Carmel, New York

Carmel, New York

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Carmel is a town located in Putnam County, New York, USA. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 33,006. It is the county seat of Putnam CountyGR|6.

The Town of Carmel is on the south border of the county. The town hall is in Mahopac.

Guideposts Magazine, founded by Norman Vincent Peale, is headquartered in Carmel.


The town was first settled around 1740 by George Hughson. On the night of April 26, 1777, after learning the news that the British had begun burning nearby Danbury, Connecticut, sixteen-year-old Sybil Ludington rode her horse, Star, the entire night through the towns of Carmel, Mahopac, Kent Cliffs and Farmers Mills warning those along the way that the British were coming before returning home at dawn. A statue memorializing the female Paul Revere sits alongside Lake Gleneida.

Carmel was established from part of the Town of Kent (then known as "Frederickstown") in 1795. Carmel was designated the county seat in 1812. In 1861, a small part of Carmel was taken to be added to the Town of Putnam Valley. In 1924, much of the town burned.

Putnam County Courthouse

The historic Putnam County Courthouse is located on Gleneida Avenue in Carmel. It was built in 1814 and the jail was added in 1855. The building has a classical front facade. There was one hanging in 1844 and it is today the second oldest working [citation needed] courthouse in New York State. The new Putnam County Courthouse was completed in early 2008, and is located on Gleneida Ave nearby the historic courthouse.

= Carmel High School =

Constructed in 1929, Carmel High School, which serves 1,594 students, is located on Fair Street across the street from the post office in the heart of town. The school has had three extensions, one in 1969, and another in 1980. A fourth extension has been finished being built and was slated to be completed during the summer of 2007, the new wing fully opened in September 2007. The new wing holds brand new science classrooms and a new library.

The high school girls' track team, the Carmel Rams, made history when it became just the fourth team in the nation to ever break nine minutes in the3200 meter relay and were crowned National Champions at the National Scholastic Indoor Championship in March 2007. The relay consisted of Kristin Reese, Caity Tully, Catherine DeSarle, and Ashley Maurer. []

News & Events

*July 29, 1933 - former professional Wrestler and Manager for the WWF, "Captain" Lou Albano resides.
*July 29, 1971 - a category 2 tornado convert|1.9|mi|km away from the city center caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.
*July 10, 1989 - a category 2 (max. wind speeds 113-157 mph) tornado convert|0.7|mi|km away from the Carmel city center traveled east across Fair Street near the King's Grant condos, injured five people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.
*August 22, 2000 - a 2.5 magnitude earthquake was felt. The epicenter was located approximately convert|2.5|mi|km northeast of the town of Carmel. People were awakened mainly because of the loud noise as if their oil burner had exploded or there was a truck collision on a road near their house.
*September 11, 2001 - eight Carmel residents were lost: Police Officer Stephen Patrick Driscoll, Firefighter Daniel Harlin, Firefighter Thomas Joseph Kuveikis, Firefighter Robert Minara, George Paris of Cantor Fitzgerald, Firefighter Christopher Blackwell, David Fodor of Fiduciary Trust, and Firefighter George Cain. The town has a memorial dedicated at Spain-Cornerstone Park on the corner of Fair Street and Route 52.
*2002 - a scene for the Adam Sandler movie "Mr. Deeds" was filmed at the Wendy's in the Putnam Plaza. The scene was edited from the film and the Wendy's burned to the ground in December 2006. It was recently rebuilt and reopened in September 2007.
*2006 - Carmel High School became the subject of news when there were altercations over football rivalries between students of Carmel and Mahopac. The events led to a few game cancellations, as many disagreements became bloody, and began to include adults as well as students.
*April 27-28, 2007 - the town of Carmel hosted a two-day militia encampment along Lake Gleneida. The event celebrated the 230th anniversary of the heroism of Putnam County's teenage Paul Revere, Sybil Ludington.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 40.7 square miles (105.4 km²), of which, 36.1 square miles (93.5 km²) of it is land and 4.6 square miles (11.9 km²) of it is water. The total area is 11.26% water.

The south town line is the border of Westchester County, New York. The town is located approximately fifty miles north of New York City (measured from Central Park) and approximately ten miles west of Danbury, Connecticut.


