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The Putnam Valley Town Board

The Putnam Valley Chamber of Commerce / Business Council

* The Putnam Valley Businesses of the Month *

 136 Wiccopee Rd.  Putnam Valley, NY
(845) 526-3748


Once Upon a Time Preschool & Daycare
47 Peekskill Hollow Rd.  Putnam Valley, NY

(845) 284-2941


Click Here to Learn More About the Businesses of the Month


Girl Scout Penny Social
Friday, March 20th, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Putnam Valley Elementary School - New Gym & Cafeteria

Calling of Winners at 7:30 PM
Refreshments Available for Purchase
Support the Girls Scouts and Have a Great Time!

Autism Relief Fund
Providing Assistance to Struggling Families with Autistic Children

Auction for Autism - Silent and Live Auction
Saturday, March 21st
Doors Open at 2:00 PM  -  Calling at 3:30 pm
at Grace United Methodist Church
337 Peekskill Hollow Road  Putnam Valley, NY

Up for Auction: Sports Memorabilia, GIft Certificates, Toys,
Event Tickets, Hotel Stays, and more...
Plus a tag sale, refreshments, and a door prize
$2 donation admission per adult

For more info: (845) 535-7979    

Maple Farm Festival
Saturdays and Sundays  March 21, 22 & 28, 29
9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Tours, Music, Demonstrations
Buffet Breakfasts, Maple Products,
Honey, Gifts, Farm Animals, Hay Rides and more...

 136 Wiccopee Rd.  Putnam Valley, NY
(845) 526-3748


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

Town Government Meetings/Deadlines:

     Wednesday, March 18th - Town Board Meeting
          7:00 PM - Town Hall  265 Oscawana Lake Rd.  Putnam Valley, NY
          Click Here to View Meeting Agenda

     Friday, March 20th - Planning Board Submission Deadline for 4/6 Mtg.


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

Highway Department Road Closures:

     Highway Department reports n
o major projects planned for this week - they are looking forward to more good weather so that they can start some needed projects soon.

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
Lake Peekskill Improvement District Meeting
Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 10:00 am
Putnam Valley Town Hall  265 Oscawana Lake Rd.  Putnam Valley, NY

Topics to be discussed include:
A Possible Dog Park
Abandoned Boats
Spring Clean Up

All Residents are urged to attend!

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

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

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

The Putnam Valley Republicans would like you to know:

If you or someone you know is visually impaired, there is a new service available called the Blindline Information and Referral System, a service of VISIONS Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Blindline provides information and services in New York State that are available to visually impaired persons, including government services, community resources and rehabilitation agencies - all in our community.

To access Blindline, call 1-888-625-1616 or visit: www.visionsvcb.org/visions


For more information about the Putnam Valley Republicans,


Putnam Valley Free Library




     Storytimes, ages 3-6, will begin at 10:15am as usual
     NEW TIME: Toddlertimes, ages under 3, will begin at 11am

We will try this new time for a month.
Some parents commented that 11am will work better for their schedules.

You do not need to register. Just stop in and join the fun.

HANDICAPPED PARKING SPACES: Please note that the guard rail adjacent to Oscawana Brook is marked "RESERVED".

Please do not park in these spaces along the guard rail as they are reserved for Library users with valid handicapped parking permits.

Hope to see you soon.

Normal Library Hours:
Sundays: 12 pm - 4: pm
Mondays: 12 pm - 5 pm
Tuesday: 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm 
Wednesday: 10 am - 7 pm
Thurs & Fri: 12 pm - 4 pm
Saturdays: 10 am - 4 pm


Putnam Valley Area Chamber of Commerce/Business Council:

     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 websites.

      The Putnam Valley Chamber of Commerce / Business Association
is re-organizing, 
and YOU are encouraged to participate!
We need your input!

The Re-organizational Meeting of the PV Chamber of Commerce
will take place on Tuesday, March 24th, 6:30 pm, 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.

Click Here to E-mail the Putnam Valley Chamber of Commerce



Veterans of Foreign Wars - V.F.W.

Gillen-Vinscotski Memorial Post 391
     Next Meeting: Thursday, April 2, 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

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.

