January 15, 2014 RSS feed / Front Page

Bowman, Fadde Enter Race for 2 Trustee Spots

March Election Could Shift Course of the Village

Restaurateur Cathryn Fadde and Historic District Review Board member Michael Bowman have confirmed that they will run together for Cold Spring Village Trustee on the Vote Check Party when the village election takes place in March. More...

PCN&R to Expand Video & Digital Offerings

The Putnam County News and Recorder, already the central community source for civic videos of municipal and school board meetings in Philipstown and beyond, will soon be adding to its video offerings.  More...

Back in Time: Legislature Returns to Tuesdays for Monthly Sessions

Putnam County Legislature

By a unanimous vote the Putnam Legislature has decided to return its monthly meetings to Tuesdays.  More...

Historic Board Loses Member, Discusses Building Survey

The Cold Spring Historic Review Board met at 8 P.M. on Thursday in the Village Hall. All board members were present including Chairman Al Zgolinski, Carolyn Bachan, Michael Bowman, Gretchen Dykstra and Kathleen Foley. More...

 

Arts and Entertainment

Get Up and Get Outside (and Gravlax and Salmon Bacon)

Gardening GUSTO

A hex on the polar vortex and nix to wintery mix. But despite a few icky days, it has been a nice winter for outdoor activities. Bundle up and get out: There’s nothing like cold, crisp air to blow the dust bunnies out of your brain.  More...

Ivan Chermayeff at Garrison’s Landing  Free Access 

Garrison Art Center

Drive a car down Route 9, watch a few minutes of TV, or read a magazine, and chances are you will encounter the work of Ivan Chermayeff. More...

Chili Throwdown at All Sport in Fishkill

ALL SPORT

Cook a mean chili or cornbread? Now is the time to enter All Sport’s third annual Chili Throwdown. The Chili Fest will be held on Thursday, January 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. at All Sport Health and Fitness in the village of Fishkill. More...

Community

MTA Service for Martin Luther King Jr. Day  Free Access 

The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) reports that services will operate on special schedules in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, January 20. Details are below. Metro-North Railroad  More...

Pack 137 Awards Arrow of Light to 9 Cub Scouts

In a ceremony held on Saturday, January 11th, the nine Senior Webelos of Cub Scout Pack 137, Philipstown, received the Arrow of Light Award. More...

‘Winterfest’ Goes On, Even Without Snow

Although last week’s snow had been washed away by the rain, participants in the Taconic Outdoor Education Center’s annual Winterfest were not deterred.  More...

Attractions

Ivy Meeropol and Rebekah Tighe Join Chapel Advisory Board

THE CHAPEL RESTORATION

The Chapel Restoration board said it is pleased to announce the appointment of Ivy Meeropol and Rebekah Tighe to its Advisory Board. More...

Mardi Gras Casino Night at West Point

The West Point Women’s Club (WPWC) will be holding their Annual Casino Night on Friday, February 7, from 6pm-11pm at the West Point Club in West Point. More...

Clearwater to Host 2014 Winter Open Boats

The community is invited to celebrate the winter months with friends at Clearwater’s 2014 Winter Open Boats taking place January 18, February 9, and March 15 at the Kingston Home Port and Education Center, located on the Hudson River Maritime M More...

Letters to the Editor

Tax Bills & Scandals

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Quarrel With Quote from Hawkins

To the Editor:  Regarding Tim Greco’s article in the January 8 issue of the PCN&R about the grant to update the zoning and the position of the Special Board:  More...

A ‘No’ to Using Fracking Waste

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Health

Chamber to Host Healthcare Forum

COLD SPRING CHAMBER

The Cold Spring Area Chamber of Commerce will host the first mixer of the New Year on Thursday, January 23, an event that will shed light on the new Affordable Care Act (ACA) and answer your health insurance questions. More...

Energy Drink Warning Issued in Putnam

Officials have issued a warning this week to both young people and their parents alike—non-alcohol energy drinks with names like Red Bull, Venom, Monster and Adrenaline Rush—pack a big punch resulting in potential serious health issues. More...

Breaking News - 1/22/2014 7:20 AM

Delays in School Openings on Wednesday  Free Access 

Garrison, Haldane & Putnam Valley included

Putnam might have escaped Mother Nature’s fury overnight with a modest four inch snowfall as compared to its neighbors in lower Westchester which received upwards of a foot of snow, yet area schools have delayed opening again in order to allow road c More...

Weekly Workshop Wrapup: PCNR is Paper of Record

Philipstown Town Board

When the Philipstown board gathers for a weekly workshop, it’s often a quick affair, with speedy review/approval of vouchers or other business that needs to be tended to before the next monthly meeting occurs. More...

Sparks Fly Over Boat Club Rebuilding

Village of Cold Spring

At Tuesday night’s Village Board meeting, the major topic was the Cold Spring Boat Club’s negotiations with the village over construction of a building on the site after the Club is demolished and toxic coal tar is removed. More...

‘People’s County Clerk,’ Dennis Sant, to Retire

County Clerk Dennis Sant still clearly remembers the laborious and frustrating experience encountered when applying for his driver’s license at the tender age of 16.  More...

