Riding the Rails: Politics, not Necessarily Economics


  For those who have read this occasional column before, you are familiar with the MTA’s financial straits. Over the past several days, though, from articles covering a new report from State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, to a 60 Minutes piece one rece… Please login below or purchase a subscription to the Putnam County Courier to access this content. Username Password […]

Mary Ellen Mekeland

Mary Ellen Mekeland, 103, a resident of Pawling and Carmel, died on Oct. 22, 2018 at Vassar Brothers Medical Center. Born in Coatesville, PA on Dec. 22, 1914, she was the daughter of Robert and Elizabeth (Gare) Sheridan. Mary had worked in sales for many years, most recently at Arms Acres in Carmel. She attended Mass at St. James the […]

Doris J. Herdman

Doris J. Herdman, a 20-year resident of Patterson, N.Y., died peacefully at home on Oct. 22. She was 90 years old. Born on Oct. 28, 1927, in Bronx, N.Y., daughter of the late Arthur A. and Emma (Mander) Wells. Doris was a graduate of Evander Childs High School in the Bronx. On Jan. 26, 1952, she married the love of […]

Annabelle C. Vazzano

Annabelle C. Vazzano, a 45-year resident of Brewster, N.Y., died peacefully on Oct. 24, 2018, at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. She was 78 years old. She was born on Dec. 26, 1939, in New York City, N.Y., daughter of the late Frank and Victoria (DiSalvio) Jesselli. Annabelle graduated from Seward Park High School in 1957. On Sept. 24, 1960, she married […]

Temple Beth Elohim Installs New Rabbi


Photo by Dave Epp inge r Rabbi Gold is congratulated by members of her congregation as she carries a Torah throughout the temple.Laurie Gold always dreamed of becoming a rabbi and, when the rabbinate opened to women, that dream became reality. During… Please login below or purchase a subscription to the Putnam County Courier to access this content.

Grants Available to Assist Elderly in Need of Household Repairs

The Putnam Housing Corporation has received a $95,000 Housing Trust Fund Restore grant to assist homeowners aged 60 or older with emergency repairs on their primary residence. Connie Fagan, director of the county’s only nonprofit housing corporation,… Please login below or purchase a subscription to the Putnam County Courier to access this content.

Bulb Planting Time

(with Apple Challah Bread Pudding)

 Here’s my kind of trick-ortreat: if you invite me over for dinner anytime in early autumn, I am going to show up with a bulb catalog (or four of them) and urge you to mail-order a few of my favorite spring bloomers (or four hundred of them.) TR… Please login below or purchase a subscription to the Putnam County Courier […]

It’s Official: Ken Clair Appointed as Commissioner of Emergency Services


The commissioner and his family pose for photos. Photo by Eric GrossKen Clair was appointed as Putnam Commissioner of Services by County Executive MaryEllen Odell at a ceremony Wednesday in Carmel, attended by 100 firefighters from throughout the cou… Please login below or purchase a subscription to the Putnam County Courier to access this content.

Medication Take Back Day Deemed Success


Photo by Eric Gross A woman from Putnam Valley and a man from Brewster bring large plastic bags filled with unwanted medications to Saturday’s drop-off.Despite nasty weather, 100 local residents stopped at Putnam Hospital Center Saturday and disposed… Please login below or purchase a subscription to the Putnam County Courier to access this content.

Troopers Round Up Speeding and Distracted Motorists

State Police were out in force Friday and within a four-hour period cited 106 motorists for breaking the rules of the road. In western Putnam, patrols issued 32 citations, 26 of which were for speeding along the Route 9 corridor in the Garrison-lower… Please login below or purchase a subscription to the Putnam County Courier to access this content.


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