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!


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. 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.

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.

Coming Up...


Musical clip art 			This coming Friday, March 20th, our Musical Director, Annice Benamy, will conduct a Passover Melody Workshop, from 7:00 - 7:45, before services. This workshop is for anyone wanting to review or learn melodies for the holiday.

Please remember to sign up for our Model Passover Seder, which will be held on Friday evening March 27th at 6:00PM. 



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!

Click Here to Open a 1995 NY Times Article About
Putnam Valley's Church of the North American Martyrs - The Indian Church


Temple Israel of Putnam Valley:

Please join us for our annual Passover Seder at Temple Israel! 

Enjoy a delicious dinner and all of the stories, songs and traditions of a Passover Seder with your friends and family at Temple Israel.
Open to the public and guaranteed to please!

Saturday, April 4th @ 6:30pm
Adults: $25, Children under 10: $15

Please make your reservations by Monday, March 30th
by calling the Temple at (845) 528-2305.


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 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

          Temple Israel of Putnam Valley


St. Luke's Lutheran Church:

St. Luke's is a warm, loving, family-friendly place to worship here in Putnam Valley, NY. Our Congregation has been serving the Lord and spreading the good news to its communities in the Putnam County & Upper Westchester areas (and beyond) for nearly a century. St. Luke's is an inviting Christian community committed to sharing the gospel to families and people of all ages.
Come join us in prayer and worship ... you'll be glad you did.


Sunday Communion Worship

9:00 am
St. Luke's Lutheran Church
65 Oscawana Lake Road  Putnam Valley, NY

Coffee Hour Fellowship offered Sundays after the service, along with Adult Bible Studies. Confirmation Classes held in the upper classroom at 10:30 am with Pastor Bill Vangor.

Sunday School for children in grades K-5 is available throughout the school year. Classes begin on Sunday during the 9 am service - children begin with their parents at the worship service, and then are led to the classrooms after a blessing at communion. Classes end between 10:30 and 10:45 am.

Music Department
Adult Choir Rehearsals are held every Wenesday beginning at 7:30 pm
Youth Choir Rehearsal and Instrumental Ensemble meet Fridays at 4:30 pm

Grace United Methodist Church:

We have regular worship with Sunday School at 10 AM on Sunday mornings.
All are welcome at Grace UMC!

337 Peekskiill Hollow Road  Putnam Valley, NY
Visit Grace Church's Facebook Page Here

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


Our new exhibit will open in May 2, 2015:
The Early Native American People of Putnam Valley

A little preview:  

Before the Europeans came, the people who lived in this area belonged to the Canopus group of the Nochpeem band of the “Wappinger Indian Confederacy”. As part of the Mohican nation, they spoke the Algonkian language.

In 1600 an estimated 4,700 members of this confederacy ranged over an area that spread from Manhattan to Poughkeepsie, along the Hudson River and extending eastward toward Connecticut.

The footpaths made by the Native Americans usually followed the stream valleys.  The first settlers followed these footpaths and in the course of time, they became the roads we know today as Peekskill Hollow, Canopus Hollow and Oscawana Lake roads.

The next meeting of the Historical Society Board will take place
Tuesday, April 7th at 5:30 pm - hopefully at the Museum!
Peekskill Hollow Road at Church Road (Adams Corners)
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:


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


St. Patrick's Day


Membership Meeting

with Corned Beef Dinner

Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 3:00 PM

with Irish Step Dancers

Join Us at The Club

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

Spring Clean-Up:  April 25th

Annual Spring Dance:  May 2nd

Wurst Night: May 8th

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.
putnamvalleyresidentscoalition@yahoo.com for more info.



Can't Come Soon Enough!





