February 27, 2014 RSS feed / Front Page

At Last, Hossu Trial to Start, Judge Says

The trial of Alexandru Hossu, the former personal trainer of District Attorney Adam Levy, gets underway next Wednesday in Putnam County Court. Hossu is charged with raping a 12- year old Southeast girl three years ago. More...

Under Scrutiny, MTA to Boost Rail Safety

Almost exactly three months after the Dec. 1 derailment that left four dead, the parent agency of the Metro-North Railroad this week unveiled steps to boost safety and revamp management to ensure that safety issues get high-level attention. More...

Politics

Tax-Free Week: County Tries A Third Time

After two rejections in the NYS Assembly, Putnam lawmakers are hoping that Putnam shoppers will be getting a tax break this fall on back to school clothing and footwear. More...

Lawmakers Discuss Primary Day Schedule

Primary Day concerns were brought to members of the Putnam Legislature’s Rules Committee last week through a correspondence from the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC). More...

Around the County

Putnam Firefighters Assist in Goldens Bridge Blaze

Firefighters from Brewster, Mahopac and Mahopac Falls assisted their neighbors in northern Westchester Monday in battling an inferno that heavily damaged the Goldens Bridge FD headquarters while destroying three pieces of fire apparatus. More...

Ex-Cop Charged With Owning Unregistered Handguns

A retired police officer with more than 30 years experience now finds himself in trouble with the law for allegedly possessing unregistered weapons. More...

Photography Workshop in Patterson

Patterson Library, 1167 Rte. 311, Patterson, will be hosting a “Digital Photography Workshop” Saturday, April 5, from 11:00- 2:00PM. Learn the basics of using a digital camera and how to take great vacation photos. More...

Cultural Events

Pataki Book on ‘Traitor’s Wife’ is Hot Seller

Garrison Union Free School graduate and former Philipstown resident Allison Pataki has a major hit book on her hands with the "Traitor's Wife: The Woman Behind Benedict Arnold and the Plan to Betray America." Pataki said that she was "thrilled and ov More...

A Glimpse at the Life of James F. Brown, Runaway Slave & ‘Freedom’s Gardener’

It was another packed audience at the Putnam History Museum this past Saturday to hear guest lecturer Myra Young Armstead, History Professor and Chair of Africana studies at Bard College. The person of interest was runaway slave James F. More...

Sports

’Pac Girls on to County Center for First Time in 14 Years

POUGHKEEPSIE – When you can come out for what might be the final quarter of your season with the same kind of focus and intensity as the first quarter, you’re doing something right. More...

’Pac Boys Make Final Four for Fourth Straight Year

BEDFORD – It was the Fox Lane High School boys basketball team that forced overtime with Mahopac last Thursday night when Andrew Redhead hit two free throws with 3.7 seconds left to play. Big mistake. More...

Putnam Valley Advances at County Center

WHITE PLAINS – So close last year they could taste it. More...

Worship Services

Worship Listings

Update your Church’s listing by emailing us at Editor@pcnr.com, with WORSHIP in the Subject Line. More...

Breaking News - 2/28/2014 2:13 PM

County seat shut down and evacuated

UPDATED: Bomb squad and haz-mat team called out; now all clear

Downtown Carmel was a hotbed of police activity Thursday afternoon after a motorist was observed driving along Route 52 in a black Ford Crown Victoria police package vehicle equippe More...

GEORGE WASHINGTON SLEPT HERE: Historic Home for Sale

Fowler House for Sale

Walking through the historic Fowler House on Root Avenue in Southeast last week brought back visions of Revolutionary War times when General George Washington bedded down for the night. More...

Mahopac High Reopens After Grad’s Death

It was business as usual Monday at Mahopac High School when classes resumed following the tragic death of a 2013 graduate of the school, who was killed early Saturday when his speeding car careened off Baldwin Place Road and plowed into his alma mate More...

General Stories

Better Late Than Never! Valentines for Vets

For patients at the Castle Point Veterans Hospital in Dutchess County and the FDR Veterans Hospital in Montrose, Valentine’s Day came Tuesday but those who served America in both war and peace time weren’t complaining in the least. More...

Foreclosure Actions Down For First Month Of New Year

Has the alarming rate of foreclosure actions subsided? Last year Putnam initiated 551 foreclosures—the most ever—nearly doubling the 331 foreclosures recorded in 2012. More...

Forum Stresses Homeland Security

Calling first responders the “backbone of our communities,” State Senator Greg Ball Tuesday hosted a forum in Carmel attended by some 75 representatives of emergency services agencies where training and funding issues were discussed at th More...

Enterprise

From the Chamber

Women’s Leadership Alliance To Spotlight and Support Female Business Owners

In an era where ideas and concepts must be developed more quickly than ever before to remain competitive, Putnam County business leaders have begun an ambitious collaboration to facilitate better communications, training and opportunity for local bus More...

School News

Carmel Schools Adopt Tax Exemption for Vets

The Carmel School District is the latest to adopt a recently enacted new state law allowing school systems to grant property tax exemptions to eligible veterans who have up to now only been able to receive tax breaks on their county and town tax bill More...

Veteran Administrators Leaving Carmel School District

Three veteran administrators in the Carmel School District will be retiring in June. More...

Kindergarten Registration Starts Monday in Brewster

Parents of children who will be enrolled as members of the Brewster High School Class of 2026 are being requested to gather documentation needed for the registration process. More...

Editorials

Sifting Through the Sands of Time

a busy spring

This is promised by Brewster by the work by Prospect. The outlook for a busy spring and summer is now very bright. More...

Word of the Week

Senescence the state of being old: the process of becoming old More...

Letters to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

Editor's Note: We received this missive earlier this month from an Alcoholics Anonymous member, who some time ago asked us to publish contact information for his group, so it would be readily available to those seeking help. More...

Obituaries  Free Access 

Jim (James) Ormsby

James Ormsby, resident of Mahopac, passed unexpectedly on Sunday, February 16, 2014. He is survived by his loving wife, Carol, and children James and Emily. More...

J. Patrick Quinlan

Quinlan, J. Patrick, entered into eternal rest on February 17, 2014, peacefully at his home surrounded by his family after an optimistic and courageous battle with cancer. More...

Mahopac Businesswoman Remembered as a Caring Person

A Mahopac businesswoman killed last week when struck by a hit and run motorist in front of her Jefferson Valley home is being remembered this week as a loving and caring person. More...

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