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Schiera Seizes Moment: Mahopac Tops Carmel

September 28, 2016

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— Kim Schiera and the Mahopac Indians weren’t about to settle for a tie with their bitter rivals.

Schiera scored with 13 seconds remaining on a feed from fellow senior captain Briana Corace to propel Mahopac to a 3-2 win over visiting Carmel on Sept. 20.

“Hitting that game winner was very big for our team,” Schiera said. “Going into that play I ...

Late Flurry Leads Mahopac Past North Salem

NORTH SALEM, N.Y.— For 72 minutes, the girls soccer match between Mahopac and North Salem was deadlocked at one in North Salem’s homecoming game on Saturday, Sept. 24.

Mahopac dominated possession in the second half with North Salem trying to hold them off, but the Indians broke through with three tallies in a seven-minute span to take the contest, 4-1.

The Indians had a 13-2 ...

Mahopac Bested by Horace Greeley

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— Nobody understands more than the Mahopac Indians that getting the soccer ball close to the net is simply not good enough.

The Indians fell to the visiting Horace Greeley Quakers 3-1 on Sept. 24.

“That’s the story of this whole year,” senior captain Davian Robinson said. “We have to finish all of our chances up top. We get good looks but we need ...

Dagmar Swanson Art on Display at Mahopac Library

September 21, 2016

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— At the age of 92, Carmel resident Dagmar Swanson does not let her failing eyesight stop her from being creative and sharing her newly found talent with the community.

Using watercolors and permanent markers, Swanson’s work demonstrates her enjoyment of painting that is often inspired by elements of nature. Ten of her recent works are currently on display on the ...

Mahopac Artist Crafts a Career Tile by Tile

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— Stephen Miotto got interested in mosaic art at a very young age.

“My godfather was one of three partners at a mosaic business in the Bronx and my mother was their bookkeeper,” he recalled. “I started visiting them when I was 5. It seemed like I was always around the stuff.”

Miotto grew up in the Bronx and moved to Mahopac with his wife in ...

‘Fireball Run’ to Make Pit Stop in Mahopac; Johnny Crecco and Sean Dunn to Compete as Team Putna

September 29, 2016

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The “Fireball Run” races to Putnam County on Friday, Sept. 30, and Saturday, Oct. 1. “Fireball Run” is an internationally televised and nationally streamed TV adventure series that is celebrating its 10th season. The show follows 40 teams of contestants as they travel 2,000 miles in pursuit of America’s most unique locations and obscure historical ...

'Fireball Run' Makes Putnam a 10th Anniversary Destination

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— “The Fireball Run” is an internationally televised and nationally streamed TV adventure series. The show follows 40 teams of contestants as they travel 2,000 miles in pursuit of America’s most unique locations and obscure historical artifacts while helping in the Race to Recover America’s Missing Children.

The Fireball Run races to Putnam ...

Tops Friendly Market Officially Takes Over Hannaford Location

CARMEL, N.Y. - The Hannaford supermarket in Putnam Plaza on Route 6 in Carmel is no more. At 7 a.m. on Sunday, the supermarket reopened its doors to the public as a Tops Friendly Market.

The supermarket was packed throughout most of the day and parking spaces were at a premium as curious shoppers showed up in droves to check out the new store.
Hannaford markets are owned by Delhaize Group, ...

Hot Rod Heaven Comes to Mahopac

October 1, 2016

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— Car lovers were in hot rod heaven Saturday, Sunday, Sept. 25, when the Mahopac Knights of Columbus held its annual Car Show at Arturo’s Tavern on Route 6 in Mahopac.

The show, produced in conjunction with the 930 Octane Crew, featured classic cars, hot rods, trucks, motorcycles and low riders. Trophies in an array of categories were awarded to the vehicle ...

Columbus Day Parade, Evening at the Piazza Postponed

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Mahopac’s Columbus Day Parade and the Evening at the Piazza have been postponed due to the expected inclement weather. The Mahopac Street Fair, however, is still a go.

The parade, which was scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 1, at 10:30 a.m., has been moved to Sunday, Oct. 9. Parade line-up will be at 1:30 p.m. and step-off is slated for 2:30 p.m. that day. The location is the ...

Talking the Talk and Walking the 'Walk'

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— When David Tartaglia found out in February 2010 that his wife, Julie, had breast cancer, he, of course, was devastated. But then his next thought was, what can I do to help?

“I went to every doctor’s visit,” he said, “I was one of those who could because my job allowed me that flexibility. I was there for the biopsy and was there on the phone ...

‘Fireball Run’ to Make Pit Stop in Mahopac; Johnny Crecco and Sean Dunn to Compete as Team Putna

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The “Fireball Run” races to Putnam County on Friday, Sept. 30, and Saturday, Oct. 1. “Fireball Run” is an internationally televised and nationally streamed TV adventure series that is celebrating its 10th season. The show follows 40 teams of contestants as they travel 2,000 miles in pursuit of America’s most unique locations and obscure historical ...

