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 Public Notice

As of January 1, 2015 the new phone number for residents to call
for all Dog Control Issues is 845-531-7915.

Contact Dog Control Officer Jill Gianfransico for:
loose dogs, barking dogs and lost dogs.
She is employed by the Putnam County SPCA Humane Law Enforcement Division.
To report animal cruelty to the Putnam SPCA please call 845-520-6915.


From Assemblywoman Sandy Galef:

"I thought the information below might be useful to you."

-Hiring Snow Removal Contractors: NYS Attorney General Eric Schneiderman issued a consumer alert offering tips for New Yorkers to avoid falling victim to unscrupulous snow removal contractors as winter approaches. These tips can be viewed at http://www.ag.ny.gov/consumer-frauds/snowplowing-and-snow-removal and if any consumers feel they have been victimized, please contact the AG’s Consumer Helpline at 1-800-771-7755.

-Unused Gift Cards: New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli is urging New Yorkers to read the fine print on gift cards this holiday season for details about fees and expiration dates. Unused gift cards issued by New York corporations are required to be turned over to the Comptroller's office as abandoned property after five years of dormancy. In State Fiscal Year 2013-2014, $5.8 million from gift cards was turned over to the state.  DiNapoli’s office is currently holding more than $13 billion in unclaimed funds from gift cards, uncashed checks, bank accounts, stocks and more. To find out if you are owed money, visit www.osc.state.ny.us.
-Energy Savings and Safety for Holiday Lighting Decor: Con Edison offers tips and ideas to help consumers as the season of decorating and entertaining begins.  Energy efficiency tips can be found at www.facebook.com/ConEdison.  Before customers install their holiday lights they are encouraged to keep in mind the tips found here www.coned.com/customercentral/safetytip.asp.  

-Help With Heating Bills: Households outside New York City can receive up to $625 to help defray heating costs this winter if they fall below certain income thresholds.  In order to receive the subsidy, a household of four must have earnings less than $4,219 a month.  The program, managed by the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, allows applicants to apply whether they own their home or rent it. The eligibility threshold varies depending on household size, from $2,194 in monthly gross income for a one-person house to $6,534 for an 11-person house.  Applicants can apply for the one-time funding online at https://www.mybenefits.ny.gov/
-Help With Heating Bills (continued): Putnam residents under 60 years of age may contact the Department of Social Services at 845-808-1500.  If you re over 60 years of age, please call Yvonne Niles of the Putnam County Office For Senior Resources at 845-808-1700 Ext. 47112.  Westchester residents may visit http://socialservices.westchestergov.com/home-energy-assistance to learn how to apply for the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP).  Westchester residents may wish to obtain information in-person at any of the social services offices http://socialservices.westchestergov.com/about-us/dss-district-offices.  If you have questions, call 914-995-5619. 

-IRS Warns Taxpayers of Phone Scam: The Internal Revenue Service is warning taxpayers to beware of a new telephone scam.  Taxpayers nationwide have received unsolicited calls from individuals demanding payment or bank information while fraudulently claiming to be from the IRS.  For details about how the scam works visit http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/IRS-Repeats-Warning-about-Phone-Scams.  If you know you do not owe taxes or have no reason to think that you owe any taxes (for example, you have never received a bill or the caller made some bogus threats, then call and report the incident to 1-800-366-4484.  A You Tube video published by the IRS is  https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=0y5z0kWgBcM&list=UUcWZOFh3l-1LC7UvhdCXxQg.

-Evacuate Meto-North Trains Safely: If you were on a train involved in an accident, would you know how to get to safety?  A safe and simple process can be found at http://bit.ly/1CHJGGu.  A print copy is available in Grand Central at the Stationmaster’s Office and other outlying stations.



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

Town Government Meetings/Deadlines:

     Monday, January 12th - Planning BOard Meeting - Cancelled
          All Agenda Items Postponed until the January 26th Meeting

     Wednesday, January 14th - Board of Ethics Meeting
          10:00 am - Putnam Valley Grange Hall  128 Mill Street  Putnam Valley, NY

     Wednesday, January 14th - Town Board Work Session
6:00 pm - Putnam Valley Town Hall
               265 Oscawana Lake Rd.  Putnam Valley, NY

          Click Here for Meeting Agenda

     Thursday, January 15th - Zoning Board of Appeals Work Session
          7:00 pm - Putnam Valley Town Hall
               265 Oscawana Lake Rd.  Putnam Valley, NY


Did you miss the last Town Board Meeting or Work Session?
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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:

Lake Peekskill Improvement District:
A Lake Peekskill Improvement District Meeting will be held:
Saturday, January 24th at 10:00 am
Putnam Valley Town Hall
265 Oscawana Lake Rd.  Putnam Valley, NY

Topics to be discussed include:
Lake Management
Canada Geese
Vacant Homes

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 Democratic Committee

The Putnam Valley Democratic Committee is pleased to announce its endorsement of Sam Oliverio to run for the office of Putnam Valley Town Supervisor in 2015.

The Committee would welcome hearing from other registered Democrats interested in running for local elected office, and in serving on or volunteering with the Democratic Committee.

Contact: info@pvdems.com


Putnam Valley Republican Committee

Check out the recent E-Newsletter from the Putnam County Young Republicans Club:

Do you know someone between the ages of 18-40 who is interested in getting more involved in the Republican Party? Email secretary@putnamyr.com or visit: www.putnamyr.com for more information.

