December 24, 2014 RSS feed / Front Page

Pataki Readies Presidential Run

Garrison resident and former Governor George Pataki is seriously considering a run for President in 2016.  Pataki made his plans public at a private Republican gathering in Albany last week at which each of the state’s GOP chairs had been More...

Pete's Hometown Grocery to Close

In 2015, the Main Street in the Village of Nelsonville will lose a Philipstown fixture: Pete's Hometown Grocery is slated to close at the beginning of the New Year. More...

 

Arts and Entertainment

Why Candy Canes? (and Quick Christmas Soup)

Gardening GUSTO

I recently received a box of delicious, locally-made chocolates from the Commodore Chocolatier Shop (480 Broadway, Newburgh, NY (845) 561-3960.) The sweets were so special that I called the shop and spoke to John Courtsunis, owner and second-generati More...

Beacon Independent Film Festival Announces Film Submission Dates

On January 1, the Beacon Independent Film Festival will begin accepting films for the consideration of the third annual festival. The open submission process will extend until May 31. More...

Cooking in Cold Spring with Lynn and Tim

If I know I know anything, that Lynn Duffy is happiest working in the kitchen cooking up a storm. One thing I have in common with Lynn is our Italian heritage and our love of food. More...

Community

Toys for Tots Generosity will Make Christmas Special

Anthony Phillips of Cold Spring, longtime former mayor and a former Marine who has been involved with Toys for Tots for 20 years, poses with the toys collected at the PCNR drop-off point this year. More...

Christmas Carols at Garrison Café

Singing Christmas carols is a beloved holiday tradition, one that lived on at the Garrison Café Sunday night. More...

Trio Charged with Thefts from Parked Cars

Three men with ties to Putnam Valley have been charged with stealing items from unlocked cars in multiple jurisdictions.  The Sheriff’s Department reported the arrests Friday of Rick Ortiz, 20, and Nicholas Dellabate, 18, both of Putnam Va More...

Attractions

Utensils on Main Street

Just a hop, skip, and a jump from Philipstown, Beacon has many interesting and unique shops and restaurants that we will feature in this regular column. More...

Philipstown Recreation Ice Rink Preparation Underway

Firefighters from the Garrison Volunteer Fire Company helped set up the ice skating rink at the Philipstown Recreation Center for the 2014- 15 winter season. More...

Minecraft Mania at Butterfield Library

BUTTERFIELD LIBRARY

Love Minecraft? Come to the Butterfield Library after hours on Friday, January 9, and see it transformed into a Minecraft world. Battle your friends and enjoy some snacks.   More...

Letters to the Editor

Praise for Fracking Decision

To the Editor:  Today, the New York State Health and Environmental commissioners have ruled that the risks associated with high volume hydraulic fracturing (fracking) outweigh any potential economic benefits.  More...

Obituaries  Free Access 

Beverly R. Cutten

Beverly R. Cutten, age 84, of Garrison, died on Thursday, December 18, 2014, at Field Home-Holy Comforter in Yorktown, NY. Born in Vineland, NJ, onJanuary 10, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Clarence M. and France (Anderson) Eaton.  More...

Angelo Facchiano

Angelo Facchiano, 92, a former resident of Leeds, NY, passed away at The New York State Veterans Home at Montrose, Montrose, NY, Tuesday evening, December 16, 2014.  He was born in Manhattan on May 7, 1922, to James and Angelina Facchiano. More...

Breaking News - 12/29/2014 4:31 PM

Grenade Found in Lake Carmel

A live hand grenade dating back to World War II was found inside a building on Route 52 in Lake Carmel Monday. More...

Breaking News - 12/27/2014 6:36 PM

Putnam remembers slain NYC cops  Free Access 

Putnam is a county of first responders—police, fire and EMS—and when two New York City cops were assassinated a week ago while on patrol in Brooklyn, local residents mourned their l More...

