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Week of January 26 - February 1, 2015


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The Putnam Valley Town Board
and The Putnam Valley Chamber of Commerce

* The Putnam Valley Business of the Month *

The Putnam Valley Market

 4 Sunset Hill Rd.  Putnam Valley, NY
(845) 528-8626

Fresh Dairy - Fresh Bagels & Pastry - Groceries
Delicious Hot Coffee - ATM - LOTTO - Cold Beer

Click Here to Learn More About the Business of the Month

       From County Legislator William Gouldman

The STAR application deadline is March 1. NO EXCEPTIONS!

If you are a homeowner, who uses your home as your primary residence and you and your spouse's income is less than $500,000, you qualify!

Take advantage of this program; you will save money on your school taxes.


Apply for STAR: www.tax.ny.gov


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

Town Government Meetings/Deadlines:

     Monday, January 26th - Planning Board Meeting CANCELLED
Due to the snow storm, the Planning Board Meeting has been CANCELLED.
             All Agenda items will be postponed until the February 2, 2015 Planning Board Meeting.

     Thursday, January 29th - Zoning Board of Appeals Public Hearing
          7:30 pm - Putnam Valley Town Hall  265 Oscawana Lake Rd.  Putnam Valley
          Click Here for Meeting Agenda

     Saturday, January 31st - Lake Peekskill Improvement District Meeting
          10:00 am - Putnam Valley Town Hall  265 Oscawana Lake Rd.  Putnam Valley
               (Rescheduled from January 24th)
          Click Here for Meeting Agenda
          Click Here to Access Minutes from the December 6, 2014 Meeting


Did you miss the last Town Board Meeting or Work Session?
Click Below to Watch it Now...

Highway Department Road Closures:

     Our Highway Department expects to by fairly busy dealing with the weather - no other projects are planned for this week at  this time.

Environmental Hazards / Closures:

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

District News:

Lake Peekskill Improvement District:
A Lake Peekskill Improvement District Meeting will be held:
Saturday, January 31st at 10:00 am
(postponed last week due to inclement weather)
Putnam Valley Town Hall
265 Oscawana Lake Rd.  Putnam Valley, NY

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

Click Here to Access Minutes from the December 6, 2014 Meeting

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 Putnam County Young Republicans Club E-Newsletter:

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.

For more information about the Putnam Valley Republicans, email:

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 as we are still coordinating some items inside, but you're welcome to come in. The public computers are on. Visit the children's & teen collections upstairs. Check out our new teens only space.
Winter Storytimes start Wednesday February 4th (changed due to snow).
Storytime for 3-6yrs at 10:15am. Toddlertime for children under 3yrs at 11:15am.

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 to 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.

As their terms expired on December 31, 2014, we want to thank George Olsen and Harris Mandel for their years of volunteer service on the Putnam Valley Library Board of Trustees.

As many of you are aware, the Library usually hosts an annual winter Gingerbread House Party at the beginning of December.
However, the building was still closed at that time.

Now that they're open, they are going forward with this fun event!

Join your friends at the PV Free Library for a Valentine's Day Gingerbread House Party on Tuesday, February 10th, between 4:30 - 6pm. FREE

The library will provide the foundation for your house and the graham cracker cookies for the walls.

Please sign up for this event so they will know how many houses to prepare. You may sign up by phone or in person at the Library.

Please bring the icing and decorations for your family.
Everyone looks forward to seeing the creations of your young architects!


Normal Library Hours:
Sundays: 12 pm - 4: pm
Mondays: 12 pm - 5 pm
Tues: 12 pm - 7 pm
Weds:10 am - 7 pm
(delayed opening this Weds. due to snow)
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.

     The Chamber of Commerce meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month. The next meeting will take place on Februuary 9th 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.

Visit the Putnam Chamber on Facebook:
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

On Sunday, January 25th, PVVFD members participated in an Ice Resuce Drill on Lake Peekskill. A team of 4 members in cold water suits and attached to safety lines cleared the snow and cut an opening in the ice using chainsaws. Those on the shore observed the drill and manned the safety lines for those on the ice. The drill demonstrated various ways to rescue an individual who had fallen through the ice into the cold water. Skills practiced included exiting the water using handheld ice picks, using an ice sled and putting a rescue tube around an individual to hoist them out of the water.



