BUDDHIST CEREMONY & GARDEN PARTY DRAW HUGE CROWD



Ideal weather conditions attracted huge crowds to the Chuang Yen Monastery in Kent Cliffs Sunday to help celebrate Mother’s Day in a special way. A garden party and Bathing Budda ceremony, along with a Grand Lion Dance performed by three dozen members of the Asian-American Cultural Exchange Association, highlighted the day-long affair under clear and sunny skies. Abbot Venerable Dhammadipa […]

’Pac School Board Prez Quits



Mahopac Board of Education President Ray Cote has resigned over comments made last month about a community member’s weight at the conclusion of a school board meeting. There was standing room only at the Mahopac Falls Elementary School auditorium Tuesday night when the board conducted its monthly meeting. Applause broke out after school attorney Ralph DeMarco told the audience that […]

Military ‘Invades’ Carmel



Three military helicopters flew over Carmel Monday night under the cloak of darkness. The U.S. Army conducted its aviation urban navigation training in conjunction with the Paladin Center on Seminary Hill Road. Felix Carcano, the corporation’s CEO, explained that Paladin was chosen because “we are proud to support the military and all first responders.” It was shortly before 11 o’clock […]

Greg Ball : I Will Not Run for Putnam County Exec



State Sen. Greg Ball, who has been mentioned for months as a potential candidate for county executive, will not be seeking Putnam’s top elected post this fall. Ball told the Courier Tuesday: “I am pleased with the response from the public and do have concerns about how our county is being run but at the end of the day I […]

Walker Unveils Tilly Foster Farm Plan



Plans for the future of the Tilly Foster Farm were unveiled last Thursday evening at a forum in Carmel and tonight, Thursday, members of the Putnam Legislature will receive the data during a meeting of the Physical Services Committee. County Executive Mary- Ellen Odell created the Tilly Foster Task Force Core Team led by Deputy County Executive Bruce Walker to […]

Putnam Cycling Classic to Take Place Sunday



The on again—off again—on again Putnam Cycling Classic will be held Sunday rain or shine. The event was originally scheduled for last weekend but was canceled 72 hours ahead of time due to anticipated inclement weather that never materialized and was postponed until May 2015. After County Executive Mary Ellen Odell interceded, telling the Courier “the classic will be held […]

Putnam Chambers Elects New Director, Sets 2014-‘15 Agenda

from the chamber

The Putnam County Chambers of Commerce held its annual meeting on Tuesday, May 14, to elect a new Director and look forward to new initiatives aimed at supporting the business community and economic development within our county. The Chambers will be working with elected officials at all levels, plus local community groups, concerned citizens and the business community to enact […]

Cyclist Lucky to be Alive After Crash



A Mahopac man is lucky to be alive following a multivehicle crash on Route 35 in Somers. Ian Carroll, 58, was operating a 2013 Triumph motorcycle westerly when according to State Police, his two-wheeler was struck from behind by a Chevy Silverado pick-up driven by Michael Mongiello, 67, of North Salem. The motorcycle was crushed by the impact and Carroll […]

Walk Draws Attention to Mental Health



Overcast weather failed to deter the spirit of more than 100 participants Saturday who took part in Putnam’s first Mental Health Awareness Walk. Sponsored by NAMI— National Alliance on Mental Illness—the walk drew attention to what Lorraine Bushnell, president of the Putnam NAMI chapter explained: “Mental illness is a disease of the brain and just like any other illness it […]

Carmel High School is Tops in Hannaford Helps Schools Program



A new Smart Board is headed to Carmel High School thanks to the Hannaford Supermarket chain and shoppers who purchased products at the local market earning “school dollars” earmarked for CHS. A check for $1,000 was presented to principal Kevin Carroll last week by Hannaford’s personnel after the school was declared this year’s winner in the Hannaford Helps Schools program. […]