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Mahopac Lax Undergoes a Makeover

March 22, 2017

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— With the loss of longtime standout midfielders Christian Donahoe and Dan Foley to graduation, Mahopac lacrosse is poised to have an entirely different look in 2017.

“Last year it was nice having [Foley and Donahoe] around but it has created some openings for some guys to see what they can do,” said Tony Tanzi, who serves as the team’s co-head coach ...

Faceoff Guru: Senior Secures Possession for Mahopac

Mahopac senior Andrew Evans is a faceoff expert and midfielder on the varsity lacrosse team.

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

I started playing lacrosse in third grade because my older brother played and he got me into it.

As a returning senior, how do you see your role on the team and how much do you value being a team leader?

My role on ...

Youth Mahopac Wrestlers Place Second at States

SYRACUSE, N.Y.— A pair of MSA youth wrestlers placed second at states on March 18 at the SRC Arena at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse.

Angelo Centrone and Nicolas Greco both took the second-place honors. Centrone competed in the Division 4 seventh-grade division at 80 pounds. Greco was in the Division 4 fifth-grade division at 60 pounds.

The duo made states by finishing first ...

Wild Animal Watercolors Come to Library’s Third Floor Gallery

March 15, 2017

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— A Florida panther, a clouded leopard, an oceanic whitetip shark, an African wild dog. These and other wild animals are gracefully depicted in a new exhibit of watercolors created by retired veterinarian Maria Kaprielian.   Currently on display in the Third Floor Gallery at Mahopac Public Library, these artworks capture the soul and humanity of these rare and ...

St. Patrick’s Day Comes to Mahopac With 41st Annual Parade!

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Sunday was a time for shamrocks, shillelaghs, leprechauns and the “wearing of the green,” as Putnam County celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with its 41st annual parade in Mahopac.
Despite the frigid temperatures, crowds lined Route 6 to watch the third largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in New York State. The parade is meant to celebrate Irish culture, heritage ...

Putnam County’s Got Talent!

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— Putnam County’s Got Talent, a talent show sponsored by the Italian American Club of Mahopac, was held  Sunday, Feb. 26, at the IAC clubhouse on Buckshollow Road. An array of young performers, including singers, dancers, and musicians, from all over the region squared off on stage for trophies and cash awards. And, of course, since it was the Italian-American Club, ...

The Golden Girl: Halston Media’s Corinne Stanton Wins Trailblazer Award

March 22, 2017

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Corinne Stanton was born to sell. And she knew it at an early age.

“I got the advertising bug when I was in 11th grade and became editor of the yearbook [at Somers High School],” she recalled. “I went around selling ads for the yearbook. I got such satisfaction from seeing those ads in the yearbook.”

Stanton, who graduated from Somers High in 1989, is ...

County Chamber Names Trailblazer Award Winners

Putnam County Chamber of Commerce named its Trailblazer Award recipients for 2016.

Honoring professional achievement and civic contributions in the Putnam County community, the Trailblazer Awards represent the highest acknowledgment from professional peer judges across the county.

Over the years, the Trailblazer Awards has drawn more than 1,000 attendees to network and celebrate the best ...

Mahopac's 4D Sports a Diamond in the Rough

MAHOPAC, N.Y. — 4D Sports Performance Center, located in Mahopac, is renowned by athletes both locally and nationally as a premier training facility. 

Baseball and softball clients travel to 4D Sports from all over the USA to train with the professional staff housed under one roof. The facility offers one of the best pitching instructors in the country as well as one of the leading ...

The Golden Girl: Halston Media’s Corinne Stanton Wins Trailblazer Award

March 22, 2017

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Corinne Stanton was born to sell. And she knew it at an early age.

“I got the advertising bug when I was in 11th grade and became editor of the yearbook [at Somers High School],” she recalled. “I went around selling ads for the yearbook. I got such satisfaction from seeing those ads in the yearbook.”

Stanton, who graduated from Somers High in 1989, is ...

St. Patrick’s Day Comes to Mahopac With 41st Annual Parade!

