Weatherman Doesn’t Spoil Ragamuff in Parade

The weather outside was positively frightful yet Sunday’s monsoon rains failed to dampen the spirits of the annual Ragamuffin Parade organized by the Hamlet of Carmel Civic Association. Dozens of boys and girls donned their favorite Halloween costume and paraded through the halls of Carmel High School where, following judging of the most original costumes, a party took place inside […]

$85.6M Referendum Set By Carmel School

The Carmel Board of Education is asking residents of the greater Carmel-Kent- Patterson area to give school children an early Christmas present this year by approving a large scale capital project totaling some $85.6 million. Superintendent Andy Irvin explained the proposal calls for facilities improvements that “align with the district’s strategic plan and facilitate student learning of 21st century skills […]

Weird Crime of the WEEK

DNA Finding Results In Arrest of Kent Man

A bizarre incident reported last March has resulted in the arrest of a Kent resident on felony charges of weapon’s possession. James Schrull, 49, was charged last week with the Class C felony after his DNA was found on an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) allegedly left on a vehicle owned by the suspect’s former girlfriend. Kent Police Chief Alex Di- […]

From Putnam to Washington

Former Deputy Putnam County Executive Bruce Walker is sporting a new title these days: Assistant Secretary to the U.S. Department of Energy for Electricity, Delivery and Energy Reliability. Walker served with the County Executive MaryEllen Odell administration before being tapped by President Trump last summer. Energy Secretary Rick Perry administered the oath of office to Walker last week telling the […]

Brewster Library Upgrade On Next Tuesday’s Ballot

Property owners in the greater Brewster-Southeast area will be assessed two dollars per month or $24 a year for an average home assessed $350,000 if a $2.9 million referendum calling for an expansion of the Brewster Public Library is approved on Election Day. The Brewster Library was founded in 1825 – the same year John Quincy Adams was sworn in […]

66,350 Eligible to Vote Next Tuesday on Election Day


Some 66,350 registered Putnam voters are eligible to head to the polls next Tuesday to cast ballots for state, county, town and village contests. Putnam residents will be voting for a State Supreme Court Justice in addition to sheriff. Putnam Legislators in Districts 2, 3 and 8 will be decided as will town races in Carmel, Kent, Patterson, Philipstown, Putnam […]

Experience Counts

To the Editor: When applying for a job, one of the most important qualifications is experience. It’s very difficult to convince a potential employer of your capabilities without proof of experience. Don Smith has 16 years of experience as your Sheriff. He has proven his worth time and again as he provided leadership to his excellent team of officers to […]

Mom Knows: Vote for Acker

To the Editor: IS IT WORTH IT? That is the question I would ask myself when I was working long nights as an ER nurse. Missing out on many holidays and kids’ activities while my husband and I were trying to send our 4 kids to good schools and still instill in them honesty, respect and moral virtues. After all, […]

Vote ‘Yes’ on Library

To the Editor: After seeing the presentation about the Brewster Library renovation, I would like to encourage my fellow residents of the Town of Southeast to vote in favor of it on election day. The renovation is extremely cost-effective, costing each resident of the Town only $24 per YEAR. The primary reason for this project is that the use of […]

Biggest Difference Easy to See in Sheriff Race

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 […]