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. 

Normal Library Hours:
Sundays: 12 pm - 4: pm
Mondays: 12 pm - 5 pm
Tues & Weds: 12 pm - 7 pm
Thurs & Fri: 12 pm - 4 pm
Saturdays: 12 pm - 4 pm


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.
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, February 5, 2015 at 7:00 pm
     Meetings held at the VFW Hall, 154 Oscawana Lake Rd.  Putnam Valley, NY


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


Putnam Valley Volunteer Fire Department


Proudly Volunteering Since 1946

Putnam Valley Volunteer Fire Department
     2015 Firematic, Fire Police, Administration officers and Board of Directors.

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.

COMMITMENT TO OUR COMMUNITY - Our volunteers are committed to providing quality patient care with true compassion. The Putnam Valley Ambulance Corps provides emergency medical services which is a totally volunteer-driven organization. We strive everyday to provide exceptional emergency medical service to the community.

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.

Its New Year’s for Trees, Too
Tu b’Shevat, celebrated this year on February 4, is the Jewish New Year for trees. Why, you might ask, do trees have a New Year? For tax purposes, in ancient Israel, it mattered in which year a tree began to flower and produce fruit.  

Right now, even though it is the middle of winter in Putnam Valley, in Israel the winter is waning and the sap of the trees is beginning to flow in preparation for producing fruit.

Tu B'Shevat image 			There are beautiful rituals designed to create a sense of awe and honor for the fruit bearing trees of the world. Where once we brought a tree’s first fruits to the Temple as an offering to God, today we can offer the fruit of our lips through song and prayer. This is what we hope to create at our Tu B’Shevat Seder on January 30th. As on Passover, our seder includes 4 cups of wine, but with an interesting twist to represent the different phases in the yearly cycle of trees. 

The Seder, conceived by the mystics of 16th Century Sefat, is meant to spiritually connect us to God and Torah (known as an Etz Chayyim, the Tree of Life) as well as to nature, by journeying through the Four Worlds of the Kabbalists, while partaking of the various types of fruits and nuts that trees produce.

Tu b’Shevat is a good time to (re)commit ourselves to protecting trees and all of the environment. It is also a good time to (re)connect with nature. In the words of Rabbi Nachman of Bratzlav:  

Grant me the ability to be alone; 
May it be my custom to go outdoors each day 
among the trees and grasses, 
among all growing things 
and there may I be alone
and enter into prayer to talk with the One that I belong to.

Rabbi Levy and Rabbi Altarescu

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
Cimarron Ranch

Historical Society Board Meeting

Members of the Community are Invited to Attend

Tuesday, January 13, 2015
(Rescheduled from January 6th)
5:30 pm
PV Parks & Recreation Offices
265 Oscawana Lake Road  Putnam Valley, NY


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, February 2nd - 7:00 pm at the Grange Hall
128 Mill Street  Putnam Valley, NY
More info online: www.PutnamValleyGrange.org


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


Join Us at The Club

Friday Evenings
From 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

November/December Newsletter
Click to Open

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, February 6th: 6 - 9 pm
At the Putnam Valley Middle School
For Students in Grades 5 - 8

Call (845) 526-3292 for more info

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:
Hudson Highlands Land Trust Welcomes
New River of Words Team Members
The Hudson Highlands Land Trust (HHLT) welcomes Elise LaRocco and Kali Bird to its River of Words (ROW) Environmental Education Program Team. Along with the ROW educators Cathy Bakker, Irene O’Garden and Pete Salmansohn, Elise and Kali look forward to bringing free hands-on, place- based environmental education programs to public schools within the Land Trust’s mission area.
Elise LaRocco brings strong writing and communication skills, and a love of the outdoors, to her role as River of Words Program Coordinator. She has conducted writing workshops for children, and currently tutors middle school students in literature comprehension and grammar, making her a natural spokesperson for HHLT's environmental education program.
Kali Bird, HHLT’s newest River of Words educator, has shared her enthusiasm for science and the environment with students during her tenure at the Carey Institute and, before that, Michigan State University. This past summer, Kali led an Orienteering Adventure for Teens with HHLT Stewardship Coordinator Matt Decker as part of our River of Words Summer Workshop Series, and is enthusiastic about sharing her passion for the outdoors with students throughout our mission area.
By drawing on the children’s imagination, creativity and natural curiosity, HHLT’s River of Words workshops plant the seeds for life-long learning. Students discover for themselves the richness and complexity of the natural world, history and the arts. The program’s focus on place-based education underscores the idea that learning can occur out of the classroom, and deepens the children’s connection to and understanding of the Hudson River’s historic and vital estuary system.
HHLT is able to offer these workshops to local public schools for free because of the generous support of its program sponsors, Educational Foundation of America, Malcolm Gordon Charitable Fund, RBC Wealth Management and The Vidda Foundation.
School administrators, educators and parents who are interested in learning more about the Hudson Highlands Land Trust’s River of Words program can visit www.hhltrow.org or contact Elise LaRocco, River of Words Program Coordinator, at 845/424-3358 x7 or row@hhlt.org.
The Hudson Highlands Land Trust is an accredited, community-based non-profit land conservation organization dedicated to the protection of the natural resources, rural character, and scenic beauty of the Hudson Highlands.  To learn more about HHLT’s programs and conservation work, please visit www.hhlt.org.

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