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Sunday was a time for shamrocks, shillelaghs, leprechauns and the “wearing of the green,” as Putnam County celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with its 41st annual parade in Mahopac.
Despite the frigid temperatures, crowds lined Route 6 to watch the third largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in New York State. The parade is meant to celebrate Irish culture, heritage ...

Putnam County’s Got Talent!

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— Putnam County’s Got Talent, a talent show sponsored by the Italian American Club of Mahopac, was held  Sunday, Feb. 26, at the IAC clubhouse on Buckshollow Road. An array of young performers, including singers, dancers, and musicians, from all over the region squared off on stage for trophies and cash awards. And, of course, since it was the Italian-American Club, ...

Lakeview Fifth Graders Fundraise for Children of Aleppo

March 17, 2017

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— After learning about the children of war-torn Aleppo in Syria, Mary Kurtz’ fifth-grade class at Lakeview Elementary School took to making crafts for a fundraiser.

Last month, the class sold clay charms, stress balls, magnets, lapel pins, bookmarks, bracelets and more during school and raised more than $540 for Save the Children to help the kids of ...

Lakeview Celebrates Reading on Dr. Seuss’ Birthday

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— March 2 was Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss’ birthday, so Mahopac High School students visited Lakeview Elementary School to share one of their favorite activities with its students — reading.

“This is our first year doing this,” said Dara Berkwits, Mahopac High School’s new library media specialist. “It’s going so well that ...

Mahopac’s Clayton Collum Qualifies for Robotics Finals

KATONAH, N.Y.— Harvey’s Middle School robotics program has qualified for the state tournament thanks to sixth-grader Clayton Collum of Mahopac and his seventh-grade partner, Wendy Lichtenberg.

The pair placed eighth out of 40 teams by scoring 36 points in the final match of the VEX IQ Challenge state-qualifier competition held last month at East Rockaway High School on Long ...

Curry House Brightens Carmel/Mahopac Culinary Landscape

March 9, 2017

CARMEL, N.Y. - When Pearl Gill drove by the empty storefront at 4 Church St. in Carmel, she knew an opportunity when she saw one. She immediately called Pavithran Chirakkal (aka Pavi), her friend and coworker from Jaipore, the Indian restaurant in Brewster, and told him now was the time they should open a restaurant together.

A short time later, in September 2016, Curry House—an ...

Shamrock Auction Raises Money for St. Pat’s Science Lab

March 20, 2017

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— The ninth annual Shamrock Auction Dinner Dance hosted by the St. Patrick’s School Parent Association was held Saturday, March 18, at Villa Barone in Mahopac. This year’s theme was “Masquerade.”

The Shamrock Auction event has raised more than $350,000 since its inception and all money raised directly benefits the students of St. Patrick School. In ...

Lakeview Fifth Graders Fundraise for Children of Aleppo

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— After learning about the children of war-torn Aleppo in Syria, Mary Kurtz’ fifth-grade class at Lakeview Elementary School took to making crafts for a fundraiser.

Last month, the class sold clay charms, stress balls, magnets, lapel pins, bookmarks, bracelets and more during school and raised more than $540 for Save the Children to help the kids of ...

Jenna Nolan’s Name Lives On in New School Project

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— When Mahopac Middle School student Jenna Nolan died tragically while swimming in Lake Mahopac on June 20, 2014, she left behind not just a grieving family, but a heartbroken school community and town as well.

Now, under the auspices of Jenna’s mom, Cathy Nolan, and in conjunction with the students and staff at MMS and other like-minded parents, Jenna’s legacy ...

Odell Declares 2017 the ‘Year of the Millennial’

March 16, 2017

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— Putnam County must prevent a mass exodus of millennials in the coming years or suffer significant social and economic consequences, County Executive MaryEllen Odell said in her annual State of the County address last week.

Odell declared 2017 the “year of the millennial” in her speech given at the Putnam County Golf Course in Mahopac, Thursday night, March ...

