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Carmel remembers Officer John Falcone, slain while saving the life of a toddler

By Thursday morning at 10am, thousands of police officers from across the U.S. will have traveled to St. James the Apostle Catholic Church in Carmel to pay their respects to the family of John Falcone, a Poughkeepsie police officer shot and killed in the line of duty last Friday afternoon. Falcone, 44, was a 1985 graduate of Carmel High School […]

‘I’m Guilty,’ Admits Patterson Road Boss



Charles Williams, the longtime Patterson highway superintendent, stands well over six feet tall with broad shoulders, a shaved head, and goatee. But despite his imposing features, the man, who has been accused of bullying on several occasions, succumbed to assertive silence last Thursday when he copped a guilty plea in Putnam County Court to third degree grand larceny. Williams had […]

Ball: Death to Cop Killers



On Monday, State Senator Greg Ball (40th district), with senate colleague Martin Golden of Brooklyn, will introduce a bill to allow New York State to impose the death penalty on cop killers and terrorists. The bill’s introduction comes in the wake of the murder of Poughkeepsie Police Officer John Falcone last Friday. Golden, who was forced to retire from the […]

Fire Heats Up an Arctic Morning



Arctic-like conditions greeted firefighters from several departments early Sunday when a blaze broke out in an apartment above Chris’ Automotive Service on Route 52 in Lake Carmel. A passerby noticed smoke at 3:30am and contacted the Putnam 911 Center, which dispatched Kent Police. Officers arriving minutes later confirmed a working fire and the Lake Carmel FD was notified. Firefighters arrived […]

Chamber Seeks a Director



Last week, Peter Bardunias announced that he will stepping down from his post as President and CEO of the Carmel/Mahopac Chamber of Commerce as of March 15 to take a new job upstate. Jennifer Maher, Chairwoman of both the Putnam County Chambers of Commerce and the Mahopac/Carmel Chamber, said that the chamber board does not yet know who they will […]

Constant Change is a Fact of Life




Forty-four years is a long time. In 1966 gas was 30 cents a gallon, $30,000 homes were considered expensive and wi-fi, cell phones and even Ataris were an engineer’s dream. My wife and I were born that year, beginning a journey that brought us together in marriage and a life built together. For that entire time, we remained at our […]

Carmel A&P to Close



It came as no surprise to employees and loyal shoppers of the Carmel A&P Supermarket. The anchor store at the A&P Shopping Center across from the Putnam Plaza on Route 6 is one of 32 stores being closed by the chain under its Chapter 11 filing. The store and four others in Westchester will close on April 15. A&P President […]

CHS Hoops Benefits Putnam CAP



The Carmel-Mahopac High School rivalry has often been referred to as the Army-Navy game of Putnam County. Be it on the football field, basketball court, or the baseball diamond, whenever the schools compete for the bragging rights of the Town of Carmel large crowds attend to cheer for either the CHS Rams or the Mahopac Indians. In January when the […]

Sign Up for Community Basketball Shoot-Out



During the past two years the Carmel Rotary Basketball Shoot-out has enabled area service and youth organizations to raise more than $27,000 needed to support community programs. This year’s shoot-out is planned for March 13 at Carmel High School. Al Lotrecchiano, who is coordinating the 2011 fundraiser, called the shootout an “excellent opportunity to raise money with minimal work involved. […]

Garbage Business Picking Up in Carmel



Trash removal is big business in the Carmel-Mahopac area. The Carmel Town Board licensed five carters to collect refuse last week including Tompkins Disposal Services, Bria Carting, AAA Carting and Rubbish Services, Royal Carting Service, and Sani-Pro Carting which all filed license applications that were approved. In order for a company to legally operate in Putnam’s largest town, it must […]