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Week of December 29, 2014 - January 4, 2015


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Did you miss any of Putnam Valley's many events

celebrating the holiday season in the last two weeks?

Or did you participate and you'd like to see it all again?

It's available for viewing on our local channels 18 & 20

Courtesy of Maryann Arrien

and Putnam Valley Community Television


The SHOW TIMES on the Putnam Valley Channels are:

Channel 18:
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays & Sundays 8:00am & 8:00pm "Meet Santa"
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays & Sundays 8:40am & 8:40pm "Holiday in PV"
Channel 20:
Every Day 6:00am & 6:00pm "Meet Santa"
Every Day 7:00am &  7:00pm "Holiday in PV"
Thursdays & Saturdays 8:00am & 8:00pm "Meet Santa"
Thursdays & Saturdays 8:40am & 8:40pm "Holiday in PV"

And, of course, they can be viewed on the internet at:



The Putnam County Department of Health
will be holding a public flu vaccine clinic
for Putnam County residents, 3 years and older.

DATE: Tuesday, January 6 
TIME: 2 -6:30pm 
LOCATION: Department of Health 
1 Geneva Road  Brewster, NY


No Appointments Necessary. 
Please bring proof of residency (driver’s license) and, if applicable, your Medicare card.

The cost of vaccine is $25. 
For anyone age 60 and older or with a Medicare card, the vaccine is free. 

High dose flu vaccine is being offered for seniors, 65 years and older.

Vaccine consent forms are available at www.putnamcountyny.com . 
Download the forms, complete them and bring them with you to the clinic.
Forms will be available at the clinic if you are unable to download them.

In the event of inclement weather, please call the flu hotline
at (845)808-1390 for possible rescheduling of the clinic.


What else is going on this week (and next)? 

Town Government Meetings/Deadlines:

     Wednesday, Dec. 31st - New Year's Eve - Town Hall Closed

     Thursday, Jan. 1st - New Year's Day - Town Hall Closed

Putnam Valley Town Board

Organizational Meeting

Monday, January 5th at 6:00 pm
Putnam Valley Town Hall

Watch it live on Channel 20

Highway Department Road Closures:

     Highway Department reports none scheduled at this time.

Environmental Hazards / Closures:

    No hazardous conditions in Putnam Valley, NY have been reported to the
PV10579 Community Information System.

District News:

Is something of interest going on in your District? Do you have an upcoming activity or program you'd like to promote? Send it in and we'll publicize it here!

In the meantime, here are some folks you can contact with questions or concerns about our Putnam Valley Districts:


District Office:

Judith Travis, District Clerk
Office Hours:
8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Monday through Friday
Phone:  (845) 526-2160


District Contacts:

Supervisor Tendy:
Lake Oscawana
Lookout Manor
Mill Ponds
Wildwood Knolls

Councilwoman Annabi:
Barger Pond
Brookdale Gardens
Lake Peekskill
Roaring Brook Lake

Councilman Luongo:
Abele Park

Councilman Mackay:
Glenmar Gardens
Putnam Chase
Strawberry Knolls

Councilwoman Whetsel:
Continental Village
Putnam Acres
Sewer District

Putnam Valley Free Library:


Phase 1 of the Library's building projects has been completed.
The Building Inspector approved our repairs & we have our certificate of occupancy.

We ask for your patience while we are still coordinating some items inside,
but you're welcome to come in. We will keep our current hours.

The public computers will be on. Visit the children's & teen collections upstairs. Check out our new teens-only space. 

Please come in the front doors as the community room entrance will be closed.

Our book drop has been moved back by the Library's front doors.

We ask that you use the pedestrian walkway across the existing vehicular bridge
to access the Library or use the book drop. 

While the vehicular bridge has been closed to cars,
it has always been open for you to walk across the brook.

Hope to see you soon. 

The Library hours during this holiday season will be:
Mon, Dec 29 12 - 5pm
Tues, Dec 30 12 - 7pm
Wed, Dec 31 12 - 3pm closing early - New Year's Eve
Thurs, Jan 1 closed HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Fri, Jan 2 12 - 4pm



Putnam Valley Area Chamber of Commerce:

     Working to unify and represent the business owners of the Putnam Valley area through advocacy and by providing networking opportunities and education to assist storefront, home based and farm business to attract new commerce via means such as social media and our website.


If you attended the presentation by The LaBerge Group, professional planners, on December 9th, the Putnam Valley Area Chamber of Commerce would like to receive your feedback and input!

