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Playlist: Varsity Athletes Pick Workout Songs

June 4, 2020

HUDSON VALLEY, N.Y. - Are you struggling to motivate yourself and go that extra mile? 

Student-athletes in Halston Media’s coverage area—John Jay, Lakeland, Mahopac, North Salem, Somers and Yorktown—have created a playlist of songs to pump you up.

We reached out to dozens of student-athletes, who each shared a song that gives them extra inspiration either during a ...

Athlete Spotlight: Christopher Lorusso, Kennedy Lacrosse/Football

SOMERS, N.Y. – Christopher Lorusso is no stranger to adversity.

As a sophomore, during his first game as a football player at Kennedy Catholic High School, he broke his femur.

He wouldn’t step foot on the gridiron again until his senior year, when he played strong safety and linebacker, and helped lead Kennedy to the New York Catholic High School Football League Class A ...

Softball: Mahopac's Shannon Becker Named Gatorade Player of the Year

MAHOPAC, N.Y. – Even in a canceled season, Shannon Becker’s dominance is hard to ignore.

The junior softball superstar, committed to the University of Notre Dame, has been named New York State’s Softball Player of the Year by Gatorade. The prominent award, first given 35 years ago, recognizes the best high-school athletes in the country. 

She shares the award ...

Harvey Honors Class of 2020 with Campus Parade

June 5, 2020

They say everyone loves a parade, so to do something special for this year’s seniors, The Harvey School in Katonah celebrated the graduation June 4 of the 67 members of the Class of 2020 with a commencement car parade on campus.

Responding to ideas from leaders of the senior class, the school hosted a parade of cars, each decorated in colorful ways and filled with a graduate and ...

MHS Commencement to Honor Late Class Member

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - When commencement ceremonies are held later this month, Mahopac High School will honor the memory of Jake Santoriella, a Class of 2020 member who lost his life to leukemia two years ago.

Jake Santoriella’s twin brother, Chase, had approached school officials with the idea of reading his brother’s name along with other 2020 graduates during the ceremony, but several ...

Supply Issue Delays Mailing of School Budget Ballots

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - In a letter to district residents, School Superintendent Anthony DiCarlo announced that the district’s vendor experienced a supply issue delaying the delivery of paper ballots for the school budget, library budget and school board candidate votes..

DiCarlo wrote, “The District contracted with NTS to print and mail its absentee ballots. On Friday, May 29, we were ...

Mahopac Commemorates Memorial Day

June 5, 2020

MAHOPAC, NY. - Memorial Day was very different this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic but was nonetheless respectfully observed by VFW 5491, American Legion 1080, and a small group of elected officials and firemen.  

It began, without a parade, but with a service held at Memorial Circle.  VFW Commander Chris Long opened the ceremony and acted as master of ceremonies. Afterward, ...

Police Investigating String of Larcenies in Mahopac

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Carmel police are investigating a series of larcenies that took place in several Mahopac neighborhoods in the early morning hours of Thursday, June 4, including a stolen car.

Chief Mike Cazzari said that the car was stolen from the Lake Casse area where thieves also stole money, a credit card, and other items from at least six unlocked cars parked in driveways. Similar ...

Proposed Mahopac Library Budget Remains Flat

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The proposed 2020-21 Mahopac Public Library budget calls for a zero percent increase in taxes and remains under the state-mandated tax cap.

Mahopac School District residents will be able to vote on the library budget and the board of trustees candidates by mail this week, along with the school budget and Board of Education candidates.

The library budget reflects an ...

Proposed Mahopac Library Budget Remains Flat

June 2, 2020

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The proposed 2020-21 Mahopac Public Library budget calls for a zero percent increase in taxes and remains under the state-mandated tax cap.

Mahopac School District residents will be able to vote on the library budget and the board of trustees candidates by mail this week, along with the school budget and Board of Education candidates.

The library budget reflects an ...

Supply Issue Delays Mailing of School Budget Ballots

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - In a letter to district residents, School Superintendent Anthony DiCarlo announced that the district’s vendor experienced a supply issue delaying the delivery of paper ballots for the school budget, library budget and school board candidate votes..

DiCarlo wrote, “The District contracted with NTS to print and mail its absentee ballots. On Friday, May 29, we were ...

State Audit Critical of Town’s Purchasing Policies

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - An audit of the town’s procurement policy by the state comptroller’s office last month found that the policy “does not provide a clear method for procuring professional services” and recommended that the town revise it. Albany’s fiscal watchdogs generally recommend competitive bidding as a good way for local governments to obtain goods and services at ...

Proposed Mahopac Library Budget Remains Flat

June 2, 2020

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The proposed 2020-21 Mahopac Public Library budget calls for a zero percent increase in taxes and remains under the state-mandated tax cap.

Mahopac School District residents will be able to vote on the library budget and the board of trustees candidates by mail this week, along with the school budget and Board of Education candidates.

The library budget reflects an ...

Police Investigating String of Larcenies in Mahopac

June 4, 2020

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Carmel police are investigating a series of larcenies that took place in several Mahopac neighborhoods in the early morning hours of Thursday, June 4, including a stolen car.

Chief Mike Cazzari said that the car was stolen from the Lake Casse area where thieves also stole money, a credit card, and other items from at least six unlocked cars parked in driveways. Similar ...

Mahopac Businesses Adapt, Evolve During the Pandemic

May 22, 2020

MAHOPAC, N.Y. As we enter the third month of quarantine in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, businesses throughout Mahopac and Carmel continue to adapt and evolve in an effort to stay afloat.

Some have reinvented themselves, producing new products and services; others have found new ways of conducting business; and still others have ratcheted up their safety precautions and ...

County Seeks Volunteer Contact Tracers

May 26, 2020

CARMEL, N.Y. - As the county enters Phase 1 of reopening, the Putnam County Business Council (PCBC) Reopen Putnam County Safely task force announced a call for volunteer contact tracers to help ensure the continuation of the Mid-Hudson region’s reopening eligibility through Phases 2, 3, and 4.

Contact tracers identify infected individuals based on test results, obtained by city and state ...

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Virtual Symposium: Race Amity of Northern Westchester & Putnam 2020 Race Amity Symposium

June 1, 2020

Virtual Symposium: Race Amity of Northern Westchester & Putnam 2020 Race Amity Symposium
June 13 & 14 (See schedule for times)

Race Amity of Northern Westchester & Putnam is happy to invite you to join us for the 2020 Race Amity Symposium on June 13th and 14th. For the past two years, RANWP celebrated Race Amity Day here at the Somers Library.  This year, we will join ...