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Breaking News - 4/15/2013 5:54 PM

Brewster Hails 'Revolutionary' Agreement for Schools

Teachers, administrators & district reach agreement on huge savings

Brewster Superintendent of Schools Jane sandbank called it “revolutionary as well as evolutionary” when announcing a memorandum of agreement between the Brewster Teachers Association and Brewster Administrators Association that will save district res More...

Dutchess County man injured in wild ride in Patterson

A Dutchess County man who police say fell asleep at the wheel went for a wild ride Friday morning before winding up in a stream more than 100 feet off the road.Patterson Fire Department personnel and members of the Putnam Sheriff’s Department were su More...

2nd Place, Spot News, for Courier at State Awards

Eric Gross, coverage of fire

The Putnam County Courier and the Putnam County News & Recorder won four awards in the New York Press Association Better Newspaper contest, including for best spot news coverage. More...

Unrest and Anger Over Planned Kent Cell Tower

A group of homeowners in western Kent is up in arms over the town’s plan to construct a 150-foot-tall cell tower off Route 301. More...

Politics

McConville Running for Sheriff

Kevin McConville, former chief of the 768-member MTA Police Department, likes the dreams of the future better than the history of the past and has announced plans to challenge Sheriff Donald Smith this autumn as the popular lawman seeks his fourth te More...

Legislators: Extend Indian Point Evacuation Zone

Putnam legislators agree with members of the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater and the Indian Point Safe Energy Coalition and have called on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to expand the emergency evacuation zone around Indian Point from 10 miles to 50 More...

Rally Opposes County View on New Gun Law

One hundred Putnam residents rallied outside the Putnam Courthouse last Wednesday evening protesting local legislators’ actions who voted last month to oppose New York’s new gun reform law. More...

Enterprise

Community Development Plus Strong Leadership Equals Economic Development

Putnam County has two strong new leaders in important economic development positions, which should help our business community grow, complimented by grass roots efforts by our local and countywide chambers of commerce. More...

Comcast Leaving Carmel

Putnam’s Comcast customers no longer have a local office to visit in order to pay a bill, exchange defective equipment or talk to a company representative. More...

Cultural Events

In The Young Arts Gallery ‘It’s All About Color’

“It’s All About Color” is the theme of the new exhibit currently on display in the Young Arts Gallery at Mahopac Public Library. More...

Chapel Season Opens with Soprano

Cristina Fontanelli, whom Il Progresso has described as “a young Callas,” will appear in concert on April 21 at The Chapel Restoration in Cold Spring. More...

Annual Ariane One-Act Festival

Putnam Valley resident and mother, Ariane Orenstein, long-time Aery Theatre Company and Depot Theatre actress, left us far too early in 2011. More...

Editorials

Sifting Through the Sands of Time

Same Supervision Should Be Exercised In the Schoolroom as is Natural at Home More...

Word of the Week

e•qui•vo•cal subject to two or more interpretations and usually used to mislead or confuse More...

Worship Services

Worship Services

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

Birth Announcements

Births, 04-11-13

Warren James Gallagher Baby Boy Warren James Gallagher was born March 30, 2013, weighing 7 lbs. 1 oz., to parents Tracy and Eric Gallagher of Lake Carmel. Emily Ann Caiano More...

Breaking News - 4/16/2013 12:24 PM

Putnam men escape injury in Boston Marathon blast  Free Access 

Crossed finish line minutes before

Terry McArdle crossed the finish line Monday in the Boston Marathon about three minutes before two violent explosions turned the Patriot’s Day classic into complete chaos.The Brewster man was in Boston with his family for the event which he recalled More...

Breaking News - 4/15/2013 9:28 AM

Veto of Indian Point Resolution Angers Committee Head

Odell says more stakeholder input needed

County Executive Mary Ellen Odell has vetoed a request approved by the Putnam Legislature that called on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to expand the emergency evacuation zone around Indian Point from 10 miles to 50 miles. More...

