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Back-to-Back: Mahopac Claims Section Crown

February 23, 2017

CARMEL, N.Y.— Mahopac’s varsity gymnastics team has had plenty of success this season and the Section 1 Championship on Feb. 14 at Carmel High School was no different.

A top-shelf Indian team took home the Section 1 team title for the second-straight season by scoring a total of 167.375 points to beat out both Lakeland/Panas (166.85) and Wappingers.

“At this point in the ...

Semenetz Receives Wild Card Berth

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— After placing third at sectionals in the 99-pound division, Garrett Semenetz had to leave it up to the Section 1 committee to decide whether his wrestling career was over.

It turns out the senior will get to compete in one last tournament as he was selected as a wild card for the Section 1 team and will compete at the New York State championships, which take place Feb.

Mahopac Routs Lakeland/Panas in Playoffs

BREWSTER, N.Y.— After speeding into the postseason on a three-game winning streak, the pieces continued to click for the Mahopac Indians in their 8-0 shutout of No. 11-seeded Lakeland/Panas in the first round of the Division 1 sectionals on Sunday, Feb. 19, at Brewster Ice Arena.

Sixth-seeded Mahopac sat in the driver’s seat from start to finish, as junior forward Gianfranco Pulice ...

Mahopac Student Musicians Hit the Right Note

February 24, 2017

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— On Saturday, Feb. 11, band members from across the Mahopac School District took part in its second annual Band-O-Rama Day. Over 400 band students representing all the schools in the district came together to perform a concert for family and friends.

The groups that performed that day included students from the fourth-grade level all the way up through the 12th grade. Each ...

‘Art of the Heart’ Exhibit Opens at Mahopac Library

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— “Art of the Heart,” the current theme show installed in the Third Floor Gallery at Mahopac Public Library, presents a range of artwork created by 36 local and regional artists.  A riff on the theme of hearts, the paintings, collages, prints and mixed media works in this show offer a look at the season of love. 

“Art of the Heart” will ...

Local Businesspeople Honored by Mahopac-Carmel Chamber

February 20, 2017

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— When you make an impact on the community it is remembered by your peers.  Thomas O’Leary, owner of The UPS Store in Mahopac, Michael Bothe and William Fitzgerald, co-owners of Mahopac Flower Shop, and Robert DeLucia, owner of Local Boys Junk Removal, were honored by The Greater Mahopac-Carmel Chamber of Commerce at its annual Business Person of the Year Dinner, ...

Ride-Hailing Bill Passes through Senate

ALBANY, N.Y.— A bill that would allow Uber, Lyft and other ride-hailing services to operate in the Hudson Valley passed through the New York State Senate last week.

The senate bill, approved 55-5, would amend various state laws and create a task force to establish, regulate and provide proper insurance for transportation network companies and drivers. Currently, these companies are only ...

Avoid These Common Estate and Elder Law Planning Mistakes

Formulating an estate and long-term care plan is an important step toward financial security, and yet many people fail to have even the most basic plan and advanced directives in place.

One potential hurdle is a fear of putting together a poor plan. Having a basic understanding of these common mistakes can help reduce the risk of making some unfortunate errors. The following are examples of ...

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!

February 19, 2017

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— The area finally had its first significant snowfall of the year, giving kids a day off from school and closing several businesses.

EnerShe Fitness Celebrates Grand Opening

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Surrounded by family, friends and employees, Mahopac resident Karly Schneider celebrated the grand opening on Sunday morning of her new women's-only fitness club, EnerShe Fitness.

The gym, located at 989 Route 6 in Mahopac, in the K-Mart Shopping Center, is a state-of-the-art fitness center founded on the principal of helping women, both young and mature alike, to ...

A Little Wizardry Comes to Mahopac

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— The Harlem Wizards’ high-flying interactive basketball act will come to Mahopac High School on Thursday, Feb. 23, to help raise funds for the girls basketball program. The Wizards will take on a team of teachers and principals and hijinks are guaranteed to ensue.

Last Thursday, Feb. 2, a representative from the Wizards—Seth Franco, aka Mr. Hip—came to the ...

Mahopac Student Musicians Hit the Right Note

February 24, 2017

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— On Saturday, Feb. 11, band members from across the Mahopac School District took part in its second annual Band-O-Rama Day. Over 400 band students representing all the schools in the district came together to perform a concert for family and friends.

The groups that performed that day included students from the fourth-grade level all the way up through the 12th grade. Each ...

District Aims to Have New MHS Principal by July

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— The search for a new Mahopac High School principal took a step forward last week when the school district held a community forum to learn what qualifications and leadership qualities residents believe the candidate should have.

The forum, held at the high school’s library Thursday, Feb. 16, was led by Lynn Allen and John McCarthy, both assistant superintendents for ...

Future Scientists, Artists Shine at S.T.E.A.M. Fair

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— Last week, the Mahopac School District held its second annual S.T.E.A.M. Fair at Mahopac Middle School. S.T.E.A.M. is the acronym for science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics.

