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Mahopac Boys Hoops Team loses to Hornets in Tourney Opener, Top Bears

December 15, 2018

LAKELAND, N.Y. - The Mahopac varsity boys basketball team picked up its first win of the season Saturday (Dec. 8), defeating Brewster, 62–60, in the consolation round of the Walter Panas tournament.

Reahl Allen had 17 points and Matt McMahon added 15 to lead the Indians.

Mahopac (1-2) hoped to play in the championship game but dropped a tough, 60-57, decision to Lakeland in the Friday ...

Mahopac Indians Skate to Sixth Straight Win

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The Mahopac ice hockey team continued its early season onslaught last week, easily defeating Cortlandt and twice crushing New Rochelle to improve to 6–0 overall.

Sunday night at the Brewster Ice Arena, the Indians, helped by an early major penalty by Cortlandt, steamrolled the merged Lakeland/Hen Hud/Haldane squad, 12-3.

“It was a game we thought we had a good ...

Mahopac Indians Top Beacon, but Fall to Panas in tourney Final

LAKELAND, N.Y. - Mahopac girls picked up their first victory of the basketball season last Thursday, Dec. 6,  beating Beacon, 66–34, in the first round of the Panas tournament.

Unable to finish the deal, however, the Indians fell to the hosting Panthers, 44-38, in Saturday’s tournament championship game.

Caitlyn O’Boyle led the Indians (1-4) with 14 points and Mia ...

Harlem Wizards Spin Their Magic at MHS

December 14, 2018

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The Harlem Wizards came to town Nov. 30 for a fundraising game against Mahopac school faculty. The Wizards brought their unique brand of basketball comedy to MHS to help raise money for the school’s boys and girls basketball programs. The Wizards took time after the game to pose for pictures and sign autographs for the fans.

Vape/Smoke-Shop Moratorium Challenged

December 7, 2018

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - A six-month moratorium on smoke and vape shops imposed by the Town Board back in October is being challenged by a couple who say they began the process of opening their business back in April with no prior knowledge a moratorium would be implemented.

The couple, Nick and Ann Mgeladze, shareholders in Imperial Vape & Smoke Shop, Inc., say they signed a lease for retail space ...

Mahopac Falls FD Kicks Off the Holiday Season

December 15, 2018

MAHOPAC FALLS, N.Y. - The Mahopac Falls Fire Department held its annual tree-lighting festivities Friday, Nov. 30, which featured a visit from St. Nick.

With cookies and refreshments at the ready, people were welcomed to the firehouse off Route 6N with the sound of sirens in the distance meaning that Santa was indeed keeping his promise to stop by. Pulling up on a firetruck, Santa bid hello to ...

Residents Hire Attorney to Fight Cell Tower Plan

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Banding together, some Mahopac residents have hired an attorney to help them prevent a 180-foot cell tower from being erected in their neighborhood.

Danbury-based Homeland Towers has two applications before the Planning Board. One would build a tower on residential property on Dixon Road and a second would build at 254 Croton Falls Road, property owned by Richard ...

Holiday in the Park (and Santa) Comes to Mahopac

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The Greater Mahopac-Carmel Chamber of Commerce held its annual Holiday in the Park celebration at the Chamber Park on Nov. 24. Festivities included caroling, the tree-lighting, menorah lighting, a bouncy house and, of course, a visit from the big guy himself, Santa Claus, who was accompanied by Mrs. Claus. Kids had the opportunity to sit on Santa's lap and share their ...

Travel Channel Star Comes to Austin Road

December 8, 2018

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - While most Austin Road Elementary students get a bit restless and distracted on a grey, cold Monday just before Thanksgiving recess, Mary Jean Cerbini’s fifth-grade class was attentive, inquisitive and focused.  All eyes and ears were on Don Wildman, Travel Channel’s host of the shows, “Mysteries at the Museum,” “Monumental Mysteries” and ...

MHS Teachers Inducted into NYS Master Teacher Program

MAHOPAC, N.Y, - Mahopac High School teachers Michael Mahoney and Elizabeth Stephans, along with 273 other educators from across the state, have been invited to join the New York State Master Teacher Program (NYSMTP) in partnership with the State University of New York and Math for America.

In effort of strengthening the state’s K-12 STEM education, the NYSMTP honors the work of the ...

The Butterfly Effect: Gold Award Project Pays Tribute to Sandy Hook Victim

December 18, 2018

MAHOPAC, N.Y. 0 Since she joined the Girl Scouts back in first grade, Gabrielle Lama has always had her sights set on earning the Gold Award—the highest honor a Girl Scout can obtain.

“I looked up to the other girls and wanted to be like them and have an impact on the community,” she said.

The 16-year-old Mahopac High School junior found a way to do just that. The project ...

Senior Center Raises Funds to Fight Alzheimer’s

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - This fall, the Mahopac Koehler Senior Center held its annual Alzheimer’s Mini-Walk and raised funds to support the campaign against Alzheimer’s. Twenty-four of the center’s seniors participated in the event. The top four fundraisers were Jean Haas, Marie Broughton, Felicia Gruber and Marie Olivier. The center saluted seniors who participated in the walk and ...