*Total Population: 33,006
*Males, 49.6%; Females - 50.4%
*Median Age: 37.1 years
*By Race
**White, 94.6%;
**Hispanic, 5.9%,
**Asian, 1.2%;
**Black or African American, 1.1%;
**American Indian or Alaskan Native, 0.1%;
**Other Race, 1.5%

*Average Household Size: 3.02
*Median Household Income: $77,406 (1999)
*Per Capita Income: $29,368 (1999)
*High School Graduation Rate: 90.5%
*College Graduation Rate: 32.9%Source: US Census []

Notable Celebrities from Carmel

*Professional Wrestler/Manager, Lou Albano "Captain Lou"
*Trading Spouses Contestants, The Farrell Family
*Amazing Race Contestants, The Paolo Family
*Former Good Day New York Anchor, Jim Ryan
*Former Wrestler "Chrissy Dissy"

Source: Internet Movie Database []

Political leaders

*Governor David Paterson 2008 -
*US Senator Charles Schumer 1999 -
*US Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton 2001 -
*Congressman John Hall 2007 -
*State Senator Vincent Leibell 1995 -
*Assemblyman Greg Ball 2007 -
*County Executive Robert Bondi 1991 -
*County Legislator Daniel G. Birmingham, 2004-
*County Legislator Mary Ellen Odell
*County Legislator Robert P. McGuigan Jr. 1998 -
*County Legislator Anthony Fusco, II 2008-
*Town Supervisor Kenneth Schmitt 2008-

Notable sites and organizations

*Arms Acres is a 129-bed residential alcoholism and substance abuse treatment facility situated on a 54 acre site also on Seminary Hill Road.
*Carmel High School is the town's high school, part of the Carmel Central School District
*Centennial Golf Club is a 27 hole championship course on convert|340|acre|km2, located on John Simpson Road.
*Gilead Cemetery has marked gravestones dating back to 1766, and was a principal burying ground to the community throughout the nineteenth century, including that of Enoch Crosby, a Revolutionary War soldier and spy.
*Guideposts, founded by Norman Vincent Peale and Ruth Stafford Peale is located at 39 Seminary Hill Road.
*Lake Gleneida, formed by ice age glaciers, covers almost convert|168|acre|km2 and is more than convert|100|ft|m deep in some areas. It is located at the center of the hamlet of Carmel.
*Putnam County Park is located along Gipsy Trail Road and is a convert|200|acre|km2|sing=on haven with hiking trails, camp grounds and a lake for swimming and ice skating.
*Putnam Hospital Center, which opened in 1964, is a 164-bed not-for-profit acute care hospital on Stoneleigh Avenue.
*Reed Memorial Library was dedicated in 1914 and was built by Arrietta Crane Reed in memory of her late husband, William Belden Reed. It sits at the intersection of Routes 6 and 52.
*Smalley's Inn & Restaurant, originally built in 1883 by Colonel Thomas Taylor, is located on Route 52 (Gleneida Avenue).
*Town of Carmel Police Department, is the town's local Police force, located on Mcalpin Ave. in Mahopac

Communities and locations in Carmel

*Baldwin Place -- A hamlet in the southwest corner of the town.
*Carmel -- The hamlet of Carmel is in the northeast corner of the town.
*Carmel Hills -- A hamlet south of Carmel village.
*Crafts -- once a hamlet of Carmel with its own Post Office, off of Drewville Road, south of Route 6, named after the Craft Family, descendants of Pilgrims.
*Field Corners --
*Hopkins Corners --
*Houseman Corners --
*Mahopac -- A hamlet where the town government is located.
*Mahopac Falls -- A hamlet in the southwest corner of the town.
*Mahopac Mines --
*Mahopac Point --
*McLaughlin Acres --
*Rock Hill Camp -- A Girl Scout camp opened in 1922, located in Mahopac on Long Pond. [ [ Rock Hill Camp webpage] ]
*The Sedgewood Club -- (Previously the Carmel Country Club) A private community with golf and tennis facilities near the Hamlet of Carmel,
*Secor Corners --
*Stillwater -- A hamlet in the southwest corner of the town.
*Tilly Foster -- A hamlet southeast of Carmel village near the east town line
*West Mahopac -- A hamlet near the west town line.
*Most of the other towns in Putnam County send their students to the Carmel High School


The name of the hamlet/town is almost always pronounced "CAR-m'l", unlike many other Carmels in the United States, such as Carmel, California, which is "car-MEL". The hamlet of Mahopac is notoriously divided between "MAY-oh-pak" and "muh-HO-pak".

External links

* [ Town of Carmel, NY]
* [ History of Carmel, NY]
* [ Town of Carmel Police Department]
* Town of Carmel Police Department
* [ Reed Memorial Library (Carmel)]
* [ Mahopac Library]


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