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Mahopac's Hynes Drafted by MLL

June 20, 2017

MAHOPAC, N.Y. — Fulfilling his childhood dream is just what Mahopac graduate Brendan Hynes did when he was drafted 27th overall in the 2017 Major League Lacrosse Draft by the Charlotte Hounds.

Along with teammate Benny Pugh, the duo were the first two Richmond Spider players ever drafted by an MLL team.

“Ever since I was a little kid it has always been my dream to play as long ...

Mahopac Junior Has a Passion and Love for Softball

Mahopac junior Kim Astrologo plays shortstop for the varsity softball team.

How old were you when you started playing softball and how did you get started?

I was around 6 years old when I first started playing softball. I got started in MSA softball with a bunch of my friends for fun.

What do you think your strengths are as a softball player?

My strengths are my passion, love and ...

Former Chamber CEO’s Crime Leaves Tainted Legacy

June 16, 2017

[Editor’s note: In the interest of full disclosure, Chamber Chairwoman Faith Ann Butcher is an employee of Halston Media, parent company of Mahopac News.]

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— Last month, former Greater Mahopac-Carmel Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Erin Meagher admitted in open court that she used a Chamber debit card, without permission, to purchase nearly $3,000 worth of ...

MHS Seniors Enjoy Glamorous Night at the Prom

June 17, 2017

MAHOPAC, N.Y. .— The Class of 2017 celebrated in style Friday for the annual MHS senior prom with the all students looking fabulous in their tuxes and gowns. The big, glitzy party was held at the Amber Room in Danbury where the teens danced the night away.

Oil Spill Closes Down Lake Secor Beachfront

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The beach at Lake Secor has been closed indefinitely after heating oil from a failed tank in a nearby residence leaked into the lake.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) said that on Tuesday, June 13, at approximately 12:45 p.m., a heating oil tank in a homeowner’s basement failed and the oil entered a sump pump and was then pumped to the storm drain ...

MHS Lacrosse Team Aids Mahopac Woman in Cancer Battle

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Mahopac’s Maggie Karaqi is a cancer warrior. She was first diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2011 when she was pregnant with her twins, Nedjat and Veranika, now 6. In remission and with a positive prognosis, the disease reared its ugly head again in 2015. Last year, she underwent surgery.

Now, doctors have her on a new drug they hope will defeat her disease once and for ...

MHS Seniors Enjoy Glamorous Night at the Prom

June 17, 2017

MAHOPAC, N.Y. .— The Class of 2017 celebrated in style Friday for the annual MHS senior prom with the all students looking fabulous in their tuxes and gowns. The big, glitzy party was held at the Amber Room in Danbury where the teens danced the night away.

McDonough Looks to Force Primary for GOP Nomination

June 12, 2017

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - After losing the endorsement of the Republican Party during its caucus last month, Councilwoman Suzi McDonough said she still plans to gather enough signatures on a petition to force a primary election on Sept. 12.

McDonough and Councilman Frank Lombardi are both up for re-election but were challenged by Anthony DiCarlo, a former councilman and county legislator, and newcomer ...

MHS Lacrosse Team Aids Mahopac Woman in Cancer Battle

June 13, 2017

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Mahopac’s Maggie Karaqi is a cancer warrior. She was first diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2011 when she was pregnant with her twins, Nedjat and Veranika, now 6. In remission and with a positive prognosis, the disease reared its ugly head again in 2015. Last year, she underwent surgery.

Now, doctors have her on a new drug they hope will defeat her disease once and for ...

Former Chamber CEO’s Crime Leaves Tainted Legacy

June 16, 2017

[Editor’s note: In the interest of full disclosure, Chamber Chairwoman Faith Ann Butcher is an employee of Halston Media, parent company of Mahopac News.]

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— Last month, former Greater Mahopac-Carmel Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Erin Meagher admitted in open court that she used a Chamber debit card, without permission, to purchase nearly $3,000 worth of ...

