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Breaking News - 2/2/2014 7:14 PM

Fire destroys Southeast condo

Plumbing repair gone wrong

A fire accidentally caused by a man using a blow torch destroyed a condominium Sunday at the Twin Brook Manor complex on Fair Street across from the George Fischer Middle School in Southeast. More...

Breaking News - 2/1/2014 7:05 PM

Dave Bruen, A Remembrance  Free Access 

Editor's Note: This was written after Bruen's death by George Whipple, whose family has been active in Putnam County for decades. More...

Huge Crowd Kicks Off ‘Year of Senior’

So much for snow birds! More than 350 “seasoned” citizens crowded into the Putnam County Golf Club in Mahopac Falls Wednesday for the county’s official kick-off of the “Year of the Senior.” More...

Eric Gross: Pete Seeger Remembered in Putnam County

The passing of world renowned folk singer Pete Seeger has reverberated throughout Putnam County. More...

Politics

Tilly Foster’s Sad & Final Scenes

A chilly wind blew across the barren fields and empty barns at Tilly Foster Farm Saturday as Meredith Whipple directed a moving company crew to move personal possessions into a large van. More...

Legislators Ponder Future of County-Owned Farm

Effective Friday, Putnam County will take over the operation of the Tilly Foster Farm in Southeast. More...

Political Notebook: Odell with New Video

County Executive MaryEllen Odell’s campaign will next week unveil a new video touting her work across the county. More...

Enterprise

From the Chamber

Governor’s Budget Proposal Offers Putnam Hope But Also Challenges

Last week, Governor Cuomo spelled out his 2014-2015 budget proposal, an ambitious plan that calls for numerous incentives to spur business growth, Universal Pre-K and publicly funded political campaigns, among many other features. More...

School News

Brewster Educational Exchange with China Continues to Blossom

The Brewster-China connection is still growing. On Monday, 17 students from Jian Ping High School in Shanghai visited the Brewster School District campus for a day of exchanging ideas, cultures, stories and songs. More...

School Aid Falls Short in Putnam

Putnam County’s six school districts are seeing mixed results from Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed increased school aid as outlined in his 2014 state budget message last week. More...

Engineering Day Celebrated at Carmel Middle School

Seventh and 8th grade students enrolled in technology education classes at the George Fischer Middle School experienced a treat last week 15 professional engineers employed by IBM visited the school. More...

Editorials

Sifting Through the Sands of Time

NEW RURAL DELIVERY

FROM CARMEL TO KENT CLIFFS, FARMERS MILLS AND BACK, BEGINS TUESDAY More...

Columns

Perspective: The New Good Old Boys

It is a line we have heard (or imagine we have heard) in a movie or many movies – and many times. More...

Obituaries  Free Access 

Ada Silvana Sedlmair

Ada Silvana Sedlmair, of North Salem, died Monday, January 27, 2014, after a valiant battle against cancer at Rosary Hill Nursing Home. She was 68 years old. More...

Paul A. Camarda, Sr.

Paul A. Camarda Sr. died peacefully at Putnam Hospital in Carmel on Sunday, January 26, 2014, surrounded by family. He was a handsome 92 years old. More...

Dorothy-Ann Irene Foster

Dorothy-Ann Irene Foster, of Patterson, died Friday, January 24, 2014, at Putnam Hospital Center. She was 66 years old. Dorothy-Ann was born on October 24, 1947, in Providence, Rhode Island, daughter of the late Jack and Alice (Porter) Tarlaian. More...

Breaking News - 2/5/2014 2:31 PM

Storm cancels schools and most activities  Free Access 

UPDATED: I-84 closed in NY

As much as 10 inches of snow has fallen across Putnam County this morning resulting in treacherous driving conditions. State Police have closed I-84 from the Putnam-Danbury line all the way to the New York-Pennsylvania border due to numerous crashes. More...

Breaking News - 2/4/2014 3:04 PM

With storm approaching, county offices closed Wednesday  Free Access 

In anticipation of Wednesday’s storm, Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell this afternoon ordered all essential county facilities to be closed tomorrow. More...