Please send along any comments, questions, or suggestions to:

Visit the Putnam Chamber on Facebook:

     The Chamber of Commerce meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month. The next meeting will take place on January 13th at:
Once Upon a Time Preschool
47 Peekskill Hollow Road  Putnam Valley, NY

     Storefront, Farm and Home Business Owners, and all interested Putnam Valley Residents, are invited and encouraged to attend.

          Join us and make Putnam Valley a better place to do business!

Veterans of Foriegn Wars - V.F.W.

Gillen-Vinscotski Memorial Post 391
     Next Meeting: Thursday, January 1, 2015 at 7:00 pm
     Meetings held at the VFW Hall, 154 Oscwana Lake Rd.  Putnam Valley, NY


          VFW Post 391
          PO Box 623
          Putnam Valley, NY 10579-0623


Putnam Valley Volunteer Fire Department


Voting was held on Tuesday – December 9th, to elect the
     2015 Firematic, Fire Police, Administration officers and Board of Directors.
Winners are listed below and congratulations to all.

Firematic Officers
Chief – Shawn Keeler
1st Asst. Chief – David Anderson
2nd. Asst. Chief – Larry Cobb, Jr.
Captain – Ken Rohrauer
1st Lieutenant – Frank DiMarco
2nd Lieutenant – Jack McCarthy
2nd Lieutenant - Vito Rizzi
2nd Lieutenant – Jason Cobb

2015 Fire Police Officers
Fire Police Captain – Charlie Milo
Fire Police 1st Lt. Mario Peri
Fire Police 2nd Lt. Fred Plummer

Administrative Officers
President – Larry Cobb, Sr.
Vice President – Sheryl Luongo
Treasurer – Fran Tansey
Recording Secretary – Anne Spoonhour
Financial Secretary – Lois Rizzi

Board of Directors
Chairman – Jim LaPorte
Secretary – Frank Tansey
Members – Mitzi Eagens, Mark Backus, Carl Boehmig, Frank Rush III & Greg Schiffer


When you see BLUE LIGHTS - please PULL OVER!!   It will only take a few seconds - but in an emergency seconds count! A car with a flashing BLUE LIGHTS is a volunteer firefighter responding to an emergency. 
BLUE LIGHTS DO NOT give volunteers any special privileges.  They are courtesy lights only.  The BLUE LIGHTS is to alert other drivers that we are on our way to an emergency.  It's up to other drivers to pull over and let us go by! Please let us pass.  It could give us the extra time to save a life or stop a fire before it's out of control. In a few minutes, these same people will be responding with a red light and siren.


Putnam Valley Volunteer Ambulance Corps.

PVVAC is proud to offer to the public a variety of training classes in First Aid, CPR and Bloodborne Pathogens. To see a description and schedule of these classes and to sign up please
click here!

     The Putnam Valley Volunteer Ambulance Corps is always looking for new volunteers to join its ranks. Whether you'd like to ride with them, or help out around the Corps, they're sure you have something worthwhile to share.
Office (non emergency): 845-526-3119

When you see a GREEN LIGHT- please PULL OVER!!   It will only take a few seconds - but in an emergency seconds count! A car with a flashing GREEN LIGHT is a volunteer emergency medical services person responding to an emergency.
 GREEN LIGHTS DO NOT give volunteers any special privileges.  They are courtesy lights only.  The GREEN LIGHTS is to alert other drivers that we are on our way to an emergency.  It's up to other drivers to pull over and let us go by. Please let us pass.  It could give us the extra time to save a life. In a few minutes, these same people will be responding with a red light and siren.
Please practice GREEN LIGHT courtesy and HELP US HELP YOU!!

Reform Temple of Putnam Valley:

     This small, family-oriented congregation serves Putnam and Northern Westchester, providing religious school for preschoolers through young adults and adult education programs. The congregation is particularly sensitive to the varying needs of members; individuals raised in various Jewish traditions, Jews-by-choice and non-Jewish members of congregants' families. The warm atmosphere encourages newcomers to share in all aspects of temple life.

         Shabbat Services are held Friday nights at 8:00 pm, led by Rabbis Laurie Levy and Steve Altarescu.  An Oneg with snacks follows the service. Everyone is encouraged to come and celebrate Shabbat with us.  Shabbat Family Services are held the first Friday of the month at 8:00 pm for our temple's youngest members and their families. These services are also lead by Rabbis Levy and Altarescu, followed by an Oneg. Prospective members are always welcome. 