Breaking News - 12/25/2014 4:16 PM

Christmas, Behind Bars in the County Jail  Free Access 

Sheriff visits every inmate

Sheriff Donald Smith spent Christmas morning behind bars at the Putnam Correctional Facility greeting inmates and wishing staff a happy holiday.   More...

Murder of NYC Cops Sparks Outrage Across Putnam County

Four prominent Putnam residents have expressed outrage over Saturday’s assassinations of two New York City cops, who were gunned down while seated in their police cruiser in downtown Brooklyn.  More...

Santa Brings Gifts & Smiles to Children

Santa drops by Knollwood Lane in North Highlands, and is met with enthusiastic youngsters. Reilly Burgess sits atop Santa in a North Highlands Fire Truck. More...

Civics and Politics

County Buildings in Grim Shape

The exterior of the Putnam Office Building is in need of rehabilitation.  Commissioner of Highways and Facilities Fred Pena brought the grim news to members of the Legislature’s Physical Services Committee meeting last week.  More...

Legislature Closes Business in Marathon

The Putnam Legislature concluded business on a lengthy note Monday when for three and one half hours, lawmakers discussed and debated a series of resolutions during its Year End meeting and the final Audit meeting of 2014. More...

Highway Department Workers Reach Contract with Philipstown

Philipstown Town Board

The Highway Department will be working under a modified union contract as of last week. At a Philipstown special meeting Wednesday, December 17, it was unanimously passed that Supervisor Richard Shea sign the CSEA Memorandum of Agreement. More...

Schools

Haldane Addresses Police Presence

Plain-Clothes Cop Told Youths to Get Down from Roof

A festering issue that began with security and safety on the Haldane school campus has prompted a school debate about uniformed vs. plain-clothes police officers, as well as whether Haldane should have some kind of formalized additional security. More...

Garrison School Suing Cary Downey

The Garrison School Board has decided to file suit against landowner Cary Downey over access to the Garrison School Forest. Word of the suit came to light at last week’s meeting of board, and the board approved filing it. More...

Veterans Exemption Approved in Putnam Valley

Veterans residing in the Putnam Valley School District are now eligible to receive an exemption on their property taxes following action taken by the Putnam Valley Board of Education. More...

Religious News

Loretto Children Reenact the First Christmas Night

OUR LADY OF LORETTO

Our Lady of Loretto Parish celebrated its annual Christmas Pageant on December 14. The pastor, Fr. Tom Kiely, welcomed everyone and shared an opening prayer. More...

Torah Dedicated in Putnam County

Putnam County had never seen anything like it when dozens of Jews, many wearing religious Hasidic garb, paraded down Carmel’s Gleneida Avenue to the sounds of traditional Israeli music, for the dedication of Putnam’s first torah.  More...

Religious Services

BEACON HEBREW ALLIANCE 331 Verplanck Ave., Beacon Rabbi Brent Chaim Spodek 845-831-2012 beaconhebrewalliance.org Fri night Shabbat services 7:30pm; Sat morning Shabbat svcs, 9:30am. Check website for religious school, services, events info.   More...

Sports

Rough Week For Lady Blue Devils

Early deficits prove too much for Haldane to overcome losses

The Haldane girls' basketball team played three games this past week, and each of them, they fell behind by at least five points by the end of the first quarter. More...

Presenting First Annual All-Putnam High School Volleyball Team

They are the best of the best in Putnam County.  For the first time ever the PUTNAM COUNTY COURIER and Putnam County News & Recorder have selected an All- Putnam team for several fall high school sports – football, boys’ soccer, More...

Loretto 5th Grade Girls End Year on Wins

The Loretto 5th grade basketball players ended the year on wins, and are taking a short break until resuming play in 2015.  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...

For Rent

COLDSPRINGRENTALS. COM No Fee Residential & Commercial Property rentals coldspringrentals.com   More...

Pets

PET SITTING AVAILABLE: Going on vacation? Coming home late from work? This local Cold Spring pet lover will be there to take care of your pets. Experience with great references. More...

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