December 2, 2015 RSS feed / Front Page

Emergency Responders Talk State Help Regarding Breakneck Rescues  Free Access 

The safest place in Putnam County on Dec. 2 was almost certainly the Cold Spring Firehouse, where County Legislator Barbara Scuccimarra led a meeting with emergency responders and Putnam County officials on hiker rescues. More...

Sheriff Don Smith takes cautious approach to self-arming  Free Access 

Putnam Sheriff Don Smith has taken a cautious approach about individuals licensed to carry firearms in the wake of Wednesday’s horrific chain of events in California. More...

Putnam Begins Review of Police Consolidation

The question of police consolidation has always been a ticklish one in Putnam County.  Now, a career law enforcement officer from upstate who is working toward his master’s degree in Public Administration will help the county evaluate the More...

 

Arts and Entertainment

Leaf Them Alone (and Leaf Dough Pastry)

Gardening GUSTO

I’m worried about all the leaf blowing going on around here. Yes, leaves must be cleared from gutters and drains but many lawns and gardens are getting the scorched earth treatment. More...

Rockin’ Out With Christmas Spirit for Veterans  Free Access 

Paramount Hudson Valley

Get into the Christmas spirit with a fun-filled rockin’ evening, all for a noble cause. The 4th Annual Westchester All Stars Christmas for Wounded Veterans concert is set for Friday, December 4th, at the Paramount Hudson Valley. More...

‘The Skin of Our Teeth’ at Haldane

All the world’s a stage, and next weekend at Haldane it’s a performance of ‘The Skin of Our Teeth.’  More...

Community

Christmas Lights Shine Brightly Throughout County

As Bing Crosby crooned back in 1951 and Johnny Mathis sang 30 years later: “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot like Christmas!”  More...

Focus On: Silver Spoon Cafe  Free Access 

When you have a hankering for good old-fashioned comfort food, one of the best spots in Philipstown has to be The Silver Spoon. Now things have just gotten even better with the hiring of Chef Sean Tompkins. More...

Breakfast With Santa in Garrison

The Ladies Auxiliary of the Garrison Fire Company is holding Breakfast With Santa on Saturday, December 5th.  Seating times are at 9am and 10:30am. Please leave a message at 845-424-4406 with the seating time and number of people. More...

Attractions

Candlelight Tours at Mount Gulian Historic Site

Mount Gulian Historic Site, the Dutch Colonial home of the Verplanck family, invites visitors to unwind during the busy holiday season by joining us for a close-to-home, relaxing time of good cheer, good food and good company. More...

Gingerbread House Party Back in Putnam Valley

Putnam Valley Library’s popular Christmas event is back! The Annual Gingerbread House Party will take place on Wednesday, December 9th, from 4:30pm- 6:00pm in the Community Room of the Putnam Valley Library. More...

Cold Spring Christmas Tree Lighting

Sunday December 6th 6pm at the bandstand

Above, Cockburn Farm in Garrison held its grand reopening over the weekend. More...

Letters to the Editor

Tomann on Chirico

To the Editor,  It is a source of my personal and most sincere regret that Roger Chirico’s long and dedicated service to this Town has not been rewarded with the broad support that he deserved, both from the voters and the Town Board. More...

Obituaries  Free Access 

Charles H. Schroeder  Free Access 

Charles H. Schroeder, age 75, of Hopewell Junction, formerly of Lake Valhalla, died on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie. Born in the Bronx, NY on November 6, 1940 he was the son of the late Henry P. More...

Anthony W. Kurdziel

Anthony W. Kurdziel, age 84, of Cold Spring, died on Thursday, November 26, 2015, at the New York State Veterans Home at Montrose. Born in Brooklyn, NY, on February 8, 1931, he was the son of the late Antoni and Katarzyna (Bogacz) Kurdziel. More...

Breaking News - 12/8/2015 3:32 PM

Jane Smith, wife of Putnam Sheriff Don Smith, passes away after cancer fight  Free Access 

Jane Smith, wife of Putnam Sheriff Don Smith, passed away early Sunday after losing a valiant fight against cancer with her husband by her side.  More...

