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Joseph Castagnola Named Interim Principal at BHS

Brewster High School’s new interim principal has hit the ground running. Dr. Joseph Castagnola, a 39-year career educator who most recently served as Superintendent of the nearby New Fairfield School District in Connecticut, joined the Brewster School District family Monday succeeding Matt Byrnes who left the district’s employ after accepting an assistant superintendent’s position in Connecticut. Castagnola admitted being impressed […]

Paul Camarda Receives Community Service Award in Southeast

Paul Camarda, of Camarda Realty Investments, was presented with a community service award on Sept. 23 by the Southeast town board. Camarda and his company received recognition for donating a heart defibrillator to the town “for use to resuscitate persons who may be experiencing cardiac or heart difficulties,” said Supervisor Michael Rights. The defibrillator will be given to the Wells […]

Girl Scouts Host Victorian Afternoon Tea

Brewster Girl Scouts now know the experience of a traditional Victorian Afternoon Tea. The young women enrolled in Girl Scout Troop 2486 hosted the event last weekend at the Walter Brewster House in Brewster by welcoming their mothers to the “dress up” event. Debbie Headen, troop co-leader along with Linda Vuto, told the COURIER that Juliette Lowe, founder of the […]

Making Cuts Not Easy for Board

At its October 4 workshop, the Patterson town board discussed Supervisor Michael Griffin’s proposed 2011 budget. The proposed budget represents a zero percent increase from the 2010 budget. To achieve this, Supervisor Michael Griffin is proposing that $400,000 come from the town’s reserved fund balance. “A zero budget—it sounds good really but is it really a realistic budget to propose […]

Notre Dame Club Hosts ALS Fundraising Walk

On Oct. 17 the Notre Dame Club of the Mid-Hudson Valley will host its ALS Walk, in memory of board member Gus Raspitha, who died last year from what is commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. ALS—amyotrophic lateral sclerosis— is a fatal disease. Yankees legend Lou Gehrig is the most famous ALS victim, but the crippling disease affects up to […]

Hall of Fame Day Goes off Without a Hitch

What a day at the Putnam County seat. Saturday was Hall of Fame Day in Carmel when CHS inducted the Class of 2010 into the school’s Hall of Fame. Nine recipients were recognized including Fred Kemp who graduated in 1966; Nick DeBellis and Monika Soenksen Tangredi, both graduates of 1979; Greg Curtis, a 1986 graduate; Frank Heitman who graduated in […]

Carmel FD Hosts Open House on Sunday

Live demonstrations of vehicle rescues and the extinguishing of a live fire will highlight Sunday’s Open House at Carmel Fire Department headquarters. The fire department has joined other fire services nationwide in celebrating Fire Prevention Week—a time to learn about fire safety that will hopefully avert tragedy. A number of other emergency services agencies will be participating in this year’s […]

Putnam Humane Society Senior Adoption Weekend

The Putnam Humane Society will hold an open house October 9 and 10 in a special effort to find homes for their senior animals before the cold winter weather sets in. The public is invited to stop by between 1pm and 3pm both days to meet the dogs and cats who are a little gray around the muzzle. The idea […]

Putnam Rain Garden Dedicated on a Rainy Day in Kent

Last week, Putnam officials dedicated the county’s first Demonstration Rain Garden at the Veterans’ Memorial Park in Kent. Lauri Taylor, director of the Putnam Soil and Water Conservation District, explained that a rain garden is a stormwater implementation: “Basically a flower garden, a rain garden is constructed with a foundation of permeable materials that allows root or driveway runoff into […]