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Mahopac Ski Team Concludes Regular Season

February 19, 2018

MAHOPAC, N.Y.-Mahopac’s boys and girls ski teams finished the regular season in a meet at Thunder Ridge Ski Resort last Friday, Feb. 9.

Abby Edwards led the girls with a 13th-place finish with a best time of 29.45 seconds. Meghan Cichon was 16th with a 30.83.

P.J. Clark paced the boys by finishing 14th with a time of 36.69.

 

Two Mahopac Wrestlers Earn All-Section Honors

MAHOPAC, N.Y.-It was a season mired by injuries for Mahopac’s wrestling team, but the Indians endured and still had two wrestlers earn all-section honors by placing in the top six at the Section 1 Division 1 meet.

Junior Mike Rivera (220 pounds) and senior Tom Mahoney (170) were the grapplers who earned that honor, with Rivera taking third and Mahoney placing fourth.

Rivera, who was ...

Mahopac Hockey Team Captures League B Title

MAHOPAC, N.Y.-It’s been a regular season to remember for Mahopac’s hockey team. The Indians finished the 20-game schedule with a 14-6 record and captured the League B title.

In its final regular season game, Mahopac handily defeated Brewster/Yorktown 5-1 on Friday, Feb. 9, at Brewster Ice Arena.

The Indians erupted in the first period and led 3-0 after one.

“We played ...

Local Authors Take a 'Spirited' Journey

February 18, 2018

MAHOPAC, N.Y.-Austin Road Elementary School kindergarten teacher Diane Lapis and Yorktown resident Anne Peck-Davis have been friends for more than 25 years. Neither one of them was more surprised that their love of the hobby of vintage postcard collecting would lead them to write a book.

This spring, the duo will release “Cocktails Across America: A Postcard View of Mid-Century Cocktail ...

Former PepsiCo Property Transitioning to 'Millennial' Co-Working Environment

February 14, 2018

SOMERS, N.Y.-In an effort to fill the 540,000 square feet left vacant in Somers by PepsiCo in 2016, Sebastian Capital CEO Roxana Girand is marketing the town of Somers and surrounding Westchester County as much as the building itself.

One of the first things she did to spotlight the community is renovate the lobby. Gone is the security desk visitors would first encounter, moved just off to the ...

Girl Scouts Show Love at ‘Me and My Guy Dinner Dance’

February 21, 2018

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Mahopac Girl Scouts got dressed up Saturday, Feb. 10, and enjoyed an evening of dinner and dancing at the Me and My Guy Dinner Dance. Hosted by Troop 2655, at the Putnam County Golf Course in Mahopac, Scouts ages 4-18 spent a special night out with the positive role models in their lives.

According to the older Scouts who hosted the event, a girl’s relationship with ...

Research, Surveys Culminate in Mahopac Library's Long-Range Plan

MAHOPAC, N.Y.-The Mahopac Public Library, after a year of research and surveys, has adopted a three-year, long-range plan that will focus on six areas, including reinventing its physical space, expanding social programs to make the community feel more connected and protecting and preserving the physical assets of the building.

The plan was put together with input through community ...

Mahopac Father of Three in Desperate Need of Kidney Transplant

MAHOPAC, N.Y.-“It’s not like borrowing money. You are asking a lot of someone,” said Mahopac resident Matt Fiscella.

Fiscella suffers from chronic kidney disease and is in dire need of a kidney transplant. Until that happens, he goes for dialysis treatment three times a week, three-plus hours per session, in order to stay alive.

“If I stop treatment, I stop ...

Assemblyman Byrne Talks Civics With Austin Road Students

February 20, 2018

MAHOPAC, N.Y.-When Dan Wildman, host of the Travel Channel’s “Mysteries at the Museum,” visited Austin Road Elementary School last year, he challenged the students to study civics and learn how governments operate.

Fifth-grade teacher Mary Jean Cerbini reached out to Rep. Kevin Byrne, a Mahopac resident, to help out.

“I thought, who better to do it?” Cerbini ...

