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Mahopac Outlasts John Jay-CR

April 29, 2017

CROSS RIVER, N.Y.— Don’t look now, but the Mahopac baseball train is rapidly chugging toward being a top contender for a Section 1 Class AA title.

Mahopac improved to 7-2 by holding off the John Jay-Cross River Indians in a 10-6 road win April 23.

“We’ve been hitting really well the last week and we are starting to put up those crooked numbers that you like to ...

Light Leads Mahopac Past Arlington

LAGRANGEVILLE, N.Y.— Senior Gabby Light tallied four goals and four assists in Mahopac girls lacrosse’s 14-8 win over host Arlington on April 18.

Light scored the first three goals of the second half to give Mahopac a 10-3 lead as the Indians held the Admirals scoreless for the first 12 minutes of the half.

“Gabby Light had a huge day for us today,” Mahopac coach Jim ...

Mahopac Girls Lacrosse Tops Rival Carmel

MAHOPAC, N.Y. — Briana Corace netted four goals and Caroline Raymond had three goals and three assists to lead Mahopac's girls lacrosse team past arch-rival Carmel, 13-7, on Wednesday.

Mahopac (6-4) and Carmel (3-5) were tied 3-3 at halftime. The Rams went up 6-4 with 20 minutes left, but the Indians erupted from there, outscoring Carmel 9-1 the rest of the way.

Gabby Light (2G, ...

Jazz Composer John Arrucci Coming to Mahopac Library

April 20, 2017

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— John Arrucci is an acclaimed master artist. He has composed, performed and instructed for over 30 years, studied on three continents, written for all mediums, and received numerous honors. Mahopac Public Library will welcome Arrucci and his jazz ensemble for a performance Sunday, April 23, at 2 p.m.

Arrucci’s knowledge of classical, jazz, North Indian, Afro-Cuban, ...

Off to Neverland!

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— The Mahopac Middle School Theater Company performed Disney’s “Peter Pan Jr.” March 31 and April 1 at the Mahopac Middle School Stage featuring Peter, Wendy, Captain Hook, Smee and all your favorite characters. The sold-out performances were well-received after the company and crew put in months of hard work preparing for the production.

A Cause for Paws

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— The Mahopac High School Dance Company presented “Cause for Paws” April 1 at the high school—a fundraiser for the Putnam County Humane Society. Dance troupes from through the area were invited to take part in the worthy cause, including Dance for Joy, A&E Dance Studio, Kelly Oster’s School of Irish Dance, Lakeland High School and Darcy’s ...

Tompkins Mahopac Bank Appoints Officers

April 27, 2017

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— Tompkins Mahopac Bank  (TMB) of the Hudson Valley has promoted team members Pricilla Goodall, James P. McKenna, Lisa Rivera and Kimberly Spinning, along with the recognitions of Goodall and McKenna with TMB’s Rising Star Award.

Priscilla Goodall has been appointed to senior floating branch banking specialist, including acting as assistant or branch managers as ...

MHS Juniors Celebrate Prom with Glitz and Glamour

April 29, 2017

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— MHS juniors celebrate prom with glitz and glamour.

Efforts Under Way to Bring Lions Club Back to Mahopac

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— Mahopac has become known as a community rich in altruism, with a population that embraces charitable causes and civic activism. So, it seems odd that the Lions Club—one of the country’s most recognized civic organizations—doesn’t have a presence here.

That may be about to change.

Angelo Purcigliott, the membership director for the Lions’ ...

Mahopac Runners Finish Strong!

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— The Taconic Road Runners—a running club based in Westchester—held its annual St. Patrick’s Day 2-mile and 10k races on a very chilly day in FDR Park in Yorktown last month. The races featured plenty of runners from Mahopac.

In fact, some Mahopac runners acquitted themselves quite nicely in the two races that were held. In the 2-mile race, 15-year old Liam ...

Frank Gunn Readies to Travel a New Road

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— Mahopac school bus driver Marion Tucker can tell you lots of stories about her boss, transportation supervisor Frank Gunn, but there is one in particular that sticks out.

