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Veterans to Present Legislative Forum

Veterans to Present Legislative Forum

The Putnam County Veterans Task Force will hold their 2nd Annual Veterans Legislative Forum from 9 a.m. until noon in the Bureau of Emergency Services auditorium in Carmel on Saturday, Nov. 15.

The Task Force is committed to providing information, referrals, and access assistance to related systems of care for veterans and their families within their home community. Resource information will be available at the forum.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for our veterans and their families not only to speak to their elected representatives about their concerns, their ideas, their problems, but to obtain updated resource information,” said County Executive MaryEllen Odell who will be among those officials in attendance.

Joining Odell will be federal, state and other local elected officials or their representatives. Among those invited to attend are U. S. Senators Charles Schumer, Kirsten Gillibrand, Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, State Senators Greg Ball and Terry Gipson, Assemblywoman Sandy Galef, Assemblyman Steve Katz, Putnam’s Commissioner of Health Dr. Allen Beals, Legislative Chairman Carl Albano and Commissioner of Mental Health/Social Services Michael Piazza, Jr. Serving as moderator for the event will be Putnam County Legislator Sam Oliverio.

“This was a popular and well attended event last year. It’s not often we get a large number of officials together at one time so it is an opportunity that our veterans and their family members should take advantage of,” said Putnam’s Department of Veterans Services Director Karl Rohde.

Anyone wishing to speak should register by contacting Rohde at (845) 808-1620, ext. 46019 or email him at karl.rohde@putnsamcountyny.gov. Attendees will have the opportunity to address their officials between the hours of 9:30 and 11 a.m. after which the officials will have time to respond.

The Bureau of Emergency Services auditorium is located on the Donald B. Smith Government Campus, 112 Old Route 6, Carmel, NY 10512.

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Putnam Eateries Draw Diners in During Hudson Valley Restaurant Week

Restaurants throughout Putnam County are showcasing their cuisines as they participate in Hudson Valley Restaurant Week, which runs from Nov. 3 through Nov. 16. Nine different restaurants in Putnam are participating in this semi-annual event: Cathryn’s Tuscan Grill in Cold Spring, Char Steakhouse in Mahopac, Chophouse Grille in Mahopac, Clock Tower Grill in Brewster, Hudson House River Inn in Cold Spring, Ramiro’s 954 in Mahopac, Riverview Restaurant in Cold Spring, Terrace Club in Mahopac and Valley Restaurant at The Garrison in Garrison.

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week features prix fixe, three-course dinners for $29.95 and lunches for $20.95  plus beverage, tax and tip. The reduced prix fixe pricing structure allows diners to experience fine dining at affordable prices. Patrons can explore a variety of international flavors with a local flair.

In Putnam, the dishes range from the Italian-styled menu items at Cathryn’s Tuscan Grill to the steakhouse offerings of Char Steakhouse and the Chophouse Grill, the nuevo Latino meals at Ramiros 954, seafood menu at Terrace Club and the American dishes at Clock Tower Grill, Hudson House River Inn, Riverview Restaurant and Valley Restaurant.

“People are attracted to the culinary offerings offered in Putnam County,” said Libby Pataki, director of Putnam County tourism. “Putnam’s restaurants attract local patrons as well as diners from the surrounding counties of Dutchess and Westchester, our neighbors in Connecticut, as well as people who travel up from New York City. Hudson Valley Restaurant Week provides an incredible platform to further highlight the amazing cuisine offered in Putnam.”

Tables fill up quickly during Hudson Valley Restaurant Week so reservations are strongly recommended.

Janet Crawshaw and Jerry Novesky, owners of the Valley Table Magazine, launched Hudson Valley Restaurant Week in 2006 with a distinguished board of advisors, including chefs, restaurateurs and tourism leaders. The two-week culinary event premiered with 70 restaurants. Today, with nearly 200 participating restaurants spanning seven counties it is among the largest Restaurant Week events in the country, involving farmers, growers, wine makers and chefs. Participating counties include Dutchess, Westchester, Columbia, Orange, Putnam, Rockland and Ulster.

A complete list of participating restaurants is available on: www.HudsonValleyRestaurantWeek.com.

