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Indians Fall to Carmel in Bryan Higgins Trophy Game

October 16, 2018

CARMEL, N.Y. - Carmel High School scored a touchdown on its first offensive play of last week’s annual Bryan Higgins Trophy game, forcing Mahopac to chase the Rams all Friday night in what turned out to be a 34–21 loss.

The host Rams scored twice early, putting Mahopac in a 13-point hole that set the tone and ended up being the difference in the game.

Carmel’s Sam Duke ...

Mahopac High Athletes Get Psyched!

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Mahopac High School held its annual pep rally Sept. 28, coinciding with its Homecoming football game, in which the Indians defeated Ramapo, 42-6. Members of the fall sports teams, the marching band, and the cheerleaders got together and ignited the school spirit of the student body.

Nicholas Leone Has a Heart Like a Wheel

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Nicholas Leone was born with racing in his blood. Since he was 2 years old, he’s had the need for speed.

Leone, 19, grew up in Mahopac and graduated from Lakeland High School in 2016. Coming from a “very Italian family,” Leone’s father and uncle seamlessly passed their passion for Formula 1 racing onto the young boy, indelibly stamping it on his ...

Art Exhibit Inspired by ‘Frankenstein’ Novel Comes to Library

October 16, 2018

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - In honor of the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein,” Mahopac Public Library sent out a call for entries for an exhibit entitled, “MASKS: Images of Ritual, Images of Disguise.” The work received for the show by local and regional artists explores the theme through painting, ceramics, photography, and mixed media; the ...

Green's Natural Foods Coming to Baldwin Place

October 21, 2018

SOMERS, N.Y.  Green's Natural Foods, a health food chain, plans to open a new store in early 2019 in the Crossroads Shopping Center in Baldwin Place, Somers.

This location comes in addition to a store at 12 Triangle Center, Yorktown Heights, and the business, which has rebranded itself from Mrs. Green’s, said it plans to expand beyond Somers as well.

"The business is ...

Can Medicaid Take my Home and Life Savings?

On a regular basis, clients express their fear that if they ever go into a nursing home and/or need long-term care, the Medicaid program will take their home and life savings. 
While it is prudent to be concerned as to what will occur if you or a family member needs long-term care, Medicaid does not seize the Medicaid recipient’s home, its contents and his or her life savings upon ...

Two Cell Towers Planned for Mahopac

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The Planning Board is entertaining two site-plan applications for cell towers in Mahopac—one on Dixon Road near McDonough Park, the other on Croton Falls Road—which Verizon says are needed to fill in coverage gaps.

Homeland Towers will build the towers for Verizon but other providers will also be allowed to rent space on the structures. Representatives from Homeland ...

Get Your Motors Runnin'! K of C Holds Annual Car Show

October 19, 2018

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The Mahopac Knights of Columbus Father Mooney Council 5743 held its annual car show on Sunday, Oct. 7, in the parking lot of Arturo's Tavern. The show featured classic cars, muscle cars, hot rods, lowriders, antiques, trucks and more. The K of C's Bob Olszewski, who chaired the event, said nearly 100 cars were on display - a record for the fledgling show. He said that ...

Two Cell Towers Planned for Mahopac

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The Planning Board is entertaining two site-plan applications for cell towers in Mahopac—one on Dixon Road near McDonough Park, the other on Croton Falls Road—which Verizon says are needed to fill in coverage gaps.

Homeland Towers will build the towers for Verizon but other providers will also be allowed to rent space on the structures. Representatives from Homeland ...

Lake Mahopac Weed Problem Worst in Two Decades

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The growing weed menace in Lake Mahopac is the worst it’s been in more than two decades and the Lake Mahopac Park District Advisory Board is trying to convince the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to be proactive on the matter before the problem gets any worse.

The weeds make swimming in the lake unpleasant, if not impossible, and can damage boat ...

Austin Road Students Show Their True Colors!

October 17, 2018

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The second annual Color-a-Thon, hosted by MSA Cheerleading, was held last month at Austin Road Elementary School. Students paid an entry fee to enter the race, in which coaches and parents dusted them with colored powder at various intervals throughout the course. The runners also gained donations via pledges. Proceeds benefited the MSA cheerleading squads and the kids had a ...

Mahopac High Athletes Get Psyched!

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Mahopac High School held its annual pep rally Sept. 28, coinciding with its Homecoming football game, in which the Indians defeated Ramapo, 42-6. Members of the fall sports teams, the marching band, and the cheerleaders got together and ignited the school spirit of the student body.

Mahopac Students ‘Start with Hello’

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Along with thousands of schools and youth organizations across the country, the Mahopac Central School District schools resolved to “Start with Hello” last week.  As an outcome the Sandy Hook school shooting tragedy, “Start with Hello” Week, Sept. 24-28, was conceived by the not-for-profit Sandy Hook Promise knowing that, in every school and in every ...

Putnam Dems Hold ‘Blue Wave’ Fundraiser

October 7, 2018

MAHOPAC, N.Y. -  More than 100 Putnam County Democrats gathered together at the Mahopac Golf and Beach Club for a “Blue Wave” fundraiser on Thursday, Sept. 27, to raise money and rally support for the party’s slate of candidates.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo was originally scheduled to attend the event but had a conflicting obligation. His fill-in was Geoff Berman, state Democratic ...

Get Your Motors Runnin'! K of C Holds Annual Car Show

October 19, 2018

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The Mahopac Knights of Columbus Father Mooney Council 5743 held its annual car show on Sunday, Oct. 7, in the parking lot of Arturo's Tavern. The show featured classic cars, muscle cars, hot rods, lowriders, antiques, trucks and more. The K of C's Bob Olszewski, who chaired the event, said nearly 100 cars were on display - a record for the fledgling show. He said that ...