The TYathlon: Swimming, Biking, Running for a Cause in Mahopac!

Athletes from all over the region converged upon Mahopac Saturday, Sept. 17, to raise money for a cause. 

The event was the “TYathlon” – which combined swimming, running, and biking into a grueling competition. More than $46,000 was raised for the Ty Louis Campbell Foundation, a nonprofit organization that funds research and clinical trials specifically geared toward the ...

Mahopac Falls FD Slates Open House

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— The Mahopac Falls Fire Department will hold its second annual open house Sunday, Sept. 18, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the firehouse on Luccaro Lane off Route 6N. 

There will be a New York Blood Center blood drive, along with demonstrations by the New York State Police rollover simulator, LifeNet medical helicopter, Putnam County Tactical Response Team, Carmel ...

School District Hires New Interim Athletic Director

September 23, 2016

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— Ronald A. Montalto has been named the new interim athletic director for the Mahopac School District.

He will take over the reins from the current AD, John Augusta, who was named the interim principal of Mahopac High School last month after former MHS principal Dr. Adam Pease was promoted.

Montalto had been an athletic administrator in Section IX since 1977. For 27 ...

Mahopac Senior Charlie Burt has the Heart of a Giant

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— Twelfth-grade student Charlie Burt has been selected among nine other nominees across the tri-state area to win the USA Heart of a Giant Award.

The prestigious award, presented by the Hospital for Special Surgery and the New York Giants, picks only the most hard-working and dedicated football players who will then be voted for by the public through three rounds of ...

Off to Great Places! Mahopac Marks First Day of School

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— Dr. Suess once famously wrote, “You’re off to great places. Today is your first day! Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way!” Students of the Mahopac School District were on their way on Tuesday, Sept. 6, for their first day of school, ready to climb their mountains.

For some, it was their first day ever, as they entered preschool or ...

It's Apple Season, Get Picking!

September 30, 2016

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— Fall officially began Sept. 22, and what better way to celebrate the season than with a visit to one of the many area apple farms to pick apples and enjoy some family fun time. Check out our guide to local apple-picking:

Harvest Moon Farm and Orchard

130 Hardscrabble Road, Purdys

Harvest Moon Farm and Orchard offers a variety of apples for picking, depending on their ...

Hot Rod Heaven Comes to Mahopac

October 1, 2016

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— Car lovers were in hot rod heaven Saturday, Sunday, Sept. 25, when the Mahopac Knights of Columbus held its annual Car Show at Arturo’s Tavern on Route 6 in Mahopac.

The show, produced in conjunction with the 930 Octane Crew, featured classic cars, hot rods, trucks, motorcycles and low riders. Trophies in an array of categories were awarded to the vehicle ...

Talking the Talk and Walking the 'Walk'

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— When David Tartaglia found out in February 2010 that his wife, Julie, had breast cancer, he, of course, was devastated. But then his next thought was, what can I do to help?

“I went to every doctor’s visit,” he said, “I was one of those who could because my job allowed me that flexibility. I was there for the biopsy and was there on the phone ...

The TYathlon: Swimming, Biking, Running for a Cause in Mahopac!

Athletes from all over the region converged upon Mahopac Saturday, Sept. 17, to raise money for a cause. 

The event was the “TYathlon” – which combined swimming, running, and biking into a grueling competition. More than $46,000 was raised for the Ty Louis Campbell Foundation, a nonprofit organization that funds research and clinical trials specifically geared toward the ...

Town Hires Fourth New Officer in Six Months

September 29, 2016

CARMEL, N.Y.— The Carmel Town Board hired a new police officer at its meeting last week, the fourth new officer the town has added in the past six months.

Supervisor Ken Schmitt said the move should finally put to rest the rumors that the Town Board was seeking to downsize the department or eliminate it altogether.

The rumors started last year after the Town Board reached out to ...

Two Mahopac Parks Getting Upgrades

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— Two town parks in Mahopac are about to get some upgrades that should make sports enthusiasts happy.

Jim Gilchrist, director of Recreation and Parks for the town of Carmel, went before the Town Board last week to explain the jobs that need to be done.

Gilchrist is proposing that the basketball courts in Baldwin Meadow Parks be resurfaced. And in McDonough Park, he wants ...

Town to Revisit Multifamily Housing in Zoning Code

CARMEL, N.Y.— Town planner Patrick Cleary is calling on the Town Board to update its zoning code to better address multifamily housing, a trend, he says, that is growing in neighboring communities throughout the region.

Cleary came before the Town Board at its meeting last week and told its members that the zoning law, as currently drafted, does not address multifamily development, thus, ...

New Designation will Free up Funds for Local Waterways

September 17, 2016

CARMEL, N.Y.— Lake Mahopac has been added to the New York State Inland Waterways list, making it eligible for grant funding that will provide much-needed improvements and help address flooding, watershed concerns and other issues.

Lake Mahopac joins eight other lakes in the towns of Carmel, Patterson and Southeast that made the list.

State Sen. Terrence Murphy held a press ...

