July 18, 2013 RSS feed / Front Page

Baby, It’s HOT! Sizzling Summer of 2013

High heat and humidity has made life miserable for man and beast alike this week. Temperatures reached the mid-90s Wednesday afternoon which added to the discomfort of anyone venturing out of doors. More...

Drop of Blood Leads to Arrest of Alleged Burglar

A drop of blood on a glove left behind by an alleged burglar has led to the arrest of a Dutchess County man with a long criminal history in connection with a residential break-in in Kent. More...

Gas Prices Spike Due to Unrest Half a World Away

Gasoline prices are on the rise again. During the past week the price of a gallon of regular octane fuel has increased anywhere from six cents to 20 cents a gallon at area filling stations. More...

Politics

Breaking News - 7/18/2013 3:00 PM

Albano’s ‘lesson in politics’

Incumbent lawmaker has signatures invalidated

Putnam Legislator Carl Albano called it a “lesson in politics!”The first term lawmaker was referring to his being knocked off the November ballot late Wednesday after petitions submitted to seek reelection on both the GOP and Independence Party lines More...

Smith & McConville Jab One Another

The race for Putnam sheriff is rapidly turning into something akin to moonshine: Harsh, potent and with an aggressive kick. Sheriff Don Smith and his challenger Kevin McConville have already started firing accusations at one another this week. More...

Five Primaries This Fall, Including Sheriff’s Race

The race for Putnam sheriff will be a two-man affair in November now that petitions have been filed with the Board of Elections. More...

Around the County

New Playground Opens at Ryan Park in Kent

Lynn Madio beamed as her children played nearby on swings. “This playground is positively awesome. No more sand but wood chips. Great equipment! The town really hit a home run,” said the young mom from Patterson. More...

Town of Carmel to Spend $250,000 for Garage Updates

The Town of Carmel’s highway garage on McAlpin Avenue in Mahopac needs infrastructure improvements. The facility dating back to the 1960s does not have sufficient lifts to service a new fleet of highway trucks purchased last year. More...

Arturo Torres Has Scouting in His Blood

Carmel High School sophomore Arturo Torres has scouting in his blood. Any wonder? Arturo’s mom and dad are both former scouts in their native Puerto Rico, where Arturo Sr. excelled as a Boy Scout and mom, Sylvia, served with the Girl Scouts. More...

School News

Local Dance Team Wins National Honors

Hard work paid off last week for the 51 Competing Team members from Darcy’s Academy of Dance, located in Putnam Valley. More...

Sports

Mahopac’s Santini Set to Make His Mark with New Jersey Devils

Growing up, Mahopac resident and hockey player Steve Santini was a fan of the New York Rangers. Really, how could he not be? More...

Perspective

JFK Sanctions Could Hurt Other Schools

Back in March, Somers-based John F. Kennedy Catholic High School announced it was leaving Section One and would have its athletic teams participate in the Catholic High School Athletic Association (CHSAA). More...

Golf Tourney Recalls Life of Jerry Guglielmo

Shirts emblazoned with the inscription “It’s a Gug thing” were everywhere Monday when more than 150 golfers sweltered on the greens and fairways at the Centennial Golf Club in Carmel while participating in the 2nd annual Jerry Gugli More...

Breaking News - 7/22/2013 3:51 PM

Mahopac Crafters Offer Royal Baby Project

Every baby is royal, say these volunteers

While the world applauded the arrival of the Royal Baby Monday and the future king of England, a group of women in Putnam County were busy creating baby blankets -- saying every baby is royal. More...

Breaking News - 7/19/2013 10:30 PM

Three Putnam residents among 11 arrested in Yorktown

Compliance check for underage drinking

Three Putnam residents were among 11 young people arrested in Yorktown early Friday when police conducted a compliance check as part of a community effort to curb underage drinking. More...

Thousands on Hand for Mahopac FD Parade

The weatherman cooperated for a change! Partly cloudy skies and comfortable breezes greeted thousands of parade watchers last Thursday evening for the Mahopac Fire Department’s annual parade. More...

Firefighter Heroes Rescue Motorist

Call these firefighter heroes! More...

General Stories

Brewster Man Dies in Southeast Crash

An elderly Brewster man died late Monday at Danbury Hospital from injuries received several hours earlier when his car was broadsided by a vehicle driven by an 18-year-old Brewster teenager who was cited by police for failing to yield the right of wa More...

Older Pedestrians at Risk

Older Putnam pedestrians are more at risk of being hit by vehicles than their younger counterparts. More...

Rare Bobcat Sighting in Brewster

Bill Wuchter has seen it all during his 25 years of residing in the wilds of Brewster – or so he thought! More...

Enterprise

A Coalition of Concerns Over Unfunded Mandates

For decades, the State of New York has imposed requirements on local municipalities to provide certain services or enforce regulations -- but has not provided a source of dollars to ensure such services are performed without overtaxing alreadytight b More...

Cultural Events

4-H Fair Time is Right Around The Corner

Posters announcing next week’s Putnam 4-H Fair are now on display across the county. The fair, expected to attract more than 25,000 men, women and children, will be held July 26, 27 and 28 at the Putnam Veterans Memorial Park in Kent. More...

Concerts Around the Corner Celebrates Opening Saturday

Lovers of classical and chamber music are being encouraged to attend Saturday’s grand opening of the Southeast Cultural Arts Coalition’s first of the season Concerts Around the Corner in Brewster. More...

Brewster Theater Company Presents ‘City of Angels’

Brewster Theater Company’s summer musical is City of Angels at the Performing Arts Center at Brewster High School on August 1, 2, 3, 9, and 10 at 8 pm with a special matinee performance at 2 pm on August 10. More...

Editorials

Sifting Through the Sands of Time

DOMESTIC NEWS

Captain Benjamin R. Stainsby, chief of the Newark (N. J.) detective force, shot himself in the head and died a short while after he was taken to the hospital. More...

Letters to the Editor

Credit for Anti-Smoking Efforts

To the Editor: Eleven years ago on April 7, 2002, the New York Times published a story about a small and quaint town in Putnam County that was doing big things to help move public health initiatives into a new frontier More...

Gettysburg Still Important

To the Editor: It was not until I read “Twilight of the Confederacy” by Allen C. More...

Cancer Patient Finds Help At Senator’s Office

To the Editor: Last year, I was diagnosed with cancer and like too many people I had no insurance, so I applied for Medicaid. The process seemed endless and was quite frustrating. More...

Obituaries  Free Access 

Toshi Seeger

Toshi-Aline Ohta Seeger, Clearwater matriarch and wife and partner to Clearwater founder Pete Seeger for almost seventy years, passed away last Wednesday morning at home in Beacon, NY. More...

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