2020-05-05 E-Edition

Putnam Provides 15,000 Face Masks For ShopRite Employees

ShopRite of Carmel is known for frequently donating merchandise to organizations in time of need. Last Wednesday afternoon the tables were turned on the supermarket’s management and staff, when Putnam County provided 15,000 face masks to the local market’s employees. Commissioner of Emergency Services Ken Clair said the county had received 35,000 masks from the State of New York – […]

School Buildings to Be Closed Through Year-End, Distance Learning to Continue; County Death Toll at 47; 1,057 Have Recovered

FREE Class Dismissed: School’s Out for Summer

Schools across New York State will remain closed until the end of June culminating a school year unlike any other experienced in modern times. Governor Andrew Cuomo issued the executive order last Friday during one of his Albany briefings, noting insufficient time existed for school districts to devise proper social distancing plans needed to keep students and staff safe. Each […]

47 Putnam residents now dead; many others recovered from COVID-19

Forty-seven residents of Putnam County have perished from COVID-19 related symptoms since the pandemic surfaced seven weeks ago. The New York State Health Department reported the latest numbers Monday. However, the grim statistic will surely increase in the days and weeks to come. More than 1,100 residents of Putnam County have been diagnosed with coronavirus, according to the Putnam County […]

Putnam Leads Census Response in Hudson Valley

More than half of Putnam County’s 99,000-plus residents have returned their 2020 census forms to Uncle Sam, allowing Putnam to have the distinction of the largest response throughout the nine-county Hudson Valley region. Residents of Putnam County received their 2020 census forms in March that encouraged individuals to respond online or by phone. Owen Borda, Partnership Specialist with the New […]

Putnam’s Three Relays for Life Suspended Due to COVID-19

Putnam’s Relays for Life that benefit the American Cancer Society are three of the most well-attended events countywide each year with thousands participating by raising awareness and funds for cancer research. The relays are normally held in June at Mahopac High School, Patterson Fire Department headquarters and at Brewster High School but sadly, these are not normal times resulting from […]

Carmel VFW Remembers Putnam’s Front Line Responders

Members of the Carmel Veterans of Foreign War Post have experienced much in their lifetimes representing and defending the United States. The local VFW post realizes the danger those on the front lines are currently undergoing in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and have been purchasing meals from local business establishments for Putnam’s brave men and women, first responders […]


FREE Circular Reasoning, Right Down the Rabbit Hole

New York State finally closed many hiking trails in our region, including all trails leading to Breakneck Ridge, on April 21. The trails had become akin to speakeasies during Prohibition, with hundreds and hundreds of people from out of state gathering in relatively small areas to hike. And I have heard the usual complaints: It’s outside. They shouldn’t be closed […]

Democratic Primary Canceled – Putnam Primary to Go On for Local Races

While New York State has canceled its Democratic presidential primary amid concern over the coronavirus pandemic, three local primaries will be held next month in Putnam County. Elections Commissioner Anthony Scannapieco reported last week that two members of the Putnam Legislature are being challenged. Toni Addonizio of Kent, who serves as chairwoman of the nine-member governing body, is facing opposition […]

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