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In Support of Jonathan Schneider

The following opinion piece is not an endorsement from Mahopac News or our company, Halston Media.  

Rather, it is my personal endorsement. I’m just one individual who happens to purchase ink by the barrel, and my personal opinions have little impact on the news coverage of this newspaper, as I don’t micromanage our editor.

Now that I’ve gotten that out of the ...

School Board Seeks Public Feedback for Revised Budget

May 21, 2022

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The Mahopac Board of Education is seeking feedback from the public to help its efforts to revise the 2022-23 school budget.

The original proposed budget failed by eight votes during the May 17 election and now the district seeks to revised it and put it before the voters once again on June 21.

To take part in the survey, click on ...

Mahopac School Budget Defeated by Eight Votes

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Mahopac School District voters rejected the proposed 2022-23 budget by a scant eight votes when they went to the polls on Tuesday.

The $133 million spending package was voted down by 1,225-to-1,217 margin.

The proposed budget had called for a $5.6 million (4.4 percent) increase in spending. The tax levy (the amount of money collected by property taxes) in the defeated budget ...

Mahopac Schools Upgrade Security Presence

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Mahopac schools are taking part in what officials call “best practices” by employing the services of an outside security firm to work alongside its resource officers and monitors.

“Some years ago, the conversation started about security throughout the district and the high school [in particular],” said Gary Ziegelhofer, assistant principal at the high ...

With Pandemic Waning, Dog Abandonments on The Rise

May 22, 2022

PUTNAM COUNTY, N.Y. - When the pandemic was at its height and people were quarantining and feeling the effects of isolation, adoption of shelter dogs soared. People were looking for companionship, even the furry, four-legged kind.

But now that the pandemic seems to be waning and folks are returning to work and kids are back in school, two things are happening: First, dog adoptions have dropped ...

Take A Look Inside Our Weekly Editorial Team Meeting

MAHOPAC, N.Y. -- Take a look inside our weekly editorial team meeting. Click HERE to listen or you can watch the video. 

Sculpture Art Walk Comes to Red Mills Park in Mahopac Falls

MAHOPAC FALLS, N.Y. - Beginning this month, Collaborative Concepts will present an outdoor sculpture art walk at Red Mills Park in Mahopac Falls. The art walk will feature sculptures set against the Old Red Mills streams and gazebo. The event is a Collaborative Concepts production at Red Mills Park, by invitation from the Carmel Parks and Recreation Department.

The sculptures will give a quiet ...

Local Fundraiser for Ukrainian Refugees a Big Success

May 17, 2022

CARMEL, N.Y. - The Putnam County Mother’s Day Weekend fundraiser to help the Ukrainian refugees in Poland was a big success, organizers said.

“So many people donated and so many people volunteered to help, it was just amazing,” said Sylwia Wojcik, a Mahopac resident and native of Poland, who worked with Putnam County government officials to create the three-day event.

Take A Look Inside Our Weekly Editorial Team Meeting

May 19, 2022

MAHOPAC, N.Y. -- Take a look inside our weekly editorial team meeting. Click HERE to listen or you can watch the video. 

Six Candidates Vie For Three Mahopac School Board Seats

MAHOOPAC, N.Y. - When Mahopac School District residents go to the polls on May 17, they will have the opportunity to vote for three of six candidates vying for a seat on the Board of Education.

Incumbent board members Mike Mongon and Ray McDonough have opted not to seek re-election this year, leaving Adam Savino the only sitting board member on the ballot. He will be joined by five ...

Mahopac School Budget Defeated by Eight Votes

May 17, 2022

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Mahopac School District voters rejected the proposed 2022-23 budget by a scant eight votes when they went to the polls on Tuesday.

The $133 million spending package was voted down by 1,225-to-1,217 margin.

The proposed budget had called for a $5.6 million (4.4 percent) increase in spending. The tax levy (the amount of money collected by property taxes) in the defeated budget ...

Six Candidates Vie For Three Mahopac School Board Seats

MAHOOPAC, N.Y. - When Mahopac School District residents go to the polls on May 17, they will have the opportunity to vote for three of six candidates vying for a seat on the Board of Education.