Lakefront Residents Feel Singled Out by Reval

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Residents of the lakefront community Mahopac Point believe that they and other lakefront property owners were singled out by the revaluation project and saddled with inaccurate assessments and untenable tax hikes.

Mahopac Point resident Jim Libby said it was a calculated move.

“I think they found a population of people they think they can milk for a lot of money ...

Reval Revolt!

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The Town Hall meeting room overflowed with angry property owners last week who came to protest what they considered an untenable hike in their taxes in the wake of a townwide revaluation.

“Basically, you handed me an eviction letter,” said Elisa Grotto, who lives on Mahopac Point.

Many who came to the March 8 meeting said that part of the problem is the town ...

Chamber CEO Erin Meagher Charged With Felony Larceny

March 21, 2017

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Erin Meagher, the CEO/executive director of the Greater Mahopac/Carmel Chamber of Commerce and a trustee on the Brewster Village Board, was arrested Tuesday afternoon and charged with fourth-degree grand larceny.

According to Chamber officials, evidence of larceny, fraud and embezzlement by Meagher was recently uncovered by the volunteer Executive Board of the Chamber. In a ...

Town, Police Union OK New Collective Bargaining Agreement

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— The Carmel Town Board and the police union (Police Benevolent Association) have come to terms on a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) that will extend the contract for police officers, sergeants and detectives through 2021.

The police had been working without a contract for several years, which led to an arbitration hearing two years ago when they subsequently inked ...

Chamber CEO Erin Meagher Charged With Felony Larceny

March 21, 2017

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Erin Meagher, the CEO/executive director of the Greater Mahopac/Carmel Chamber of Commerce and a trustee on the Brewster Village Board, was arrested Tuesday afternoon and charged with fourth-degree grand larceny.

According to Chamber officials, evidence of larceny, fraud and embezzlement by Meagher was recently uncovered by the volunteer Executive Board of the Chamber. In a ...

County Chamber Names Trailblazer Award Winners

Putnam County Chamber of Commerce named its Trailblazer Award recipients for 2016.

Honoring professional achievement and civic contributions in the Putnam County community, the Trailblazer Awards represent the highest acknowledgment from professional peer judges across the county.

Over the years, the Trailblazer Awards has drawn more than 1,000 attendees to network and celebrate the best ...

Lakefront Residents Feel Singled Out by Reval

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Residents of the lakefront community Mahopac Point believe that they and other lakefront property owners were singled out by the revaluation project and saddled with inaccurate assessments and untenable tax hikes.

Mahopac Point resident Jim Libby said it was a calculated move.

“I think they found a population of people they think they can milk for a lot of money ...

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A Phishing Expedition

Why does nothing stick to President Trump? Ever since he came down that escalator at Trump Tower, nothing the Democrats, the media (which, according to WikiLeaks, are one and the same) or the establishment talking heads have thrown at him has stuck. He never lost his core support to the point where he actually won the presidential election. None of it stuck.

There were items and remarks that ...

Then They Came For...

An outspoken advocate for the local Hispanic community suggested that I speak to her neighbor. I met with Nina over lunch at a local Guatemalan deli in Brewster. Though Nina was nervous and tearful, she spoke forcefully and with conviction. “This is my country,” she said, “and I’m not leaving!”

Here is Nina’s story, in her own words:

Over the past few ...

Festival Celebrates Women Playwrights

Glass Ceiling: “A metaphor used to represent an invisible barrier that keeps a given demographic (typically applied to women) from rising beyond a certain level.”

In what is believed to be a first for Westchester theater, a one-act festival will celebrate women playwrights.

“Glass Ceiling Breakers,” the umbrella title for the all-female festival, offers a pungent mix ...

Attention All Catalog Shoppers

Back in my early days of suburbia, I received one or two catalogs in the mail, and that was about it. However, catalogs, I soon learned, are like rabbits, and tend to multiply if left unattended. At first I looked forward to the occasional Pottery Barn and Williams-Sonoma catalogs. Not that I was buying, because we were young and house poor. But like a man with a girly magazine, I liked to look ...