Civility at Carmel Candidate Forum

Five candidates seeking three Carmel Board of Education seats agreed Monday that the district provided its nearly 4,700 children with an outstanding education. Incumbents Jennifer Dougherty, Steven Port, and Greg Riley are being challenged by newcomers Eric Middelstadt and James Kirk. For 90 minutes at a Meet Your Candidates forum held at Carmel High School before an audience of some […]


Mercury spill forces evacuation of Middle School

First it was diesel fumes; next came mold; and now mercury has disrupted classes at the Mahopac Middle School. A small quantity of the chemical spilled last week inside a science lab as classes were dismissing for the day, forcing the evacuation of remaining students and staff. Superintendent Thomas Manko said an 8th grader found a bottle containing mercury in […]

Teddy Bear PJ Party a big hit at PHC

Three hundred boys and girls were joined by their parents and grandparents for an old fashioned PJ Party at Putnam Hospital Center. The Mothers Club of PHC—a branch of the hospital auxiliary that raises funds in support of the Birthing Center—sponsored the event. Every baby born at the hospital is given a Halo Sleep Sack, which reduces the incidence of […]

Kids’ Day coming to PHC

Putnam Hospital Center will be turned into a carnival-like setting on Saturday when the PHC Auxiliary hosts the annual Kids’ Day health safety and fun fair. Director of Volunteers Michele Piazza has invited the public to the free community event that “offers something for everyone.” A teddy bear check-up is planned along with cardiac monitoring, finger casting, car safety seat […]

Rotary Duck Race is Sunday

We’ve all heard of horse racing, auto racing, and even dog racing, but duck racing? Members of the Lake Mahopac Rotary are taking the sport to the next level by sponsoring the region’s first duck race Sunday at the Red Mills Historic Park in Mahopac Falls. Duck race coordinator Lillian Jones explained that the plastic ducks will be placed into […]


Upcoming Meetings

THURSDAY, MAY 13 Carmel Recreation & Parks Advisory Committee – 7:30pm – Sycamore Park Southeast Town Board Work Session – 7:30pm – Town Hall Town of Kent Planning Board – 7:30pm – Town Hall MONDAY, MAY 17 Town of Kent Board Meeting – 7pm – Town Hall Southeast Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting – 8pm – Town Hall TUESDAY, MAY […]

Kids learn that junk food can be dangerous to your health

Live theater came to the John F. Kennedy Elementary School in Brewster when the Emmy award-winning national touring show, Food-Play, paid Putnam County a visit. Food-Play helps boys and girls take charge of growing up healthy and fit. Addressing the major nutrition, fitness, and self-esteem concerns, Food-Play provides children with the practical tools they need to improve their eating and […]

Education Foundation seeks volunteers

The Brewster Education Foundation has issued a call for help. The foundation’s Board of Directors currently has openings for those desiring to make a difference by serving on the BEF’s missions of philanthropy and education. Foundation President Dr. Nick Simonelli said of particular interest, but not required, was fundraising experience or accounting and/or bookkeeping skills to assist in financial matters: […]

Community garden planted at High School

The flowers are blooming at the North Salem High School-Middle School thanks to an army of volunteers. With the creation of a garden committee, spring has brought new teaching and learning opportunities to the 750 students enrolled in the school. Community members Cathy Outhouse and Jack McGrath assisted with the building of six raised flowerbeds in the high school courtyard […]

History comes to life

Children attending classes at the Garden Street School and John F. Kennedy Elementary School in Brewster love history like never before. The school district has been awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to introduce children to our nation’s history and culture by bringing great works of American art into the schools. Under the direction of librarians […]