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The Putnam Valley Town Board

The Putnam Valley Business Network

* The Putnam Valley Business of the Month *

 PO Box 718
Putnam Valley, NY

 (845)  554 - 0911

Protective Safety Training is a specialty public safety training company whose focus is preparing for tomorrow through dedication to educating those who have a desire to make a difference through their commitment to preparedness.

All instructors are experienced public safety professionals including emergency medical services field providers and educators, police officers and tactical medics with years of experience who have a passion for training. Clients appreciate being able to train where they're most comfortable, whether their own home or office. Protective Safety Training brings the course directly to you.

Click Here to Learn More About the Businesses of the Month


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

Town Government Meetings/Deadlines:

     Monday, May 4th - Planning Board Meeting - Cancelled

, May 6th - Zoning Board of Appeals Submission Deadline


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

Highway Department Road Closures:

Our Highway Department can readily be seen out there at work putting the Town's roads back together. No special projects or total road closures are planned. Please drive carefully as they work...

Environmental Hazards / Closures:

In effect March 16th - May 14th

For info on the BAN, call the Putnam Valley Volunteer Fire Department
(845) 526-2879
Tuesdays:  7:00 pm - 10:00 pm    and    Sundays:  9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Protect your pets!
A hawk can swoop down and fly away with a dog or cat weighing 12 lbs (or more!)
Do not leave small pets outdoors without close supervision.

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


District News:
Lake Peekskill
Minutes from the Lake Peekskill District Meeting - 4/25/15

Click Here to Open Minutes

Lake Peekskill Civic Association Meeting
Monday, May 11, 2015 at 8:00 pm
Lake Peekskill Community Center   Northway, Lake Peekskill

All Residents are encouraged to attend!

From the Lake Peekskill News:
The Lake Peekskill News announces "the formation of the Lake Peekskill Garden Club. Our first ever meeting is to be held on Sunday, May 17, 2015, at 2:30 PM. The meeting is open to all Lake Peekskill residents. 

Our goal for the first meeting is to gage interest and develop a program that meets the needs and interest of our members. We welcome your ideas on topics, speakers or field trips we could take together.

Lake Peekskill Garden Club page has been created on FACEBOOK so that you can keep-up with our plans and share gardening tips with like minded people.

Once you join the Lake Peekskill Garden Club page you can also RSVP for our first meeting on the FACEBOOK page or you can RSVP at
We are trying to get a head count so we will have enough wine glasses."

Christine Somers
Lake Peekskill News

Citizens Statewide Lake Assessment Program (CSLAP)
2014 Reports
Available through the Town Website:

Leaf Pickup
May 1st - 15th
(in paper bags)


Lake Oscawana

From the Lake Oscawana Civic Association (4/20):


To our LOCA Membership:

As we reported to you on April 9, there was a serious spillage of fuel oil near the shore of Lake Oscawana sometime in February, which went undetected until about two weeks ago. Many people observed an oil sheen on the water of the lake once the ice cleared away and there was also a noticeable odor. The Town is aggressively pursuing all available remedies to protect residents from any after-effects of this unfortunate situation. In the meantime, I am happy to report that we no longer see the oil sheen on the surface of the lake and the smell appears to have dissipated. The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation has been on-site frequently over the past several weeks, monitoring conditions and overseeing efforts to prevent further damage to the lake and the groundwater.

The DEC is currently testing water in the area of Lee Avenue to check for possible contamination. They will be back in the area on Thursday, April 23rd and Saturday, April 25th to conduct additional testing. If you live in the vicinity of Lee Avenue, and you want the DEC to test your water, please send an email to John Omara at: john.omara@dec.ny.gov. If you cannot be home, you can give the DEC permission to use your outside water spigot to collect samples.

In addition you may be entitled to be compensated for any cleanup costs you may incur as a result of this oil spill. Under New York law, the party responsible for the oil spill is “strictly liable” for the costs of cleanup incurred by surrounding homeowners. if you believe that you have been damaged by this leak, you should, of course, consider consulting your own lawyer for advice. In the meantime, it is important to understand the procedures that you must follow if you believe that you need to make a claim.

Set forth below is information published by he New York State Controller’s office on how to Make a Claim:

• Fill out the damage claim form and get your signature notarized.

• Attach a cover letter explaining what happened.

• Attach any documents that you think may prove your damages.