Planner Voss Unnerved by Unusual Call from Francisco, Hawkins on Butterfield

Butterfield

Last Wednesday evening’s Cold Spring Planning Board meeting at the VFW, by most accounts, went well for Butterfield Developer Paul Guillaro and perhaps there may be progress in getting the Butterfield property rezoned from B4 to B4A zoning. More...

Civics and Politics

Judge Denies Dismissal of Levy Defamation Suit vs. Smith

Prosecutor & Sheriff Offer Different Spins on Ruling

Last summer, District Attorney Adam Levy filed a $5 million defamation lawsuit against Sheriff Donald Smith alleging that the county’s chief lawman was “out of control and on a power trip when orchestrating a public smear campaign” More...

Philipstown Reconvenes; Merante Tapped as Planning Board Chair

PHILIPSTOWN TOWN BOARD

The 2014 re-organizational meeting of the Philipstown Town Board was a largely routine and fast-moving affair, with an early (7 p.m.) start and only a few pauses for out-of-the-ordinary discussions and decision making. More...

Cold Spring Water & Sewer Billing was Estimated

Utility billing for the last quarter of 2013 will be based on an estimation of use, rather than actual meter readings, according to Superintendent of Water & Sewer Greg Phillips.  More...

Schools

Breaking News - 1/17/2014 6:03 PM

Hundreds protest Common Core at Sen. Ball forum

Rocky start to standards has parents agitated

Carmel Town Hall was filled to the rafters Thursday evening when more than 250 men, women and children voiced concerns over the state’s recently implemented Common Core learning standards.  More...

Students Revisit 19th Century in ‘Gaslight Stories’

GARRISON SCHOOL

On Friday, January 10, the Garrison School 6th grade performed “Gaslight Stories,” a play depicting four classic 19th century stories adapted by ELA Teacher, Ian Berger. More...

Phrase of the Year, for Parents of School-Aged Kids: ‘Common Core’

If you want to get a rise out of a group of parents in New York, just utter the phrase, “Common Core.” The Common Core standards are goals set at the federal level to be adopted (or not) by states as part of their participation in the fed More...

Religious News

Synagogue Celebrates Tu B’shevat, the Festival of Trees

Philipstown Reform Synagogue

On Saturday evening, January 18th, the Philipstown Reform Synagogue (PRS) will celebrate the trees, the four worlds and the foods of Tu B’shevat at the home of Stephanie   More...

A Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Graymoor

From January 18 to 25, 1908, Rev. Paul Wattson, SA, and Mother Lurana White, SA, celebrated the first Church Unity Octave, an eight-day period of prayers and seminars focusing on the cause of Christian unity.  More...

Jazz Vespers to Honor Dr. King

First Presbyterian Church

The First Presbyterian Church of Philipstown in Cold Spring, The Church of the Open Door, will hold Jazz Vespers and JazzSunday services this weekend in honor of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King: Sat., Jan. 18th, 5:30 p.m. More...

Sports

Last-Second Losses Leave Devils Blue

Haldane boys and girls basketball teams drop nail biters

It was an interesting week of basketball for both the boys and girls squads of Haldane, but both may look back at heart-breaking losses as the turning point in their respective seasons.  More...

Basketball for Breast Cancer Awareness

HALDANE H.S.

The public is invited to the 1st Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Basketball Games to be held at Haldane Central Schools on Saturday, January 25. The schedule will be: • The Junior Varsity Boys’ Basketball team will play at 10 a.m. vs. More...

Loretto Fourth-Grade Girls Continue Where They Left Off

A twenty day hiatus due to the holidays and an ice storm didn’t deter the Loretto 4thgrade girls as they cruised to a 22 – 12 victory over Our Lady of Mercy in Port Chester on Saturday, January 11th. More...

Classifieds  Free Access 

Services

PHILIPSTOWN TREE SERVICE: Land clearing, take downs, trimmings. Stump Removal. Fully insured. Reg. No. PC 607. 845- 265-2187. More...

Pets

DOG CARE IN MY HOME Fun Day Care and 24-Hour Restful Sleepovers. I make friends with and welcome your doggie into my home and an acre of fenced yard surrounded by the woods of Garrison. More...

For Sale

seasoned firewod Mixed hardwood, local delivery. $200/cord. Tree service, snow plowing, deer fencing. create-a-scape.us 845-424-2323   More...

Police Blotter

Cold Spring Man Accused of Theft from Brewster Home Depot

A Cold Spring man is facing eight counts of larceny for allegedly stealing from his employer. Brewster State Police arrested Joseph Hunt, 21, last week after being summoned to the Home Depot in Southeast for a larceny complaint. More...

I-84 Speed Detail Has Amazing Results

Troopers were out in force Sunday on I-84 at the PutnamDutchess County line and within three hours the special detail issued 110 summonses—79 of which were for speeding. More...

Philipstown Youth, 18, Accused of Abusing Mother

An 18 year old Philipstown youth accused of physically and verbally abusing his mother in violation of an order of protection is now calling the Putnam County Jail home following his arrest. More...

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