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School Taxes Will Likely See Small Decrease

May 15, 2021

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Thanks to a $129 million increase in town-wide assessments, taxpayers could actually see a small reduction in their school tax bills this year.

“We received the tax rolls from the county and in those rolls, total assessments went up $129 million,” said Sandra Clohessy, Mahopac schools’ assistant superintendent for business. “When assessments go up, they ...

‘Supportive’ Housing Project Put On Hold

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - A plan to build a 72-unit apartment complex on Baldwin Place Road that would provide 36 affordable apartments and 36 supportive apartments has been put on hold as developers head back to the drawing board to consider “significant changes to the project size, scope, and location.”

The development, known as Fairhaven at Baldwin Place, is being proposed by Search for ...

Is A Marijuana Dispensary Good For Carmel?

This article is the first in a series examining the impact of possibly having a marijuana dispensary in the town of Carmel. Over the next few months, we’ll publish articles, release a podcast and host a community forum on Zoom around this topic.  

Edward Abrahams understands why residents may be opposed to having a marijuana dispensary in the town of Carmel, which has until ...

Carmel PD To Proceed with License Plate Reader Project

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The Carmel Police Department will install three license plate readers as a continuation of their project that began in 2020.

Two readers will be installed at fixed locations in Carmel and Mahopac, as well as a mobile reader installed on a department vehicle. The project would cost the department $39,716.47, fitting right under the $40,000 budget allotted for surveillance ...

Advisory Board Hires Attorney to Improve Lake Mahopac safety

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The Lake Mahopac Park District Advisory Board is taking on the services of an attorney to help examine more closely the laws that govern Lake Mahopac, which is owned by the state, in an effort to make it safer for those who use it.

Compton Spain, chair of the Advisory Board, went before the Town Board at its April 14 meeting to seek authorization to retain the services of White ...

Town to Receive $3.7 Million In Stimulus Money

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The town of Carmel is on tap to receive $3.7 million in stimulus money, and Putnam County would receive $19.07 million, as part of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan.

Unlike school districts, which must follow guidelines on how they use their stimulus money (Mahopac schools are expected to receive $1.2 million), local municipal officials are expected to have broader ...

County, Town Submit Police Reform Objectives to State

CARMEL, N.Y. - A report issued by a county panel of elected officials, law enforcement leaders and citizen stakeholders has recommended a litany of police procedure and policy changes, including providing de-escalation training and using dashboard and body cameras on all police officers while on duty.

The Carmel Police Department issued its own separate report as well.

The county’s ...

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Remote Possibilities Not So Remote

What would the hit TV series “The Office” look like if it was premiering today? (Odds are there will be a series, whether a revival of that series or a copycat, capturing the new zeitgeist of the post-pandemic workplace.)

COVID-19 has left a lasting impact on all facets of our lives that is unprecedented in modern times. Because of the shift to remote work, a significantly higher ...

Learn How To Cook From Anywhere With These Online Classes

Cooking can be fun at any age, and learning new skills exercises your mind, especially as you get older. Whether you’re just finding your way around the kitchen or you’re a seasoned home chef, online cooking classes are a wonderful way to spend your day! From free courses featuring various dishes to lessons led by celebrity chefs, there are vast opportunities to satisfy just about any ...

Fighting Fatigue: How To Sleep Better And Longer

Getting a good night’s sleep plays a vital role in your overall health. Sleeping recharges your body and brain to help prepare and energize you for each new day. On the other hand, sleep deprivation can cause a slew of problems, including memory issues and an increased risk for car accidents.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, adults aged 26-64 need seven to nine hours of sleep ...

The Best Natural Deodorants for the Toughest Workouts

Chances are, your wellness journey includes some heavy-hitting workouts, and a good deodorant is key to feeling confident after every session. Mainstream products can contain harmful ingredients that may actually be blocking some of your body’s natural processes as well as potentially causing health problems down the road. If you’re ready to switch to a more natural product but are ...

Understanding SPF for Healthy Summer Skin

As we head outside to take advantage of the warmer weather, skincare and sun safety should be top priorities. While the sun’s rays provide countless benefits, the ultraviolet (or UV) components of sunlight are damaging to our skin. A sunburn from overexposure isn’t just temporarily painful - the UV rays that cause a burn are doing long-term damage to your skin cells that’s ...

Bringing Spring Inside: Adding Pops of Color in Every Room

As the weather warms up, spring colors are arriving in home décor trends. Whether you’re inviting guests over in person or continuing your distanced Zoom calls, you’ll want to incorporate pops of spring color into every room of your house. Fortunately, adding color doesn’t have to break the bank, and you can easily experiment with the best way to invigorate your spaces ...

Celebrating Mother’s Day: 4 Ways to Make Mom Feel Special

Mother’s Day is a wonderful time to tell the caregivers in your life how special they are. By highlighting Mom’s favorite things in your celebrations, you’ll be able to shine a light on everything unique about her. If you’re looking for interesting ways to host a Mother’s Day celebration for a group, big or small, here are four memorable events that will leave Mom ...

Is Your A/C Summer-Ready? 12 Things to Check Before the First Heat Wave

Soaking in the summer sun is part of the fun of the season. But if you don’t have a cool home to retreat to, that heat can start to feel overbearing. Make sure your A/C (or swamp cooler!) can handle any heat wave this summer with these 12 tips, plus guidance on how to know when to call in the pros.

 

Before beginning preparation steps for either an air conditioner or swamp ...

4 Unique and Meaningful Ways to Decorate for Mother’s Day

With Mother’s Day around the corner, it’s time to think about decorations that will brighten up your home as well as show Mom that she’s a unique, valued person in your family. With a few simple touches, it’s easy to create meaningful decorations that highlight the things that she loves best. Here are four great ways to add some color and style to Mom’s favorite ...

New Public Art Collection from Marla Beth Designs Brings a Rainbow of Color to the Jefferson Valley Mall

May 6, 2021

Marla Beth Enowitz, artist and founder of Marla Beth Designs, is dazzling shoppers at the Jefferson Valley Mall in Yorktown Heights with her latest public art display – a collection of 10 mannequins, each painted in a unique, whimsical design, along with a new large-scale drip mural, “Rainbow Rain.”

 

Stretching 660 square feet, “Rainbow Rain” is ...

Is now the time to gift your commercial real-estate holdings?

As has been well documented, the current federal estate and gift tax exemption of $11.7 million per person is scheduled to sunset (expire) on Dec. 31, 2025.

Unless the current exemption is made permanent on or before Dec. 31, 2025 (which is highly unlikely because of the present political environment in Washington), on Jan. 1, 2026, the new federal estate and gift tax exemption will be ...