Health & Wellness

September 13, 2018

CARMEL, N.Y. - A vote on proposed legislation that would raise the smoking age in Putnam County from 18 to 21 (Tobacco 21) has been tabled until October, although based on lawmakers’ comments at the Board of Legislators’ Sept. 5 meeting, it appears there are enough votes to pass the law. Barbara ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Lauren Privitera lost her son, Nicholas, to a heroin overdose on Feb. 8, 2015. He was just 23 years old. Since then, Privitera has sought to end the scourge of the opiate addiction epidemic that has gripped the country over the past decade by shining a light on the problem and ...

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CARMEL, N.Y. - Agi Kadar is not one to sit still. Literally. The Carmel personal trainer and nutritional expert has one book on fitness under her belt and is in the process of penning two more. Kadar rises at the ungodly hour of 4 a.m. to get to her job as a manager and fitness instructor at ...

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CARMEL, N.Y. - The County Legislature’s Health, Social, Educational & Environmental Committee passed legislation last week that would raise the smoking age in Putnam County from 18 to 21. Before it can become law, the bill must now go before the entire legislature, which is expected to vote on ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - This week, the Carmel Town Board said it is likely to follow suit of some of its neighboring communities and pass a resolution that presses the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to adopt more stringent regulations that would reduce toxic emissions from natural gas ...

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YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. - Life is unpredictable, and accidents happened. But when misfortune strikes in the form of an illness or injury, where do you turn? Should you head to the hospital emergency room? Your primary care physician? How about an urgent care facility? AFC Urgent Care in Yorktown ...

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CROTON ON HUDSON, N.Y. - The story of Bethel Homes and Services is more than a century old, but the programs and amenities it provides are strictly 21st century. Founded in 1911, Bethel was named after a floating chapel, the Bethel Ship John Wesley, which had docked in New York Harbor in 1845 to ...

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PUTNAM COUNTY, N.Y. - New York State has some of the highest numbers of disease cases from ticks in the U.S. From 2004 to 2016, these numbers totaled 69,313, second only to Pennsylvania with 73,610, according to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention. In response, Gov.

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PUTNAM COUNTY, N.Y. - Rabies is a serious threat to the health of humans and animals and is deadly when left untreated. As the temperature rises, the numbers of rabies cases increase as well. Springtime is when wild baby animals are born and bats often return to the local area.  In New York ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Mother Nature cooperated and sunny skies greeted participants in Mahopac’s 20th annual Relay For Life on Saturday—the annual major fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.  According to the event’s community manager, Tracey Walsh, the fundraiser reached its goal of $250,000, ...

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PUTNAM COUNTY, N.Y. - The Putnam County Department of Health has confirmed three positive cases of measles. Two are Putnam residents and the third lives in Connecticut. All have been isolated to avoid spreading the disease further. Measles is a serious, highly contagious disease that can be spread ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - County Executive MaryEllen Odell told the Mahopac Board of Education last week that she expects the county’s lawsuit against what she called the “Big Pharma 5” to succeed based on what she’s seen happen across the country in similar cases. Odell announced last fall that Putnam ...

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CROTON-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. - The story of Bethel Homes and Services is more than a century old, but the programs and amenities it provides are strictly 21st century. Founded in 1911, Bethel was named after a floating chapel, the Bethel Ship John Wesley, which had docked in New York Harbor in 1845 to ...

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Putnam County Clerk Michael C. Bartolotti and County Executive MaryEllen Odell will partner with Donate Life NYS during Donate Life Month to increase enrollment in the New York State Donate Life Registry. Donate Life Month is a national month-long observance aimed at raising public awareness of the ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y.-The Joseph P. Dwyer Vet2Vet Program of Putnam has kicked off the new year by expanding its scope of peer-to-peer community building. Vet2Vet offers four dedicated groups that cater to the unique social and emotional support needs of former military personnel. The program and groups ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y.-E-cigarette use increased 900 percent among high school students from 2011 to 2015, according to a 2016 report by the U.S. Surgeon General, leaving parents and educators concerned about the effects the products are having on teens. Dr. Richard Stumacher, chief of pulmonary and ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y.-“It’s not like borrowing money. You are asking a lot of someone,” said Mahopac resident Matt Fiscella. Fiscella suffers from chronic kidney disease and is in dire need of a kidney transplant. Until that happens, he goes for dialysis treatment three times a week, three-plus hours ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y.-The opioid epidemic continues to hold the country in its death grip, and while Putnam County has certainly not been immune to the scourge, area elected officials say some progress has been made in the struggle. During a panel discussion on the topic held Sunday, Jan. 21, at Temple ...

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HUDSON VALLEY, N.Y.- With the official flu season now at full throttle, misery, hospitalizations and deaths are plaguing pockets of America while the numbers of those afflicted in New York continue to climb. For only the week that ended Jan. 13, the national Centers for Disease Control and ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y.- Mahopac resident Traci Medford-Rosow never set out to be an author. Though a lawyer by trade, she is about to see her second book published (Morgan James Publishing) in April and it’s already on the way to becoming another best seller. “Unblinded: One Man’s Courageous Journey ...

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CARMEL, N.Y.-Putnam Service Dogs Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation, has launched a capital campaign to purchase a site for its home. The organization will need a minimum of a 1-acre site in Putnam County to accommodate the multiple functions of the center— kennels for the dogs in training, ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y.-One thing you’ll never hear cross Nancy Sorbella’s lips is the cry “Uncle!” A deep reserve of determination has seen the mother of three through many a challenge, among the most painful of which has been osteoarthritis. To look at her, with her strawberry blond bangs and updo, ...

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CARMEL, N.Y.-The Putnam County Legislature is moving to join various states and counties across the country in filing lawsuits against both pharmaceutical companies and distributors that County Executive MaryEllen Odell says created a nationwide opioid epidemic through the fraudulent and negligent ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The best way to combat the opioid epidemic that has plagued the nation for the past several years is to remove the stigma of addiction and get people the help they need rather than put them in jail. That was the theme of the message delivered by Putnam County District Attorney ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y.— Led by the fundraising prowess of a Mahopac resident, the Putnam County Walk to End Alzheimer’s, held Sunday, Oct. 15, at Veterans Memorial Park in Carmel surpassed its total from last year, raising more than $75,000 so far. The highest individual fundraiser was Walk Committee ...

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