Breaking News - 4/15/2013 5:15 PM

Ball Comments on Boston Bombings  Free Access 

Email us if know someone who ran in the race

Here's a statement from State Sen. More...

DA Says Trainer, Now Suspect, Was Guest, But Did Not ‘Live’ in Home

District Attorney Adam Levy, responding to questions about his dealings with rape suspect Alexandru Hossu, said Wednesday in an exclusive Courier interview that every indication he had was that Hossu was in the country legally and possessed every nee More...

Brewster Man Lives After Truck Runs Over Head

A Brewster man is lucky to be alive after a pick-up truck he was working beneath ran over his head early Monday. Brewster Fire Chief William Rieg said he had never seen anything like it. More...

Pudding Street Realignment Gets Boost

The intersection of Pudding Street along the Taconic State Parkway at the Kent-Putnam Valley town line is one of Putnam’s most dangerous crossroads. More...

General Stories

Lake Carmel Firefighter Killed in Dutchess Crash

A Lake Carmel firefighter died early Sunday in a single vehicle crash in Beekman--Dutchess County. State Police identified the victim as Marcus Sorbellini, 39, a former lieutenant with the fire service. More...

Environmental Nightmare Avoided

Quick action on the part of emergency responders averted an environmental nightmare in Putnam Lake Monday. More...

Road Rage Leads to Felony Assault

An alleged case of road rage has led to the arrest of a Putnam Valley man on felony charges of assault. The Sheriff’s Department reported the arrest last week of Carl Anderson, 51 of Hollowbrook Road in connection with the reported incident. More...

Around the County

Motorist attacked by irate pedestrian

A Mahopac Falls man is facing charges of reckless endangerment and harassment for allegedly throwing a wiffle ball at a speeding car in front of his residence in an attempt to slow the vehicle as it sped through his neighborhood.Carmel Police reporte More...

Rally Calls for Immigration Reform

A strong thunderstorm accompanied by torrential rains failed to dampen the spirits of dozens of participants Wednesday evening who gathered on the steps of the hist More...

Take a Knee: Hospital Offers Joint Replacement Classes

For those individuals having total hip or knee replacements, Putnam Hospital Center offers classes to guide them through the process before their surgery. More...

School News

Assistant Principal Cleared of Wrongdoing

Mahopac High School assistant principal Troy Bilyeu has returned to his post as principal of the Green House at Putnam’s largest secondary school. More...

Educational Exchange with China Blossoms

The Brewster-China connection is thriving. Ten students from Brewster High School have returned home following a two-week trip to China where the juniors and seniors experienced a once in a lifetime opportunity by participating in a unique exchange. More...

School Budgets: Tough Decisions Ahead

School districts throughout the region will be making many difficult decisions within the next two weeks as 2013-2014 budget deliberations reach the home stretch. Dozens of staff positions are being slashed. More...

Sports

Trip to Florida Jumpstarts Carmel Baseball

CARMEL – Like any coach or parent, Carmel High School baseball coach Bob Shilling is nervous about letting his players jet off to exotic locales for a week during spring break every March. So instead, he takes them himself. More...

Cycling Classic Less Than Four Weeks Away

When the Putnam Cycling Classic’s riders pedal past the starting line in Cold Spring on May 5, Ann Marie Miller will happily be among them. More...

Mahopac Girls’ LAX Explodes Against Wappingers, Now 2-0

Mahopac 19 Wappingers 0 MAHOPAC – Two-for-two. The Mahopac High School girls’ lacrosse team has opened the 2013 season with consecutive victories, and the second one was never in doubt. More...

Obituaries  Free Access 

Edward Ruggiero Spallina

Mr. Edward Ruggiero Spallina, 89, died April 4, 2013, in Vero Beach. Mr. Spallina was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He was a recipient of the Bronze Star and Distinguished Flying Cross. More...

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