• Mail everything to the Comptrollers' address by certified mail


518-474-9979 fax
1-800-457-7362 hotline

Office of the State Comptroller 
New York Environmental Protection
and Spill Compensation Fund
110 State Street
Albany, New York 12236

LOCA hopes that this oil spill will not cause any environmental or health hazard to the lake or our residents but we are continuing to keep a close eye on the situation and we will continue to keep our membership informed of further developments.

Rick Leone
President, Lake Oscawana Civic Association

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 Committee always welcomes the opportunity to hear from registered Democrats, and others, interested in running for local elected office, and in serving on or volunteering with the Democratic Committee. We would also love to hear what Putnam Valley issues are on your mind!

Contact: info@pvdems.com


Putnam Valley Republican Committee

The Putnam Valley Republicans confirm that Town Board Member Jackie Annabi will be running for Town Supervisor in 2015. In an interview, Ms. Annabi said that, after five years on the Town Board, she's ready to take a more active role in Putnam Valley.

As petition season starts in less than a month, this will be Annabi's third run for public office after two successful Town Board campaigns. Her goal is to "bring Putnam Valley back."


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Thanks to all who came out to support the LNRC of Putnam County's first Cinco De Mayo event! The Putnam Valley GOP was well represented by Putnam County GOP Vice Chairman Kevin Byrne and Putnam Valley County Legislator and Putnam Valley GOP Chairman .William Gouldman.

For more information about the Putnam Valley Republicans,


Putnam Valley Free Library


Normal Library Hours:

Sundays: 12 pm - 4: pm
Mondays: 10 am - 5 pm
Tuesday: 10 am - 7 pm 
Wednesday: 10 am - 7 pm
Thursday: 10 am - 5 pm

Friday: 10 am - 5 pm
Saturdays: 10 am - 4 pm


Spring Storytimes will begin on Wednesday, May 6th !

Storytimes for children ages 3-6 yrs old - 10:15am
Toddlertime for children under 3 yrs old - 11am

Spring Storytimes will run through Wednesday June 10th.



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.



Putnam Valley Business Network

A New name - But the same important mission:

     Working to unify and represent the business owners of Putnam Valley through advocacy, education and networking opportunities to assist storefront, home based and farm business to attract new commerce.

Good Business is Good for Putnam Valley

The Putnam Valley Business Network
is re-organizing, 
and YOU are encouraged to participate!

The next meeting of the new Putnam Valley Business Network
will take place on Tuesday, May 12th, 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 Business Network



Veterans of Foreign Wars - V.F.W.

Gillen-Vinscotski Memorial Post 391
     Next Meeting: Thursday, May 7, 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!!



Grace United Methodist Church:

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

Mother - Daughter Luncheon
Saturday, May 9 is the annual UMW Mother Daughter Luncheon - all mothers and daughters are welcome to attend this event which will honor life members of the UMW. Gather in the hall of welcome at 11:30 AM. The luncheon will be catered and guests are invited to bring a dessert to share. If you have questions, please contact Linda Kenneson or Barbara Walker.


Grace United Methodist Church

337 Peekskiill Hollow Road  Putnam Valley, NY

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:

In this week's parashaEmor, the Torah continues its focus on holiness -- in particular, the ritual practices and holidays that infuse our lives with meaning and remind us that it is sacred. You can read the Torah portion here.

During our service, we will honor our religious school students for all their accomplishments this past year, as well as their parents and teachers for supporting our school in so many ways.  

We will also honor Amy Belfer for giving so much of herself to RTPV over the past several years. (If you haven't yet written a blessing or wish for Amy, please get it to us before Friday so it can be included in her "blessing bag".)

All of us in the RTPV community, in our own unique way, contribute to making it a kehila kadisha, a holy community.  We look forward to seeing you on Friday: potluck dinner at 6:30 for religious school families and teachers; 8:00 services followed by a dessert Oneg.

Come learn about Hebrew names – and choose one for yourself

RTPV is pleased to announce two free events open to our congregation and the community – a class and discussion session entitled, “What’s in a (Hebrew) Name?” on Thursday, May 28 from 7 to 8:30 pm, followed by a Hebrew Naming Ceremony on Friday, June 12 at 8 pm.
Led by Rabbi Laurie Levy, “What’s in a (Hebrew) Name?
” is for anyone interested in learning about Hebrew names and especially for those who would like to select a Hebrew name for themselves or a family member. If you already have a Hebrew name but are curious to understand more about its meaning, you are also welcome to join us. Participants will be encouraged to research the name, choosing from a variety of tools that will be presented – from the mystical to the modern – and will have the opportunity to have their Hebrew name conferred at a special ceremony at Shabbat services on Friday, June 12.
The class and service are free of charge and open to the public.

