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Two Mahopac Wrestlers Earn All-Section Honors

February 18, 2018

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 ...

Mahopac Girls Basketball Team Avenges Loss to Carmel

MAHOPAC, N.Y.-It’s been a middle of the road girls basketball season for Mahopac, but the Indians put the regular season in the books with excitement after defeating the visiting Carmel Rams, 47-43, on Saturday.

Splitting with Carmel on the year, the Indians sweated out a barnburner as senior forward Siobhan Hynes broke out for 21 points. Leading for most of the game, Mahopac was able to ...

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 ...

Business People Honored by Mahopac-Carmel Chamber

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - “We noticed,” said Thomas O’Leary of Mahopac during his introduction of William and Donna Pope as the 2017 Business Person of the Year honorees at The Greater Mahopac-Carmel Chamber of Commerce awards dinner held on Tuesday, Jan. 30, and Putnam County Golf Course in Mahopac. “We saw all of your efforts through the years and thank you.”

The Popes, ...

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

February 17, 2018

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 ...

Earthquake Felt in Mahopac Early Wednesday Morning

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - A 2.2-magnitude earthquake shook the Hudson Valley early Wednesday morning.

Many Mahopac residents said they felt the quake which began around 6:14 a.m. and lasted only a few seconds. The quake's epicenter was Crofts Corners, a hamlet in Putnam Valley, at a depth of 3.85 miles, according to the United States Geological ...

Innovation Shines at MMS STEAM Fair

February 14, 2018

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 ...

Mahopac Students Embrace Waste Not/Want Not Strategy

“If something is considered trash, or unwanted, does that mean we can’t use it?” That was the question Catherine Leist, program assistant for the Center for Environmental Education at Putnam|Northern Westchester BOCES, asked Fulmar Road Elementary School students when she visited their classrooms recently.

The students’ response: “No, we can recycle ...

Mahopac Students Take Class Trip to ACME

MAHOPAC, N.Y.-Lakeview Elementary School teacher Jim Lieto took his class to ACME supermarket last week to give his students a chance to look behind the scenes and find out how a supermarket operates.

The students learned how recycling bottles and cans worked. Each student was given plastic bottles and taught about the importance of recycling. Each student was also given loose change and shown ...

Community Cares Names Award-Winning Journalist Executive Director

February 12, 2018

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 ...

Time Has Come for Town Board to Decide Bubbler Issue

February 15, 2018

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 to Install Traffic Surveillance Cameras

MAHOPAC, N.Y.-A plan is in the works to install video surveillance cameras throughout the hamlets of Mahopac and Carmel that will help police and the district attorney’s office better fight crime.

Carmel Police Chief Mike Cazzari and Putnam County District Attorney Bob Tendy went before the Town Board at its Jan. 24 meeting to explain the technology and how the installations would be ...

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 ...

Mahopac to Install Traffic Surveillance Cameras

MAHOPAC, N.Y.-A plan is in the works to install video surveillance cameras throughout the hamlets of Mahopac and Carmel that will help police and the district attorney’s office better fight crime.

Carmel Police Chief Mike Cazzari and Putnam County District Attorney Bob Tendy went before the Town Board at its Jan. 24 meeting to explain the technology and how the installations would be ...

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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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 ...

The State of the Democratic Party

Last week, President Trump gave his first State of the Union address. Here are a few things he pointed out:

• Since the election, 2.4 million new jobs have been created.

• Unemployment claims have hit a 45-year low.

• African-American unemployment stands at the lowest rate ever recorded.

• Hispanic-American unemployment has also reached the lowest levels in ...

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 ...

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 ...

Peekskill AIMs to Become a 'Mediapolis'

What could the city of Peekskill possibly have in common with Silicon Valley, Hollywood and New York City? Like those familiar centers of multimedia creativity and commerce, the historic river town is downright giddy with excitement about transforming itself into a mediapolis, to coin a phrase.

Thanks to local movers and shakers, led by prominent Peekskill businessman Ben Green, the ...

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 ...

Getting Off on the Wrong Foot

“What happened to your ankle?” asked my neighbor when he saw the orthopedic boot on my right foot.

“I tripped while I was in Pamplona running with the bulls,” I told him.

He raised his eyebrows. “Really?”

“No. Not really,” I admitted. “I was actually climbing Machu Picchu and I fell over a llama.”

“Seriously?” he ...

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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 ...