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Crazy Winter Weather Continues  Free Access 

Updated Monday at 7:30 am

More cold is on the way, with freezing rain Sunday and cold temps later in the week (forecast)  More...

Flu Reported County-wide

Influenza has been reported throughout Putnam County with 18 cases already confirmed.After conferring with NYS Health Commissioner Dr. Nirav Shah, Putnam’s Commissioner of Health Dr. More...

Hospital Carjacker Sentenced to Prison

A Brooklyn man convicted of a dramatic carjacking outside Putnam Hospital Center on Halloween morning 2012 will be spending the next seven years in a state penitentiary following sentencing in Putnam County Court. More...

Serial Bank Robbery Suspect Queried In Two Putnam Heists

Two bank robberies in Putnam County within 72 hours of each other, a third in Westchester and the apprehension of a serial bank robbery suspect on Long Island have police on the local, state and federal levels investigating whether they are all relat More...

Politics

County Exec MaryEllen Odell to Seek Reelection

780 DAYS & COUNTING

EXCLUSIVE: County Executive Mary- Ellen Odell will be seeking reelection to a full four-year term in November. More...

Oliverio Calls For DA Levy’s Resignation Amidst State Query

Putnam Legislator Sam Oliverio has called on District Attorney Adam Levy to resign from his post immediately in the wake of a state probe investigating the District Attorney’s prosecution of a 2009 case centered on Andrew DeStefano, a candidate More...

2014 Salaries Set for County Administrators

Local laws establishing the salary of the Putnam County Executive, certain appointed officers serving for fixed terms as well as salaries for officers and employees paid from county funds were all approved by the Putnam Legislature at its year-end me More...

Cultural Events

Boscobel: Reflecting on 2013, and Looking Ahead

Major improvements are afoot for the coming year

Visiting with Steve Miller, the Executive Director of Boscobel House and Gardens, is always a treat. The buildings and grounds of the Federal-period restoration in Garrison are spectacular, and the staff is warm and welcoming. More...

School News

Turmoil on Mahopac School Board

Mahopac President Called to Resign

The former president of the Mahopac Board of Education is demanding that the current president and a twoterm trustee, who is the subject of a defamation lawsuit filed in Westchester, resign. More...

Community to Help in Superintendent Search

The official process to name a permanent chief school administrator in the Brewster School District begins next Wednesday, January 8, when the Board of Education hosts a meeting to establish the guidelines that will be implemented in locating a succe More...

Remembering Summer Camp During Christmas Break

Hundreds of boys and girls from throughout the region had great memories in the year gone by thanks to a summer camp program at Camp Herrlich in Patterson. More...

Editorials

New Year, New Goals: The One-Two Punch of Behavior Change

Health column

Every January, millions of Americans resolve to change their behavior in one way or another. Among the most popular goals are losing weight, quitting smoking, getting more exercise and spending more time with family. More...

Sifting Through the Sands of Time

BIG COAST STORM

SEABRIGHT, N.J. BATTERED BY GALE AND 11 SAILORMEN PERISH OFF BARNEGAT HEAVY DAMAGE TO TOWNS Two Rivers Overflow—Fisherman Made Homeless Lose Gear Tug and Barges Lost—Erie Trains Delayed Pittsburgh Under White Blanket. More...

WORD of the WEEK

ex·hil·a·rate to make cheerful and excited : enliven, elate More...

Breaking News - 1/7/2014 1:26 PM

Unit 3 at Indian Point Shuts Down

No danger posed by shutdown, plant operator says

Indian Point’s unit 3 nuclear power plant automatically shut down Monday about 9:15 p.m. as a result of lowering water level inside one of the plant’s four steam generators, the plant operator said. More...

Breaking News - 1/7/2014 12:47 PM

FLASH: County Courthouse Closed

Burst pipe caused water damage

The Putnam County Courthouse is closed Tuesday following a sprinkler head bursting on the 4th floor of the five year old multi- million dollar facility.The water damaged the fourth floor as well as an elevator shaft necessitating the evacuation of em More...

Breaking News - 1/2/2014 2:35 PM

Lightning strikes twice at PCNB in Putnam Lake

Second holdup in two weeks

For the second time in as many weeks, the Putnam Lake Branch of the Putnam County National Bank has been robbed.A lone bandit entered the bank on Haviland Drive Thursday at 9:45 a.m. More...

County Officials Take Their Oaths with Great Fanfare

Promising to do their best for the 100,000 residents of Putnam County, five local officials took their oaths of office on New Year’s Eve before a packed audience at the historic Putnam County Courthouse in Carmel.State Supreme Court Justice Victor Gr More...

Putnam’s Unemployment Second Lowest in New York

Putnam County has the second lowest rate of unemployment in the entire State of New York. More...

General Stories

2013: Year in Review

Drug Deaths Soar Drug use and abuse among today’s young people became rampant across Putnam County in 2013. Five young men with Putnam roots died during the year gone by, with dozens of others overdosing on heroin. More...

Patterson Man Charged Twice with Domestic Violence in Same Day

A Patterson man accused of kicking and pulling the hair out of his domestic partner’s head in a dispute at the couple’s home faces multiple charges when appearing in court after the first of the new year for allegedly attacking the woman More...

‘Too Much’ Christmas Eve Partying Leads to DWI Arrests

A Carmel man and a Patterson woman face DWI charges following their arrests for what authorities described as “too much holiday partying.” Brewster State Police charged James Sorrell, 29, of Carmel on Christmas-eve when at 11:30 p.m. More...

Around the County

Yorkie Left to Die in Kent

The cruelty of mankind was exhibited Friday when a four to six year old Yorkshire terrier was found abandoned in a deserted section of Kent—left to die in a small metal crate. More...

Putnam’s Holiday Blood Drive Called ‘One of the Best’

Ninety-six pints of blood were donated Friday during Putnam’s semi-annual blood drive. More...

New Sign Installed at Carmel VA Clinic

A new sign installed last Friday afternoon outside the Veterans Administration Clinic on Route 6 in Carmel across from the Putnam Plaza will now identify the facility for the dozens of vets seeking medical attention each week. More...

Sports

2013: Another Big Year On The Local Sports Scene

It was another great year for sports in Putnam County, with the local high schools providing us with the most thrills. Here’s a look at the top story from each month in 2013. JANUARY More...

Brewster Wrestling Shines As Year Closes

Erickson on Track for School Record in Victories

BREWSTER – The calendar year might have ended but the high school wrestling season will still continue, of course. More...

Carmel Girls’ Basketball Finds Magic at Disney

ORLANDO, Fla. – The Carmel High School girls basketball team traveled to Orlando for the KSA Sports Tournament between Christmas and New Year’s, and the Rams showed some spunk in the second of their three games. More...

Worship Services

Worship Listings

Chabad Jewish Center Of Putnam County 5 Fair Street Carmel 845 225 4770 www.Putnamchabad.Org Christ Episcopal Church Route 311 At Maple Ave., Patterson Jangled@Aol.Com Chuang Yen Monastery 2020 Rte 301, Carmel 845-228-4283/4288 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