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Mahopac Comes Up Short at John Jay-EF

May 25, 2017

EAST FISHKILL, N.Y.— The third time playing the second-seeded John Jay-East Fishkill Patriots was not a charm for Mahopac’s softball team, which fell 4-1 in the first round of the Section 1 Class AA playoffs on Saturday, May 20.

“We had a chance throughout the whole game,” Mahopac coach Amanda Gambacorta said. “We definitely played better defensively and Shannon ...

Indians Blank Vikings in Quarterfinals

WEST NYACK, N.Y.— Mahopac’s baseball team did not expect to play its first round playoff game on the road, but the ninth-seeded Indians squashed the eighth-seeded Clarkstown South Vikings 8-0 on Saturday morning.

Not only were their bats flexing in full form, but senior pitcher John Ravoli tossed a complete-game shutout while striking out two hitters.

“We knew they were a ...

Califano Cruises to First at Counties

LAGRANGEVILLE, N.Y.— Anthony Califano finished first in the 400-meter dash in a time of 50.31 seconds at the Northern County Track and Field Championships at Arlington High School on May 19-20. The senior tied his own school record set at the Loucks Games.

Califano also placed second in the 200-meter dash in a clocking of 22.58 seconds, which is also a new school record.

Kayleigh ...

Mandala Collection on Display at Library Gallery

May 24, 2017

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— The art in Adrea Robles’ Mandala Collection represents a journey of self-discovery. A yoga teacher and co-owner of Liberation Yoga in Mahopac, Adrea had put her energy into her growing business, requiring her to abandon her artistic yearnings.  However, a recent art workshop inspired Robles to pull out her art pad and oil pastels, and to let color and her ...

Former Chamber CEO Agrees to Plea Deal in Larceny Case

May 23, 2017

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Erin Meagher, the former CEO/executive director of the Greater Mahopac/Carmel Chamber of Commerce, pleaded guilty to reduced charges in Carmel Town Court Tuesday evening, May 23, admitting in an allocution statement that she used a Chamber debit card for unauthorized personnel purchases that amounted to nearly $3,000.

Meagher, 26, who was fired from her position with the ...

Tops Friendly Markets Marks Official Grand Opening in Carmel

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— Tops Friendly Markets celebrated $2.6 million in store renovations with a grand opening last week of its store on Route 6 in Carmel last week.

“Since becoming a part of the Carmel community in August 2016, the store, the associates, and the surrounding neighborhoods have quickly become a part of our Tops family,” said Frank Curci, Tops Markets’ chairman ...

Award-Winning Restaurant Opens Kids’ Dining Loft

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - One of Mahopac’s best restaurants just got a little better.

Ramiro’s 954, Putnam’s go-to spot for Latin infused cuisine, is all about the details, and owners Jan and Ramiro Jimenez just added a new wrinkle that has parents of young children smiling.

Jan Jimenez recently announced the opening of “Jan’s Kidz Dining Loft” upstairs at ...

Putnam County Residents Show They Have Heart!

May 21, 2017

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— The American Heart Association Putnam Heart Walk was held last month at Brewster High School and featured Mahopac resident Robin Zencheck as the survivor honoree. Zencheck underwent two heart transplants and a kidney transplant.

More than 500 participants turned out for the event.

The Walk also honored the memory of Jessi-Ann Bettcher, an AHA volunteer who lost her ...

Mahopac Dons Little Black Dresses for a Cause

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— What first started off as a small party with a few women wearing their favorite little black dresses to support the Mahopac-based, not-for-profit organization Community Cares six years ago, has grown to become one of the most anticipated events in the area. On Thursday, May 11, some 300 people, both men and women, danced, mingled and raised money at the Little Black Dress ...

Soaring Like Eagles

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— Roy Fields, the scoutmaster for Mahopac Falls Boy Scout Troop 271, looked around the room at the Secor Sports Club on Agor Lane Saturday night and couldn’t help beaming.

“In this room tonight, I have boys who are lawyers, teachers, video editors, firemen, businessmen,” he said. “They are young men who left scouting, went off to college, and came out ...

Carmel Resident in Search of Mother and Siblings

CARMEL, N.Y. - On this Mother’s Day, Carmel resident Carol Julian, 52, is asking for your help finding her mother and siblings.

Julian, who was born in 1964 in Amityville, N.Y., with a condition called Spina Bifida, was abandoned at 2 months old. 

