February 6, 2014 RSS feed / Front Page

Heroin Deaths Escalate

An epidemic of heroin overdoses claiming the lives of young adults throughout the region continues at an alarming rate – despite a crackdown on drug dealers by law enforcement at all levels, as well as various groups sponsoring educational drug More...

Politics

Sandy Galef to Seek Reelection

State Assemblywoman Sandy Galef will be seeking reelection in November. More...

Hayworth Kickoff Set for Sunday

Nan Hayworth kicks off her campaign for the 18th Congressional District on Sunday in Orange County. More...

Around the County

Breaking News - 2/6/2014 5:59 PM

Wine & Chocolate Event Set for Mahopac  Free Access 

Benefits PARC

Wine and chocolate will be center-stage just in time for Valentine’s Day. More...

Oh Deer! Population on the Rise

The arctic cold winter that has most of the country in its grasp is having adverse affects on wildlife as well as humans. DEC officials reported last week the deer population of New York has risen to a record 800,000. More...

Trio Sentenced to Jail for DWI

Three area residents who are repeat DWI offenders won’t be doing any driving for some time. More...

School News

Heather McArdle is Teacher of the Year

Heather McArdle is wearing a big smile these days while teaching her students at Mahopac High School. More...

Brewster Students ‘Solve’ World Problems Past and Present

Twenty Brewster High School students enrolled in the school’s United Nations Club had a once in a life time experience by attending the prestigious Columbia Model UN Conference and Exposition in Manhattan. More...

Carmel Schools Seek Input On Vets Exemption

While the Brewster School District is almost certain to grant property tax exemptions to eligible veterans who up to now have only been able to receive tax breaks on their county and town tax bills, the Carmel District is taking a more cautious appro More...

Editorials

Perspective: Whipple on Bruen

A Piece of Putnam Passes with Bruen

Editor’s Note: This was written after Bruen’s death by philanthropist George Whipple, whose family has been active in Putnam for decades. Dave Bruen is one of the reasons that I love Putnam County. More...

Sifting Through the Sands of Time

Two Big Fires

The Patterson News furnishes the following particulars of the big fire at Towners. At about 1:30 on Monday morning the people of Towners were aroused from their slumbers by the prolonged blowing of the whistle of a passing engine. More...

Obituaries  Free Access 

Anne Ruland  Free Access 

Anne Ruland formerly of Brewster, NY, age 83, passed away on January 20th under the care of Hospice of Palm Beach County, Florida from complications of a stroke. Anne was born October 30, 1930 to Agatha and George Phelan in Bronx, NY. More...

David Duncan Bruen

David Duncan Bruen, born in Brewster, NY, Aug 14, 1929, passed away on February 1, 2014, at his home. He was 84 years young. David was born to Matthew Raymond Bruen and Mildred S. Duncan. More...

Leon Gormley

Leon Gormley passed away at the home of his son in Stormville, NY, Saturday, February 1, 2014. More...

REST IN PEACE DAVID BRUEN

A chapter in Putnam history has closed with the passing of the county’s first county executive—David Bruen—who died last Saturday at the age of 84. Bruen, born on Aug. 14, 1929, was a graduate of Fordham University. More...

State’s Worst Scofflaw Calls Putnam Home

Putnam County has the dubious distinction of calling New York State’s most delinquent tax scofflaw one of its own. More...

Brewster Leans Toward Offering Tax Breaks for Vets

A dozen veterans from the greater Southeast area applauded the Brewster Board of Education last week for proposing the local adoption of a recently enacted new state law allowing school districts to grant property tax exemptions to eligible veterans, More...

General Stories

Blowtorch Sparks Fire at Southeast Condo

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...

Heroin Dealer Sentenced to 40 Years

A Putnam heroin dealer from northern Westchester will be serving 40 years in state prison. More...

Man Accused of Attacking Coworker in Brewster

A 21-year-old Beacon man is facing charges of assault for allegedly attacking a coworker at the Lamothermic Corporation plant on Route 312 in Southeast. More...

Enterprise

Trailblazer Awards Celebrate Putnam Business Community

Leaders Hailed for Innovation and Service

What a party! More...

Cultural Events

Exhibits & Events Begin at Putnam Arts Council

March is Membership Month here at the Putnam Arts Council and everyone is invited to attend our Annual Meeting March 2nd at 2pm, and to Meet the Artists at the opening reception of our Members’ Exhibit immediately following. More...

Vocal Workshop Takes Place Saturday

The Putnam Chorale is sponsoring a winter vocal workshop Saturday in Brewster and the public is invited. More...

Sports

Basketball Gods Giveth, Taketh Away for ’Pac

Indians win a close one against Carmel, lose close one to Arlington

CARMEL – This was the week where the Mahopac High School boys basketball team learned all about the fickle basketball gods. More...

Brewster Wrestling Takes Down Carmel

CARMEL – Mike Larm pinned Anthony Schneider in 4 minutes, 57 seconds at 220 pounds, and the Brewster High School wrestling team defeated Carmel, 53- 28. Joey Petrogallo also had a victory by pin for the Bears. More...

’Pac Wrestling Coach DiSanto Earns 350th Career Win

FREEDOM PLAINS – Dennis DiSanto certainly won’t forget winning his 350th career match as the Mahopac High School wrestling coach. More...

Letters to the Editor

Smoke & Mirrors on Tilly Foster?

Dear Editor: Accept my apology for my cynicism, but after reading “Legislators Ponder Future of Tilly Foster” ( January 30), i think there is a hint of political smoke and mirrors going on here, all too frequent to Putnam County. More...

Worship Services

Temple Donates 200 Coats to Vets

Rabbi Eytan Hammerman, spiritual leader of Temple Beth Shalom in Mahopac called it a “mitzvah” when turning 200 gently used coats over to State Senator Greg Ball last Friday, garments that will be used by veterans hospitalized at Castle P More...

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