Breaking News - 12/7/2015 4:23 PM

West Point on Heightened Alert  Free Access 

West Point issued an alert Sunday after receiving a threat directed at the Military Academy. More...

Breaking News - 12/6/2015 10:39 AM

Orange County man to challenge Maloney in 2016  Free Access 

A former Orange County legislator has announced he will challenge Putnam Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney next fall.   More...

Senator Serino Shuts Down Videographer at ‘Informal Meeting’  Free Access 

State Senator Sue Serino has come under fire for reportedly failing to allow a videographer from Dutchess County to record a session in Putnam More...

Village Election Moving To November?

On a cold rainy night, the Village Board discussed changing Election Day to November, a marked shift from the longtime March balloting. More...

Grammy Winner Chris Botti at the Paramount

World-renowned trumpeter Chris Botti will perform a once in a life time concert at the Paramount Hudson Valley December 12, at 8 pm. More...

Civics and Politics

This Little Light of Mine on Main Street

The Village Board talked Main Street lighting last week, with merchants and trustees agreeing that more lights in the dim areas along the street would improve both the ambience and the perception that businesses are still open. More...

Katz Pushes Term Limits In Wake of Silver Verdict

State Assemblyman Steve Katz on Tuesday called the conviction of former State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver long overdue, but he charged that further corruption in Albany has made state government a joke.  More...

County Mortgage Tax Receipts Make Rebound

Mortgage tax receipts have made a rebound across the county.  The Putnam Legislature learned the encouraging news last week when the county’s semi-annual mortgage tax report was issued to members of the Audit and Administration Committee&m More...

Schools

Evan Schwartz Named VP of Haldane Board of Ed

Trustee Evan Schwartz took the oath as Vice President at Haldane’s Board of Education meeting December 1st, effectively taking Peter Henderson’s place, who resigned from the Board in November. More...

Haldane Superintendent Wants Shift in Curriculum; Hails Project-Based Learning

Haldane Superintendent Diana Bowers liked what she heard from a global educational leader who last month addressed 40 school superintendents and curriculum directors at an event organized by Putnam-Northern Westchester BOCES at Manhattanville College More...

Putnam Valley Residents To Vote in Special Referendum

Residents in the Putnam Valley School District will be going to the polls next Tuesday to vote in a special referendum calling for a Buildings and Facilities Improvement Reserve Fund. More...

Religious News

Neighbors Enjoy Church Thanksgiving Meals

Philipstown churches continued this year to give back and open their doors to the community on Thanksgiving. More...

Festival Of Lights To Be Celebrated Countywide, With Cold Spring’s On Tuesday

Chanukah or the Festival of Lights will be celebrated countywide this year thanks to Chabad of Putnam County. Three menorah lightings are planned for next week. On Monday, a community Menorah ceremony is planned for Brewster when at 5:30 p.m. More...

St. Philip’s Church Choir to Perform Vivaldi’s Gloria on December 13th

In celebration of the season, the Choir of St. Philip’s Church in the Highlands will perform Vivaldi’s Gloria in D Major on Sunday, December 13, at 10:30 a.m. as part of the church’s service of Morning Prayer. More...

Sports

A Return To The Hardwood

Haldane basketball teams look to replace key players as 2015 season opens

If you look at the Haldane girls' and boys' basketball teams as they prepare for the 2015-2016 season, you would find very few similarities. More...

Haldane Senior Football Players Honored

The 2015 Exceptional Senior Football Players have been revealed! The top senior football players from Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, and Rockland counties are selected to play in this Section 1 sponsored event. More...

More Racers Than Ever at Turkey Trot

The annual Turkey Trot has become a Thanksgiving Day tradition for Cold Spring, and one that has been growing. Racers start at the Bandstand by the river and run across the village to end up back at the entrance to Dockside Park.  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

GARRISON: 3br, 2 full bath farmhouse. Hardwood floors, sitting porch, garage, barn and pasture suitable for horses, sheep, chickens etc . $3000/month. Available December 1st 914 217-2774 Garrison Studio For single professional. More...

Help Wanted

Round Up Texas BBQ P/T incl. weekends. Ask for Linda 805-809-5557 Seeking weekly regular cleaning person/cook for two days in Cold Spring. Days and time flexible. email pascaleberner@gmail.com More...

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