Photo caption: Several County employees enjoyed a Restaurant Week lunch at Clock Tower Grill in Brewster. Front row L to R: Terry Oliver, Adrienne Spadacini, Jennifer Bumgarner and Patricia Simone (standing).

Back row:  Faith Ann Butcher, James McConnell, Anita Gilbert, Libby Pataki, Marty Collins, Frank Smith and William Carlin.

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WWII-Era Swing Dance in Patterson

It’s all about vintage 1940s, “1944 D-Day” to be exact, at the Patterson Recreation Center when Swing N’ Patterson rolls around again on Saturday, Nov. 15. The rich, jazzy music reminiscent of Benny Goodman, the “King of Swing,” and other Big Bands and orchestras, such as Count Basie, the Dorsey Brothers and Artie Shaw, and performed by The Big Band Sound Orchestra, will sweep and soar and fill the center calling to each guest and making it almost impossible not to step out in time to the lively swing music. Participants are encouraged to wear vintage attire.

 

The Big Band Sound is a popular 20-piece jazz orchestra that plays hundreds of compositions ranging from jumping jive to slow and sweet, and brings the brassy big band era boisterously to life. While based firmly in the classic swing era of the 1930s and 1940s, they also perform music from the 1950s through today while still maintaining the big band musical traditions. 

 

Deputy County Executive Bruce Walker and his wife, Lisa, are regular attendees.

 

“Lisa and I enjoy ourselves at this event every year,” Walker said. “Brian Benedict and his military and history buffs go all out and host a delightful evening with fabulous music from that bygone but still popular era. I would encourage everyone to get their tickets. It’s a great and affordable evening.”

 

Brian Benedict, proprietor of The Duffle Bag, a military surplus supply store located in Patterson, and his daughter, Jean, plan the popular dinner and dance event each year.

 

As is customary, Patterson Rec will be suitably decorated with WWII memorabilia. Antique military vehicles will be placed throughout and special living historians will be present dressed in the original uniforms worn by the United States and British military as well as the Allied Forces.  

 

Doors open at 6 p.m. for those who wish to enjoy a delicious buffet dinner before the dancing begins at 7 p.m.  Dinner tickets ($35 per person) must be purchased in advance at either the Recreation Center or at The Duffle Bag, 1270 Route 311, Patterson. General Admission tickets ($20 per person) will be available at the door starting at 7 p.m. or in advance at the both locales. The evening’s festivities will end at 11 p.m.

 

The Patterson Recreation Center is located at 65 Front Street, Patterson, NY. For more information, call (845) 878-7106 or visit: www.thedufflebaginc.com.

 

Photo caption: Deputy County Executive Bruce Walker and his wife, Lisa, enjoyed themselves at last year’s Swing N’ Patterson at the Patterson Recreation Department.

 

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Putnam Seniors Get Into the Halloween Spirit

There were more treats than tricks last week when Mahopac, Carmel, Cold Spring and Putnam Valley senior citizens were guests at a Halloween Luncheon hosted by Office for Senior Resources Director Patricia Sheehy and her staff and held at the Putnam County Golf Course in Mahopac. Seniors from Mahopac and Cold Spring celebrated Halloween during their lunch on Monday, Oct. 27 while Carmel and Putnam Valley seniors enjoyed their Halloween festivities on Wednesday, Oct. 29.

 

County Executive MaryEllen Odell visited with the seniors each day. Many of them, in keeping with the spirit of the annual event, came in creative costumes. There were plenty  of clowns, ghouls and ghosts. One couple came dressed as thermometers.  Even Elvis was there. 

 

“Halloween certainly isn’t just for kids. Our seniors totally love to celebrate this fun holiday,” said Odell who handed out her own treats to those in attendance.

 

As she walked among the seniors commenting on their costumes and chatting with them, Odell stopped to comment on one gentleman’s leather hat. Noting that it resembled an aviator’s cap, Odell asked 92-year-old Frank Giampa about his hat. 

 

“I wore this when I flew into China and Burma in 1944,” he said proudly. Odell then introduced the World War II veteran to Congressional candidate Nan Hayworth who was present and enjoying the event.

