2022-06-29 E-Edition

Two Women Injured in North Highlands Crash; Traffic Light at 9 & Fishkill Road Again at Issue (Story on Page A5)

Above, the scene at last week’s crash at Route 9 and Fishkill Road. Two people were injured, and the crash again highlighted the danger of the traffic light there. See story, A5. Photo courtesy North Highlands Engine Co. No. 1.

Odell Announces ARPA Funding Distribution


Not everyone is pleased with decisions made by County Executive MaryEllen Odell and her cabinet working in conjunction with town and village officials regarding the distribution of $19.1 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to Putnam’s six towns and three villages. At last week’s meeting of the Legislature’s Rules, Enactments and Intergovernmental Relations Committee, held before a packed […]

Second Time’s a Charm

Garrison and Mahopac School Budgets Pass

Residents in both the Garrison and Mahopac School Districts have approved fiscal spending plans for the 2022-23 school year following rejections last month. In Garrison, voters said ‘yes” to the district’s resubmitted $12.1 million budget by a tally of 614-269. Voters also approved a second proposition authorizing the district to contract with the Haldane District in Cold Spring to educate […]

Putnam Reacts SCOTUS’ Reversal of Roe v. Wade


The Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade last Friday, holding women no longer have a federal constitutional right to an abortion. Going forward, abortion rights will be determined by states, unless Congress acts. Locally, Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney of Cold Spring called the high court’s decision “appalling, meaning women in America will have fewer rights than their mothers had. Republicans […]

Talk of our Towns

Are we ready for summer? July 4? Surely a full return to tradition is marked by the Mekeel’s Corners Independence Day Celebration in the small chapel, at the intersection of Routes 9 and 301. The Putnam History Museum is organizing the event (story nearby). Note that Cold Spring will not have fireworks or a parade this weekend; a full community-wide […]

Grants to Aid Senior Programs


Five agencies that assist the lives of senior citizens and their caregivers throughout Putnam County have received grants through the Field Hall Foundation. The Cortlandt Manor based non-profit foundation was formed following the sale of the Field Home Nursing Home and Assisted Living Program in 2018. Field Hall Program Officer Patti Lavan Horvath explained “monies generated from the sale of […]

Mekeel’s Independence Day Celebration

In keeping with a long-standing tradition, Mekeel’s Corners Chapel will offer an Independence Day Celebration for the community on July 4th, 2022, at 10 am. The program includes musicians leading attendees in the singing of patriotic songs and hymns. There will also be a reading of select passages from our nation’s most important founding documents. The historic Mekeel’s Corners Chapel, […]

Boater Safety Urged; Gouldman Says ‘Take that Course’


On the first day of summer, state, county and local officials gathered along the shores of Lake Mahopac to highlight the importance of boater safety and encourage all motorized and personal watercraft operators to obtain their boater safety certification. Assemblyman Kevin Byrne was joined by Putnam Legislator Bill Gouldman of Putnam Valley, Carmel Supervisor Michael Cazzari, Deputy Supervisor Robert Schanil, […]

Phone Scams Target Grandparents


Senior citizens have been receiving calls in recent days from individuals disguising their voices and identifying themselves as their grandchildren in trouble. Callers claim to have been arrested and incarcerated on drug charges needing immediate assistance to get out of jail. The caller suddenly advises the intended victim that he or she needs money and can’t talk any longer. A […]