August 1, 2013 RSS feed / Front Page

Water Bills Skyrocket; Residents Blame NYC

Taxation without representation was at the center of the American Revolution. More...

Big Crowds Attend Putnam 4-H Fair

Putnam’s 42nd annual 4-H Fair has been tabbed the “best yet!” Large crowds attended the three day event last weekend at the upper Putnam County Veterans Memorial Park in Kent. More...

Members of the Brewster FD march with their children

Members of the Brewster FD march with their children at the Brewster Fire Parade. Thousands turned out. Full photo coverage and story, pages 11 and 12. More...

Politics

Breaking News - 8/1/2013 3:43 PM

Ball Calls for Assembly to Act on Sex Offenders

The Senate has passed legislation to keep sex offenders from living next to schools and day care centers, Sen. Greg Ball said Thursday, as he called for the Assembly and the Governor to act on the measure. The Assembly did not vote on it. More...

Six Weeks Out, McConville & Smith Ratchet Up Attacks

On the fight card that is Putnam County politics, the marquee attraction is without question the race for Putnam County Sheriff. More...

Odell Signs Precious Metals and Gems Law

County Executive MaryEllen Odell signed an amendment to Putnam’s Precious Metals and Gems law last Thursday less than 24 hours after two hearings attracted little comment from the public. More...

Around the County

Now That’s a Mighty Big Frog!

A group of children attending Camp Wilbur Herrlich in Patterson were wading through a pond Tuesday when several gals looked down and saw the “biggest frog ever!” “He was e-normous!” said one little girl. More...

Kids, Farm Animals & Sweet Corn at 4-H Fair!

David Amram welcomes Kent Supervisor Kathy Doherty and her two-year-old grandson Colin on Friday. More...

Carmel woman succumbs to injuries

An elderly Carmel woman has succumbed to injuries incurred in a single car crash in Connecticut.Mary Stanisci, 81, died July 25 at Danbury Hospital after being in intensive care for several days. More...

Sports

Carmel’s Tully Completes 3-Month Wilderness Expedition

Brendan Tully was built for this. The Carmel resident was a standout cross country runner and track star at Carmel High School before graduating in 2010, so the thought of being outside didn’t faze him at all. More...

Kent White Sox Surge in WPBA Standings

When the Kent Under-16 White Sox started off 4-7 in the WestchesterPutnam Baseball Association, head coach Bobby Rodriguez wasn’t worried. “I knew we had good players,” he said. “We just got off to a slow start.” More...

Mahopac’s Basuljevic Helps NY Red Bulls Win Championship

Mahopac resident Arun Basuljevic helped set up the winning goal last week as the United States Soccer Development Academy’s New York Red Bulls Under17/18 team captured the USSDA national championship with a 2-1 win over Shattuck-Saint Mary&rsqu More...

Worship Services

Worship Services

CHABAD JEWISH CENTER OF PUTNAM COUNTY 5 Fair Street Carmel NY 10512 845 225 4770 www.PutnamChabad.org Shabbat svcs Saturday at 10am CHUANG YEN MONASTERY 2020 Rte 301, Carmel 845-228-4283/4288 baus.org bauscym@aol.com More...

Breaking News - 8/4/2013 8:35 AM

Convicted sex offender due in court; preyed on young boys

A convicted sex offender who relocated from Jefferson Valley to Mahopac and is now facing a lengthy prison term for allegedly distributing child pornography over the internet is scheduled to appear Wednesday, Aug.7, in Putnam County Court. More...

Breaking News - 8/3/2013 8:21 AM

Sheriff Intensifies Patrols; Two Face 'Boating While Intoxicated' Charge

The tragedy on the Hudson River a week ago served as a wake up call for all boating enthusiasts. More...

Mahopac Woman Injured in ‘Texting’ Crash

A 24-year-old Mahopac woman learned the hard way that texting and driving don’t mix. Erica Scafidi was admitted to the Westchester Medical Center last week following a single-car crash on Kitchawan Road in Yorktown when, Lt. More...

The Long Road to Recovery for Little Antonio

A 4-year-old Carmel boy continues to receive medical treatments at a Westchester children’s hospital while friends and total strangers provide support for his devastated family. More...

Retailer to Pay $50K in Gas Gouge Claim

The owners of the Patterson Mobil Mart on Route 22 will pay $50,000 to settle accusations of price gouging in the wake of Superstorm Sandy last October. More...

General Stories

Pet First Aid Offered at Putnam Hospital Center Sunday

Would you know what to do if your beloved four-legged family member became suddenly sick or injured? Putnam Hospital Center will be offering a four-hour course on Sunday, Aug. More...

Couple Sues New Jersey Resort for Injuries on Water Slide

A Brewster man and his girlfriend have filed suit against a popular New Jersey resort for injuries incurred on a water ride last summer. More...

Southeast Museum Offers August Programs for Kids

Doll Making Children’s Workshop More...

Enterprise

2013 Candidates and the Business Community Come Together

No fewer than five local races will be featured in this September’s primary elections, as candidates from across Putnam County come forward to vie for their party’s nomination in November. More...

Cultural Events

The Play’s the Thing at Putnam’s Shakespeare Festival

The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival is in high gear right now, producing exciting, accessible summer theatre for its 27th year. More...

School News

Three New Administrators Join Brewster School Family

The 2013-14 school year is underway and while staff in most districts are enjoying the summer recess, in Brewster three recently appointed administrators are busily preparing for that first day of class after Labor Day. More...

School Supplies Needed for Local Families, Kids

Drew Thrift Shop, 26 Gleneida Ave. in Carmel, is collecting school supplies on behalf of Putnam Community Action Program (CAP) for distribution to local families in need. More...

Columns

Preventing Suicide Starts with Everyone

Suicide is a tragedy. It shatters families and devastates communities, and Putnam County is far from immune. In just the past year, too many individuals in our county have ended their lives deliberately. More...

Sifting Through the Sands of Time

BROOKLYN DIVINE STRANGELY DISAPPEARED AT LAKE OSCAWANA IN EARLY EVENING “All Inspiration comes from woman.” More...

Word of the Week

suf•fuse to spread over or through in the manner of fluid or light More...

Obituaries  Free Access 

ERNEST R. FINNEY

Ernest R. Finney, known by all as Bob, of Holmes, NY, died suddenly with his family by his side, Wednesday July 24, 2013, at his home. He was 77 years old. Bob was born on April 19, 1936, in Patterson, NY; son of the late Ernest R. More...

Florence Anne Nekola

Florence Anne Nekola, 96, of Newport, N.C., died Thursday, July 25, 2013, at Crystal Coast Hospice House. Mrs. Nekola was born on September 11, 1916, in Bronx, New York, to William and Ann Dykeman Haas, and was a longtime resident of Brewster. More...

Paul John Slivinsky

Paul John Slivinsky, age 90, of Brewster, passed away on July 26, 2013, at home surrounded by his family. Paul was born at home on March 16, 1923, in the Glenbrook section of Stamford, Ct., to the late Mikail and Zochia (Kunitchia) Slivinsky. More...

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