“There had been a fire and they had to close the road, so the school bus couldn’t get through,” Tucker recalled. “There was a little girl on the bus who lived on the street. So, ...

Mahopac’s Richie Duffy Obtains Rank of Eagle Scout

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— Spring is here and that means baseball season. And that means the ball fields at Jimmy McDonough Memorial Park will be filled with players, fans and families as the new season gets under way.

Those entering the park may notice something different this year. The old signs leading into the facility are gone and have been replaced by a brand new one. You can thank Mahopac Boy ...

Celebrating Hudson Valley’s Food and Wine for a Good Cause

The Putnam/Northern Westchester Women's Resource Center held its 19th annual Hudson Valley Food & Wine Experience earlier this month at Villa Barone Hilltop Manor in Mahopac. Attendees were able to taste the bounty of the Hudson Valley that featured elegant food preparations, desserts, wines, brews, and spirits. The annual event helps to support the agency's mission to put an end to ...

MHS Juniors Celebrate Prom with Glitz and Glamour

April 29, 2017

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— MHS juniors celebrate prom with glitz and glamour.

SEPTO Looks to Enhance the Playground Experience

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— Playground time at Austin Road just got more inclusive with the addition of an adaptive swing for children with special needs.

“The swing was installed as a joint effort between the school district and our SEPTO board,” said Austin Road principal Jim Gardineer. “It will allow our playground to be more inclusive and open to children with specific needs ...

School Budget Calls for Same Tax Rate as Last Year

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— The tentative 2017-18 Mahopac school budget calls for the same tax levy and tax rate as last year with no cuts to programs or positions.

The $120,748,784 spending package is up just half a percent ($629,732) from last year’s budget of $120,119,052.

The tax levy—the total amount to be collected by taxes—is $84,000,268, essentially the same amount that ...

Celebrating Hudson Valley’s Food and Wine for a Good Cause

April 15, 2017

The Putnam/Northern Westchester Women's Resource Center held its 19th annual Hudson Valley Food & Wine Experience earlier this month at Villa Barone Hilltop Manor in Mahopac. Attendees were able to taste the bounty of the Hudson Valley that featured elegant food preparations, desserts, wines, brews, and spirits. The annual event helps to support the agency's mission to put an end to ...

Efforts Under Way to Bring Lions Club Back to Mahopac

April 28, 2017

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— Mahopac has become known as a community rich in altruism, with a population that embraces charitable causes and civic activism. So, it seems odd that the Lions Club—one of the country’s most recognized civic organizations—doesn’t have a presence here.

That may be about to change.

Angelo Purcigliott, the membership director for the Lions’ ...

Putnam Heart Walk Kicks Off Sunday

BREWSTER, N.Y.— American Heart Association Putnam Heart Walk will be held Sunday, April 23, at Brewster High School, 50 Foggintown Road. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the Walk kicks off at 10 a.m.

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of Americans and stroke is No. 5. The American Heart Association helps the community by supporting programs and funding lifesaving research to help save ...

Mahopac’s Richie Duffy Obtains Rank of Eagle Scout

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— Spring is here and that means baseball season. And that means the ball fields at Jimmy McDonough Memorial Park will be filled with players, fans and families as the new season gets under way.

Those entering the park may notice something different this year. The old signs leading into the facility are gone and have been replaced by a brand new one. You can thank Mahopac Boy ...

School Budget Calls for Same Tax Rate as Last Year

April 26, 2017

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— The tentative 2017-18 Mahopac school budget calls for the same tax levy and tax rate as last year with no cuts to programs or positions.

The $120,748,784 spending package is up just half a percent ($629,732) from last year’s budget of $120,119,052.

The tax levy—the total amount to be collected by taxes—is $84,000,268, essentially the same amount that ...

Lot Requirement on New ‘Chicken Law’ to Be Increased

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— After hearing input from residents during a public hearing last week, the Carmel Town Board has decided to alter the originally proposed lot-size requirement for a new local law that would allow the housing of chickens on residential properties.

