Carmel's HamletHub Fri, 24 May 2019 17:04:30 -0400 Chatting up with Putnam County Wine & Food Fest returning Vendor, Freefall Sangria

In 2011, when Christine Kelley (aka CK) began running the cafe at Skydive the Ranch in Gardiner, NY, became a bustling speakeasy at night. Amidst raucous laughter, music and dancing, CK brewed up large batches of her sangria for guests to enjoy after hours, only to have it disappear within minutes. She couldn’t make it fast enough, and skydivers couldn’t get enough of it. So, Christine Kelley and Tom Falzone created Freefall Sangria and have shared cases and cases at events throughout the US. Tom, recognizing the increasing demand, was encouraged to expand the operation. So, they made the leap. Tom and CK purchased a large property, taking production from the basement of their old farmhouse to the base of the Shawangunk Mountains. They serve the chilled elixir with a playful warning: sip it slow and sip it long; just know it will jump up and bite you if you aren’t careful.

What do you specialize in?
Sangria, baby! We pride ourselves in creating a not-so-sweet, bottled sangria that tastes like it is homemade.
Tell us about making a great bottle of sangria?
Sangria in small batch and each batch is quality controlled to ensure that only wholesome goodness makes it to the lips of our customers.
What would you hope people say about your sangria?
That it is the best sangria they ever tasted.
What would you suggest people pair with your sangria?
Do you have any fun facts?
Owners of the sangria are skydivers (ergo, "Freefall") and the product was basically born at the skydiving center where we jump - we served all our jump buddies our sangria after a day of jumping.

Date: August 10-11, 2019
Times: Saturday, 11am to 6pm & Sunday, 11am-5pm
Place: Mayor's Park, 61 Fair Street, Cold Spring, NY
Ticket Price:
Designated Driver: $10.00
Tasting Tickets: $20/Advance, $30/Gate

For more information and to download all applications, go to:

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Area Youths Graduate from University of New Hampshire

The following students graduated from the University of New Hampshire in May 2019. Students who received the honor of summa cum laude graduated with a GPA of 3.85-4.0; students who received the honor of magna cum laude graduated with a GPA of 3.65-3.84; and students who received the honor of cum laude graduated with a GPA of 3.50-3.64. Students are only graduated after the Registrar's Office has certified that all degree requirements have been successfully completed. Participating in the commencement ceremony is the act of honoring and celebrating academic achievement.

Brittany Regula of Carmel, NY graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA degree in Psychology

Allison Simone of Carmel, NY graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BS degree in BusAdm:Accounting

Robert McQuade of Patterson, NY graduated with a BS degree in Kin:Health&Physical Education

Nicholas Francis of Patterson, NY graduated with a BSENVE degree in Environmental Engineering

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NY State Police to Step Up Enforcement of the "MOVE OVER" law, DWI and Seat Belt laws over the Memorial Day Weekend.

NY Sate Police Trooper Thomas Hanigan

New York State Police will be cracking down on impaired and reckless driving this Memorial Day weekend. That includes drugged, drunk or distracted driving, speeding and/or failing to move over. Why move over? For people who work on our roads to keep you safe. State Police will also be rigorously enforcing the Seat Belt laws and other Vehicle and Traffic Laws on state roads.

On March 13, 2019, at approximately 3:01 p.m., a marked State Police patrol car was assisting a disabled vehicle when it was struck by a tractor trailer on I-87 northbound in the city of Kingston.
Trooper Thomas P. Hanigan was inside his patrol car when a tractor trailer failed to yield the right of way to an emergency vehicle and struck the driver’s side of the Troop car. 
The truck driver, Michael Audit, 54, of Napierville, Quebec, continued north and struck the driver’s side of the disabled vehicle, a 2003 Chevy Tahoe, while both occupants were attempting to change a tire. The tractor trailer then struck the guide rail and crossed over the northbound lanes, coming to rest on the westbound shoulder. 
The passenger of the Tahoe, Juana Herrera, 46, of Albany, NY, was injured when the vehicle struck her and pushed her into the guide rail.  The driver, Alejandro Espinosa, 56, of Albany, NY, was able to jump over the guard rail and was not injured.
Both Herrera and Trooper Hanigan, a 19-year veteran assigned to SP Kingston, were transported to Kingston Hospital for non-life threatening injuries, treated and released. 
Audit was uninjured and was ticketed for Moving from Lane Unsafely and violating the Move Over Law. 
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation also responded to the scene for spill response, due to fuel leaking into the Esopus Creek. 

NY's Move Over law was enacted on January 1, 2012 and recently amended to include ALL emergency workers (Police, Fire, EMT's), tow and service vehicle operators and other maintenance workers stopped along roadways while performing their duties.

