with another woman. More...

Columns

“The Spirit of Christmas”

EDITOR’S NOTE: As Advent comes to a close, and the Christmas season nears, the following reflections on Christmastide from Charles Dickens’s Pickwick Papers serve as a reminder of the goodwill the season is meant to foster: More...

Sifting Through the Sands of Time from the Courier Archives

150 Years Ago Dec. 2 16, 1859

In these days of “wars and rumors of wars,” when carnage and bloodshed, death and desolation, are laying waste the proud cities and cultivated plains of foreign lands, it is truly heart-rending to contemplate a scene at home, among those More...

A Taste of China— With Some Twists

Anna and Tony Guo are veterans of the Chinese restaurant business in Putnam. The husband and wife pair ran Hom Bon Buffet along route 22 in Brewster for 11 years, before selling it earlier in 2009. More...

Calendar

Things to Do This Week & Next!

Looking Ahead... Thursday, December 31 New Year’s Celebration More...

Ice Age

DOT under fire for slow response to Sunday storm

The New York State DOT has taken it on the chin for its tardiness in responding to Sunday’s ice storm that paralyzed the region and resulted in numerous crashes including a fatality in Patterson. More...

Taxes Go Up, Services Go Down

MTA’S NEW MATH

After raising a retroactive payroll tax on the Hudson Valley, and still coming up with $383 million budget deficit, the MTA voted to cut services to the Hudson Valley and Connecticut. More...

Dramatic Rescue

Parader, a 34-year-old Morgan horse, has a lot to be thankful for. A team of emergency responders from Putnam County saved the horse’s life after it became stuck in a giant sink hole (pictured above). More...

Susan Bach Remembered as Caring Woman

Susan Bach is being remembered this week as a caring, kind, compassionate and considerate woman. More...

Around the County

PUTNAM LAKE

Woman loses home despite insurance

Helen See believes that Nationwide is not on her side. More...

Premature speculation in race for 99th Assembly seat

With New York’s 99th Assembly seat being vacated by Greg Ball, potential candidates have been considering throwing their hat into the contest for what is considered a safe Republican seat. More...

Putnam GOP greets congressional candidate

On Tuesday night at the Centennial Golf Club in Southeast, GOP leaders in Putnam greeted Nan Hayworth, the presumptive Republican candidate to challenge John Hall for New York’s 19th Congressional District. More...

Sports

Gaels Hold Off Indians’ Frantic Comeback

Mahopac comes close, but fails to erase 14-point deficit in fourth quarter

SOMERS—A hustling Kennedy Catholic boys basketball team put the pressure on early, and applied it often Saturday night, holding off a never-say-die Mahopac squad and walking off the court with a sigh of relief after hanging on for a 62-57 victo More...

Brewster Pins Down Second Place at John Jay Tournament

BREWSTER—The Brewster High wrestling team turned in a strong showing at the John Jay wrestling tournament last weekend, placing second to Fox Lane. John Jay of East Fishkill took third. More...

Putnam Valley Girls Top Dover in Beacon Tourney

PUTNAM VALLEY—The Putnam Valley High girls basketball team went into Walter Panas and left with a 44-35 victory on Monday. More...

Worship Services

Worship Ser vices

Send information regarding worship services to courier@pcnr.com. Please put “WORSHIP” in the subject line. ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH 225 East Lake Blvd, Mahopac 845-628-2006 Saturday Vigil Mass. More...

Obituaries  Free Access 

JOHN JOSEPH WINTER

April 15, 1952 ~ November 15, 2009

John J. Winter was born April 15, 1952 and left us unexpectedly November 15, 2009. He was raised in Putnam Valley, NY. Prior to moving to Tucson in 1991, he owned and operated a successful restaurant. More...

Cora G. Handel

Cora G. Handel of Yorktown Hgts, formerly of Mahopac, died December 6, 2009, she was 81. Cora was born in Peekskill, NY on November 19, 1928 the daughter of Ralph D. and Florence A. (Stumpel) George. More...

Richard Smithwick

There were six of us in that house on 55th street in Brooklyn. My Dad, my Mom, my two sisters, Kathleen and Joan and our brother Richard. More...

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Weekly Quotation

"I cannot endure to waste anything as precious as autumn sunshine by staying in the house. So I spend almost all the daylight hours in the open air." ~Nathaniel Hawthorne