Carmel Street Fair Attracts Large Crowd

Hundreds of people traveled to the Putnam County seat Saturday for the hamlet’s second annual street fair. Sponsored by the Greater Mahopac-Carmel Chamber of Commerce, 90 vendors displayed their wares along the community’s main thoroughfare from Fair Street to Vink Drive. Organizers were pleased with the turnout and promised next year’s event would be bigger and better. Life time Putnam […]

Procession of The Lambs Celebrated

Good Shepherd Sunday at Sacred Heart Church in Putnam Lake was celebrated last week with the second annual Procession of the Lambs following a family Mass. Father Richard Gill blessed all second-grade children attending the worship service before presenting them with a stuffed toy lamb adorned with a Sacred Heart medal. The priest then led the procession on a gorgeous […]

Anger Expressed At Brewster Meeting; Residency at Issue

Tempers flared at last Tuesday’s Brewster School Board meeting when 200 residents, concerned about the possibility of students who do not live in the district receiving district services, packed into the auditorium of the Henry Wells Middle School. Soon-to-be-retiring Board of Education President Stephen Jambor, an 18-year veteran school trustee who also serves as president of the Westchester Putnam School […]

An Inside Story of A Husband’s Stroke at Age 30

Pataki Writes What She Knows in Detailing Arduous, Successful Recovery

In her early 30s, Allison Pataki has racked up several bestselling novels based on the inner lives of historic women. The wife of the traitor Benedict Arnold, whose Garrison home is a scant halfmile from where Pataki grew up, “was arguably the more powerful figure behind the drama,” asserts Pataki. And so she became the subject of The Traitor’s Wife […]

10 Testify At PSC Hearings; Blast Utility Response

As angry as people were with the poorly planned response to the winter storms a month ago that left some without power for days, few people showed up to testify about it at hearings by the Public Service Commission on Thursday in Carmel. Following the back-toback monster storms that ravaged Putnam and vicinity in late March, knocking out electric service […]

Resolving Carmel Water Crisis

“Dig we must” is the message throughout the GlenvueGleneida Ridge-Route 301 section of Carmel these days as 13,000 linear feet of water main is being installed. The $2.3 million project was approved earlier this year by the Carmel Town Board after dozens of residents served by the Carmel Water District No.2 expressed their frustrations regarding discolored and dirty water that […]

May, At Last! Cunningham’s Corner


Monday dawned cold and raw. Ended better, but really; it’s April 30. Enough. ** A lot going on this past weekend, I think. A street fair in Carmel drew throngs of people; finally, a taste of spring and light jackets, even shirt-sleeves. Local business supporters were thrilled by the reception. Sunday, my daughter and I attended the Putnam Chorale performance […]

Infuriated by Career Day ‘Opt-Out’ In Carmel

Dear Superintendent, Principals, School Board, Teachers, and PTA, As a lifelong resident of Putnam County, a veteran who hails from a family of veterans who’ve served in every major conflict our nation has seen, and a father of three Carmel High School graduates (two of whom proudly serve in the U.S. Navy), I was infuriated by your shameful Career Day […]

Supports Term Limits: Odell Is Ahead of Her Time!

One time referred to as “Club Putnam,” Putnam County has come a long way. What began as a heated debate in Putnam became a reality in 2011 when term limits successfully passed. Our leaders should be proud that they established term limits. Vincent Tamagna often claims that this legislation is perhaps his most significant accomplishment and indeed he should be […]

County to Spend $10,000 For Southeast Fireworks

Putnam lawmakers have agreed to expend $10,000 that will allow the county’s annual pyrotechnics display to occur again this year at the Highlands Shopping Center in Southeast. Sheriff Robert Langley appeared before the Legislature’s Protective Services Committee last week and requested the amount that he said would be allotted in overtime for those deputy sheriffs called in to work on […]