  • Drivers must use due care when approaching an emergency vehicle that displays red and/or white emergency lighting:
  • On all roads and highways, drivers must reduce speed;
  • On Parkways and other controlled access highways with multiple lanes, when approaching an emergency vehicle that displays red and/or white emergency lighting or a hazard vehicle displaying flashing amber lighting, drivers must move from the lane immediately adjacent to the emergency or hazard vehicle, unless traffic or other hazards exist to prevent doing so safely.  
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Arts on the Lake Summer Music Camp

What’s a better way to spend your summer than perfecting your musical skills with your friends? On July 8, Arts on the Lake will open its doors to local middle and high school students to play and perform in their musical summer camps. Focusing on band, jazz, and string instruments, the camps offer students with one or more years of experience the chance to train with Carmel High School music teachers and industry professionals at Art on the Lake’s convenient Kent location.    

Carmel High School trumpet player Jack Recher attended the band and jazz session last summer, and plans on attending again this year.

“I got to collaborate with others and had a great time. I would highly recommend it to anybody who plays an instrument to keep up their skills over the summer while out of school,” he said.

Summer camps begin on July 8, 2019 and run through July 25, 2019, with each week focusing on a different musical discipline. Each weeklong session will conclude in a Thursday evening performance open to the public, sometimes held at an outdoor stage overlooking Lake Carmel weather permitting. Over 80 students participated last year, coming from all across Putnam County to practice and perform together.

“Part of our mission at Arts in the Lake is to offer opportunities for artistic enrichment to the students in our area. I’m always amazed to hear how incredible the students sound at the final performance after only working together for a week.” states Arts on the Lake Executive Director Edward Durkee.

Session 1: July 8-11 BAND CAMP

Run by George Fischer Middle School band teachers Megan Cabral and Eric Pecor, whose band ensembles received Gold and Gold with distinction honors at NYSSMA major festivals. This session is divided into two sections based on experience.

Those with 1 or 2 years of study: 5 - 6:45 pm.

Those with 3 or more years of study: 6:00 - 8:00 pm.

For more information and to register visit

Session 2: July 15-18 STRINGS CAMP

Run by Buddy Griffith and Kevin Callaghan, who direct the George Fischer Middle School orchestras, and play bass in local orchestras.

6:00-8:00 pm

For more information and to register visit

Session 3: July 22 – 25 JAZZ CAMP

Run by esteemed trumpet player, composer, and arranger Tim Ouimette who has performed with countless notable musicians, including Ray Charles and Count Basie.

6:00-8:00 pm

For more information and to register visit

Visit us on Facebook at

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Putnam Arts Council KIDS Summer Multi-Arts and Clay Arts Programs for ages 6-13

KIDS Summer Multi-Arts and Clay Arts Programs for ages 6-13
will be offered at the Putnam Arts Council, 521 Kennicut Hill Rd., Mahopac. 

Affordable and flexible options throughout the summer with weekly options for multi-arts and two week options for clay arts  from July 16 thru Aug. 2, details, fees, and registration available at or by by calling the Arts Council at 845.803.8622.  

Register now to secure your space; registration deadline May 30.

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Putnam Pride - Celebrate Pride Month at Local Putnam Libraries

Putnam Libraries will celebrate Pride month this June with a series of programs and events across the county. Please show your support by coming to these great events across Putnam County and look out for other events to celebrate this month of pride as well!

 Tuesday June 11th 6:30-8 Patterson library: GLSEN LGBTQ Talk
 Monday June 17th 4pm Mahopac library: Movie screening; "Love, Simon"
Tuesday June 18th 7pm Reed Library: Embrace Your Raw Strange Magic Ted Talk
Friday June 28th 7-9pm Brewster Library: Putnam Pride Party for Teens
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Putnam Hospital Center hosts Cancer Survivors Day community celebration

Photo Courtesy of Putnam Hospital Center

The cancer committee at Putnam Hospital Center will hold a Cancer Survivors Day Celebration of Life event for the community from 3 to 5 p.m., Tuesday, June 4, in the hospital’s MTW Atrium, 670 Stoneleigh Ave, Carmel, NY.

Please join the team to celebrate survivors and their families, as well as to support and inspire those recently diagnosed. There will be music, refreshments and a Tree of Life art display to hang names and heartfelt messages made by students from the Carmel High School Cancer Awareness Club. Guest speaker Christine Cosmos will share her journey from breast cancer to survivorship at 3:45 p.m.

“We look forward to sharing this special day with all of you in showing that there is hope and light after cancer,” said Michelle Tierney, the hospital’s oncology survivorship nurse. 

