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North Salem Soccer Seniors Earn All-Section

November 22, 2017

Seniors Amy Fetterolf and Mikaela Spennicchia earned all-section honors at the Section 1 girls soccer dinner last week.
 

Fetterolf, a sweeper, was named all-section while Spennicchia, a goalie, earned all-section honorable mention.
 

Fetterolf was also named League Player of the Year for Conference 3 League E. Spennicchia was named North Salem’s Most Valuable Player by ...

Indians Look to Repeat as League Champions

MAHOPAC--It may be a tall order after losing star goalie Peter Siolas to graduation, but Mahopac’s goal is to win another league title and reach the Section 1 final four again this season. 

The Indians certainly have talent returning on both sides of the puck to do so, and will move forward with new head coach Tim Donaghy. 
 

Donaghy, who brings more than 20 years of ...

Mahopac Senior Leads by Example on Pitch

Mahopac senior captain Max Lichtman was a midfielder on the varsity soccer team. He also plays on the varsity tennis team.

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

I was 4 years old when I first started playing soccer. I got started because I used to watch my older brother play. That made me want to play soccer, too.

Heading into sectionals, how did ...

Check out the Holiday ‘Miracle’ in Yorktown this Weekend

November 23, 2017

YORKTOWN, N.Y. -- With this year’s Indian summer finally giving way to wintry weather, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

Over on Veterans Road in Yorktown, it’s looking even more like Christmas, thanks to Yorktown Stage’s mirthful, musical production of the beloved Hollywood classic “Miracle on 34th Street.” 

Originally on Broadway in the ...

Mahopac Grad Pens Teen Novel Inspired by Local Events

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Deborah Rafferty Oswald has always had a love of history. And since she was a young girl, she knew she wanted to be a writer. Now, the Mahopac grad has found a way to fuse her passions.

Oswald, a member of the MHS Class of ’78 and a fifth-grade teacher at Pequenakonck Elementary School in North Salem, has written a book, “The Haviland Girls,” that is loosely ...

John Bourges of Mahopac Named to Veterans Hall of Fame

November 24, 2017

MAHOPAC, N.Y.--John Bourges has lived his life out loud.

The 61-year-old long-time Mahopac resident has been a New York City police detective, an ER nurse, a soldier and a coroner. Now, that eclectic resume has culminated with Bourges being named by the Carmel Town Board to join state Sen. Terrance Murphy’s 40th District 2017 Veterans Hall of Fame. Bourges received the honor during ...

Check out the Holiday ‘Miracle’ in Yorktown this Weekend

YORKTOWN, N.Y. -- With this year’s Indian summer finally giving way to wintry weather, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

Over on Veterans Road in Yorktown, it’s looking even more like Christmas, thanks to Yorktown Stage’s mirthful, musical production of the beloved Hollywood classic “Miracle on 34th Street.” 

Originally on Broadway in the ...

Area Veterans Treated to Special Thanksgiving Feast

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The seventh annual Veterans Thanksgiving Dinner was held Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Putnam County Golf Course in Mahopac. 

The event, sponsored by Purple Heart Homes-NY Downstate Chapter (an organization that assists vets with home repairs and renovations) and Disabled American Veterans (DAV), featured two seatings for a holiday dinner that featured turkey and all the ...

Mahopac Honors Those Who Served

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - On a frigid Sunday morning (Nov. 11), Mahopac’s VFW 5491 and American Legion 1080, as well as their respective auxiliaries, the Mahopac Fire Department, Girl and Boy Scouts, the Catholic Daughters of America and area residents gathered to celebrate Veterans Day. 

They were joined by Deacon Bernie Moran of St. John the Evangelist Church; Putnam County Judge James ...

Mahopac Grad Pens Teen Novel Inspired by Local Events

November 19, 2017

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Deborah Rafferty Oswald has always had a love of history. And since she was a young girl, she knew she wanted to be a writer. Now, the Mahopac grad has found a way to fuse her passions.

Oswald, a member of the MHS Class of ’78 and a fifth-grade teacher at Pequenakonck Elementary School in North Salem, has written a book, “The Haviland Girls,” that is loosely ...

Sheriff Smith Concedes Election - Langley Wins

November 15, 2017

CARMEL, N.Y. - Sheriff Don Smith has officially conceded the election to his challenger Robert Langley.

In a statement issued late Tuesday night (Nov. 14) after most of the absentee ballots were counted, Smith, who ran on the Republican ticket, issued a statement congratulating Langley.

“Mr. Langley will be the next Sheriff of Putnam County and I wish him well,” Smith said.

Area Veterans Treated to Special Thanksgiving Feast

November 20, 2017

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The seventh annual Veterans Thanksgiving Dinner was held Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Putnam County Golf Course in Mahopac. 

