Health & Wellness

April 30, 2021

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 ...

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While adorable when sported by toddlers and babies, gummy smiles tend to leave some adults feeling a bit self-conscious when it comes to flashing their own grins. Lots of people have smiles that reveal more of their gums than they would prefer, but many are unaware that there is a fast, effective, ...

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The answer to the important question, “When is the right time to schedule my child’s first dental visit?” tends to get a different response depending on who you ask. While age 1 may seem early, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends doing just that, with the golden rule being ...

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CARMEL, N.Y. - Nearly everyone is looking forward to the day when vaccinations will be available for all, and that day could be sooner than once thought. So far, over 30,000 Putnam residents have been vaccinated and officials, along with the majority of residents, hope the momentum of mass ...

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CARMEL, N.Y. - COVID-19 vaccination is progressing. With three vaccines now available, more doses being manufactured, and more and more individuals becoming vaccine-eligible, New York State has vaccinated nearly a quarter of its population, according to the NYS COVID-19 vaccine tracker dashboard ...

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CARMEL, N.Y. - Last week Putnam County officials held a meeting with State Sen. Pete Harckham to emphasize local concerns about the ability of schools to safely introduce more students back into their buildings. County Executive MaryEllen Odell and Mahopac Superintendent of schools Anthony ...

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CARMEL, N.Y. - The Putnam County Department of Health will see an increase in its vaccine supply, but not as large an increase as it asked for from the state. Last Friday afternoon, Larry Schwartz, who is leading the state’s vaccination efforts, and Dr. Howard Zucker, the state health ...

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CARMEL, N.Y. - Putnam County officials continue to urge New York State to increase the county’s supply of vaccine. The Putnam County Department of Health reports that they dispense all of the state-supplied doses within 48 hours of receiving them. As of Feb. 16, the department has administered ...

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CARMEL, N.Y. - In a recent study by U.S. News & World Report, Putnam County has been ranked as the 11th safest county in America. In measuring nearly 3,000 U.S. counties and county equivalents across dozens of factors that can help or harm the health of a community and its residents, the ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - An independent residential rental community providing 36 affordable apartments and 36 supportive apartments has been proposed for construction on 16.5 acres of land off Baldwin Place Road. The proposed project came before the Planning Board at its Jan. 27 meeting. The ...

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White Plains, NY – Burke Rehabilitation Hospital announced that it has received another three-year accreditation from The Joint Commission, the gold standard for hospitals. The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® accreditation demonstrates continuous compliance with its performance standards ...

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MAHOPAC,M N.Y. - Two years ago, when Max Semegran learned his older brother, Ben, had been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a type of blood cancer, naturally, he was scared. “I was shocked. I thought he was indestructible,” said Max, 17, a senior at Mahopac High School. “Then suddenly he comes ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Administrators for the Mahopac School District are working to have a plan in place for if and when the state follows through with a proposed mandate that 20 percent of its staff and student body be tested for COVID-19. In the district’s weekly broadcast of its online program, ...

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CARMEL, N,.Y. - County Executive MaryEllen Odell  has called for the public’s patience as Putnam awaits more vaccine supply. The Putnam County Department of Health administered 307 vaccines to seniors 75 and older and essential workers last Thursday at the Philipstown Recreation Center. That ...

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CARMEL, N.Y. - The Putnam County Department of Health is preparing to expand COVID-19 vaccination distribution to those aged 75 and older, first responders, teachers and other essential workers who live and/or work in the county, as the state institutes Phase 1B of its vaccination ...

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MT. KISCO, N.Y. - Zachary Couzens and his family have the unfortunate distinction of being the first reported cases of COVID-19 in Putnam County. The Mahopac residents were diagnosed back in March when the pandemic was just getting underway and much was still unknown about the disease. “Back ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - When the husband-and-wife team of Marushka Osman and Kestutis “Kas” Katinas started their Mahopac-based business some seven years ago, they thought they’d be soothing souls with an upscale liqueur, not calming anxieties with an antivirus hand sanitizer. But things change.

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Another year has come and gone in Mahopac and it’s time to look back on 2020 and recap the most noteworthy stories of the past 12 months. 2020 was a year unlike any other, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. And while Mahopac had its share of COVID issues in 2020, there was ...

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CARMEL, N.Y. - Putnam County officials are monitoring a large and potentially dangerous winter storm that is predicted to move into our area this afternoon (Dec. 16), increase in intensity overnight and end Thursday afternoon. “This storm has the potential to bring more than a foot of snow to ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The Austin Road Elementary School vegetable garden was quiet for most of 2020. In the early summer, Beth Doré, fifth-grade teacher and garden coordinator, along with other teachers, were instrumental in the planting and tending of the garden, with the hopes that it would be ready ...

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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -  Burke Rehabilitation Hospital and Montefiore Department of Rehabilitation Medicine announced the launch of a new Outpatient Physician Practice, a comprehensive health resource for the community. Housed in a classic building adorned with artwork that provides therapeutic ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - A story like this will stop you in your tracks and make you contemplate the power of the human spirit, where, in a selfless act of kindness, a man reaches out to save the life of someone he does not know. It is also a testament to the power of social media. Mahopac resident Mike ...

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CARMEL, N.Y. - Like New York State and the rest of the country, COVID-19 cases are rising in Putnam County, and county health department officials say they are concerned. “With the rising numbers that we see, [the Putnam County Department of Health] is working around the clock on comprehensive ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - When Yorktown Police Chief Robert Noble read the front-page story in Mahopac News earlier this fall about MHS alumnus Kamil Sudol and the tragedy he had suffered, the chief knew he wanted to help. Back in August, Sudol was on vacation on Martha’s Vineyard with his girlfriend and ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - At 60, Laurie Dratch (maiden name Leuzzi) is in better shape than most women half her age. The former model is now a bodybuilder and is about to embark on a journey that could start a second chapter in her life. An amateur bodybuilder until now, Dratch has her eyes set on ...

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Three-part series will cover Alzheimer’s disease, estate planning & real estate Rye, NY: The Osborn, a private, non-profit continuum of care community, announced a three-session webinar series on ‘Planning for the Future’ – exploring crucial topics concerning the future of seniors amid the ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The idleness of our months-long lockdown was tough on couch potatoes but even worse for the fitness faithful and the shape-up shops that serve them. Now, the state has lifted its five-month-long embargo on workouts in public gyms, allowing the hardy among us to resume—with ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Instead of walking, they drove. Mahopac’s annual Relay for Life, an American Cancer Society fundraiser, couldn’t hold its in-person event this year at the high school because of the COVID pandemic, so organizers moved it to Sycamore Park, where on Saturday, Sept. 12, teams drove ...

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White Plains, NY: Burke Rehabilitation Hospital launched its Community Garden to support employee wellness and healthy living through optimal nutrition. Burke employees volunteered to plant, weed and water the squash, tomatoes, peppers, herbs and other starter plants from Westchester County’s Stone ...

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PUTNAM COUNTY, N.Y. - With the coronavirus dominating newspaper headlines and cable TV news cycles over the past six months, the opioid epidemic that’s gripped the nation for more than three years has been pushed to the back burner. Sadly, the data shows that the opioid crisis has intensified ...

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