      Services held at the Putnam Valley Reform Temple
                362 Church Road in Putnam Valley, NY

isit www.rtpv.org for more info.


Adult Education on Sundays

Mark these dates on your calendar and join Rabbi Levy and Rabbi Altarescu for bagels, coffee and discussion! Attend any number of sessions.
Sundays, 11am-12:30pm 
All programs are free and open to the community. 


The Genesis of Desire: An in-Depth Study of Relationships in the Torah
November 9, December 14, January 11, February 8
Learners of all backgrounds invited. No prior knowledge of Hebrew or Jewish texts required.

Jewish Spirituality and Contemplative Practices
November 23, January 25, March 15 
Jewish Meditation, Torah Yoga, and Jewish Mysticism
For spiritual seekers of all types.



RTPV students had a heartwarming visit to the Fieldhome Nursing Care Center.
The residents were so appreciative of our visit and our students opened their hearts and their voices sharing Chanukah songs and words of care and love.


St. Ambrose of Milan Orthodox Church

     Comes out of the Russian Orthodox tradition but worships using the old Western (Roman) Rite as it existed between the 5th - 9th centuries.

     Sundays at 10:00 am - Liturgy (Mass) followed by breakfast!
          Services held at the Putnam Valley Grange, 2nd Floor
          For more information, contact Archbishop Anthony at (845) 528-5252.



Church of the North American Martyrs:

Located at 55 Oscawana Lake Road in Putnam Valley
Weekend Mass Schedule:
Saturday - 5:00 pm
Sunday - 9:00 am and 11:00 am
Come worship with us!



Temple Israel of Putnam Valley:

Temple Israel of Putnam Valley (Lake Drive, Lake Peekskill) is inaugurating a new program of “synagogue skills” learning. Rather than conduct a normal Shabbat service, we will be gathering together to study and learn for an hour or so. What we hope to do is to explore, in a relaxed and informal format, a series of key prayers and rituals that take place in synagogues around the world during Shabbat services. Our hope is that those who attend will find that they will become more comfortable with the content of the service.

This program is especially designed for anyone who is interested in learning more about what all these prayers and rituals mean but was afraid to ask! EVERYONE IS CORDIALLY INVITED.

These informal “shul” sessions will take place on the 2nd & 4th Shabbat each month until further notice.
Regular Shabbat Services are held the 1st & 3rd Saturday of each month at 9:30 am

Services are held in the Temple Sanctuary, Lake Shore Dr. in Lake Peekskill

All services are free and open to all!
All are invited to attend services.



Putnam Valley Historical Society:

Our history: IGA at Oregon Corners circa 1937

A Few More Dates of Interest to Putnam Valley

March 28, 1936 -Putnam Valley acquired its own town hall building.

July 30, 1937 – Putnam Valley Free Library obtained a provisional charter;
it actually started in 1929 in the summer home of Rhea K. Johnson.

1942 – 1945 – The CCC camp at Fahnstock was converted to a rest station for British sailors
who saw active duty and whose ships were being repaired at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

August, 1946 – Putnam Valley Volunteer Fire Department was established.

June 2, 1947 – Putnam Valley Post Office was established at Oregon Corners.

April 2, 1950 – Ground was broken for St. Lukes church. The original building was dismantled
at its site in the Bronx, brought here in 3 foot sections and reassembled.

May 31, 1957 – The first Civil Service Chief of Police was appointed.

1961 – Putnam Valley Volunteer Ambulance Corps established.

April 26, 1968 – Putnam Valley Historical Society was created.

March 31, 1983 – Tompkins Corners Methodist Church was placed
on the National Register of Historic Places.

A Call for Dedicated Volunteers!
Transcribers of historical documents and docents at the museum are needed.
For more info, call (845) 528-1024 or e-mail 

Putnam Valley Food Pantry

The Putnam Valley Community Food Pantry provides both perishable and non-perishable grocery items to approximately 200 families each week.

The Pantry is open every Saturday morning from 10:00 - 11:00 am and is located at 337 Peekskill Hollow Road, Putnam Valley, NY 10579.


The Putnam Valley Community Food Pantry’s mission is to increase access to food and to supply the ingredients for healthy balanced meals for struggling families in northern Westchester and Southern Putnam communities.