Spina Bifida, which means “split spine,” is the most common permanently disabling birth defect in the United States, ...

Carmel Spring Fair Comes to Town!

CARMEL, N.Y.— The first-ever Carmel Spring Fair was held last Saturday along Gleneida Avenue in the hamlet of Carmel and the sunny weather brought out an impressive crowd. The event was sponsored by the Greater Mahopac-Carmel Chamber of Commerce and featured local businesses showcasing their services and products.

Mahopac Paints the Town Purple for Relay for Life

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— If you noticed that Mahopac took on a decidedly purple tint over the weekend, you weren’t seeing things. Saturday was Paint the Town Purple Day, an event used to promote the upcoming American Cancer Society fundraiser, Relay for Life. Businesses were adorned with purple bunting, banners and ribbons, residents wore purple apparel and even the cop cars turned purple. This ...

Austin Road Students Release Trout They Raised

May 24, 2017

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— Austin Road Elementary students learned a powerful lesson about the environment and the local watershed earlier this month when they released 63 brown trout fingerlings they had raised into a stream in Ward Pound Ridge Reservation.

Mary Jean Cerbini’s fifth-grade class took part in an outreach program for schools that get students involved with conservation science ...

Science and Computer Coding Go Hand in Hand

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— Mahopac Middle School students are learning their science curriculum and computer coding all in one class. Technology and science teacher Victoria Lew is teaching sixth graders the layers of the atmosphere by having them create projects using an interactive program known as Scratch, where students learn to code their own animation.

“The projects the students are ...

Pine Grove Goes Purple for Relay for Life!

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— Pine Grove Country Day School in Mahopac got into the spirit of things on May 5 when they joined in the Paint the Town Purple Day.

The event is used to promote the upcoming Relay for Life, the annual fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. This year’s Relay will be held Saturday, June 3, noon to midnight, at Mahopac High School.

For Paint the Town Purple Day, ...

LoBue Intends to Force Primary for County Legislature Seat

May 25, 2017

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— County Legislator Dini LoBue said that despite not being nominated by the Republican Party at its caucus earlier, she still plans on gathering enough names on a petition that will put her on the ballot for a GOP primary this fall.

LoBue, the incumbent from District 8, which covers Mahopac Falls and parts of Mahopac, lost the nomination to Amy Sayegh, president and ...

Democrats Tap Mirra for Carmel Town Board Race

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— The Carmel Democratic Committee has been endorsed Judie Mirra, a recently retired elementary teacher, to run for the Town Board in November.

“As a lifelong educator, I have dedicated myself to advocating for children, families and strong communities,” she said. “Now that I have retired from that position, my goal is to serve Carmel as a member of the Town ...

School Budget Passes Easily; Two Newcomers Elected to Board

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Mahopac School District voters overwhelmingly passed the 2017-18 budget Tuesday and elected two newcomers to the Board of Education while ousting two incumbents.

The budget passed easily with 68 percent of the voters saying “yes”—a 1,251 to 584 margin.

Voters seemed to appreciate that the budget called for no increase in taxes without cutting any ...

Award-Winning Restaurant Opens Kids’ Dining Loft

May 11, 2017

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - One of Mahopac’s best restaurants just got a little better.

Ramiro’s 954, Putnam’s go-to spot for Latin infused cuisine, is all about the details, and owners Jan and Ramiro Jimenez just added a new wrinkle that has parents of young children smiling.

Jan Jimenez recently announced the opening of “Jan’s Kidz Dining Loft” upstairs at ...

Award-Winning Restaurant Opens Kids’ Dining Loft

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - One of Mahopac’s best restaurants just got a little better.

Ramiro’s 954, Putnam’s go-to spot for Latin infused cuisine, is all about the details, and owners Jan and Ramiro Jimenez just added a new wrinkle that has parents of young children smiling.

Jan Jimenez recently announced the opening of “Jan’s Kidz Dining Loft” upstairs at ...

Pine Grove Goes Purple for Relay for Life!

May 22, 2017

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— Pine Grove Country Day School in Mahopac got into the spirit of things on May 5 when they joined in the Paint the Town Purple Day.

The event is used to promote the upcoming Relay for Life, the annual fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. This year’s Relay will be held Saturday, June 3, noon to midnight, at Mahopac High School.

For Paint the Town Purple Day, ...

Putnam County Residents Show They Have Heart!

