March 14, 2013 RSS feed / Front Page

Massive response as Philipstown rocked by violence

Rival bikers in melee

The quiet and sleepy Town of Philipstown was rocked by violence Friday night when 30 members of a motorcycle club conducting a peaceful meeting at a building along Route 9 near Route 301 were viciously attacked by intruders believed to be members of More...

Church Bells Peal for New Pope

The peal of church bells across Putnam County rang in the news Wednesday afternoon that half a world away in the Vatican, a new pope had been named. More...

Radon Plagues Putnam County

A silent killer is plaguing Putnam County. Radon, a colorless, tasteless and odorless gas that occurs from the radioactive decay of uranium or thorium in the soil, is the leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. More...

State Aid Cuts Threaten to Decimate PARC

What started out as a recognition of PARC—Exceptional Opportunities for People with Disabilities—by the Putnam Legislature turned into a warning that services provided by the 59-year-old human services agency would be drastically slashed More...

Politics

Breaking News - 3/15/2013 5:34 PM

Katz charged with pot possession, predicts resolution of case

And for speeding, 80 in a 65

State Assemblyman Steve Katz charged Thursday with speeding and marijuana possession during a traffic stop on the NYS Thruway outside of Albany forecast Friday that “once the facts of the case are presented, the matter will be quickly put to rest.” More...

Putnam National Needs $528,000 Infusion

Putnam legislators have approved more than a half million dollars in taxpayer money to upgrade the county’s only municipal golf course. More...

Festival-like Setting for State of the County

County Executive MaryEllen Odell is pulling out all the stops for her 2nd annual State of the County address Thursday. More...

Around the County

Ahoy! Carmel Rotarians Plan Fish, Chips Dinner Fundraiser

Putnam County’s spring tradition continues this year when members of the Carmel Rotary sponsor their annual Fish and Chips dinner to benefit high school scholarships and the Rotary Youth Leadership Program. More...

Adventuring is Easy Close to Home

Saturday evening the Putnam History Museum hosted a lecture by Steven Mattson, focused on his Adventures Around Putnam Volume 1. More...

Health Quest Announces Leadership Transition

The Board of Health Quest, the Mid- Hudson Valley’s largest integrated healthcare system, announces the departure of Michael Weber, Health Quest’s President and Chief Executive Officer since 2007. More...

School News

Science Fair Brings Out the Best of the Best

Three hundred thirty-three students attending the George Fischer Middle School created 180 projects that received rave reviews last weekend at the school’s 37th annual Science Fair. More...

Brewster’s Natalie Jara To Attend California Seminar

Natalie Jara has received national recognition by being selected as one of 160 high school students from across the U.S. to attend the prestigious NJROTC Science, Technology, Engineering and Math seminar this summer in San Diego. More...

Three Seats Up for Grabs on Mahopac School Board

Three seats are up for grabs on the Mahopac Board of Education this year. The terms of school trustees Patti Greenwood-O’Keefe, John Malara and Penny Swift expire on June 30. More...

Columns

Sifting Through the Sands of Time

POLITICS AT WORK

EDWARD M. WOOD REMOVED AS POLL CLERK BY TOWN BOARD More...

Worship Services

Community Seder in Mahopac at Temple Beth Shalom

Temple Beth Shalom invites the public to celebrate Passover at our Community Seder, Tuesday, March 26th, at 5:30 p.m. More...

Worship Services

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

Holy Yoga Mondays at Sherman

A new exercise opportunity called Holy Yoga is being offered each Monday at 1:30 p.m. at the Sherman Church, 6 Church Road. Beverly Steiger of New Fairfield is leading the class with plans to add an evening class later this spring. More...

Breaking News - 3/19/2013 5:54 AM

Storm Dumps Snow Across County; Schools Delayed  Free Access 

Spring? Not yet

With the arrival of spring a day away Putnam residents awakened to another blast from Old Man Winter this morning.Snow began falling around 6 p.m. Monday and within hours roads became extremely slippery. More...

Breaking News - 3/17/2013 7:42 PM

Brewster Band marches in Dublin St. Patrick's Day Parade

One more performance Monday

Ninety-one members of the Brewster High School Marching Band wowed 'em in Dublin Sunday while marching with perfection in the granddaddy of all St. Paddy's Day parades--the Dublin, Ireland, event. More...

To mark St. Patrick's Day, An Irish Prayer  Free Access 

May those who love us love us. More...

Winter Swimmers Benefit Cystic Fibrosis

A change of venue brought out more than 300 hearty souls last Saturday who dove into the chilly waters of Sycamore Lake to raise money for what has become a Putnam tradition. More...

Tiger Attack Victim Pleads Not Guilty to Trespass Charges

A man with a seeming death wish who miraculously survived an attack by a 400 pound Siberian tiger inside the Bronx Zoo last year pleaded not guilty Tuesday to trespass charges in Bronx Criminal Court. More...

Luck of the Irish

Putnam’s 37th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade was celebrated in Mahopac on Sunday. Parade marshal Timmy Maher receives his carnation from Patrick Brophy, chairman of the St. More...

General Stories

Celebrating the Luck of the Irish in Putnam County

Call it the “luck of the Irish!” Blue skies, golden sunshine and mild temperatures greeted some 10,000 people in Mahopac Sunday for Putnam’s 37th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. More...

Gambling on the Rise Among Putnam’s Youth

Nearly 50 percent of Putnam’s teens aged 13 to 18 have admitted participation in some gambling activity within the past year. More...

Alleged Turnstile Jumping Leads to Carmel Arrest

A New York City man accused of turnstile jumping at a Brooklyn subway station is held on felony charges of rape and committing a sexual act in Putnam County. More...

Enterprise

Much Ado About New Item Pricing Law

Retailers and elected officials in Putnam County are struggling to adapt to new legislation that is intended to be a tool to ensure accurate pricing of items and honest advertising practices – but it’s turning to be a debacle for small bu More...

Cultural Events

Southern Writer Brings Broadway to Arts On The Lake

Louisiana native Jamie Wax is bringing Broadway veterans Cass Morgan and Eleanor Reissa to Arts on the Lake for two public readings of his new play, “The Scutley Papers,” on Saturday, March 16, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 17, at 2 p.m. More...

African Children’s Choir Comes to West Point

The African Children’s Choir will melt your heart with their charming smiles, beautiful voices and lively African songs and dances. The program features well-loved children’s songs, traditional spirituals and rhythmic gospel favorites. More...

Sports

Putnam Valley Fires Coach Wallach  Free Access 

PUTNAM VALLEY – In what many are calling a bizarre, shocking move, Putnam Valley High School has fired boys’ basketball coach Ed Wallach – just nine days after Wallach and the Tigers completed the best season in school history with More...

Brian McNeill Commits to Southern Conn. State

Brewster High School’s outstanding All Section and All League football captain has committed to attend Southern Connecticut State University this fall. More...

Empire State Games Postponed, Again

Putnam County athletes – well, all athletes across New York – will be missing out once again. More...

Obituaries  Free Access 

Sadie DiDio

Sadie DiDio, 89, of Brewster died peacefully at home on Friday, March 8th, with the love of her life and husband of 68 years, Paul DiDio, at her side. More...

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