Town Selected for Pilot Program to Help Better Manage Sewer Systems

CARMEL, N.Y.— The town of Carmel has been selected as one of 10 statewide communities to participate in a new $3 million pilot program sponsored by the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC) to help it better manage its sewer systems.

In the pilot program, an engineering firm will work free of charge with the town’s ...

Oil Spill Closes Down Lake Secor Beachfront

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The beach at Lake Secor has been closed indefinitely after heating oil from a failed tank in a nearby residence leaked into the lake.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) said that on Tuesday, June 13, at approximately 12:45 p.m., a heating oil tank in a homeowner’s basement failed and the oil entered a sump pump and was then pumped to the storm drain ...

Oil Spill Closes Down Lake Secor Beachfront

June 14, 2017

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The beach at Lake Secor has been closed indefinitely after heating oil from a failed tank in a nearby residence leaked into the lake.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) said that on Tuesday, June 13, at approximately 12:45 p.m., a heating oil tank in a homeowner’s basement failed and the oil entered a sump pump and was then pumped to the storm drain ...

Klein Gets 77 Months in Fire Department Embezzlement Case

June 21, 2017

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - Michael Klein, the former Mahopac Volunteer Fire Department (MVFD) treasurer who embezzled $5.7 million from the company’s coffers, was sentenced in U.S. District Court Wednesday afternoon to serve 77 months in federal prison.

In addition to the prison sentence, Klein, 49, was sentenced to three years of supervised release. District Court Judge Cathy Seibel also ...

Klein Gets 77 Months in Fire Department Embezzlement Case

June 21, 2017

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - Michael Klein, the former Mahopac Volunteer Fire Department (MVFD) treasurer who embezzled $5.7 million from the company’s coffers, was sentenced in U.S. District Court Wednesday afternoon to serve 77 months in federal prison.

In addition to the prison sentence, Klein, 49, was sentenced to three years of supervised release. District Court Judge Cathy Seibel also ...

Former Chamber CEO’s Crime Leaves Tainted Legacy

[Editor’s note: In the interest of full disclosure, Chamber Chairwoman Faith Ann Butcher is an employee of Halston Media, parent company of Mahopac News.]

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— Last month, former Greater Mahopac-Carmel Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Erin Meagher admitted in open court that she used a Chamber debit card, without permission, to purchase nearly $3,000 worth of ...

Laura Smith Named First Female Sergeant in CPD History

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— Growing up in Mahopac, Laura Smith had no intention of becoming a cop. In fact, the 2002 MHS grad had designs on a career as a physical therapist. She graduated magna cum laude from Towson University with a degree in athletic training.

But things don’t always go as planned. After hearing that the Carmel Police Department had an opening, she decided to throw her hat ...

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Maybe I Was Wrong

So, last week, after 150-plus days in office, President Trump finally had a full cabinet. Even with a Republican-controlled Senate and only needing 51 votes, it took this long for his nominees to be confirmed.

We were introduced to them last week and as they went around the table introducing themselves, they all had kind words to say about their new boss. Within minutes, the media was saying ...

Buyer's Remorse?

Presidents have tested the limits of their authority throughout history. Some have even exceeded it. But, until Trump, each sitting president has had at least a working knowledge of government and a willingness to extend the benefits it can provide to hard-working people and those in need. And newly elected presidents, after hotly contested elections, have also demonstrated a strong desire to ...

Mom + Pop Culture Talk Shop

Author’s Note: Mom + Pop Culture are a couple of real characters. They could be you and me. Or not. Every so often, I eavesdrop on their conversations. Let’s listen in on what they’re saying right now about the common misperception of what empty storefronts signify.

POP CULTURE: Mom, did you see that new empty storefront in the strip mall?

MOM CULTURE: No, Pop. Which ...

Music to Nobody‘s Ears

I winced as we sat in the audience of an experimental music concert played by a string quartet. Calling it music was being generous. It was more like the sound of a subway car screeching on the tracks, mixed with nails on a chalkboard, and choruses of crying babies on an airplane.

“I don't get it,” I whispered to my husband as the quartet tweaked their instruments so violently ...