Town Hires Fourth New Officer in Six Months

September 29, 2016

CARMEL, N.Y.— The Carmel Town Board hired a new police officer at its meeting last week, the fourth new officer the town has added in the past six months.

Supervisor Ken Schmitt said the move should finally put to rest the rumors that the Town Board was seeking to downsize the department or eliminate it altogether.

The rumors started last year after the Town Board reached out to ...

Local Man Charged with Burglarizing Mahopac Barbershop

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— A local man faces several felony charges after investigators from the Sheriff’s Department say he broke into and burglarized a Mahopac business.

Police said someone broke into Xclusive Cuts, a barbershop located at 880 South Lake Blvd., on Monday, Aug. 29. Gaining entrance through a side door, the thief stole money from a cash register and a workstation ...

Mahopac Falls FD Slates Open House

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— The Mahopac Falls Fire Department will hold its second annual open house Sunday, Sept. 18, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the firehouse on Luccaro Lane off Route 6N. 

There will be a New York Blood Center blood drive, along with demonstrations by the New York State Police rollover simulator, LifeNet medical helicopter, Putnam County Tactical Response Team, Carmel ...

Featured Property of the Week

September 18, 2016

24 Waterview Drive, Ossining
$885,000.00

Stately and elegant Resort-Style Colonial in sought after Waterview Estates, an enclave of fine homes offering privacy with a convenient location. This stunning home has been renovated top to bottom with style and sophistication, offering high-end European baths including master bath with radiant floors, whole house generator and Gunite Pool. Sit back ...

Featured Property of the Week

5 Powder Horn Road, Cortlandt
$564,999.00

This immaculate & well cared for Contemporary on a tranquil cul-de-sac is nestled on just over an acre. With a large open concept floor plan that is spacious and filled with light. Main floor has an updated eat in kitchen with granite and SS appliances, dining area with slider to the deck, living room with a wood burning fireplace, an updated hall ...

Temple Beth Shalom Readies for High Holidays

September 30, 2016

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— Jews around the world are about to mark the 10 Days of Repentance, which begins with Rosh Hashanah on Oct. 3 and ends with the conclusion of Yom Kippur on Oct. 8.

Temple Beth Shalom in Mahopac has slated a variety of activities to coincide with the high holy days, which Rabbi Sarah Freidson hopes will both cleanse the spirit and stimulate the mind.

“Rosh Hashana ...

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We Must Identify the Enemy

• Fuerzas Armadas de Liberación Nacional (FALN) was a Puerto Rican terrorist group from the ’70s whose objective was Puerto Rican independence from America. They admitted to bombing government buildings that did cause fatalities. They were also responsible for the 1975 bombing in New York City of Fraunces Tavern, where George Washington said farewell to the troops.  ...

GOP on a Path to Self-Destruction

The current presidential election is filled with conflict and emotion.  Democrats look distrustfully at neighbors, friends, relatives and business associates who buy into Donald Trump’s belligerent style, crackpot ideas, and complete lack of political sophistication.  This is especially true when Trump rants about deporting 11 million immigrants and creating hundreds of thousands ...

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6 Gilman Lane,Cortlandt Manor
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Extraordinary custom built colonial is located in prime area and sits on picturesque .9 acres of lovely landscaped property. Incredible oversized kitchen with indoor gas barbecue grill & cozy fireplace. Entertaining is made easy with a comfortable floor plan including large formal living & dining rooms, and sun filled family room in loft area ...

Not Holidays; Holy Days

I take words at their word, which is to say seriously, sometimes too much so for my own peace of mind. Take the Days of Awe those of my faith currently are observing. The 10-day span that starts Oct. 3, with Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) and culminates Oct. 12, with Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) collectively is referred to as our faith’s “High Holidays.”

My ears twitch at ...

Letting the Jean-ie Out of the Bottle

Sometime between the end of last spring and the beginning of this fall, someone snuck into my closet and shrunk all my jeans. I tried to convince my husband that we had a problem with the dryer, but since all of his jeans still fit, it was a hard sell. Without thinking it through, he scoffed and suggested that maybe it wasn’t the jeans—maybe it was me.

“Are you saying I got ...

Upcoming Events

Sat, October 1, 9:00 AM

Putnam County Department of Health, Brewster

Putnam County Household Hazardous Waste Clean-up ...

Green

Sat, October 1, 12:00 PM

Yorktown Fireman’s Field, Yorktown Neights

Yorktown Rotary's 6th Annual The Best & The Wurst ...

Food & Drink

Mon, October 3, 1:00 PM

Putnam Hopsital Center, Carmel

Living Well Workshop

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Letters to the Editor

September 26, 2016

A fan letter for Andy Bazzo

To the editor,

Warning—this is a graphic fan letter. For those of you who are horrified by the word “conservative,” stop reading right now. 

I’m a former Manhattanite who never heard of Putnam County until I moved to Northern Westchester. Like many Manhattan-centric people, all I ever heard of outside my own neighborhood was ...