Breaking News - 2/2/2014 8:48 AM

Funeral arrangements set for David Bruen  Free Access 

Was Putnam's first county executive

Members of the Bruen family met with Richard Hazzard, proprietor of the Beecher Funeral Home in Brewster, Saturday evening as well as County Executive MaryEllen Odell and made funeral arrangements for Putnam’s first executive.The body of David Bruen More...

Breaking News - 2/1/2014 7:03 PM

David Bruen, county’s first executive, dies at age 84  Free Access 

Helped form Putnam's government as it stands today

 A chapter in Putnam history closed Saturday when the county’s first county executive—David Bruen—passed away at the age of 84.Bruen resided in Brewster for many years most recently with his son and two of his daughters. More...

Pete Seeger Dead at 94; Had Strong Putnam Ties

Folk Singer, Activist

The Hudson Valley and most of the wide world beyond were rocked this week by the news that Pete Seeger – the iconic folk singer, activist, and environmentalist – had died Monday in New York City at the age of 94. More...

Decorated Mahopac Falls Cop Charged with Possessing Child Porn

A highly decorated police officer from Mahopac Falls is facing charges of possessing child pornography. Mt. More...

General Stories

High School Athletes Learn Character Development

High school athletes from throughout the Putnam-Northern Westchester region are learning much more than to improve their ability on the playing field thanks to a dedicated staff at the Performax Fitness and Sports Performance Training Center in Mahop More...

Putnam Valley Crime Wave?

Recent local crime reports have focused heavily on Putnam Valley. Is it coincidence, or something else? More...

Catholic School Week Celebrated at St. Lawrence

The gymnasium at the St. Lawrence O’Toole School in Brewster was turned into a fun-filled atmosphere Monday when dozens of kindergarten and pre-schoolers participated in an old fashioned carnival. More...

Around the County

Organizations to Benefit from Community Basketball Shoot-out

Start shooting those hoops! Final plans have been made for Putnam’s unique fundraising opportunity—the annual Carmel Rotary Club Basketball Shootout. The event this year is scheduled for March 15 at Carmel High School from 9 a.m. More...

Church Academy Offers State of Art Learning

Mission Church Academy, on Route 52 in the Holmes section of Kent, is in the midst of a reopening where parents of children aged three through K are encouraged to visit. More...

Person of Interest Queried in Putnam Lake Bank Heist

A 35-year-old resident of New Milford, Conn. is a “person of interest” in connection with the Jan. 21 attempted heist of the Putnam Lake Branch of the Putnam County National Bank. More...

Sports

Pac’s Hynes Hits 1,000-point Mark!

Senior gets the milestone in win over Brewster

MAHOPAC – A magical night, for sure. The achievement was nothing short of special for Mahopac High School girls basketball star Mairead Hynes. More...

Mahopac Girls Make it a Sweep Over Carmel

MAHOPAC – Alayne Felix had a game-high 16 points, and the Mahopac High School girls’ basketball team beat archrival Carmel, 53-31, making it a sweep at home on Saturday after the boys beat the Rams as well. More...

Carmel Indoor Track Runners Compete at Yale, New York City

The Carmel High School Indoor Track Team participated in two huge invitation meets, the 32nd Yale Interscholastic Track and Field Classic at Yale University in New Haven Connecticut on January 17th, and the New Balance Meet at the Armory in New York More...

Letters to the Editor

Yippee! An Invitation From the Governor

Dear Editor: My kids LOVE invitations. They can smell one in the mailbox a mile away. They dance and hop around until they find out what it is for, and who it is from. More...

Where Does He Want Us to Go?

Dear Editor: Governor Andrew Cuomo’s statement that pro-lifers should leave New York, begs the question: Just where does he want us to go? Re-education concentration camps on closed military bases would be my best guess. George A. More...

‘Holocaust’ Comparison Too Far

Dear Editor: More...

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