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MSA Baseball/Softball Celebrates Opening Day

June 16, 2018

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - MSA Baseball & Softball Opening Day was a great success for the Mahopac community with 38 teams kicking off the season. The weather was fantastic, and there were smiles all day long on every field at Jimmy McDonough Park. 

The day included a barbecue, live music, team photos, baseball games, softball games and a Pitch, Hit, Run Skills Competition. There were winners in ...

For Mavis Owner Vinny Papa, It’s All About Community

June 19, 2018

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - There are lots of reasons Mavis Discount Tire has been a fixture on Route 6 in Mahopac for over 30 years, but the biggest one is an Italian immigrant with a love for people—and a knack for doing things the right way.

Born in Italy, Vinny Papa arrived in the United States with his family when he was 9 years old. Papa grew up in Elmsford, got married in 1979 and moved to ...

Advanced Copier Technology Marks 35th anniversary

BREWSTER, N.Y. - Advanced Copier Technology Inc., (ACT) is turning 35 years old this summer, and it’s no accident that the business has lasted nearly four decades.

ACT’s president and founder, Sal Altavilla, says the reason for their success is the personal touch they bring to their commercial office equipment sales and service business.

“With other companies, if you call ...

From an Historic Site to a Homegrown Success

June 19, 2018

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The aroma of coffee and a stack of mugs greets customers at The Freight House Cafe, a mashup of a restaurant, bar, and hang-out spot all neatly tucked away in a corner off Route 6 in Mahopac.

The elongated rectangle building, with a patio in the back for nice days and dog owners, has a rich history;. It was built in 1872 for the New York Central and Hudson Railroad branch and ...

MSA Baseball/Softball Celebrates Opening Day

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - MSA Baseball & Softball Opening Day was a great success for the Mahopac community with 38 teams kicking off the season. The weather was fantastic, and there were smiles all day long on every field at Jimmy McDonough Park. 

The day included a barbecue, live music, team photos, baseball games, softball games and a Pitch, Hit, Run Skills Competition. There were winners in ...

Garden Club Wants Community to ‘Feel the Love’

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - As you drive around Mahopac this spring and summer, you may occasionally notice small pockets of beauty—areas along roadsides and at intersections where plants flourish and flowers bloom with bursts of color.

These aesthetic upgrades to the hamlet’s landscape come courtesy of the Lake Mahopac Garden Club, whose members toil each spring to add a little cheer to the ...

Class of 2018 Celebrates Senior Prom Night!

DANBURY, CONN. - Glitz and glamour filled the air as Mahopac High School held its annual Senior Prom at the Amber Room in Danbury on Friday, June 8. The boys looked extra-sharp in their tuxedos and the girls looked amazing, as if they were on the red carpet at a Hollywood premier, as the happy couples danced the night away. 

Voters Approve Library Budget, Elect Trustees

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Mahopac Central School District residents approved the Mahopac Public Library budget by a margin of 198 votes last week. The final tally was 276-78. 

Voters also elected four candidates to the library’s Board of Trustees. John Battista, Frank Del Campo and Joseph Tock were each elected to a three-year term, and Eugene Boesch was elected to serve a two-year term. All ...

Mahopac Skyline Gets a Makeover

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - A concerted effort is underway to improve the aesthetic appeal of Mahopac, particularly the business district, and a major step was taken Thursday, May 31, when an old and rusted petroleum tank was removed from the hamlet’s skyline.

The 60-plus-year-old, 40-foot-high tank located on the Heiser family property off Cherry Lane (right behind Gino’s Trattoria on Route ...

GuidED Consulting Helps College-Bound Students Find Their Way

June 19, 2018

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Applying to college in the 21st century can be an intimidating task for high school students and their parents. But thanks to GuidED Consulting LLC, there is now someone to help navigate through the morass of paperwork and complex application process and end those sleepless nights.

Since Dr. Deborah Hardy formed the business over a year ago, originally as a “mobile school ...

Mahopac’s STEAM Classes Prepare Students for the Future

MAHOPAC, N.Y.. - School is no longer just about the three R’s—reading, (w)riting and (a)rithmetic. With an eye toward tomorrow’s jobs, today’s Mahopac elementary students are embracing STEAM—science, technology, engineering, art and math.

