16-Year-Old Lucky to Be Alive After Mahopac Falls Crash

A 16-year-old Mahopac boy is lucky to be alive after his SUV crashed into a utility pole and burst into flames. The unidentified teenager escaped with only a minor laceration to his arm. The dramatic chain of events took place Saturday around 9:30 a.m. when the 2004 Ford Escape was headed southbound along Route 6N in Mahopac Falls. In the […]

C.V. Starr School’s New Wing Opens With Great Fanfare

With the snip of a ribbon, the four-classroom addition at the C.V. Starr Elementary School was officially opened. Last Tuesday evening’s ceremony attracted more than 100 residents of the Brewster District to the school. Board of Education President Stephen Jambor again thanked the community for supporting Brewster’s children: “During the past 15 years our district has rebuilt every facility – […]

Hundreds Walk To Benefit Alzheimer’s Research

Light drizzle and overcast skies Sunday failed to dampen the spirits of more than 500 men, women and children who participated in Putnam’s annual Memory Walk that raised funds for Alzheimer’s research. A new venue this year, the upper Putnam Veteran’s Memorial Park, was packed for the two-mile walk. Over the years, the gathering has grown as the incidence of […]

Mahopac FD Requests Increase In Fire Department Contract

The Mahopac Fire Department has asked the Carmel Town Board for a $200,000 increase in its fire protection contract for 2018. Ed Scott, chairman of the Mahopac Board of Fire Commissioners and his fellow firefighter Charles Lewis testified before the town council last Wednesday evening during a board work session. The two men reminded Supervisor Kenneth Schmitt and Council members […]

Got $14.9 Million To Spare?

One of Putnam County’s most iconic properties – an island with a home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright – is on the market. It was four years ago that social media networks were consumed by word that Angelina Jolie had purchased this prime piece of Putnam real estate, rumors that turned out to be untrue. Reports indicated the actress acquired […]

Change Needed in Southeast

To the Editor, This is the year to make a change in Southeast government. After two terms (eight years), two members of the current Town Board are running again for re-election. While I like them, it’s become clear that Southeast could really benefit by electing two more hardworking and engaged board members. John Lord is a great choice for this […]

Backing Cullen & Hudak

To the Editor, I write this letter in support of Bob Cullen and Liz Hudak in their bid to remain on the Town Board in the Town of Southeast. Let us never forget the time, eight years ago specifically, when Bob and Liz stepped up at a time when our Town had been mis-managed and was in a state of […]

Time for Smith to ‘Pass Baton’

To the Editor, One of the tests of true leadership is the ability to recognize when it is time to step down and make way for a new generation of leaders with new skills, areas of expertise and strategies. It is a “test” of leadership because, as many historical figures and corporate titans have acknowledged, it is not easy to […]

Lord is Highly Qualified

To the Editor, I’ll be voting for John Lord for Southeast Town Council and I want you to know that John is one of the most qualified candidates we’ve ever had. John has been passionate about Southeast for as long as I’ve known him. He grew up here, raised a family here and plans to live here after he retires. […]

Incumbent Sheriff Costing Taxpayers Money

To the Editor, Choosing our next sheriff should be a pretty simple process. Putnam voters can look at the two candidates – the incumbent and Robert Langley – and see plenty of differences, big and small. The biggest, though, is this: only the incumbent is costing the taxpayers of Putnam County $125,000 for a mess of his own making, the […]