For more information on the event, please call Michelle Tierney at 845-279-5711 ext. 4027.

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State Police in Troop K will hold their Annual Memorial Day Ceremony on Friday, May 24, 2019

Image courtesy of New York State Police

Pleasant Valley, New York – The New York State Police in Troop K will hold their Annual Memorial Day Ceremony on Friday, May 24, 2019.
The ceremony will begin promptly at 11:00 a.m. at Troop K Headquarters, 2541 Route 44, Salt Point, and will be attended by representatives from various law enforcement agencies throughout Columbia, Dutchess, Putnam, and Westchester Counties.  

The service will honor members of Troop K who gave their lives in the performance of their duties.  

Members of the media and public are welcome to attend this Ceremony.  

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Byrne Protects Victims by Pushing for Extending Time Between Parole Reconsideration

Assemblyman Kevin Byrne (R,C,Ref-Mahopac) joined Assembly colleagues in Albany calling for passage of Romano’s Law, a legislative proposal (A.6663) to extend the maximum amount of time for parole reconsideration for prisoners convicted of violent crimes such as; Murder in the First Degree, Aggravated Murder, Murder in the Second Degree, Rape in the First Degree, Sodomy in the First Degree and Predatory Sexual Assault Against a Child. The proposal seeks to prevent victims from reliving the horrors of the crime during parole hearings as frequently.  Byrne is a co-sponsor of the bill which was introduced by Assemblyman Joseph M. Giglio (R,C,I-Gowanda).

            “Victims and their families should not be forced to relive these horrific crimes over and over again,” said Byrne. “Despite being behind bars, victimizers still have control over their victims by victims being forced to relive the memory of the heinous crime every two years. Victims have already had to live through this more times than anyone ever should have to. We need to move forward and help them maintain some normalcy to their lives by pushing parole reconsideration for heinous crimes from two years up to five years.”

            “Ramona’s Law addresses the concerns of a group of people whose voices have not been heard in a long time,” said Giglio. “Victims and families of victims should not be forced to relive, every two years, the pain of what they experienced. Together we can help alleviate some of their pain and assist survivors to heal and grow.”

            Ramona’s Law is named after Ramona Bantle-Fahy, a survivor of sexual assault and kidnapping whose attacker was recently up for parole after serving 25 years for the heinous crime. Though he was denied, Bantle-Fahy is pushing for this legislation so other victims don’t have to continually go through the same thing she has.

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23rd Annual Celebration of the Great Swamp Set for October

23rd Annual Celebration of the Great Swamp Saturday, October 19 & Sunday October 20, 2019
Christ Church on Quaker Hill 17 Church Rd, Pawling, NY

For 2019 we’re proud to be hosting our 23rd annual Celebration of the Great Swamp! This year, we will have our annual juried art show and sale, Great Swamp turtles, Chuckie Goodnight, and Jim Eyring’s Birds of Prey, educational talks and presentations and more to come! If you would like to participate in our Juried Art Show please visit our website or contact us for a copy of the prospectus.

 This is an event for the entire family and admission is free! Date: Saturday and Sunday, October 19 & 20, 2019 Time: Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday Noon to 4:00 p.m. Our live talks/presentations will be given both days! Facebook event link.

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George Dean Memorial Annual Golf Outing on Friday, June 7th!

Reserve today to golf in our fantastic George Dean Memorial Annual Golf Outing on Friday, June 7th!

In addition to a great round of golf at Putnam County Golf Course, you'll get a delicious lunch, beverage cart, golfer SWAG, prizes, and our own sumptuous filet mignon dinner, all for only $150.

Sponsorships are available: Hole Sponsor ($150, or $100 with a foursome), Lunch Sponsor ($500); Dinner Sponsor ($750) and Platinum Sponsor ($1000).

Registration 8 a.m.; shotgun start 9 a.m. Cocktails and dinner for golfers at our council immediately following the outing.

Prizes will be awarded for best foursome, longest drive, and closest to the pin.

This is our annual major fundraiser that enables our council to do the many charitable, community and parish activities that we do on a regular basis. Please support this event by golfing, taking a sponsorship, donating prizes, or helping us get others to do the same.

For reservations, sponsorships, or more information, please contact Anthony Falco or Grand Knight Steve Gheduzzi at

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DressBarn Closing Stores - Plans to Wind Down Operations of approximately 650 Stores

On May 20, Dressbarn announced plans to commence a wind down of its retail operations, including the eventual closure of its approximately 650 stores.

All Dressbarn stores are open and conducting business as usual, as is Dressbarn’s ecommerce site. Customers can continue to shop at Dressbarn in-store and online and use Dressbarn-branded credit cards for purchases. There are no current changes to Dressbarn’s return, refund, or gift card policies.