The idea behind STEAM is to teach students that skills learned in one area can often be utilized in another. Students discover ...

Class of 2018 Celebrates Senior Prom Night!

DANBURY, CONN. - Glitz and glamour filled the air as Mahopac High School held its annual Senior Prom at the Amber Room in Danbury on Friday, June 8. The boys looked extra-sharp in their tuxedos and the girls looked amazing, as if they were on the red carpet at a Hollywood premier, as the happy couples danced the night away. 

Voters Approve Library Budget, Elect Trustees

June 12, 2018

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Mahopac Central School District residents approved the Mahopac Public Library budget by a margin of 198 votes last week. The final tally was 276-78. 

Voters also elected four candidates to the library’s Board of Trustees. John Battista, Frank Del Campo and Joseph Tock were each elected to a three-year term, and Eugene Boesch was elected to serve a two-year term. All ...

From an Historic Site to a Homegrown Success

June 19, 2018

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The aroma of coffee and a stack of mugs greets customers at The Freight House Cafe, a mashup of a restaurant, bar, and hang-out spot all neatly tucked away in a corner off Route 6 in Mahopac.

The elongated rectangle building, with a patio in the back for nice days and dog owners, has a rich history;. It was built in 1872 for the New York Central and Hudson Railroad branch and ...

Town Looks to Convert Most Street Lights to LED

June 22, 2018

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The Town Board is mulling a plan to save taxpayer money by converting most of the street lights throughout town to the more energy-efficient LED (light-emitting diode) lights.

Rich Franzetti, the town’s engineer, presented the board with the plan at its June 13 meeting.

“New York State Electric & Gas has introduced a program to convert existing street ...

Water Meter Conversion Project to Begin in July

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Water district customers in the town of Carmel are about to enter the 21st century.

Beginning next month, the town’s vendor, National Metering Services, will begin changing out old water meters for ones equipped with a cellular-based transmitter. That means no more filling out cards and mailing them into Town Hall or letting town officials estimate your water usage and ...

Town to Urge DEC to Strengthen Gas Pipeline Regs

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - This week, the Carmel Town Board said it is likely to follow suit of some of its neighboring communities and pass a resolution that presses the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to adopt more stringent regulations that would reduce toxic emissions from natural gas facilities, including compressor, metering, regulating, and pigging stations and gas power ...

Town Looks to Convert Most Street Lights to LED

June 22, 2018

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The Town Board is mulling a plan to save taxpayer money by converting most of the street lights throughout town to the more energy-efficient LED (light-emitting diode) lights.

Rich Franzetti, the town’s engineer, presented the board with the plan at its June 13 meeting.

“New York State Electric & Gas has introduced a program to convert existing street ...

Town to Urge DEC to Strengthen Gas Pipeline Regs

June 20, 2018

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - This week, the Carmel Town Board said it is likely to follow suit of some of its neighboring communities and pass a resolution that presses the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to adopt more stringent regulations that would reduce toxic emissions from natural gas facilities, including compressor, metering, regulating, and pigging stations and gas power ...

AFC Urgent Care in Yorktown is Looking Out For You

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. - Life is unpredictable, and accidents happened. But when misfortune strikes in the form of an illness or injury, where do you turn? Should you head to the hospital emergency room? Your primary care physician? How about an urgent care facility?

AFC Urgent Care in Yorktown knows it can be difficult making such a decision during a time of stress. They offer an emergency ...

Bethel Springvale Inn: Senior Living at its Best

CROTON ON HUDSON, N.Y. - The story of Bethel Homes and Services is more than a century old, but the programs and amenities it provides are strictly 21st century.
Founded in 1911, Bethel was named after a floating chapel, the Bethel Ship John Wesley, which had docked in New York Harbor in 1845 to help newly arrived Swedish immigrants. The ship was later replaced by the New Bethel Ship John ...

Garden Club Wants Community to ‘Feel the Love’

June 15, 2018

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - As you drive around Mahopac this spring and summer, you may occasionally notice small pockets of beauty—areas along roadsides and at intersections where plants flourish and flowers bloom with bursts of color.

