2020-07-07 E-Edition

Independence Day Black Lives Matter Rally Attracts 100

One hundred peaceful demonstrators carrying signs and chanting “Black Lives Matter” gathered in front of the decorated historic Putnam Courthouse in the heart of the county seat in Carmel on Independence Day for the latest in a series of vigils that followed the murder of a Black man by a white police officer in Minnesota in May. The vigil was […]

Second Brewster School Trustee Resigns By Eric Gross

A second member of the Brewster Board of Education has resigned. Trustee Daniel Heintz submitted his letter of resignation June 29 effective immediately, citing his “demanding work schedule” as the primary reason for his decision. School Board President Sonia Mesika thanked Heintz for his service during the past two years and for the “difficult decision he made in stepping down.” […]

Proud to Be Americans: Brewster Welcomes New Citizens

Tashi Sherpa and his sister, Soram, waved Old Glory with pride on Independence Day. After all, the 16-year-old junior at Brewster High School and his 11-year-old sister celebrated the 4th of July for the first time as citizens of the United States. Tashi and Soram were brought to the United States seven years ago by their parents, Pasang and Lhemi […]

News Briefs

Sales Tax Numbers Decline Putnam County coffers have begun feeling the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic with sales tax dollars taking a huge hit due to the state ordered closure of businesses countywide. Commissioner of Finance William Carlin reported Thursday the county has received $28,297,321.74 in sales tax receipts for the first five months of the year, $1,681,912.57 less than […]

Hudson Valley Regional Farmer’s Market Offers Sunday Shopping

Putnam County’s only year-round farmer’s market continues to attract consumers from near and far every Sunday. Located at the Hudson Valley Cerebral Palsy Association–Hudson Valley Regional Community Health Center headquarters on Mt. Ebo Road South off Route 22 and Doansburg Road in Southeast, the outdoor summer market has joined the winter market staff by providing a variety of merchandise ranging […]

Food Drives Net 30,000 Pounds of Non-Perishables

State Senator Peter Harckham is sporting a new nickname these days: King of the Food Drive.” Thanks to the generosity of thousands of his constituents in the Putnam, southern Dutchess and northern Westchester area, the 40th District State representative has collected more than 30,000 pounds of food along with $9,500 in cash and gift cards for organizations feeding the hungry […]


FREE Surely It’s Time to Buckle Down

It’s time to buckle down and wear masks, so we can be together at Christmas, he said cheerily. Or, Let’s conquer the invisible enemy so we can see our (children, grandchildren, siblings), she said hopefully. Let’s social distance now so we can be done with this. And so on. Alas, I fear these expressions of shared solidarity are becoming quaint. […]

A Good Time to Support Mass Transit

To the Editor, July 2019 marks the 56th Anniversary of federal support for public transportation. The success of public transportation can be traced back to one of the late President Lyndon Johnson’s greatest accomplishments which continues benefiting many Americans today. On July 9th, 1964, he signed the “Urban Mass Transportation Act of 1964” into law. Subsequently this has resulted in […]

Mahopac Mascot Should Be Changed; Disappointed in School Board

To the Editor, As a Mahopac resident for more than 25 years, I am writing to express my profound disappointment in the Mahopac School Board’s unwillingness to enter into any meaningful conversation on the issue of racism in our schools, despite weeks of protests that have continued across the nation after the unjust killing of George Floyd, and despite members […]