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!


PVVAC is always looking for new members (Youth Corps, Senior Corps, and
Associates). Are you interested?


The Youth Corps. If you are between the ages of 13 and 17, you may join PVVAC's

Youth Corps.   Members are trained in CPR and First Aid for medical emergencies and at 16 Youth Corps members may ride on actual calls under the supervision of Senior Corps members. The Youth Corps participates in drills, parades, and community functions with the Senior Corps, in addition to social activities of its own. Youth Corps members move up to the Senior Corps at age 18.


The Senior Corps. If you are 18 or older, you may join PVVAC's Senior Corps as a Probationary Member, moving to full Riding Membership in a year or less. No prior experience is required. You will learn CPR, First Aid and other life saving skills. You may advance your training by taking New York State EMT (Emergency Medical

Technician) or CFR (Certified Responder Course) classes, for which the Corps will pay, but these classes are not mandatory.

As a member, you are not obliged to respond to calls unless you have signed for a time on the roster, normally a few hours a week at your convenience. An ambulance crew in a medical emergency consists of three people: an EMT, a driver, and an attendant. A Youth Corps or Probationary Member may be a fourth member of the crew.


Associate Members. For those people who do not want to become involved with patient care, we have an important and essential group of Associate Members. These individuals assist the Corps with administrative tasks. They hold administrative offices such as Secretary, Treasurer, or member of the Board of Directors; they help with the fund drive, record-keeping, correspondence, and other “paperwork”; and they assist the Captain and other line officers.


Would you like to learn more about joining PVVAC?   If so, you may contact our Membership Committee by calling 845-526-3119. Be sure to leave your name, telephone number, and the best time to contact you.  


Come to a meeting! You may find out more about us by coming to one of our monthly membership meetings, which are held at 7:30 pm at the new PVVAC Headquarters at 218 Oscawana Lake Road on the 4th Wednesday of the month, January through October. In November and December, they are held on the second Wednesday. Meetings are preceded by a light supper at 7 pm. Join us!

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.

The Reform Temple of Putnam Valley welcomes Jews
and spiritual seekers of all backgrounds and lifestyles.

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

isit www.rtpv.org for more info.
Tu B’Shevat: In Celebration of Trees
Pot Luck Dinner and Seder

Friday, January 30th at 6:00 pm 
followed by Shabbat Services at 8:00 pm
Our Friday night service will celebrate the beauty of song in our lives.
We read in the Torah that after the Israelites crossed the Reed Sea they joined together in song:
     Miriam the prophetess, Aaron's sister, took a timbrel in her hand,
and all the women went out with her to dance with timbrels 

Join us for an ecological and spiritual journey into the earth’s bounty
through ritual, music and conversation.

Like a Passover seder, we will have 4 cups of wine (or grape juice), 4 questions, poetry, songs, readings and more, including a craft project for kids and adults.

Please bring a dish to share that uses
some ingredients that come from trees -- soups and salads preferred.

Please RSVP to 
Nicole Berglas.

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
February 8
Learners of all backgrounds invited. No prior knowledge of Hebrew or Jewish texts required.

Jewish Spirituality and Contemplative Practices
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.

Visit Temple Israel on Facebook



Putnam Valley Historical Society:
Our History
Putnam Valley Historical Society Museum


Our new exhibit will open in May 2015.
What would YOU like to learn about this spring?

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

Please join us for a “2015 Growing Season” Mixer to once again network with each other and we will also provide an update on the Keep Putnam Farming Initiative.  The mixer is being held at the Carmel Fire House on Thursday February 5th with desserts to share and beverages provided.  Please RSVP to ensure we have enough beverages.  Thank you for all your support throughout last year and look forward to working with you this year on this great project.  Hope to see you all at the mixer.



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


Superbowl XLIX

February 1, 2015

Doors open at 4:00 PM - Kickoff at 6:20 PM
Download Flyer 

Membership Meeting

Sunday, February 22, 2015

3:00 PM - with Pizza and Rat Race

Join Us at The Club

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

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
(Next Teen Center / Game Night: March 6th)

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

What's in the Box with Dawn Vaccaro

Registration open for Putnam Valley Elementary School Taekwondo Club

Registration open for Putnam Valley Middle School Taekwondo Club


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


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