Mahopac's Lakeview Elementary Takes Kindness Seriously

MAHOPAC, N.Y.-Lakeview Elementary School students and staff embraced the 2018 Great Kindness Challenge recently when they joined thousands of schools across the country working to create a culture of kindness.

The weeklong challenge was sponsored by Kids for Peace, a global nonprofit organization. The idea was introduced in 2011 in California and has since spread to schools across the nation ...

Innovation Shines at MMS STEAM Fair

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Mahopac Middle School’s future scientists and inventors took the spotlight last weekend at the third annual STEAM Fair held Saturday, Feb. 10. STEAM is an acronym for Science, Technology, English, Art and Math and the fair featured all kinds of cool experiments, presentations and inventions, from hoverboards and solar-powered model cars to vertical farming and perpetual ...

Swan Cove Parking/Park Project Gains Steam

February 22, 2018

MAHOPAC, N.Y.-A plan to add more municipal parking in the hamlet’s business district and build a small passive park on the shores of Lake Mahopac got a boost last week from the business community as well as from a parking study commissioned by the Town Board.

Town officials seek to buy five parcels of land along Route 6N that currently belong to Tompkins Mahopac Bank and contain the site ...

Assemblyman Byrne Talks Civics With Austin Road Students

February 20, 2018

MAHOPAC, N.Y.-When Dan Wildman, host of the Travel Channel’s “Mysteries at the Museum,” visited Austin Road Elementary School last year, he challenged the students to study civics and learn how governments operate.

Fifth-grade teacher Mary Jean Cerbini reached out to Rep. Kevin Byrne, a Mahopac resident, to help out.

“I thought, who better to do it?” Cerbini ...

Community Cares Names Award-Winning Journalist Executive Director

MAHOPAC, N.Y.-The Mahopac-based nonprofit Community Cares has named Faith Ann Butcher as its executive director. Working with its founder and president, Amy Sayegh, Butcher will be charged with enhancing Community Care’s services to clients and strengthening its outreach program.

“Community Cares has helped hundreds of people since its inception in 2007 and I am very proud of ...

'Paint Night' Raises Funds for Mahopac Mom Battling Cancer

MAHOPAC, N.Y.-The Smith-Clarke Allstate Agency in Mahopac hosted “Paint Love—A Paint Night With Heart” fundraiser on Thursday, Feb. 1, to raise money for Love Holds Life, an area charity that raises money to help struggling families who have a member battling cancer.

The guest of honor at last week’s event was Maggie Karaqi, a Mahopac resident and mother of 6-year-old ...

Swan Cove Parking/Park Project Gains Steam

February 22, 2018

MAHOPAC, N.Y.-A plan to add more municipal parking in the hamlet’s business district and build a small passive park on the shores of Lake Mahopac got a boost last week from the business community as well as from a parking study commissioned by the Town Board.

Town officials seek to buy five parcels of land along Route 6N that currently belong to Tompkins Mahopac Bank and contain the site ...

Time Has Come for Town Board to Decide Bubbler Issue

MAHOPAC, N.Y.-It’s been three years since the issue first bubbled up, but the Town Board said last week it is on the verge of deciding one way or another whether to regulate the use of de-icers and similar devices on the town’s lakes—especially Lake Mahopac.

The issue first came to light in 2015 when some residents—including some with lakefront property on Lake ...

Mahopac Father of Three in Desperate Need of Kidney Transplant

February 11, 2018

MAHOPAC, N.Y.-“It’s not like borrowing money. You are asking a lot of someone,” said Mahopac resident Matt Fiscella.

Fiscella suffers from chronic kidney disease and is in dire need of a kidney transplant. Until that happens, he goes for dialysis treatment three times a week, three-plus hours per session, in order to stay alive.

“If I stop treatment, I stop ...

Police Convince Suicidal Mahopac Man to Surrender

February 16, 2018

MAHOPAC, N.Y.-After barricading himself in his Bullet Hole Road home in Mahopac Sunday night (Feb. 11) and threatening to burn down the house and stab any first responder who attempted to remove him, a 20-year-old man was convinced by police negotiators to surrender peacefully.

Carmel Police Lt. John Dearman said that at approximately 6:20 p.m., an officer from the Carmel Police Department ...