Steven Taylor, Chief Financial Officer of Dressbarn, said, “For more than 50 years, Dressbarn has served women’s fashion needs, and we thank all of our dedicated associates for their commitment to Dressbarn and our valued customers. This decision was difficult, but necessary, as the Dressbarn chain has not been operating at an acceptable level of profitability in today’s retail environment. During the wind down process, we will continue to provide our customers with the same great experience both in-store and online, offering them even better deals and value. We will work to assist our associates through the transition and maintain existing relationships with our vendors, suppliers, and other key stakeholders through this process.”

Plans for closing individual Dressbarn locations, including information about store closing sales, will be shared during the wind down process. Dressbarn has retained A&G Realty Partners to assist on real estate-related matters.

Dressbarn associates will be notified when decisions are made about specific store closures and provided with transition support. Dressbarn intends to continue paying its vendors and suppliers in full in the ordinary course for products and services provided to Dressbarn during its wind down process.

Troy Taylor, President of financial advisory and investment banking firm Algon Group, has been appointed as independent director to the Board of Directors of The Dress Barn, Inc.

Above released by DressBarn/Ascena Retail Group, Inc.

Store locations in our area:

  • Putnam Plaza Shopping Center 1874 Route 6 Carmel, NY 10512
  • Danbury DressBarn Plaza 132 Federal Road, Danbury, CT 06811
  • Cortlandt Town Center 3119 E Main St, Mohegan Lake, NY 10547
  • Southbury Plaza Shopping Center 100 Main St N, Southbury, CT 06488
  • Thornwood 996 Broadway, Thornwood, NY 10594
  • Norwalk 574 Main Ave, Norwalk, CT 06851
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Two Carmel Men Arrested For Tax Fraud and Grand Larceny

Carmel, New York – On May 21, 2019 the New York State Police from the Hawthorne barracks arrested Frank Inzano, age 47, and Shannon Inzano, age 42, both of Carmel, for Attempted Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 2nd degree, a class C felony, Grand larceny in the 3rddegree, a class D felony, Offer to File a False Instrument in the 1st degree, and Criminal Tax Fraud in the 4th degree, both class E felonies.
The State Police in conjunction with the New York State Department of Taxation and the Putnam County District Attorney’s office and the New York State Department of Transportation conducted an investigation after a complaint was received regarding the owners of Top Notch Towing in Mahopac billing customers exorbitant charges for services.  Investigation found the Inzano’s stole over fifty thousand dollars using fraudulent billing practices, possessed five illegal hand guns, and committed tax fraud.

The Inazano’s were arraigned before the town of Carmel Court, and released on their own recognizance to reappear on June 24, 2019, at 6:00 p.m.

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Local School Districts Budget Vote Results

The following is the UNOFFICIAL results of school district voting in the Putnam/Westchester school districts held yesterday May 21st. Only districts in the HamletHub coverage area are included here. For more results on the Westchester and Putnam school districts not listed here, go to the Putnam County Board of Elections and the Westchester County Board of Elections websites.

Brewster Central School District


Yes: 857

No: 557

Voters approved the purchase of buses through issuance of a Bond Anticipation Note of $753,000.

Yes: 937

No: 480

In addition, voters approved moving $2,000,000 out of the district's Fund Balance (which is accumulated savings) to its Capital Fund for HVAC Installation at JFK Elementary School.

Yes: 972

No: 440

Krista Berardi and Scott Seaman ran unopposed for two open seats on the Board of Education.

Carmel Central School District

Budget Vote

YES 1437

NO 1007



Seats won by Cody, Vanacoro, Mittelstadt

Mahopac School District 

The Board of Education election included four candidates running for four seats: Lucy Massafra, Ray McDonough, Michael Mongon, and Adam Savino. 

Budget Vote

Yes 1,170

No 605

Capital Project Bond Referendum: 

Yes 1,137

No 635 

Bus/Transportation Bond Referendum:

Yes 1,160

No 609 

Somers Central School District

Budget Vote 

Yes 829

No 280

Information on the Bond Proposal was not available at time of publication

Yorktown School District

Budget Vote

Yes 603

No 139

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Coffee With Cher May 23 - Lifestyle workshops for business entrepreneurs

Join us this Thursday, May 23rd from 10am-11am at Bear Mountain Coffee Roasters located in the Center Court of the mall, for our final Spring Session of Coffee With Cher as we discuss meeting with a potential client over coffee or lunch.

Cost: FREE

Click here for more details

Jefferson Valley Mall

650 Lee Blvd, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598

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