Originally the proposed law called for a minimum of a half-acre to house six chickens, but several audience members went to the ...

First Phase of Reval Grievance Process Concludes

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— The first phase of the assessment appeal process has wrapped up and town officials say approximately 900 property owners met with Vision Government Solutions—the town’s revaluation vendor—for an informal meeting in an effort to get their assessments reduced.

The last four Town Board meetings have been packed with angry homeowners—primarily ones with ...

SEPTO Looks to Enhance the Playground Experience

April 27, 2017

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— Playground time at Austin Road just got more inclusive with the addition of an adaptive swing for children with special needs.

“The swing was installed as a joint effort between the school district and our SEPTO board,” said Austin Road principal Jim Gardineer. “It will allow our playground to be more inclusive and open to children with specific needs ...

Putnam Heart Walk Kicks Off Sunday

BREWSTER, N.Y.— American Heart Association Putnam Heart Walk will be held Sunday, April 23, at Brewster High School, 50 Foggintown Road. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the Walk kicks off at 10 a.m.

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of Americans and stroke is No. 5. The American Heart Association helps the community by supporting programs and funding lifesaving research to help save ...

Bethel’s Continuum of Care Provides Effective Senior Care at Every Stage

CROTON-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. - For more than a century, Bethel has been providing seniors in the Northern Westchester area with every facet of care imaginable to help them lead healthier, happier lives.

From home care and adult day services to independent and assisted living, as well as around the clock care, Bethel offers the peace of mind that comes with incomparable resources, experience and ...

UPDATE: Police Search for Suspect in Murder of Mahopac Woman

April 28, 2017

MAHOPAC, N.Y. -Police say they are looking for a suspect in the murder of a 75-year-old Mahopac woman who was killed in her home sometime Thursday (April 27) afternoon.

Police Chief Mike Cazzari said that at around 3:18 p.m., his department received a call for a medical emergency for an unresponsive person at a residence on Coventry Circle. EMS personnel from the Mahopac Volunteer Fire ...

Egyptian Church Bombings Reverberate in Mahopac

April 23, 2017

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— Nagi Wissa and his family awoke early on Palm Sunday to get ready for church when they heard the news. Two bomb blasts had struck Coptic churches in Egypt, killing 47 people as the country’s largest religious minority celebrated the holiday.

An explosion in the city of Tanta, about 56 miles north of Cairo, killed 29 and injured 71 as they prayed at the Mar Girgis ...

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Gov. Cuomo is a Fraud

I still cannot fathom the popularity of Andrew Cuomo, our governor. Other than the fact that he has a “D” after his name on a ballot, what has he done to ease the economic pain in New York?

We have, under his leadership, lost more population than we have gained. That which we lost, people making $50,000 a year or more in the private sector, are being replaced by people making less ...

A Taxing Problem

When Congress reconvenes, Republicans are going to try, again, to pass their American Health Care Act. This Republican healthcare redux, which slashes Obamacare benefits, will free up billions and billions of dollars—money that will eventually find its way into the pockets of rich people when tax reform is tackled, soon after.

The changes to the tax code proposed by Republicans include: ...

Wanted: Life Saver

Only half of humanity can give birth—the female half—but both men and women can give life by donating a kidney to someone whose survival rests on receiving a healthy organ. 

In America today, there are more than 100,000 people hoping to be on the receiving end of a life-saving kidney. For now, their names are on a waiting list. One of those names is Henry (“Hank”) ...

A Plant by Any Other Name

“What do you think of our new succulent? I asked my husband as I presented the small plant resting on our family room coffee table. I had decided to take the leap from plastic plants to live ones and figured this would be one I couldn’t kill too easily.

He looked at it and scrunched up his face.

“It’s okay… but can you get something else?” He ...

Are Private Schools Required to Provide Accommodations and Interventions =?

Dana Stahl, a learning specialist and educational consultant, will address educational questions and concerns that parents may have regarding their children’s academic development and progress in school. Topics can center on such concerns as how to handle homework dilemmas or what questions to ask at a CSE meeting. Questions can range from “How best do parents advocate for their ...