For more information, visit the Putnam Valley Food Pantry's website:


Putnam Valley Grange #841, Patrons of Husbandry:

Monthly Grange Business Meeting
Monday, January 5th - 7:00 pm at the Grange Hall
128 Mill Street  Putnam Valley, NY
More info online: www.PutnamValleyGrange.org

German American Social Club of Peekskill (in Putnam Valley)

    For more info about the club: www.gac1936.com


New Year's Eve Party

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

For more information: (845) 528-5800


Putnam Valley Lions Club:
     Meets the 2nd Monday of each month
          7:00 pm at Cortlandt Colonial Restaurant - Dinner $20


Putnam Valley Rotary Club:

     Meets Wednesdays at Hollowbrook Travel - 11 Oscawana Lake Rd.
          For info, contact Diana Cillo: (845) 528-1123 /


Putnam Valley Residents' Coalition:
     The aim of the Putnam Valley Residents' Coalition is to protect our natural resources and preserve the rural character of Putnam Valley. For more info, visitwww.putnamvalleyresidents.com/index.htm

Putnam Valley Parks & Recreation Department:
Teen Center / Game Night
Friday, January 9th: 6 - 9 pm
At the Putnam Valley Middle School
For Students in Grades 5 - 8

Call (845) 526-3292 for more info
(Next Teen Center: February 6th)

Mad Science - Adventures in Science
After School Enrichment Program for Students in Grades 1 -5
Wednesdays 3:30 - 4:30 pm starting January 28th
Registration Must Be Completed Online at:


Deadline for Registration: January 20, 2015

Click the Links, below, for information flyers/registration forms:

What's in the Box with Dawn Vaccaro

After School Holiday Craft Classes - Tuesday or Thursday Sessions

Registration open for Putnam Valley Elementary School Taekwondo Club

Registration open for Putnam Valley Middle School Taekwondo Club

Youth Chess Classes
For Boys or Girls, Grades 1-4
3:30 - 4:30 pm at the PV Elementary School

Beginners: Wednesdays, Beginning December 3rd
Intermediate: Thursdays, Beginning December 4th
Advanced: Fridays, Beginning December 5th
Register at PVPR or Call (845) 526-3292 for info

Cartooning Class
Mondays, 3:30-4:30 pm
At the Putnam Valley Elementary School
Grades K-4
 1/5, 1/12, 1/26, 2/2/15

Register at PVPR or Call (845) 526-3292 for info

Dates/Times are subject to change.

Always confirm Events with Parks & Recreation by calling (845) 526-3292

Putnam Valley Senior Center
     Mondays:  Art Class at 10:00 am
                        Tai Chi at 10:30 am
     Tuesdays:  Line Dancing at 10:30 am
                        Trivial Pursuit at 10:30 am
                        Crafts at 1:00 pm
     Wednesdays:  Sewing at :10:00 am
                              Yoga at 11:15 am
                              Social Dancing at 1:00 pm
                              Wii Games at 1:00 pm
     Thursdays:  Chair Pilates at 10:00 am
                          Coffee and Talk at 11:00 am
                          Ceramics at 12:30 pm
     Fridays:  Wii Games at 10:00 am
                     Memoir Class at 11:00 am
                     Knitting and Hook Rug at 1:00 pm
     Call (845) 528-2662 for more information

     Caregivers Support Group - 3rd Thursdays 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
          Sponsored by the Putnam County Office for the Aging
          Call Michelle Dimarco for more info: (845) 808-1732
     Computer Classes at the Putnam Valley Senior Center
          Sponsored by the Putnam County Office for the Aging
          Contact Cathy O'Brien for more info: (845) 628-6423 / cobrien@bestweb.net


And Nearby....
Support Hudson Highlands Land Trust

and Protect the Places You Love.

Start a new tradition and begin 2015 with a First Day Hike to reconnect
and recommit to nature for the coming year. There are so many
inspiring trails in this area for all hiking levels. You can check out the
ADA-accessible trail at Perkins Tower in Bear Mountain State Park to
start your year with great views of the region, or hike the Arden Point trail in Garrison to get closer to the river. A walk along John Allen Pond in Putnam Valley (pictured) will give your spirits a lift, while a trek in Black Rock Forest in Cornwall will get your heart pumping.
As you plan your New Year's Day hike, remember that a donation to the Hudson Highlands Land Trust helps protect the natural resources and beautiful scenery we enjoy year round. Working with private landowners during its first 25 years, HHLT has protected over 2,100 acres, and conserved thousands more through partnerships with New York State Parks and other conservation organizations.
With your support, we can continue this momentum
into our second quarter century.  
Please make a secure tax-deductible donation online now.  It's so quick and easy, it will leave you with plenty of time to explore the Hudson Highlands this holiday season!  Thank you in advance for your support.
Warm wishes for a happy New Year!
The HHLT Board and Staff
Hudson Highlands Land Trust
P.O. Box 226
20 Nazareth Way
Garrison, NY  10524
(845) 424-3358


Local Businesses:






Each year tens of thousands of dogs, mostly beagles, are routinely used in animal research in laboratories across the world. Some of these lucky dogs find sanctuary. These dogs often behold their change in circumstances with a mixture of bewilderment and fear.