S.T.E.A.M. is the integration of these disciplines that allows students to develop the ability to think outside the box and to use their knowledge and skills from these multiple areas ...

Lawsuit Seeks to Overturn ZBA Decisions

February 24, 2017

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— An Article 78 lawsuit has been filed against a local developer and the Carmel Zoning Board of Appeals demanding that a series of variances issued for a mixed-used project that would include retail space and a housing development on the Mahopac-Somers border be annulled.

An Article 78 is part of the state’s Civil Practice Law and Rules, which allows citizens to ...

Ride-Hailing Bill Passes through Senate

ALBANY, N.Y.— A bill that would allow Uber, Lyft and other ride-hailing services to operate in the Hudson Valley passed through the New York State Senate last week.

The senate bill, approved 55-5, would amend various state laws and create a task force to establish, regulate and provide proper insurance for transportation network companies and drivers. Currently, these companies are only ...

Town to Bring Water-Billing Methods into 21st Century

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— Homeowners in Carmel/Mahopac will no longer have to go into their basements or crawl spaces to read their water meters and then send the numbers via postcard back to town hall.

At last week’s Town Board meeting, Supervisor Ken Schmitt announced that the town is about to undertake a project that will switch out all the old-style water meters currently found in homes ...

EnerShe Fitness Celebrates Grand Opening

February 12, 2017

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Surrounded by family, friends and employees, Mahopac resident Karly Schneider celebrated the grand opening on Sunday morning of her new women's-only fitness club, EnerShe Fitness.

The gym, located at 989 Route 6 in Mahopac, in the K-Mart Shopping Center, is a state-of-the-art fitness center founded on the principal of helping women, both young and mature alike, to ...

O’Keefe Pleads Guilty to Criminally Negligent Homicide

February 23, 2017

CARMEL, N.Y. - Former Carmel police officer Richard O’Keefe pleaded guilty in Putnam County Court Wednesday, Feb. 22, to criminally negligent homicide, a class E felony. O’Keefe had been involved in a car accident on Nov. 14, 2015, that took the life of Fran Ghelarducci, a 54-year-old mother of three and a teacher's aide at Primrose Elementary School in Somers.

O’Keefe ...

Mahopac Couple Charged with Passing Drugs during Jail Visit

February 11, 2017

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— A Mahopac couple is facing myriad felony drug charges after police said one of them tried to deliver contraband to their partner who was incarcerated at the Putnam County Correctional Facility in Carmel.

Police said that on the morning of Jan. 12, in the visitation room of the jail facility, a correction officer observed suspicious contact between a male inmate and a woman ...

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More Lies Exposed

If you actually take time to do the research, it is amazing what you will find. I have been telling you for 10 years that this man-made global cooling—no, make that man-made global warming; no, make that climate change science—is a hoax meant to take control of our lives and give it to government.

The first red flag was that they kept changing the name. Second red flag: they kept ...

Feeding the Swamp He Promised to Drain

Donald Trump signed an executive order in the Oval Office this month calling for review of the Obama administration’s landmark retirement savings “fiduciary” rule.  Shortly after, a fellow I worked with a number of years ago, who follows my column, emailed me this story: 

“Back in the early ‘80s, my wife and I were teachers in the city. I worked at a ...

Cashing Out

There’s a vintage gag sign that shopkeepers with a sense of humor used to post that read, “In God We Trust. All Others Pay Cash.” Not anymore.

In my car console, I keep a baggie of quarters to feed parking meters, and a separate baggie of dimes, nickels and pennies that I grab by the handful if I’m going into a store where I will pay cash. Yet I often forget to grab the ...

Rip Van Doesn’t Sleep a Winkle

There was a time when I was a world-class sleeper. I would go to bed at midnight and I wouldn’t emerge from my darkened cave until noon the next day. Alarms couldn’t wake me up.  Firetrucks couldn’t wake me up. If there were an Olympic event for sleeping, I would have won a gold. I am sleep woman. Here me snore.

That was all, of course, before I became a mom. Once the ...

Upcoming Events

Fri, February 24, 6:00 PM

Italian American Club, Mahopac

Mardi Gras Masquerade Designer Bag Bingo

Community Calendar Sports

Sun, February 26, 2:00 PM

Italian American Club, Mahopac

Putnam County’s Got Talent

Arts & Entertainment Giving Back

Sun, February 26, 2:00 PM

Peekskill Museum, Peekskill

Baseball in Black & White   

Education Sports

How to Adapt Your Home to Support a Learning Disabled Child

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 center on such concerns as how to handle homework dilemmas or what questions to ask at a CSE meeting. Questions can range from “How best do parents advocate for their ...

Somers Business Joins Smart Home Market

February 14, 2017

Jilco Window Corp. of the Somers hamlet of Granite Springs has announced that part of their product line will now include PowerView motorization.

Hunter Douglas is helping homes achieve a higher level of intelligence with the industry’s most innovative collection of custom window treatments, digitally programmed to automatically raise, lower, tilt and traverse exactly how and when you ...