DOG CONTROL OFFICER - NEW CONTACT NUMBER
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/.
-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? Click Below to Watch it Now...
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.
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
Contact: 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
YIELD FOR BLUE LIGHTS
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.
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 Visit 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.
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.
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.
b’Shalom, 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:
Historical Society Board Meeting
Members of the Community are Invited to Attend
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
(Rescheduled from January 6th)
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 email@example.com.
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:
Meets Wednesdays at Hollowbrook Travel - 11 Oscawana Lake Rd.
For info, contact Diana Cillo: (845) 528-1123 / Diana4Travel@aol.com
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, visit: www.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: www.midhudson.madscience.org Deadline for Registration: January 20, 2015
Click the Links, below, for information flyers/registration forms:
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
Mondays, 3:30-4:30 pm
At the Putnam Valley Elementary School
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 / firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com.
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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