Glorious Weather Greets Columbus Day Parade

Sunday was a magnificent autumn day with golden sunshine and brilliant blue skies. Thousands turned out for Putnam’s annual Columbus Day Parade along Route 6 in Mahopac. Linda Cefaloni, a member of the Columbus Day Parade Committee, thanked “our friends and supporters for making the 2018 edition of the parade a very special event.” This year’s parade Grand Marshals were […]

Judge Jim Reitz To Run For State Supreme Court

Putnam County Judge James Reitz realizes he has an uphill battle yet the popular justice will be seeking one of seven seats on the New York State Supreme Court, representing the 9th Judicial District, next month. Reitz’ name came into focus last weekend when Putnam’s GOP Chairman Anthony Scannapieco received a call from State Supreme Court Justice Mike Martinelli advising […]

Odell To Unveil Proposed County Budget

County Executive Mary- Ellen Odell will outline her 2019 budget Wednesday evening before a gathering in the main ballroom of the Putnam Golf Course in Mahopac Falls. The proposed 2019 fiscal spending plan totals $159.8 million, a $4.5 million increase over the current budget with the average Putnam homeowner expected to pay $1,000 for a residence assessed at $277,000 on […]

Daylong Tie-Ups Result from Fatal Crash on Interstate 84

  Even before the workweek started, Monday was a day to be off the roads in eastern Putnam County. An early morning tractor trailer-car crash resulting in the death of one person and in injury to a second took place around 4:15 am along eastbound I-84 near Ludingtonville Road in Kent. Lake Carmel FD received the initial alarm and when […]

$25.4 million Carmel School District bond defeated

Residents in the Carmel School District defeated a $25.4 million referendum Tuesday by a 142-vote margin. Critical infrastructure issues along with library improvements at the George Fischer Middle School, Americans with Disabilities accessibility compliance and the replacement of an aging transportation facility comprised the referendum. The proposition called for roof replacements in all five of the district’s school buildings in […]

State Dem Chairman Encourages Putnam Democrats To Vote

New York State Democratic Chairman Geoff Berman told Putnam Democrats gathered in Mahopac Thursday evening the November general election was “one of the most important in our lifetimes.” More than 125 were on hand at the Mahopac Golf Club for the Carmel Democratic Committee-sponsored event that attracted party loyalists from each of the county’s six towns. Berman described the election […]

Things to Do


Sept & Oct (Fridays) “Lend Me Your Ears” Music with Marlana at Kent Lib. More info/reg: 225-8585, Oct-(Wed) Dualsky Yoga At Kent Library. More info/reg: 225-8585, Oct-(Fridays) Lifestyle Adjustment/Life Coaching with Rose Christma at Reed Library, Carmel. More info: 845-225-2439 Beg Oct 2 (Tues at noon) Drawing Texture part 2 at Reed Library, Carmel. More info: 845-225-2439 Sept […]

Middle Schoolers Talk Books

Using Chromebooks, students at the Henry Wells Middle School became engaged in spirited discussion last week when reviewing “Restart” in conjunction with a school-wide Book Talk program. The volume centers on a bully who develops amnesia and is faced with figuring out who he was and who he wants to be. Middle school assistant principal Christian Hernandez explained the book […]

Mahopac Schools ‘Start with Hello’

The new school year is under way, and each morning at the Lakeview Elementary, Austin Road Elementary and Fulmar Road Elementary Schools in Mahopac, a special greeting awaits students. The “Start with Hello” initiative intends for all students to feel seen, accepted and safe. Superintendent Anthony DiCarlo described social isolation as a “growing epidemic that is often associated with violent […]

American Veterans Traveling Wall Returns to Putnam

The American Veterans Traveling Tribute Wall, a scale version of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C., arrives in Putnam County tomorrow (Wednesday) with an escorted processional from Route 684 in Southeast to the Putnam Veterans Memorial Park in Kent. The wall will depart the northbound rest stop along the interstate at 3:30 p.m. and is expected to pass through the […]