Incumbent board members Mike Mongon and Ray McDonough have opted not to seek re-election this year, leaving Adam Savino the only sitting board member on the ballot. He will be joined by five ...

Police Warn Public About Violin-Playing Scam Artists

May 23, 2022

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - As they drive around town to the various shopping plazas and strip malls, Mahopac residents may have noticed something new over the past few months. A man stands in the parking lot playing a violin (and playing it very well). Beside him is a large cardboard sign that reads something like: “Please help me. I have two kids. I need help to pay the rent and bills. God ...

Mahopac Schools Upgrade Security Presence

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Mahopac schools are taking part in what officials call “best practices” by employing the services of an outside security firm to work alongside its resource officers and monitors.

“Some years ago, the conversation started about security throughout the district and the high school [in particular],” said Gary Ziegelhofer, assistant principal at the high ...

‘A Different Kind of Cool’

May 16, 2022

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Longtime Mahopac resident Jeff Conlan has spent most of his adult life working as a lineman for Verizon—a communications company. But Conlan always longed to communicate with others in a different way... he wanted to be a writer.

The parent of a 14-year-old autistic son, Conlan had all the inspiration he needed to write a novel about a severely autistic teen’s ...

Sculpture Art Walk Comes to Red Mills Park in Mahopac Falls

MAHOPAC FALLS, N.Y. - Beginning this month, Collaborative Concepts will present an outdoor sculpture art walk at Red Mills Park in Mahopac Falls. The art walk will feature sculptures set against the Old Red Mills streams and gazebo. The event is a Collaborative Concepts production at Red Mills Park, by invitation from the Carmel Parks and Recreation Department.

The sculptures will give a quiet ...

With Pandemic Waning, Dog Abandonments on The Rise

May 22, 2022

PUTNAM COUNTY, N.Y. - When the pandemic was at its height and people were quarantining and feeling the effects of isolation, adoption of shelter dogs soared. People were looking for companionship, even the furry, four-legged kind.

But now that the pandemic seems to be waning and folks are returning to work and kids are back in school, two things are happening: First, dog adoptions have dropped ...

‘A Different Kind of Cool’

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Longtime Mahopac resident Jeff Conlan has spent most of his adult life working as a lineman for Verizon—a communications company. But Conlan always longed to communicate with others in a different way... he wanted to be a writer.

The parent of a 14-year-old autistic son, Conlan had all the inspiration he needed to write a novel about a severely autistic teen’s ...

Help On the Way for Students’ Post-Pandemic Adjustment

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Mahopac students suffering emotionally from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic now have some help to guide them through it.

Family Services of Westchester (FSW) is now a provider agency of NY Project Hope, the state’s COVID-19 crisis counseling program. FSW is offering individuals and families free, confidential, and anonymous emotional support.

From coping tips to ...

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When Liberty is Also Hypocrisy

May 13, 2022

If someone doesn’t like the rules, and chooses not to follow them, and actively tells others not to follow them, is that liberty? Would we apply this standard to those who choose not to obey street signs, or signs that say, “no loitering,” or “yield?”

In this American democracy, we elect and appoint people to establish rules (and laws) to ensure domestic ...

Tales of Ties and Tails

That headline-grabbing, delinquent supply chain has now wormed its wayward way into graduation ceremonies, of all things. In some cases, cases of caps and gowns and hoods (those sash-ish affairs that denote academic degree) are backlogged in production or in transit, leaving schools to scramble to ensure their alumni-in-waiting are decorously adorned, as tradition dictates.

Shortages of sashes ...

PCSB Bank Partners with United for the Troops

May 20, 2022

Yorktown Heights, NY, May 20, 2022: PCSB Bank has announced it will partner with United for the Troops by launching a drive to provide those serving in the armed forces with much-needed donations.

PCSB will have red collection bins at all of its 14 branch locations to accept donations until May 31, 2022. A wish list of non-perishable items can be found at Wish List - United for the ...

Your Next Chapter: Estate Planning Considerations for the Newly Retired

Congratulations on your retirement!

Like many, you probably have a bucket list of things you would like to accomplish such as travel the world, spend more time with your grandkids and take up a new hobby. While these are all excellent ambitions, the milestone of retirement is also a good time to ensure your finances, beneficiary designations, estate planning, and long-term care strategy are in ...