Seniors Relive Youth Thanks to Carmel’s National Honor Society

The senior citizens residing at the Plaza of Clover Lake relived their youth thanks to members of the Carmel High School chapter of the National Honor Society. A “senior-senior” prom was held at the assisted living facility in Patterson recently where, for two hours, teens dined, danced and chatted with their enthusiastic hosts. Applause and cheers rang out in the […]

Sybil Ludington Comes To Life On The 240th Anniversary Of Her Famous Ride

History came to life throughout the Putnam County seat Thursday when Sybil Ludington rode into town atop her mount, warning the militia forces that the British army was burning Danbury. The reenactment celebrated Sybil’s famous ride on the night of April 26, 1777, when the 16-year-old daughter of Colonel Henry Ludington rode more than twice the distance of Paul Revere […]

Ties to Westchester Probed in Mahopac Homicide

Mahopac Murder

Carmel Police say the murder of a 75-year-old Mahopac woman was “not a random act of violence or a crime of opportunity.” Police Chief Michael Cazzari told a news conference Friday afternoon that the greater Mahopac community is “safe” despite the murder of the elderly woman, who was found inside a residence on Coventry Circle in Mahopac 24 hours earlier. […]

A Night To Remember For Crew Binette

Crew Binette was the star of the show. The 16-year-old Pawling youth, who is autistic, was greeted with cheers and applause Friday evening at the Pawling High School’s Junior- Senior Prom and was named as “Prince of the Prom” by his classmates. Dressed in a handsome tuxedo and with Taylor Mc- Carthy on his arm, Crew beamed with pride when […]

Metro-North Employees Save Colleague’s Life In North Brewster Railway Yard

Several Metro-North employees were honored for saving the life of a colleague last month who suffered a heart attack at the railroad’s North Brewster yard. Railroad President Joseph Giuletti, a resident of Carmel, thanked his employees at a Manhattan news conference Tuesday for their “swift thinking and compassion.” According to Giuletti, the day was winding down for Jeff Ballard, the […]

Veterans Rally At Loyalty Day Celebration in Vets Memorial Park

Scores of veterans and their families gathered at the Putnam Veterans Memorial Park in Kent Sunday to celebrate Loyalty Day—a day set aside to remember all veterans, those currently serving as well as those who have donned battle gear in the past. The park resembled a sea of red, white and blue since many of the more than 250 in […]

Cunningham’s Corner

In the Penalty Box

Spring? Spring? Sunday felt more like a raw day in March than the eve of May. Another week, and then we’ll see whether spring is really here. ** You can read below about the “consolidated funding application,” the main application New York now uses to assess which economic development projects to support with grants or other incentives. One would think […]


Buzzword or Buzzkill?

“CFA” has been a buzzword in politics and economic development in New York state for a while, yet few seem to understand it. With the process now in its 7th year, the state website says, “The CFA process marks a fundamental shift in the way state resources are allocated, ensuring less bureaucracy and greater efficiency to fulfill local economic development […]

Sales Tax Revenue Dips

What a difference a year makes! For the first quarter of 2016 Putnam experienced the largest percentage increase of sales tax revenue of any county across New York State with a 16.4 percent boost leaving neighboring counties in the dust. Commissioner of Finance William Carlin released the county’s 2017 first quarter report Tuesday indicating a $750,000 decline in sales tax […]

Sifting Through the Sands of Time


Lake Mahopac, April 28—The Grange now has 88 members. At the last meeting which was held April 21, enough applications were received to raise the membership to 99. More are expected at the next meeting. Freeman Fisher, the lecturer, gave an interesting account of his trip to Mexico and there was also a brief discussion on “Rotation of crops.” Arrangements […]