Austin Road Students Show Their True Colors!

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The second annual Color-a-Thon, hosted by MSA Cheerleading, was held last month at Austin Road Elementary School. Students paid an entry fee to enter the race, in which coaches and parents dusted them with colored powder at various intervals throughout the course. The runners also gained donations via pledges. Proceeds benefited the MSA cheerleading squads and the kids had a ...

Mahopac’s Ryan Finch Honored by United Way

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - United Way of Westchester and Putnam’s Emerging Leaders Alliance is honored the efforts of Ryan Finch, a Mahopac resident, at its United We Rock event, held on Thursday, Sept. 20 at the Whitby Castle in Rye Finch is one of five recipients of the United Way’s Rock Star Award, which recognizes young professionals who are active for the good of their ...

County Budget Stays Under Tax Cap for Seventh Year

October 20, 2018

MAHOPAC, N.Y, - For the seventh year in a row, the Putnam County budget remains under the state-imposed tax-levy cap—2 percent this year; however, taxpayers with a home assessed at $277,000 will see a $24 hike in their tax bill. Last year, the same assessment saw a $22 increase.

Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell this month revealed her proposed 2019 budget, which calls for a net ...

Two Cell Towers Planned for Mahopac

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The Planning Board is entertaining two site-plan applications for cell towers in Mahopac—one on Dixon Road near McDonough Park, the other on Croton Falls Road—which Verizon says are needed to fill in coverage gaps.

Homeland Towers will build the towers for Verizon but other providers will also be allowed to rent space on the structures. Representatives from Homeland ...

Lake Mahopac Weed Problem Worst in Two Decades

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The growing weed menace in Lake Mahopac is the worst it’s been in more than two decades and the Lake Mahopac Park District Advisory Board is trying to convince the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to be proactive on the matter before the problem gets any worse.

The weeds make swimming in the lake unpleasant, if not impossible, and can damage boat ...

Green's Natural Foods Coming to Baldwin Place

October 21, 2018

SOMERS, N.Y.  Green's Natural Foods, a health food chain, plans to open a new store in early 2019 in the Crossroads Shopping Center in Baldwin Place, Somers.

This location comes in addition to a store at 12 Triangle Center, Yorktown Heights, and the business, which has rebranded itself from Mrs. Green’s, said it plans to expand beyond Somers as well.

"The business is ...

Can Medicaid Take my Home and Life Savings?

On a regular basis, clients express their fear that if they ever go into a nursing home and/or need long-term care, the Medicaid program will take their home and life savings. 
While it is prudent to be concerned as to what will occur if you or a family member needs long-term care, Medicaid does not seize the Medicaid recipient’s home, its contents and his or her life savings upon ...

Lake Mahopac Weed Problem Worst in Two Decades

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The growing weed menace in Lake Mahopac is the worst it’s been in more than two decades and the Lake Mahopac Park District Advisory Board is trying to convince the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to be proactive on the matter before the problem gets any worse.

The weeds make swimming in the lake unpleasant, if not impossible, and can damage boat ...

New Visions Kitchen and Baths Builds Dreams

October 17, 2018

RIVERDALE, N.Y. - Rose and Jim Paciullo know their way around a home remodel. And they have the resume to prove it.

The couple owns New Visions Kitchen and Baths, and while their showroom is located on Mosholu Avenue in Riverdale, they draw customers throughout Westchester and Putnam counties.

“People are always traveling to shop, and our showroom location has never been a ...

Can Medicaid Take my Home and Life Savings?

October 19, 2018

On a regular basis, clients express their fear that if they ever go into a nursing home and/or need long-term care, the Medicaid program will take their home and life savings. 
While it is prudent to be concerned as to what will occur if you or a family member needs long-term care, Medicaid does not seize the Medicaid recipient’s home, its contents and his or her life savings upon ...

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The Maddening Views of Trump Republicans

Donald J. Trump is the embodiment of the Republican Party.

Though not all Republicans are racist, too many tolerate and indulge Trump’s blatantly bigoted and hateful views.

Though not all Republicans are misogynists, too many disregard Trump’s seedy past and turn a blind eye towards his serial exploitation and ill-treatment of women.

Though not all Republicans are xenophobic, ...

Applauding a New Theater in New Paltz

People, people who need people, are the luckiest people in the world.

Imagine Barbara Streisand’s signature song, “People,” turned on its side.

Is it so much luck as it is necessity to need people? Things that are necessary can get the better of us. We mean well, sure, but we still can make questionable choices that come back to bite us. We can tear into, with feral ...

At 100, the Doctor Is in… Great Shape!

 

When Dr. Mack Scharmett was 50 years old, gas was 34 cents a gallon. An average car cost $3,000.

When he was 20 years old, an average house cost $3,900.

When the good doctor was 10 years old, the yo-yo was introduced. So was “Steamboat Willie,” a short film that marked the debut of cartoon character Mickey Mouse.

Born in the final year of World War I, Dr.

Like a Kid in a Candy Store

When my kids were little, I think the only person who got more excited about Halloween than them, was me.  The only issue was that Halloween was supposed to be for kids, not for their candy-lovin’ mamas who supposedly had the maturity of a more sophisticated palate that was better suited to dark chocolate truffles and lemon squares.  But the truth of the matter is, my palate never ...

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The Passing of a Mahopac Son

October 8, 2018

Giovanni “John” Gaetano Boniello

(January 10, 1928-October 3, 2018)

John Boniello, 90, passed away Wednesday, October 3, 2018, at 8:04pm, surrounded by family, at his home.

He was born on January 10, 1928, in Eastchester, New York, the son of Gaetano and Rosina (Serino) Boniello. He was raised on a large family farm in Mahopac on Route 6N, with his 4 brothers and 2 ...