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:

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!

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




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


Our new exhibit is open!
The Early Native American People of Putnam Valley

Join us for this great free program!

Click Here to Open and Read the Latest Historical Society Newsletter

Join the Putnam Valley Historical Society!

The next meeting of the Historical Society Board will take place
Tuesday, May 12th at 6:00 pm 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:

Coming Up, at the Grange!



Tompkins Corners Cultural Center

Tompkins Corners Cultural Center
729 Peekskill Hollow Rd.  Putnam Valley, NY


Thanks to everyone who came out to help clean on May 2nd!

Stay tuned for more great news!


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


Join Us at The Club

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

Wurst Night: May 8th
Come and sample different German Wursts
while enjoying a fun filled social evening with friends!

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

Lions Club Food Drive
Join us for our food drive to support Grace Church Food Pantry in Putnam Valley on Saturday May 30, 2015 at Shoprite in Cortlandt on route 6 from 11am-2pm


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.


Tompkins Corners Cultural Center
729 Peekskill Hollow Road
Putnam Valley, NY 10579

(Formerly Tompkins Corners Methodist Church)

Fridays: 3 pm - 6:30 pm
June 26th - August 28th, 2015!






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

Sunset Concert Series

(click to open schedule)

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

Spring LEGO Program - LEGO Engineering Academy

Music and Art Workshop

3:30 - 4:30 pm
at the Putnam Valley Elementary School Art Room

Each week we will use our artistic skills
to create wonderful working musical instruments
Four Week Session - Cost $60

Thursdays: Grades K-4
5/7, 5/14, 5/21, 5/28

Call (845) 526-3292 for more info

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

And Nearby:

Coming up:

Sun., JUN 7  NATURE DETECTIVES AT MYSTERY POINT, an HHLT Take-a- Hike! event – 10:00am-12:30pm, at Mystery Point Preserve in Garrison, led by River of Words Educator Kali Bird. Family hike includes Nature Hunt Bingo. Program is free but advance registration is required. Email info@hhlt.org or call 845-424-3358 x6 to sign up.

Sun., JUL 11  BEHIND THE STEPS AT BEAR MOUNTAIN, an HHLT Take-a- Hike! event – 9:00am-2:00pm, at Bear Mountain State Park, led by Chris Ingui of Jolly Rovers Trail Crew. Learn about designing and building trails. Program is free but advance registration is required. Email info@hhlt.org or call 845-424- 3358 x6 to sign up.
Sun., SEP 27  TAKE A WALK IN THE WOODS, an HHLT Take-a-Hike! event – 10:00am-12:30pm, at Black Rock Forest in Cornwall (part of the Hudson River Valley Ramble), led by Black Rock Forest Consortium Executive Director Bill Schuster. See how scientific knowledge is put into action to protect natural resources. Program is free but advance registration is required. Email info@hhlt.org or call 845-424-3358 x6 to sign up.
Thurs., OCT 1  STORIES AROUND LITTLE STONY, an HHLT Take-a-Hike! event – 5:00pm-6:00pm, at Little Stony Point Park in Cold Spring, led by Master Story Teller Jonathan Kruk. Learn about the fanciful side of Hudson Valley history during this fun hike for families with small children. Program is free but advance registration is required. Email info@hhlt.org or call 845-424-3358 x6 to sign up.
Sun., OCT 18  CASTLE TO RIVER, an HHLT Take-a-Hike! program fundraiser – 10:00am-1:00pm, led by Castle Rock caretaker Chip Marks. Meet at Garrison Station Parking Lot, shuttle to Castle Rock will be provided. Space is limited, register early. Fee: $10/adult, $5/child under 12. Email info@hhlt.org or call 845-424-3358 x6 to sign up.
Sat., NOV 7  DISCOVER THE WEST POINT FOUNDRY PRESERVE, an HHLT Take-a-Hike! event – 1:00pm-3:00pm, led by Cold Spring Historian Mark Forlow and Scenic Hudson Writer Reed Sparling. Industrial history and natural history intersect at the preserve. Program is free but advance registration is required. Email info@hhlt.org or call 845-424-3358 x6 to sign up.

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