Residents Hire Attorney to Fight Cell Tower Plan

December 13, 2018

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Banding together, some Mahopac residents have hired an attorney to help them prevent a 180-foot cell tower from being erected in their neighborhood.

Danbury-based Homeland Towers has two applications before the Planning Board. One would build a tower on residential property on Dixon Road and a second would build at 254 Croton Falls Road, property owned by Richard ...

Vape/Smoke-Shop Moratorium Challenged

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - A six-month moratorium on smoke and vape shops imposed by the Town Board back in October is being challenged by a couple who say they began the process of opening their business back in April with no prior knowledge a moratorium would be implemented.

The couple, Nick and Ann Mgeladze, shareholders in Imperial Vape & Smoke Shop, Inc., say they signed a lease for retail space ...

Town Board Seeks to Revamp Local Wetlands Code

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The town laws regarding wetlands are about to be refreshed.

It’s been some 20 years since the town of Carmel has updated Chapter 89 of the town code, known as Freshwater Wetlands, and officials say its overdue for a makeover because some of the content is outdated and, in some cases, over-reaching.

The Town Board held a public hearing on the proposed rewrite at its ...

Residents Hire Attorney to Fight Cell Tower Plan

December 13, 2018

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Banding together, some Mahopac residents have hired an attorney to help them prevent a 180-foot cell tower from being erected in their neighborhood.

Danbury-based Homeland Towers has two applications before the Planning Board. One would build a tower on residential property on Dixon Road and a second would build at 254 Croton Falls Road, property owned by Richard ...

Pawling Man Gets Jail Time for Stealing from Local Cemeteries

CARMEL, n.Y. - A Pawling man was sentenced last week to 1 1/2 to 4 1/2 years in state prison for stealing money from cemeteries that he worked for, including one in Carmel and two in Mahopac.

Putnam County District Attorney Robert Tendy said Robert Bauer will also have to pay restitution in the amount of $195,850.

Bauer, who had been the superintendent of Raymond Hill Cemetery in the hamlet ...

MFVFD Holds Installation of Officers Dinner/Dance

December 9, 2018

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The Mahopac Falls Volunteer Fire Department recently held its annual installation of officers gala. The event, which was attended by local dignitaries and elected officials, took place at Villa Barone Hilltop Manor and featured a cocktail hour, dinner and dancing along with the official introduction of the new officers.

Influx of Counterfeit Money Plagues Local Businesses

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Merchants are being put on notice to watch out for counterfeit currency—especially $100 bills—as a slew of fake money has infiltrated the area during the busy holiday season.

Last week, a local store fell victim when a man came into Cardsmart and Gifts of Mahopac and passed a bogus C-note.

Terry Fokine, the store’s co-owner, said she was alone at the ...

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Perception vs. Reality

Some folks, sadly, live in a perpetual state of fear and believe some form of danger lurks around every corner. I am not sure what initially instilled such a mindset in them, but I do know that social media, the 24-hour cable news cycle and many politicians (the Brown People are coming to get you!) exacerbate and exploit that fear.

I remember last year when neighboring Yorktown was ...

‘…Huddled Masses Yearning to Breathe Free’

One of my favorite trips is to take the ferry—with a couple of grandchildren in tow—to Staten Island (which, by the way, is free). We sit near the bow of the boat enjoying the breeze, and on the starboard side, not only to relish the warmth of the sun but to appreciate the inspiring view, as we pass within several hundred yards of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.

My eyesight ...

On Stage: The Existentialism of Millennialism

If you want a crash course in Millennial World, I have just the ticket for you. Billed as an alternative comedy, it’s a play titled “Adaptive Radiation,” on stage through Dec. 30 at Denizen Theatre in New Paltz. (Ticket info: Denizentheatre.com/tickets; 845-303.4136).

Although this is the vest-pocket venue’s second production, the Denizen quickly has established an ...

After 25 Years, His Business Is Still Smokin’

Author’s Note: See a brief video interview with Adam DeSiena of Doc James Cigars on Facebook page Bruce The Blog.

When Adam DeSiena graduated Pace University with a degree in psychology 25 years ago, he was uncertain about how to turn his education into a vocation. As he says, “You can’t do much with a B.A. in liberal arts.”

Then, in 1993, his dad, who was in the ...

Tying One On

I am a scarf person, but I am married to a non-scarf person. Conversely, my husband is a hat person, and I am not a hat person. He says scarves are itchy and make him look like he has no chin. I say hats ruin my hair and make my head look like a bowling ball. So, whenever it gets cold out, he tells me to put on a hat and I tell him to put on a scarf and we both ignore each other.

It’s ...

Furrowing My Fabulous Brows

“Who did your eyebrows?”

I turned and looked at the saleslady who asked me that question in the aisle at the beauty store.

“Um, I’m pretty sure they came with the rest of my face,” I responded.

“No, I mean who shapes them? They are fabulous!” she gushed.

“Thanks,” I said. “I do.”

“You wax your OWN ...

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