 

 

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County Executive MaryEllen Odell was greeted by a pair of thermometers on Monday’s Halloween Luncheon for seniors at Putnam County Golf Course.

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County Executive MaryEllen Odell thanked “Elvis” for entertaining the guests at the Office for Senior Resources Halloween Luncheons held last week.

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Unusual costumes like this worn by a senior were admired by Office for Senior Resources staff who were also dressed for Halloween.

 

 

 

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County Employees Stand Against Domestic Violence

Many of Putnam County’s employees wore purple colored clothing to work on Monday, Oct. 27 and at 1 p.m., County Executive MaryEllen Odell and others participated in a photograph with Putnam/Northern Westchester Women’s Resource Center Executive Director Ann Ellsworth to show their support for the WRC’s initiatives to end domestic violence. Each October, which is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the WRC and People Against Domestic Violence (PADV) hold a Candlelight Vigil on the Historic County Courthouse steps to draw attention to the on-going problems arising from domestic violence. The vigil was held at 6 p.m.

 

“Wearing purple and standing outside on the courthouse steps during the day and then again in the evening draws attention briefly to subject of domestic violence in Putnam,” said County Executive MaryEllen Odell.  “But Ann Ellsworth’s work and that of her staff at the Women’s Resource Center is on-going. This is the least we can do to help bring awareness to the public about the problems too many residents of Putnam face as victims of domestic violence.”

 

“We can only make strides against domestic violence when the silence is broken,” said Ellsworth. “I am grateful for the support that MaryEllen and the County employees always show for our efforts. It is always the right time to stand up and get the word out about domestic violence.”

 

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Photo caption:  County Executive MaryEllen Odell (left) joined Putnam/Northern Westchester Women’s Resource Center Executive Director Ann Ellsworth (center) and Sheriff Donald B. Smith (right) on the Historic County Courthouse steps where County employees had gathered. Monday was Wear Purple to Work Day at the County to show support for putting an end to domestic violence.

 

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Vets, Officials Attend Opening of Putnam Row of Honor

October 22, 2014

Approximately 30 people were present yesterday afternoon when County Executive MaryEllen Odell officially opened the 2014 Veteran’s Day Row of Honor as they gathered on the shoreline of Lake Gleneida in downtown Carmel. 

 

Veterans Service Agency Director Karl Rohde led those gathered in a moment of silence before introducing Odell and thanking her for her strong support for those who have served their country. 

 

“Putnam County is the best county in the world for veterans and when this lady became County Executive, I wouldn’t have believed it could become even a better county for veterans, but it has,” Rohde said.

 

As she stood at the podium surrounded by veterans and county officials, Odell expressed her gratitude to Putnam’s veterans. 

 

“It’s an honor and privilege to be County Executive in a county that is so truly patriotic,” Odell said. “We are grateful for our freedoms and we are grateful for our veterans.”

 

Odell spoke of her third Honor Flight experience last Saturday when she accompanied a World War II veteran on a flight to Washington, DC for a tour of the WWII Memorials and a visit to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery.  This year, Odell was guardian to 92-year-old Victor Paolantonio of Ossining, NY.

 

This is the fourth Row of Honor that has been erected since it was first launched for Memorial Day in 2013. The Row of Honor is a project of Putnam County’s Joint Veterans Council. Money raised through annual sponsorships of Veterans Day and Memorial Day flags is used to fund special veterans’ projects. The Council is planning to bring the Traveling Viet Nam Memorial Wall to Putnam next September as part of the Viet Nam War Commemoration to mark the 50th anniversary of the war and the 40th Anniversary of the end of the war. 

 

The flags, installed as a reminder of upcoming Veterans Day on Nov. 11, will remain on site until Nov. 21. Flags can be purchased for $100 apiece through the County’s Veterans Service Agency.  A detailed map of the Row of Honor was designed by the Brian Austin and Kristen Douchkoff of the County’s IT Department. The map lists in numerical order those who are being honored and can be found on the County website at www.putnamcountyny.com. To date, there are 140 flags in the row with several more soon to be installed.

 

Anyone wishing to sponsor a flag in honor of a deceased or living veteran or anyone presently serving in the military can order their flag by calling (845) 808-1620 or by sending an email to:  rowofhonor@putnamcountyny.gov.      