Police Investigate Towing Practices of Mahopac Business

MAHOPAC, N.Y.-State police executed a search warrant on a Mahopac business and its owners’ residence last week and confiscated computers as part of an ongoing investigation into towing practices on the Taconic State Parkway.

Sources told Mahopac News that investigators raided Top Notch Auto Body on Secor Road on Jan. 22, as well as the home of the business’s owners—Frank and ...

Former PepsiCo Property Transitioning to 'Millennial' Co-Working Environment

February 14, 2018

SOMERS, N.Y.-In an effort to fill the 540,000 square feet left vacant in Somers by PepsiCo in 2016, Sebastian Capital CEO Roxana Girand is marketing the town of Somers and surrounding Westchester County as much as the building itself.

One of the first things she did to spotlight the community is renovate the lobby. Gone is the security desk visitors would first encounter, moved just off to the ...

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The DACA Dilemma and the Trick of the Trickle-Down Theory

Here is our very own Sen. Charles Schumer on the Senate floor last week: “President Trump has stood in the way of a bipartisan solution to DACA, a problem he created in the first place, and yet the president is in this dream world. He thinks, ‘Oh, I can blame Democrats for the impasse.’ As I said, only in the 1984 world where up is down and black is white could this be true.

Cuomo’s Frivolous Lawsuits Cost Us Money

Since Donald Trump became president, New York State has filed more than 100 lawsuits against the federal government. This includes those filed by both Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and Gov. Andrew Cuomo. It does not include lawsuits filed by the City of New York. Most of them are political in nature, filed to please the plaintiffs’ voting base. In the real world, if we had filed ...

Beautiful, 'Clean' Coal

After completing his first full year in office—an alarming year, at that— Donald Trump has concluded that climate change is not a significant national threat and that the sacred lands and waters of this country should be sold to the highest bidder. 

The Trump administration has withdrawn from the Paris climate agreement; deregulated national landmarks; freed public lands for ...

Multigrain, Please

I have no craving for white bread; it’s too plain, predictable and tasteless for me. I hunger for a chunk of multigrain or rye, maybe even a good-sized piece of pumpernickel raisin, with a schmear of cream cheese on the side.

I have no appetite for bland, clean-cut, middle-of-the-road, isolationist politics. And I find unsettling the cultural sameness, gross consumerism and incurious ...

I Love 'I Hate Halet'

Let’s face it, folks. Not everyone loves Shakespeare. Not even all actors. Andrew Rally is one of them. In fact, where there’s a Will, there’s a way Andrew will find to avoid acting in one of those famously timeless plays. And for good reason. Shakespeare tests, to the fullest, an actor’s mettle, and Andrew is strictly a TV actor.

He has just ended a star turn in the ...

A Trip to the 'Liberry'

Raise your hand if you didn’t—did not—call the library the “liberry” when you were little. I’m guessing not a lot of hands just went up.

Didn’t just about all of us say “liberry” when we were learning to read? (Well, whaddya expect when a place is named something way too easy for little kids to mispronounce?)

OK. Now, raise your hand if ...

I Am Woman, Hair Me Roar

When you have short hair, it is inevitable that you will spend an inordinate amount of time growing your hair out and then getting fed up and cutting it again. I have been down this hair-brained road several dozen times before, complaining for months until I am convinced my husband is going to cut it all off while I sleep just so he doesn’t have to listen to me whine about it one more ...

I'm Mrs. Heat Miser

To be perfectly honest, I did not need a large rodent with insomnia to convince me that we had six more weeks of winter. It’s been so cold outside lately that when I go out, my nostrils stick together. The dog is so hesitant to go out that he does his business right on the deck, less than five feet from the door, and then gives me a look of contemptuous indignation when he comes back in the ...

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Bazzo Needs to Get His Facts Straight

February 15, 2018

To the editor,

Once again Mr. Bazzo, in his Feb. 8, column cherry picks facts, ignores other facts, passes along lies and spins so fast to the right that it’s amazing he doesn’t drill himself into the earth.

Bazzo is correct—the economy is doing well, and we should give credit where credit is due. Thank you, President Obama for taking the economy from the brink of another ...