These aesthetic upgrades to the hamlet’s landscape come courtesy of the Lake Mahopac Garden Club, whose members toil each spring to add a little cheer to the ...

Town Will Dedicate Parking Lot Entrance to Late Police Officer

June 19, 2018

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The Town Board and Carmel Police Department are looking to pay tribute to late Carmel Police Officer Gary Pietropaolo by dedicating the Croton Falls Road entranceway into the police department parking lot in his name.

Pietropaolo was killed Thursday, June 7, when the motorcycle he was riding collided with a U.S. postal truck on Route 301 in Kent. He was off-duty at the ...

Police Recover Bodies of Hunting Guides; Mahopac Brothers Still Missing

LOWELL, IDAHO - The bodies of the two guides who had been leading two Mahopac brothers on a bear-hunting trip in Idaho were found this week.

The guides, along with Mahopac brothers Raymond and Jesse Ferrieri, ages 24 and 21, went missing while bear hunting in the Bitterroot National Forest along the Idaho/Montana border after the SUV they were riding in crashed into the Selway River on May 21.

Carmel PD Officer Dies in Motorcycle Crash

KENT, N.Y. - A Carmel police officer was killed Thursday (June 7) when the motorcycle he was riding collided with a U.S. postal truck on Route 301 in Kent.

Kent police said they received a 9-1-1 call at around 4:30 p.m. reporting the crash on Route 301 near the area of Nimham Road. The first officers on the scene discovered the postal truck situated diagonally across the roadway with a ...

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I Do Not Make Stuff Up!

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote in my column, “Watergate analogies apply to Obama, not Trump,” that President Obama’s Justice Department planted a spy in the Trump campaign. I said I used the term “spy” because this was a counter-intelligence operation, not a criminal investigation, where the term informant would have been proper.

That statement has been brought ...

Here's What You Missed Last Week

Last week, the Daily News ran a headline, “When is our father coming home?” This dealt with a person here illegally, married to an American woman with a family, who was arrested at an Army base while delivering pizza. You are supposed to think that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), under Trump, is tearing families apart. As usual, it was a crock of cow pies. It was ...

Reagan on Trump

The party of “Honest Abe” has now become the party of Dishonest Don, and what follows are some disturbing displays of a Republican Party that has become devoid of conscience:

• More than 4,600 American citizens dead in Puerto Rico—a postscript to the government’s abysmal response to the widespread devastation of Hurricane Maria; 
• The underhanded ...

The Rich Get Richer, and We’re Paying For It

According to a Harvard University study published late last year, most Americans believe that the richest 20 percent of Americans own just half of the nation’s wealth. Wrong! The top 20 percent own 93 percent of the nation’s wealth, and the top 1 percent own 40 percent of that wealth. Additionally, the top 10 percent of earners in 2017 took home more than half the nation’s ...

What Kind of Sports Parent Are You?

Social media recently showered a lot of likes and love on a high school pitcher in Minnesota whose team was playing in a regional final that would send the winning team to the state championship game.

After the last batter of the game struck out, the pitcher did something unheard of. Rather than spontaneously join his teammates in an on-field celebration, as is customary, the pitcher ...

Competing—Against Yourself

This is the time of year when students are recognized at public ceremonies for notable achievements in their studies, their sports and in their extracurricular pursuits.

Where we live, there are awards in various sports that are named for our son, who also is memorialized by town ballfield Harrison Apar Field of Dreams and a charitable foundation of the same name.

Due to a rare dwarfism, ...

Packing Heat

“Are you leaving me?” asked my husband one night as he surveyed the contents of my closet on our bed.

“What? No!” I said. “Why would you think that?”

“Every single article of clothing you own is laid out on our bed,” he replied. “So I have to assume you are either leaving me or you have joined the armed services and if that’s the ...

I Come from the Land Down Under

I know this is a family column, so I’m going to put this in as delicate terms as possible.

This morning I woke up and I knew, as sure as the sun shines over Bora Bora, that something was very, very wrong in that place in my body where the Bora Bora sun doesn’t shine.

It’s that place I used to refer to my daughter as her hoo-hoo. But it certainly wasn’t a happy ...

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