Kids Return To Class Today

Children throughout Putnam County return to class today (Tuesday) following their summer recess. Carmel Superintendent Schools Andy Irvin described the beginning of new school term as “something unique and very special. All of us – from the most seasoned teacher and administrator, to the youngest child, get those butterflies the night before the new school year begins.” Irvin said his […]

Hardly A True Putnam Welcome!


Jamie and Alex Milligan’s dream house along a deserted section of Nichols Street in Kent has turned into a nightmare for the young couple and their 9-month-old daughter. Weeks after moving into the “home of our dreams” from a crime-infested neighborhood of Brooklyn, Jamie and Alex decided to take a break from renovations and spent two nights at the Jersey […]

‘Maverick’ Joins Kent PD Ranks


The newest member of the Kent Police Department is canine ‘Maverick,’ a beautiful 17-month-old German shepherd. What makes Maverick’s arrival so unique is that the dog was donated by a philanthropic Kent resident marking the third time Lorraine Roma has made such a generous gift since 1993. Police Chief Alex DiVernieri recalled when ‘Justice’ became a member of the force […]

Welcome to the Class of 2031

While school bells rang today (Tuesday) officially kicking off the 2017-18 school year for Putnam’s 13,000 school children, members of the Class of 2031, incoming kindergartners, experienced their first day of class last week when districts from Brewster to Putnam Valley welcomed the boys and girls during a series of orientation sessions. The wide-eyed five year olds were bussed to […]

2017-09-05 E-Edition

Candidate Pledges to Take No Salary, Health Benefits

Dear Editor, Thank you for your profile on my candidacy for Carmel Town Councilman. I wish to confirm that should the voters elect me that I will not accept any salary nor health benefits. To clarify, the approximate $48,000 would be donated to our Town’s most precious resource, our children. Fifty percent will be donated to CSA, CRYFAC – CRYLAX, […]

Cunningham’s Corner

FREE Changing Seasons, In Politics & Classrooms

The primary election is next week. Vote! And if there’s a primary in your party and town, and you don’t vote, then shut up. There are some lively races, too, especially in Carmel and Kent. We shall see how things shake out for the general election. And the main event, the Sheriff’s race, is finally ready for the starter’s pistol. […]

Ken Clair To Lead Putnam Emergency Services Providers

A lifelong Brewster resident and emergency services provider for more than a quarter century assumes the role today (Tuesday) as Acting Commissioner of Emergency Services following the retirement of Anthony Sutton. Ken Clair has served as Deputy Commissioner for the past year under Sutton’s tutelage. Prior to that appointment, he was a deputy fire coordinator for nine years; Southeast Assistant […]

Sifting Through the Sands of Time

Our Lakes

It is hoped that the present drought will not continue much longer, not only on account of agricultural interests, but also for the reason that, necessity may compel the authorities of New York city to make another draft upon our beautiful lakes, against which we protest in advance. Excepting the storage reservoir at Boyds Corners, the sources of supply are […]

Narcan Is Saving Lives

Heroin and opioid related emergency calls continue to plague police and emergency responders across the region yet the New York State Health Department reported last week that the numbers of overdose victims succumbing to the effects of the illegal drugs has begun to level off. The explanation? The opioid antidote naloxone, also known as Narcan. The State Health Department reported […]