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Indians Rout Rival Carmel Rams

September 21, 2017

CARMEL, N.Y.— An experienced Mahopac girls soccer team has an ultimate goal of attaining a Section 1 title and the Indians seem very much in the hunt.

Mahopac roasted arch-rival Carmel, 7-0, on a muggy Saturday, Sept. 16, at Carmel High.

Leading the way were the young shooters, as sensational sophomore Carly Steinberg knocked home three goals and emerging sophomore forward Grace ...

Mahopac’s Second-Half Rally Falls Short

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— Momentum was on Mahopac’s side and the Indians were set up to engineer a game-winning drive against arch-rival Carmel on Sept. 16.

It wasn’t meant to be, however, as the Rams held on for a 15-14 win to improve to 3-0 and hand the Indians their first loss. Carmel also defeated Mahopac for the third-straight season and kept a firm grasp on the Bryan Higgins ...

Indian Comeback Falls Short vs. Huskers

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y.— After falling in the section final twice in the previous three years, Yorktown’s boys soccer squad entered 2017 laser-focused on its ultimate goal. 

“We just want to finally win that one section title and then even beyond,” senior forward Besim Bucpapa said.

Based on last Wednesday’s 3-1 win over visiting Mahopac, the Huskers ...

Chamber Names New Executive Director

September 21, 2017

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— The Greater Mahopac/Carmel Chamber of Commerce has named Michael Celestino as its new CEO/executive director.

Celestino, a long-time Mahopac resident and 1974 MHS grad, took the helm on Sept. 11.

He replaces Erin Meagher, who was fired from the position in March after she was caught using a chamber debit card to make more than $3,000 in unauthorized personal purchases.

Mahopac-Carmel Chamber Launches Hurricane Relief Effort

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The Greater Mahopac-Carmel Chamber of Commerce is leading the charge in Putnam County to help relief efforts in the aftermath of Florida’s Hurricane Irma by organizing a donation drive.

“Robert DeLucia, a chamber board member who will be helping in the recovery effort in Florida, approached the board of directors with the idea of doing a donation drive to help those ...

Lightning in a Bottle

September 18, 2017

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - On Tuesday evening, Sept. 5, when violent thunderstorms passed through Mahopac, Kaitlyn Carey stepped out on the balcony of her White Sail condo on Marina Drive to get a front-row seat of the action.

 “As a child, I was terrified of thunder and lightning,” Carey said. “My parents used to tell me that thunder was my grandpa bowling strikes in heaven.

Mahopac TYathlon Raises $40K to Fight Childhood Cancers

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Athletes from all over the region converged upon Mahopac Saturday, Sept. 9, to raise money for a cause. 
The event was the “TYathlon” – which combined swimming, running, and biking in a grueling competition. More than $40,000 was raised for the Ty Louis Campbell Foundation, a nonprofit organization that funds research and clinical trials specifically geared ...

Candlelight Memorial Comes to Chamber Park

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - When Nicholas Privitera died at age 23 of an accidental heroin overdose on Feb. 8, 2015, his mother, Lauren, was determined that his death would not be just another statistic in the growing opioid epidemic that has been sweeping the country.

After more than a year in mourning, Privitera, a Mahopac resident, set out to create an event that would bring overdose victims’ ...

‘This is My Fire Department Now’

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— Not many of us get to have two families, but longtime Mahopac resident Davey Jean Beska does.

Beska, 89, and her late husband, Dick, had five children—three girls, two boys. But Beska also considers the members of the Mahopac Falls Volunteer Fire Department (MFVFD), both past and present, her family as well.

“We are truly like one,” Beska said of the ...

Oh, The Places We Will Go!

September 19, 2017

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The Mahopac Central School District officially kicked off its first day of the 2017-18 school year on Wednesday, Sept. 6. We asked proud parents to submit photos of their kids getting ready for the special day and the response was overwhelming...and sometimes humorous. Check out the photo slideshow!