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Odell Accompanies Army Vet on Honor Flight

October 21, 2014

Upon his return, Paolantonio told Emily, his wife of 62 years, that the outing was “the best day of his life.”

 

It’s not unusual for government leaders to experience last minute changes to their weekend schedules and that was true when County Executive MaryEllen Odell learned in early October that she had been selected to be a guardian on the Saturday, Oct. 18th Hudson Valley Honor Flight (HVHF). It would be Odell’s third flight to Washington, D.C. as an escort for one of the remaining heroes of the Greatest Generation. On this trip, Odell served as a guardian for 92-year-old Army veteran Victor Paolantonio from Ossining, NY.

 

“Spending the day with Victor was an absolute delight,” said Odell. “He was so thrilled to be going on this trip. These elderly veterans certainly deserve the attention and adulation they get on an Honor Flight.”

 

Upon his return, Paolantonio told Emily, his wife of 62 years, that the outing was “the best day of his life.”

 

Paolantonio, who since Labor Day weekend has resided at the New York State Veterans Home at Montrose, told Emily how thrilling it was to have a motorcade accompany the buses of veterans and to have people lining the streets waving flags as they passed by.

 

“Vic just breaks down into a flood of tears whenever he talks about it,” she said.

 

Emily said talking about his experiences as an Army Corporal in WWII was something Paolantonio never did, not even with her. It wasn’t until his granddaughter approached him about a school homework assignment that he finally began to discuss the subject.

 

“I learned about his war experiences as he talked with our granddaughter,” she said.

 

HVHF, a non-profit organization created to honor America’s World War II veterans for all their sacrifices, is a chapter of the National Honor Flight Network and serves veterans in Orange, Ulster, Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Dutchess, Sullivan and Pike Counties.

 

 

 

“We transport our World War II heroes whose average age is 90-plus years old, to Washington, D.C. at no cost to them so they can visit and reflect at the WWII Memorial and at the Iwo Jima Memorial,” said HVHF Executive Director Becky Boone. “For what they sacrificed and for all they have given to us, the Honor Flights are a small token of our appreciation.”

 

HVHF takes off several times a year out of Stewart International Airport and Westchester County Airport. Odell and Paolantonio met at Westchester Community College at 6:30 a.m. last Saturday before boarding buses that took them to Landmark Aviation West hangar at Westchester County Airport for a Send-Off Ceremony. They arrived at Reagan National Airport and departed for the WWII Memorial which is located at the east end of the Reflecting Pool between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument. 

 

Afterwards, the group was bussed to Arlington National Cemetery where they watched the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Then it was on to the Iwo Jima Memorial.

 

Following a dinner at the Doubletree Crystal City, the veterans and their escorts returned to Reagan Airport. They flew back to New York on a US Airways Charter Flight arriving at Westchester County Airport around 8:30. Their long day concluded with a Welcome Home Reception at Westchester Community College. 

 

In the future, Honor Flight Network hopes to expand to include Korean War and Vietnam War veterans.

 

 

Former Sen. Bob Dole, Yorktown Councilman Dr. Terrence Murphy, and County Executive MaryEllen Odell gather around Army Veteran Victor Paolantonio in Washington, D. C.

 

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Odell Announces Row of Honor Press Conference

“The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the Veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation.”   George Washington

 

County Executive MaryEllen Odell will hold a press conference at 3:30pm. on the shores of Lake Gleneida on Tuesday, Oct. 21 to announce the opening date for this year’s Veterans Day Row of Honor as Putnam County recognizes those who have served in the military this Veterans Day.  The Row of Honor is an installation of American-made flags that border Gleneida Avenue on the shores of Lake Gleneida in the Hamlet of Carmel. 

 

“Each Veteran’s Day, we assemble our Row of Honor to give residents the opportunity to publicly acknowledge and thank those who have served their country. In turn, funds are raised to support programs run by our Joint Veterans Council,” said Odell. 

 

The Row of Honor project is a group venture of the Putnam County Joint Veterans Council, Putnam County Tourism and Putnam County Executive and the Legislature. While each branch of the American Armed Forces has been represented in the past, additional organizations have asked and received permission to have their flags added to the Row of Honor as well. The flags will remain on display through the 21st of November.

