February 10, 2011 RSS feed / Front Page

Ellner Seeks Appointment  Free Access 

Carmel Town Board

After the January departure of Councilman Anthony DiCarlo for the Putnam County Legislature, the Carmel Town Council decided that they would leave the seat empty and operate with a four member board. More...

Brewster Fires Code Enforcement Officer

The Village of Brewster board of trustees voted unanimously February 2 to fire Code Enforcement Officer Robert Serino based on findings determined in a disciplinary hearing. Serino also is facing 10 felony charges. More...

General Stories

Exceeding Snow Days

To the dismay of most children across the state, school vacations have been shortened due to winter weather. All of Putnam’s five school districts have exceeded their scheduled emergency snow days and will need to shorten future vacations. More...

Camarda Pavilion Falls Under Weight of Snow

The aftermath of the snowiest January on record in the northeast continues to be felt. More...

Area Woman Charged in Rape of Carmel Youth

A 23-year-old Brewster woman is facing charges of rape for reportedly having sexual relations with a 16-year-old Carmel youth. More...

Cultural Events

At Home on the Ranch

In seventh grade, when Alicia Benben began working in the stalls of a local horse ranch, it was in exchange for her riding lessons. It was hard work—cleaning, washing, and grooming—all leading up to a session of glorious riding. More...

Sports

Mahopac Boys Finish Strong in League Win Over Brewster

Indians also roll past John Jay; improve to 12-3

MAHOPAC—The Mahopac High boys basketball team picked up two impressive double-digit victories last week, defeating Brewster, 59-44, Friday night at home, and topping John Jay-Cross River, 79-58, on the road the prior Monday. More...

Rams Step Up at Home in Overtime, Hand ‘Huskers First League Loss

Smith’s 18 leads Carmel attack

CARMEL—The Carmel High boys basketball team snapped a two-game losing streak Monday with an impressive, 63-55, win at home in overtime over League 1B leader Yorktown. More...

DiFusco Signs Letter of Intent

Mahopac High All-Section linebacker Victor DiFusco signed a letter of intent to play football for Fordham University, accepting a four-year scholarship. More...

Letters to the Editor

Same As The Old Boss

Dear Editor: As I read about the goings on in Putnam politics The Who’s famous rock mantra “here comes the new boss, same as the old boss” kept ringing in my ears. More...

Term Limits

Dear Editor: I have long been a proponent of the ballot box as the term limit for elected representatives of the people. More...

Obituaries  Free Access 

JOHN J. STANGEL

John J. Stangel, Jr., 75, of Mahopac, passed away on February 4, 2011 at Calvary Hospital in the Bronx. Mr. Stangel, Jr. was born on April 23, 1935 to John and Rose (Jandrasits) Stangel, Sr. in New York City. Mr. Stangel, Jr. More...

DONALD M. PEARLMAN

Donald M. Pearlman, 75, of Avon Park, FL (formerly of Carmel), passed away on February 2, 2011 surrounded by his loving family. Mr. Pearlman was born on May 16, 1935 to Max and Ruth (Foster) Pearlman in Chester, PA. Mr. More...

Same Name, Similar Business Leads to Mistaken Identity  Free Access 

There are two Robert Viggianos doing business in Cold Spring. One has been charged with attempted rape. The other hasn't be accused of anything. More...

‘Dormitory Authority’ Builds a Bridge  Free Access 

The Dormitory Authority was founded to build dormitories. So why did the Authority fund the construction of a footbridge in a Patterson field in 2008?

The Dormitory Authority of the State of New York was founded in 1944 to build dormitories at state teachers' colleges. Its mission evolved to include funding the construction of college residence halls, education, and healthcare facilities. More...

A Toast to the Future

Members of the Putnam Speaks Toastmasters will be conducting their final meeting at Guideposts next week. Starting in March, the 13-yearold organization relocates to Mahopac. More...

Will Putnam Receive an Extension on Higher Sales Tax Rate?

Putnam’s Legislature Chairman Vincent Tamagna describes New York State’s reauthorization of the county four percent local sales tax, instead of three percent, “critical for our future.” More...

Around the County

‘Putnam Speaks’ Toastmasters Leaving Carmel After 13 Years

Putnam Speaks Toastmasters is one of the county’s best-kept secrets. More...

Ice Cream Cake Production Goes On Despite Flaming Signage

The winter of 2011 has claimed another casualty—an illuminated sign outside the Carmel Carvel at the Putnam Plaza. More...

Emergency Responders Ski Race Is Sunday

An unusual scene will be taking shape Sunday on the slopes at Thunder Ridge in Patterson: Firefighters as well as EMTs and other first responders from throughout the region will be skiing and snow-boarding a course in full turnout gear, all the while More...

Enterprise

The Man Who Makes It All Add Up

From The Chamber

There is a gentleman among us in Putnam (and “gentleman” is an understatement!) who exemplifies business and community leadership. His quiet yet reassuring grace and jovial demeanor belies a sound business acumen and sense of purpose. More...

School News

Schools Raise Awareness of Teen Dating Violence

Teen dating violence is on the rise. The Teenage Research Unlimited, nonforprofit group, reported last week that one in three teens knew a peer who had been hit, punched, kicked, slapped, or choked by their dating partner. More...

Editorials

A Newspaper for the People of Putnam

Thursday marks the second anniversary of the Courier’s brief hiatus before it was resurrected by the Ailes family. It was on February 10, 2009, when staff of the old Putnam County Courier learned that the paper would stop publishing. More...

Columns

Let’s Play a Game. . .

Where in the County is The Courier?

If you can identify this location in Putnam County and be the first caller to 845.225.3633 on Monday, February 14, at 10am (according to the clock at the Courier office), you will win a special surpr More...

WASHINGTON DISPATCHES

Senator Gillibrand, Pro-Abortion Many Republicans in Congress have been supporting the No Taxpayer-Funding of Abortion Act, an extension of the currently in place law, frequently known as the Hyde Amendment, which prevents government money in Meidca More...

Sifting Through the Sands of Time

The Tax Burden With the correspondence we published last week from former Assemblyman Donohoe, of Garrison, and this week from the pen of Thurlow Travis, of Putnam Valley, our readers have had presented for their consideration opposite views of the More...

Worship Services

Worship Services

Send information regarding worship services to courier@pcnr.com. Please put “WORSHIP” in the subject line. More...

Birth Announcements

ABIGAIL SOPHIE BAYNE

Abigail Sophie Bayne was born on November 9, 2010, at Hudson Valley Hospital to Andrea and Howard Bayne of Mahopac. Maternal grandparents are Diana and Andrew LaGrotte of West Harrison. More...

PEYTON ISABELLE MORRIS

Peyton Isabelle Morris was born on November 29, 2010, at Hudson Valley Hospital to Meagan and Keith Morris of Mahopac. Maternal grandmother is Kathi Walker of Mohegan Lake. Paternal grandparents are Janice and Keith Morris of Mahopac. More...

EVA ROSE HEAD

Eva Rose Head was born on December 30, 2010, at Hudson Valley Hospital to Catherine and Michael James Head of Garrison. Maternal grandparents are Barbara and Al Hitchcock of Mahopac. Paternal grandparents are Frank and Dawn Head of Carmel. More...

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