December 29, 2011 RSS feed / Front Page

Sales Tax Revenue Climbs

Economic Upturn?

Putnam’s sales tax revenue is up by four percent for the year with the December holiday spending period still to be counted. More...

Putnam Records Second Lowest Rate Of Unemployment In NYS

Putnam County has one of the lowest rates of unemployment in all of New York State. The New York State Labor Department reported last week Putnam’s rate of unemployment for November was 6.1 percent, or the second lowest rate statewide. More...

Animal Hoarding Brings Charges

A Mahopac woman is facing charges of child endangerment as well as animal cruelty for allegedly boarding 17 cats in her Wood Street home in unsanitary conditions. More...

It's Auld Lang Syne for Bird & Bottle Inn

One of the Putnam County sites steeped in Colonial history is about to undergo another evolution. Warren’s Tavern opened in Garrison in 1761. It’s now the Bird & Bottle Inn. More...

General Stories

Swearing-In Ceremonies Scheduled Across Putnam

Swearing-in ceremonies got a head start across Putnam County Tuesday when Kent officials elected last November took their oaths of office at Kent Town Hall. More...

Power Outages On Schumer’s Mind During Carmel Visit

Senator Charles Schumer had power outages on his mind when visiting Carmel. More...

Putnam Lake Brothers, ‘Grinches,’ Said to Steal Tips

Two brothers from Putnam Lake face larceny and conspiracy charges when appearing in Patterson Town Court next week for allegedly stealing holiday money gifts left out by homeowners for sanitation workers. More...

School News

Brewster Tradition Continues

Forty-eight Brewster High School students had a once-in-a-lifetime experience when they attended Cornell University to learn from some of the most brilliant scientists in the world. More...

Justin Maguire: An Amazing Young Man

Justin Maguire continues to amaze. More...

Dean Berardo Named Brewster Athletic Director

A 24-year career educator in the Brewster School District has been named interim Athletic Director. Dean Berardo succeeds Lance Pliego, who stepped down earlier this month to return to his former district in Connecticut. More...

Editorials

Cunningham’s Corner

2011, one of the wackiest years in memory

And in despair I bowed my head;‘There is no peace on earth,’ I said;‘For hate is strong,And mocks the songOf peace on earth, good-will to men!’ More...

Worship Services

Worship Services

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

Obituaries  Free Access 

ADELE J. TUCCILLO

Adele J. Tuccillo of Danbury, Ct., previously of Brewster, died Monday, December 26, 2011, at Danbury Hospital after a brief illness. She was 69. More...

CAROLINE E. MAUER

Caroline E. Mauer passed away on December 21, 2011, in Mahopac. Born on May 23, 1926, she was raised in Queens, NY, by her parents, Caroline and Arthur Mayer. More...

Breaking News - 1/2/2012 10:13 AM

New Year’s Day Fire Destroys Mahopac Falls Building  Free Access 

The New Year was only eight hours old when Putnam County experienced its first major fire of 2012. A blaze whose origin was electrical in nature destroyed an auto repair business in Mahopac Falls as well as three second-floor apartments. More...

In the End, Hayworth Supports Senate Compromise on Payroll Tax Cut

At the end of the day, after Greg Ball slammed Nan Hayworth for being out of touch and, wink, nudge, also wealthy, House Republicans and Hayworth backed a two-month extension of the payroll tax cut and of unemployment benefits. More...

Woman Who Sent Package to Sen. Ball Shot by Cops

The woman accused of sending a suspicious package with an anti-Semitic message to State Sen. Greg Ball has been shot to death by police in Marietta, Georgia. More...

Around the County

Kelsey Loves The Courier

Kelsey loves the Courier. Each Thursday when the mailman delivers the paper to the Stu and Jane Pratt residence in Kent, the first member of the household to check out its first page is the family’s six-year-old Golden Retriever. More...

CAP Distributes More Than 4,500 Gifts For The Holidays

Christmas spirit abounds to bring gifts to needy

Business was booming at the CAP office on Main Street in Brewster in the hours before Christmas as a small army of volunteers joined Community Action Program staff greeting appreciative residents in need. More...

300 On Hand For Rotary Breakfast

Brewster Rotarians opened their hearts and wallets on Christmas Eve by hosting the club’s first holiday breakfast at Applebee’s Restaurant in Southeast. Rotary President Chris Lee called the occasion “very special. More...

Sports

‘Pac Snaps Brewster Win Streak, Walks Off with 5-2 Victory

Five Indians find net in win

BREWSTER—Brewster walked onto the ice last Friday night as the hotter team, having won nine straight to open the 2011-12 season. More...

Rams Still Trying to Get on Track, Fall to Patriots, 56-48

CARMEL—The Carmel High girls’ basketball team’s early season struggles continued last week, with the Rams dropping a 56-48 decision to a strong John Jay-East Fishkill team in Dutchess County. More...

Carmel Boys Bury Yorktown, 61-32, Move to 5-0 on Season

CARMEL—Alex Grace had 15 points and grabbed 16 rebounds, and Keith Murphy added 14 points and three steals to lead the Carmel High boys’ basketball team to a convincing, 61-32, victory over Yorktown in a game played last Wednesday at Carm More...

Columns

Sifting Through the Sands of Time

NEW SCHOOLHOUSE More...

Washington Dispatches

Politics as Usual? New York senator Chuck Schumer made national news this week when it was discovered his brother in-law, Kevin McNulty, had surprisingly been offered a federal judgeship by President Barack Obama. More...

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Weekly Quotation

“The first day of spring is one thing,and the first spring day is another. The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month.” Henry Van Dyke