The name Freegle was first heard amidst a large release of beagles back in 2010, where 120 beagles were released from a facility in New Jersey and nicknamed Free Beagles or Freegles for short.

We at BeFreegle Foundation look forward to the day when animal testing is no longer necessary but in the meantime we actively pursue each and every opportunity to help beagles and other dogs of research so that they too can be, now and forever, Freegles. When choosing your next pet please consider adopting a Freegle. We promise, you will be glad you did.

Contact us:

We are always looking for energetic animal lovers who don’t mind rolling up their sleeves and helping out. If you are interested in becoming a BeFreegle Foundation volunteer please send an email to Volunteer@BeFreegleFoundation.org.

For specific questions or to inquire about surrendering your research beagle(s) please email Executive Director, Kate Aubry or call toll-free 1-844-BeFreegle ext 10.

For information on donations, corporate sponsorship or in kind giving please
 email Treasurer, Kitty-Marie O’Brien or call toll-free 1-844-BeFreegle ext.11.


Trees and Shrubs

  • Hazardous Tree Removal
  • Pruning, Shaping
  • Cabling, Bracing
  • Planting, Transplanting
  • Removal, Stump Grinding
  • Mulching, Firewood
  • Training and Speaking Engagements
  • Consulting

Landscape Design

  • Outdoor Living Areas Walkways, Patios
  • Retaining Walls, Stone Steps
  • Edible Landscapes: Gardens, orchards, etc.
  • Structures: Arbors, Gazebos, Pergolas, Planters, etc.
  • Water Features

Plant Health Care

  • Fertilizing
  • Organic mulching
  • Insect, Pest & Disease Control
  • Wildlife Enhancement/Control

Holistic tree and plant care
Ecological, economical, professional, licensed and insured.
Tel: (845) 621 2227   or by Email: office@onearthplantcare.com


Evolving Systems, Inc. (ESI) is a dedicated team of software engineers committed to creating leading edge technical solutions that increase the profitability of your business. The ESI team is made up of expert problem solvers in the continually changing technology arena. Our mission is to harness the power of the computer and the Internet to maximize productivity, minimize stress and benefit your business.
Our Expertise:
  • System/Network Security
  • Project Management
  • Design
  • Implementation
  • Hosting and Support


Computer Solutions for the Modern Office
Putnam Valley, NY


At Avedata.net we provide complete solutions for our customers. Each computer we build is custom tailored to the customers needs and is only built using top quality, name brand components. We work with our clients existing IT infrastructure by upgrading their present machines, and as older machines are retired, replace them with new custom- built computers which will improve stability and reliability. We provide backup solutions that are effective, quick and easy to maintain. If we can make your single computer or large network more stable and efficient, your productivity and bottom line will be greatly improved.


Mountain Stream Budo is a unique martial arts school specializing in

karate, kobudo, and ju jitsu.

We are the only martial arts school in Westchester and Putnam Counties

that offers these three distinct arts under one roof.


* Self Defense * Fitness * Discipline * Focus * Strength * Flexibility * Coordination *
* Confidence * Goal Orientation * Inner Peace * Improved Self-Esteem *
* Improved Gross & Fine Motor Skills * Balance * Physical and Mental Reflexes *
* Aerobic Exercise * Weight Loss *
* Japanese Culture, Language, and Etiquette *

Heritage Funeral Home
PO Box 325  35 Morrissey Drive
Putnam Valley, NY 10579
(845) 526-3000


A full-service funeral home providing at-need funeral arrangements, prearrangement planning, bereavement programs, and merchandise such as caskets, vaults and cremation urns. The Heritage Funeral Home serves all faiths and can provide services to your family, regardless of tradition or financial constraints.  We are here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to answer your questions. Call anytime at (845) 526-3000 or e-mail us at: 


Once Upon a Time Preschool & Day Care
47 Peekskill Hollow Road  Putnam Valley, NY
(845) 284-2941



136 Wiccopee Road   Putnam Valley, NY

Delicious food, wonderful maple and honey products,
playful animals and great people.


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