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Blue-Green Algae Not Yet an Issue on Lake Mahopac; Vigilance Called For

August 10, 2018

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - This year, blue-green algal blooms have dashed many summer plans as Putnam County health officials have had to make repeated beach closures due to the toxic aquatic plant.

Even Lake Mahopac has not been immune. Its one public beach at the Mahopac Golf and Beach Club has been closed twice due to the presence of the nasty stuff.

Last week, officials from the county health ...

Proposed County Law Would Raise Smoking Age to 21

CARMEL, N.Y. - Spurred by an alarming uptick in the number of students throughout Putnam County who are using tobacco vaping products such as e-cigarettes and Juuls, County Legislator Barbara Scuccimarra (District 1) is spearheading legislation that would raise the smoking age in the county from 18 to 21.

Last Wednesday (July 25), Scuccimarra, surrounded by community leaders and ...

A Time for Joy: Mahopac 6-Year-Old Named Ambassador for Maria Fareri Fundraising Walk

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Six years ago, doctors weren't sure Joy Degl would even survive. This September, the 6-year-old Mahopac youngster will be leading a parade.

Joy has been asked to serve as an ambassador for the 2018 Go the Distance Walk for Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital in Valhalla (part of Westchester Medical Center). The walk will be held Sunday, Sept. 16.

Joy was born on ...

Health Dept: Blue-Green Algae Plaguing Lake Mahopac

MAHOPAC, N.Y, - Blue-green algae blooms have resulted in the closing of as many as 14 public beaches in Putnam County in recent weeks and have impacted some private beaches along Lake Mahopac as well.

Health officials said they wouldn’t name the specific public beaches that had been closed because the situation is volatile and can change daily. They recommend calling the beach and ...

Helping Domestic Violence Victims Smile Again

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - A dozen of Mahopac salon owner Serena Calicchia’s customers on Monday weren’t just coming in for a haircut and a cup of coffee. They were seeking an experience that would not only make them look good but help them feel good about themselves.

The women were all victims of domestic violence.

Calicchia, who owns Bella Moda Hair Design on Route 6, had always wanted ...

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