Mahopac Kindergartners All Scream for Ice Cream

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— Incoming kindergartners recently got a taste of what school life will be life when Lakeview, Austin Road and Fulmar Road elementary schools held ice cream socials/orientations to introduce the young students to their teachers. Fulmar Elementary held its ice cream social back in June, while Austin Road and Fulmar Road held theirs last week. The kids were not only treated to ...

District’s Capital Improvement Projects Ready for Next Step

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— Capital improvement projects that will provide energy-efficiency improvements throughout the Mahopac School District and new roofs for three of its buildings is finally moving forward.

The nearly $8 million plan was originally voted down by voters last year, but it was overwhelmingly approved by voters in May during the budget vote and school board election. School ...

Sayegh Defeats LoBue in GOP County Legislature Primary

September 13, 2017

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Challenger Amy Sayegh handily defeated incumbent Dini LoBue in the Republican primary race for County Legislature’s 8th District seat (Mahopac/Mahopac Falls) on Tuesday (Sept. 12).

With no Democratic challenger in the November general election, Sayegh, who also has the endorsements of the Independent, Conservative and Reform parties, now has a clear path to the ...

Barile, McDonough Win Republican Primary

CARMEL, N.Y. - Challenger Mike Barile was the top vote-getter in Tuesday’s Republican primary as he and incumbent Councilwoman Suzi McDonough won the contest and the opportunity to be on the ballot in the general election this fall where they will face Democrat Judie Mirra for two open seats on the Town Board.

Barile, who had the endorsement of both the Republican Party and the ...

Mahopac, Somers Team Up to Aid Harvey Victims

September 22, 2017

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— Longtime rivals on the basketball court joined hands this month to help the flood-ravaged victims of Hurricane Harvey.

It started with a tweet from the men’s basketball coach at the University of Houston to college coaches, urgently appealing for T-shirts and sneakers. It finished this week with hundreds of shirts, addressed to Houston and shipped with best wishes ...

Mahopac TYathlon Raises $40K to Fight Childhood Cancers

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Athletes from all over the region converged upon Mahopac Saturday, Sept. 9, to raise money for a cause. 
The event was the “TYathlon” – which combined swimming, running, and biking in a grueling competition. More than $40,000 was raised for the Ty Louis Campbell Foundation, a nonprofit organization that funds research and clinical trials specifically geared ...

Candlelight Memorial Comes to Chamber Park

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - When Nicholas Privitera died at age 23 of an accidental heroin overdose on Feb. 8, 2015, his mother, Lauren, was determined that his death would not be just another statistic in the growing opioid epidemic that has been sweeping the country.

After more than a year in mourning, Privitera, a Mahopac resident, set out to create an event that would bring overdose victims’ ...

Town Looks to Improve Business District Parking

September 20, 2017

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— As any Mahopac resident who likes to patronize the businesses along South Lake Boulevard (Route 6N) knows, parking there can be a challenge.

The Town Board is hoping to remedy the issue and has hired a parking consulting firm to study the problem and make recommendations as to the best place to construct a parking facility and how it should be managed.

The board has ...

Rt. 6N Biz District Improvement Project Gets Green Light

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - A project that has been several years in the making is finally ready to break ground as the town of Carmel will move forward next month with sidewalk and lighting renovations in the Mahopac business district along Route 6N (South Lake Boulevard).

At its meeting last week, the Town Board rendered a negative impact declaration in the State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) ...

Chamber to Town Board: New Master Plan Needed Now

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The Greater Mahopac-Carmel Chamber of Commerce is calling on the Town Board to develop a new community-wide master plan and have it place by 2020. The group wants town officials to immediately initiate a series of public discussions on the matter and form a task force to get the project underway.

Thom Ianniccari, a co-chair of the chamber’s recently formed Legislative ...

Candlelight Memorial Comes to Chamber Park

September 15, 2017

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - When Nicholas Privitera died at age 23 of an accidental heroin overdose on Feb. 8, 2015, his mother, Lauren, was determined that his death would not be just another statistic in the growing opioid epidemic that has been sweeping the country.

