Tragedies Lead to Citizen Rallies in Brewster

Main Street is Site of Daily Protest by Moms Marching for Change

Led by Patti Hupp (left) and Alicia Grasso, women walk down Brewster’s Main Street during a twice-daily demonstration. It has become a daily occurrence. Groups of women walk along Main Street in downtown Brewster from the public library to the intersection of Routes 6 and 22 to draw attention to the issues surrounding illegal immigration and driving while intoxicated. Leader […]

9/11 Families Demand Immigration Enforcement



"Tomorrow’s terrorist is today’s cab driver!" Those harsh words were uttered Tuesday by Peter Gadiel, president and co-founder of the 9-11 Families for a Secure America, at a rally in Brewster to remember a young woman and her eight-year-old daughter run down and killed on the village’s main thoroughfare June 8 by a drunken motorist illegally in the U.S. On […]

Archbishop Dolan to Visit



The spiritual leader of millions of New York-area Catholics will be making his first visit to Putnam County next month. Archbishop Timothy Michael Dolan plans to bless the refurbished St. James School in Carmel on July 18 as well as attending the church’s annual community feast and presiding over a special Saturday evening Mass. The Rev. Anthony Sorgie, pastor of […]

Crossing the State Line for Graduation



Call it a trifecta! High school graduations for Putnam’s big three (Brewster, Carmel, and Mahopac) are being held on Western Connecticut State University’s West Side Campus in Danbury. Previously the Carmel and Mahopac School Districts decided to cross the state line for the 2009 commencement for specific reasons. Carmel was tired of the guessing game played each year with the […]

Council Candidates Propose a ‘Contract with Southeast’



At a Monday, June 22 press conference, Southeast Councilman candidates Matt Neuringer and Joe DePaola signed what they called a "Contract With Southeast" at the Brewster train station. The two candidates are running under the "Save Our Southeast" banner against Elizabeth Hudak and Sgt. Robert Cullen. The contract includes seven promises to voters, including tax and spending reductions, the institution […]

Carmel Board Bans Tobacco Advertising



The Carmel Town Board has become the first in the area to pass legislation calling for the eventual elimination of tobacco advertising in local stores. By a unanimous vote last week, the council approved the declaration following presentations by Putnam County Reality Check Coordinator, Diane Moore, and the coordinator of POW’R Against Tobacco, Anthony Massarelli. Supervisor Kenneth Schmitt called the […]

After Nine Years, Camarda Park Opens to the Public



Paul Camarda gives a thumbs-up as he rejoices once the park officially opens. Photo by Eric Gross Paul Camarda beamed like a proud father! Last Saturday, after nine years of discussion, some contentious debate, and finally construction, a 37-acre parcel of land off Seminary Hill Road donated by the Putnam entrepreneur to the Town of Carmel for the municipality’s first […]

Judges Help to Mold the Careers of Summer Interns in Putnam County



The practice of law covers a wide spectrum. Four young area residents are spending a portion of their summer interning at the Putnam County Courthouse under the supervision of Judges James Rooney and Andrew O’Rourke. The internship program has resulted in many success stories over the past nine years, where former interns have become partners in prominent Wall Street law […]

Brianne O’Hare’s Efforts May Re sul t in Windfal l for Putnam Coffers



Brianne O’Hare is a young lady with a mission. The 20-year-old communications major at Connecticut’s Quinnipiac University graduated from John F. Kennedy High School in Somers in 2006, and is working with the Putnam Legislature on a series of stimulus grants that will hopefully result in a windfall for county coffers. After being introduced by Legislator Mary Ellen O’Dell, who […]

Vail’s Grove Golf Club Celebrates 80th Annive r sary



The Vail’s Grove Golf Club is one of Putnam’s best-kept secrets! The club, located off Route 121 at the Southeast-North Salem town line, celebrates its 80th anniversary next month. The semi-private club, founded in 1929 by the Vail family, was sold to a group of investors in 1981. Today, five local residents own the course— George Dean, George Tremblay, Bill […]