 

Sponsorship of the American-made flags is meant to raise awareness and funds for various veterans’ projects which Odell said would “assist our veterans and the veteran community within the county.” In the past, the sponsored flags have borne the names of loved ones who died while serving in the military, those presently serving on active duty or simply messages of thanks to area veterans from friends and family.   

 

Odell first initiated the Row of Honor in May of 2013 when the stars and stripes were erected shortly before Memorial Day. Since then, the flags have stood colorfully along Gleneida Avenue for each Veterans and Memorial Day. It is a tradition Odell feels strongly about supporting.

 

“While setting aside a particular day to honor our veterans is important, I don’t believe it is something that should be done only once a year. As the recipients of the rights and the freedoms they have helped to preserve, we should appreciate and thank our veterans daily,” she said.

 

Veterans Day is commemorated each year on November 11 and is a federal holiday. It marks the official anniversary of the end of World War I when hostilities with Germany ceased on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918.

 

Sponsorship for a Row of Honor flag is $100. To order a flag, e-mail: rowofhonor@putnamcountyny.gov or call Mimi at Putnam County Veterans Service Agency at (845) 808-1620. 

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Odell Announces Row of Honor Press Conference

“The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the Veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation.”   George Washington

 

County Executive MaryEllen Odell will hold a press conference at 3:30 p.m. on the shores of Lake Gleneida on Tuesday, Oct. 21 to announce the opening date for this year’s Veterans Day Row of Honor as Putnam County recognizes those who have served in the military this Veterans Day.  The Row of Honor is an installation of American-made flags that border Gleneida Avenue on the shores of Lake Gleneida in the Hamlet of Carmel. 

 

“Each Veteran’s Day, we assemble our Row of Honor to give residents the opportunity to publicly acknowledge and thank those who have served their country. In turn, funds are raised to support programs run by our Joint Veterans Council,” said Odell. 

 

The Row of Honor project is a group venture of the Putnam County Joint Veterans Council, Putnam County Tourism and Putnam County Executive and the Legislature. While each branch of the American Armed Forces has been represented in the past, additional organizations have asked and received permission to have their flags added to the Row of Honor as well. The flags will remain on display through the 21st of November.

 

Sponsorship of the American-made flags is meant to raise awareness and funds for various veterans’ projects which Odell said would “assist our veterans and the veteran community within the county.” In the past, the sponsored flags have borne the names of loved ones who died while serving in the military, those presently serving on active duty or simply messages of thanks to area veterans from friends and family.   

 

Odell first initiated the Row of Honor in May of 2013 when the stars and stripes were erected shortly before Memorial Day. Since then, the flags have stood colorfully along Gleneida Avenue for each Veterans and Memorial Day. It is a tradition Odell feels strongly about supporting.

 

“While setting aside a particular day to honor our veterans is important, I don’t believe it is something that should be done only once a year. As the recipients of the rights and the freedoms they have helped to preserve, we should appreciate and thank our veterans daily,” she said.

 

Veterans Day is commemorated each year on November 11 and is a federal holiday. It marks the official anniversary of the end of World War I when hostilities with Germany ceased on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918.

 

Sponsorship for a Row of Honor flag is $100. To order a flag, e-mail: rowofhonor@putnamcountyny.gov or call Mimi at Putnam County Veterans Service Agency at (845) 808-1620. 

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Alpacas Poised to Meet & Greet at Tilly Foster’s Pumpkin Palooza

The newest livestock additions to Tilly Foster Farm, a black-coated alpaca named Sinbad and his dark fawn-colored alpaca pal Raphael, were photographed while whispering excitedly to each other about the upcoming Pumpkin Palooza, a free and family-oriented festival to take place on Saturday, Oct. 25th from noon to 5 p.m. at the Brewster farm.  The two said they were looking forward to meeting and greeting visitors during the event which includes pumpkin picking and painting, a costume parade, hayrides, a pie tasting contest, food and live entertainment. For more information on Pumpkin Palooza or to learn more about Tilly Foster Farm, visit: putnamtillyfoster.com or visitputnam.org.