After more than a year in mourning, Privitera, a Mahopac resident, set out to create an event that would bring overdose victims’ ...

Mahopac Man Charged With Sexual Assault of a Child

September 13, 2017

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - A Mahopac man faces felony charges after New York State Police say he sexually assaulted a juvenile on several occasions nearly a decade ago.

On Monday, Sept. 11, state police from the Brewster barracks arrested Fernando Cardenas, 54, and charged him with second-degree course of sexual conduct against a child, a class D felony, and endangering the welfare of a child, a class A ...

‘This is My Fire Department Now’

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— Not many of us get to have two families, but longtime Mahopac resident Davey Jean Beska does.

Beska, 89, and her late husband, Dick, had five children—three girls, two boys. But Beska also considers the members of the Mahopac Falls Volunteer Fire Department (MFVFD), both past and present, her family as well.

“We are truly like one,” Beska said of the ...

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The Spreading Fee Infestation

Remember the days when you would go to buy something, the clerk would tell you how much it actually cost and you then would give him that amount of money and be on your way?

You: Yes, I would like to purchase your finest sphallolalia in taupe, please. You don’t have taupe, mauve will suffice.

Clerk: Very well, sir. We do have taupe! That will be 12 and a half dinars. 

You: ...

The Art of the Deal

I have written repeatedly that the media cannot separate Trump from his supporters.  They did not create him, so they, no matter how hard they have tried, cannot take him down. Only Trump can separate himself from his supporters.

Last Thursday I woke up to headlines saying Trump, Schumer and Pelosi have brokered a deal that will enshrine amnesty on the “Dreamers,” promise more ...

The Ruse of Tax Reform

After failing in his quest to repeal Obamacare, Trump and his Republican cronies have switched gears and are now in dogged pursuit of what I consider unconscionable: cutting taxes on both the wealthy and highly prosperous corporations at the expense of the average American.

Trump guaranteed “the biggest tax cut in history,” and the Grand Old Party is eager to help him deliver. It ...

Man of Letters

Author’s Note: Mom + Pop Culture are a couple of real characters. They could be you and me. Or not. Every so often, I eavesdrop on their conversations. Let’s listen in on what they’re saying right now about Pop’s penchant for writing Letters to the Editor…

MOM: Whatcha doin’ there, Pop?

POP: Writin’, Mom.

MOM: Writin’ what?

POP: A ...

A Shampoo by Any Other Name

“What’s in the bag?” I asked my mother as she got into the car. She had just come out of the hair salon and apparently had been talked into buying some high-end hair products.

“New shampoo,” she said with some excitement. “My old shampoo was terrible. It really dried out my hair.”

“What brand were you using?” I asked. She thought for a ...

Upcoming Events

Sat, September 23, 8:00 AM

St. John the Evangelist Church Social Hall, Mahopac

Catholic Daughters Tag Sale

Giving Back Religions And Spirituality

Sun, September 24, 1:30 PM

Villa Barone Hilltop Manor, Mahopac

Columbus Day Dinner Dance

Community Calendar Food & Drink

Mon, September 25, 2:00 PM

Carmel Fire Department, Carmel

Flu Vaccine Clinic

Health & Wellness

Tips to Offer Children with Poor Executive Function Skill

Dana Stahl, a learning specialist and educational consultant, will address educational questions and concerns that parents may have regarding their children’s academic development and progress in school. Topics can center on how to handle homework dilemmas to what questions to ask at a CSE meeting. Questions can range from “How best do parents advocate for their children?” to ...

Board Majority Makes Cowardly Move

September 19, 2017

The action taken by the town board majority, and its subsequent press release lauding its own action, is ethically challenged and nothing more than a distraction from the real issues facing this town.

The board majority, declaring Yorktown not be designated as a Sanctuary City, coincidently coinciding with President Trump’s striking down of DACA, is not just about politics, it’s ...