The event, sponsored by Purple Heart Homes-NY Downstate Chapter (an organization that assists vets with home repairs and renovations) and Disabled American Veterans (DAV), featured two seatings for a holiday dinner that featured turkey and all the ...

Town Board Denies Fire Department Funding Increase

November 22, 2017

MAHOPAC, N.Y.-- The Town Board unanimously passed their 2018 budget at the Nov. 15 meeting, but the $44.2 million spending package, which calls for a zero percent increase in the tax rate, did not include a $200,000 contract increase requested by the Mahopac Volunteer Fire Department (MVFD).
 

MFVD officials went before the Town Board earlier this month to ask for the increase, ...

Mahopac OKs $1M Deal for Park Project

MAHOPAC, N.Y.--The Town Board took the first step last week to begin a project that will create a new lakefront park, along with municipal parking in the Mahopac business district on Route 6N.

The board announced at its Nov. 15 meeting that it has agreed to a deal with developer Frank Cotaj to purchase a parcel of land formerly known as Swan Cove—currently the site of eight rundown ...

Town and Golf Club Settle on Property Assessment

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The town of Carmel has approved a tax certiorari settlement with the Mahopac Golf Club that calls for a $4.6 million reduction in the club’s property assessment over a three-year period.

While the Town Board OK’d the settlement at its Nov. 1 meeting, town assessor Glen Droese said the case is technically still in the litigation process until both parties sign off on ...

Tendy: Sending a Drug Addict to Jail is a Failure

November 17, 2017

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The best way to combat the opioid epidemic that has plagued the nation for the past several years is to remove the stigma of addiction and get people the help they need rather than put them in jail.

That was the theme of the message delivered by Putnam County District Attorney Robert Tendy when he came before the Town Board last week to discuss the topic.

“I am not ...

Town Board Denies Fire Department Funding Increase

November 22, 2017

MAHOPAC, N.Y.-- The Town Board unanimously passed their 2018 budget at the Nov. 15 meeting, but the $44.2 million spending package, which calls for a zero percent increase in the tax rate, did not include a $200,000 contract increase requested by the Mahopac Volunteer Fire Department (MVFD).
 

MFVD officials went before the Town Board earlier this month to ask for the increase, ...

Tendy: Sending a Drug Addict to Jail is a Failure

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The best way to combat the opioid epidemic that has plagued the nation for the past several years is to remove the stigma of addiction and get people the help they need rather than put them in jail.

That was the theme of the message delivered by Putnam County District Attorney Robert Tendy when he came before the Town Board last week to discuss the topic.

“I am not ...

Sheriff Smith Concedes Election - Langley Wins

CARMEL, N.Y. - Sheriff Don Smith has officially conceded the election to his challenger Robert Langley.

In a statement issued late Tuesday night (Nov. 14) after most of the absentee ballots were counted, Smith, who ran on the Republican ticket, issued a statement congratulating Langley.

“Mr. Langley will be the next Sheriff of Putnam County and I wish him well,” Smith said.

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My sister used to make fun of me because I didn’t do the Facebook thing. 

It took me a long time to even go through the machinations of setting up an account—and I can’t recall the reasons I finally did it—and then once I did, I rarely used it. My sister said that made me a “creeper”—someone who furtively hangs out on the periphery of Facebook ...

The Meaning of the Election Results

There are no national implications from last Tuesday’s election results. Yet, there was our very own senator, Chuck Schumer, saying, “This was a profound election result. This was the rejection of Donald Trump personally, and this was the rejection of Donald Trump’s policies. This was a full-fledged and total rejection of Donald Trump.” 

What else is he gonna say? ...

Get Your Gig On

It’s understandable that when people see empty storefronts, they infer it’s the mark of economic malaise. It is not. What’s not taken into account by jumping to that conclusion is that times change, marketplace dynamics change, shopping habits change.

Consumers are spending money, all right, just in different places and in different ways. A storefront that made sense in past ...

One More Doggone Diet

“I caught the dog looking at himself in the full-length mirror today,” I said to my husband. “I think he’s feeling a little self-conscious about his thighs. And he’s worried about putting on weight over the holidays.”

“The dog is worried?” my husband asked.

“Yes, he's noticed that he’s put on a few pounds since Halloween and he ...

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A Belated, Heartfelt Thank You

November 21, 2017

To the editor,
It is a dirty job, but someone has to do it! 

Yes, we are talking about all the litter on the sides of the roads in Somers. Litter clean-up is a never-ending job, but thanks to the dedicated residents and businesses of Somers, the task gets easier and easier each year.

The Somers Litter Task Force would like to extend a heartfelt “thank you” to all Somers ...