Putnam Valley Parks & Recreation Department:

Click To Open/Print Flyer

Wanted - Heavy Hitters: Now Accepting Women's Softball teams for our traditional limited arc-pitch format & our new modfied fast pitch league.  Please contact Mike Kinane (845) 656-5301 for info.
Leagues begin in May, games Mon-Fri. Captain's meeting TBA

 2015 Sunset Series Concert Schedule
(click to open schedule)

April Defensive Driving Class 
(click to open flyer)

Tennis Lessons for Adults and Children
(click to open flyer)

Teen Center / Game Night
Friday, April 17th: 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 - May 8th at Town Park)


Spring LEGO Program - LEGO Engineering Academy

Spring Into Art

3:30 - 4:30 pm

with Regina Gelfer for Grages 1 - 4

at the PV Elementary School Art Room

Monday: March 9, 16, 23 and April 6

Supplies Provided - $60 for 4-week Session

Call (845) 526-3292 for more info
(click to open flyer)

Singing Class

3:30 - 4:30 pm

Come learn the fundamentals of great singing as we sing
our favorite Disney songs, Broadway hits and pop songs.
Class Limited - Cost $100

Fridays: Grades K-2
2/13, 2/27, 3/6, 3/13, 3/27, 4/10, 4/17, 4/24

Thursdays: Grades 3-4
4/9, 4/16, 4/23, 4/30, 5/7, 5/21, 5/28

Call (845) 526-3292 for more info
(click to open flyer)

What's in the Box with Dawn Vaccaro

Putnam Valley Elementary School Taekwondo Club

Putnam Valley Middle School Taekwondo Club


All 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

Other News:
Steven McCarl - Music or Bust!

My determined effort to make song writing my career
and everything else my hobby!


After a rough patch in life I decided to open up Bear Mountain Music Studios and start recording my own music seriously. Countless hours and dollars later I am almost ready to have my first album mastered and printed.

I have been writing music since I was a young kid. It was always very important to me. I have written close to 200 songs spanning many different genres. The only career there can be for me is music.

I have done all of the production myself but I need your help to accomplish a few more things. Your donation helps with:

1) Live musicians: a string quartet for one of the pieces on the album
2) Mastering: the final step in music production
3) Printing and marketing: printing and mailing CDs and marketing kits with photos, general info, etc.
4) Software: even after just one year in business some of the studio’s software is going out of date and needs to be upgraded so we can keep recordings professional quality.

I have given up everything to make this happen.
Failure is not an option! Thank you for your help! 

For more info on how to support this Putnam Valley artist,
visit his Kickstarter Campaign:
Click Here to Visit KickStarter Site

Conservation Partners Permanently Protect 31-Acres in Putnam Valley

Leading conservation organizations, Hudson Highlands Land Trust (HHLT) in Garrison and Westchester Land Trust (WLT) in Bedford, announced today that together they have permanently protected a critical landholding within the watershed of the Peekskill Hollow Brook, which is part of the Peekskill and Cortlandt drinking water supply system. 
The two parcels of land, which will be combined and renamed the O’Connell Boulder Field Preserve, are located on Barger Street in Putnam Valley, NY.  The land was donated to WLT by the executors of the estate of William O. O’Connell, who owned the property.  WLT will maintain sole ownership of the Preserve, while HHLT will hold a conservation easement on the property, which will permanently protect the land and its natural resources. 

The O'Connell family is thrilled that their father’s land will be protected forever.  “We are so happy that the Westchester Land Trust has protected this land.  Our father loved this property and cared for it for many years.  By creating this preserve you have given our family a great legacy.  Thank you,” said Mary O’Connell, Mr. O’Connell’s daughter and co-executrix of his estate along with her sister Margaret O’Connell.

About the O’Connell Boulder Field Preserve
Located on Barger Street in Putnam Valley, NY, the 31-acre O’Connell Boulder Field Preserve is visible from New York State park lands and public roadways.  It is a truly scenic open space primarily featuring wooded upland with maturing deciduous trees including a mix of oaks, maples, birches, and hickories.  A notable feature of the upland area is a large number of boulders and large stones, and a prominent rock outcropping of ledge along the northern boundary – thus, the name O’Connell Boulder Preserve.  The extensive central wetland, which covers approximately 14 acres, is a mix of wooded swamp, shrub swamp, and shallow marsh. A perennial stream flows from the north to south across the wetland, and a second intermittent watercourse is a tributary from the southwest. 


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