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— The American Heart Association Putnam Heart Walk was held last month at Brewster High School and featured Mahopac resident Robin Zencheck as the survivor honoree. Zencheck underwent two heart transplants and a kidney transplant.

More than 500 participants turned out for the event.

The Walk also honored the memory of Jessi-Ann Bettcher, an AHA volunteer who lost her ...

Mahopac Dons Little Black Dresses for a Cause

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— What first started off as a small party with a few women wearing their favorite little black dresses to support the Mahopac-based, not-for-profit organization Community Cares six years ago, has grown to become one of the most anticipated events in the area. On Thursday, May 11, some 300 people, both men and women, danced, mingled and raised money at the Little Black Dress ...

Town Board Takes Aim at Synthetic Drugs

May 18, 2017

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— The Carmel Town Board is considering enacting a law that would ban the sale, possession, and use of so-called synthetic drugs, also known as designer drugs, within its borders.

Deputy Supervisor Frank Lombardi proposed the law after he learned of similar legislation passed earlier this month by the Westchester County Legislature.

Lombardi said the town considered ...

Carmel Resident in Search of Mother and Siblings

May 14, 2017

CARMEL, N.Y. - On this Mother’s Day, Carmel resident Carol Julian, 52, is asking for your help finding her mother and siblings.

Julian, who was born in 1964 in Amityville, N.Y., with a condition called Spina Bifida, was abandoned at 2 months old. 

Spina Bifida, which means “split spine,” is the most common permanently disabling birth defect in the United States, ...

Former Chamber CEO Agrees to Plea Deal in Larceny Case

May 23, 2017

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Erin Meagher, the former CEO/executive director of the Greater Mahopac/Carmel Chamber of Commerce, pleaded guilty to reduced charges in Carmel Town Court Tuesday evening, May 23, admitting in an allocution statement that she used a Chamber debit card for unauthorized personnel purchases that amounted to nearly $3,000.

Meagher, 26, who was fired from her position with the ...

MFVFD Holds Annual Apparatus Inspection

May 16, 2017

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— The Mahopac Falls Volunteer Fire Department (MFVFD) held its annual inspection of its fire equipment and apparatus last Sunday at its station No. 1 on Luccaro Lane, providing it with an opportunity to show off its most recent acquisition.

The department recently purchased a new 2016 Smeal tanker/pumper, which will become its first-line apparatus out of its station No. 2.

Police Charge Man in Two Mahopac Burglaries

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— Carmel police have arrested and charged a man with the burglary of two Mahopac businesses that took place in March.

Carmel police arrested John Disclafani, 45, of Carmel for allegedly breaking into J.P. Cunningham’s on East Lake Boulevard and Benvenuto Pizza on Secor Road on the nights of March 6 and 7.

Police Chief Mike Cazzari said that for over a month, his ...

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Investigations Looking for Crimes

Let me state this up front: No matter what you hear or read, Trump could not subvert any investigation into General Flynn. He has the power to pardon even before any crime has been alleged. Remember the Ford pardon of Nixon? It was for any crimes he may have committed up to his resignation even though he was not yet charged with anything.

As for Flynn, no one has yet to articulate the crime ...

Model-in-Chief

Sometimes it’s hard to believe the nonsense that comes out of Donald Trump’s mouth. He lies openly and often; he brags incessantly; he invents history; he spins conspiracy theories; and he changes his mind—often dramatically—in a moment’s notice. Only a few months into office, news organizations, diplomats far and wide, and even members of his own party have begun to ...

Long Live Memorial Day

Memorial Day, some would argue, has become a weekend-long, red-white-and-blue display of our discomfort dealing with the deceased. When I came across the following passage some years back on a now-defunct website, it struck me as a pithy, if slightly sad, summation of how the day has been denatured in recent decades…

Begun as a ritual of remembrance and reconciliation after the Civil ...

Going in Circles

Given the choice between using a regular door and a revolving door, I always choose the regular door. I’ve been that way since birth. OK, maybe not birth because I’m fairly certain there was no revolving door where I made my way into the world. But for as long as I can remember, I have been reluctant to go through them. No, not reluctant. Phobic. Truthfully, I am afraid of revolving ...

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Thu, May 25, 6:00 PM

PCBES/Donald B. Smith Campus, Carmel

PCDOH Freedom From Smoking Program

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Thu, May 25, 7:00 PM

Putnam Hospital, Carmel

Breast and Ovarian Cancer Support Group

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