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Carmel’s Fannie Fattori Celebrates Her 100th Birthday

MaryEllen Odell

Putnam County Executive

(845) 808-1001

 

July 17, 2014

                                               

Carmel’s Fannie Fattori Celebrates Her 100th Birthday

 

 

Carmel resident Raphaela “Fannie” Fattori celebrated her 100th birthday with her family and friends from the Office for Senior Resources on Wednesday, July 16. Although her birthday was officially Monday, Fannie, who now resides at The Plaza at Clover Lake, enjoyed the gathering at the Carmel Senior Resource Center with her fellow seniors, members of her family, Office for Senior Resources Director Patricia Sheehy and County Executive MaryEllen Odell who presented Fattori with a Certificate of Congratulations.  

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Seniors Enjoy Indoor Picnic at Putnam County Golf Course

Having their outdoor picnic rained out certainly did not put a damper on the fun for Putnam County’s senior citizens. They turned out en masse at Putnam County Golf Course to enjoy some martial arts, line dancing and a delicious meal prepared for them by Homestyle Caterers.

County Executive MaryEllen Odell joined in the fun bringing with her a gift basket full of small surprises for each senior.

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41st Annual RSVP Recognition Day

41st Annual RSVP Recognition Day

On May 16, 2014, RSVP volunteers from Putnam County gathered for brunch at the Putnam County Golf Course. They were being honored for volunteer service they gave to local non-profits as part of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program. The RSVP volunteers are a wonderful group of caring, loving, charitable seniors who perform amazing services and help our community in many ways.

County Executive MaryEllen Odell was the Keynote Speaker. She thanked the 510 senior volunteers for their 80,000 hours of volunteer service given in the past year. MaryEllen presented the Putnam County Senior Citizen of the Year awards to Anita Mooney and George Baum.

Mary White, RSVP Director, presented 20-year service awards to RSVP volunteers Mary Bunyea, Dorothy Kafalas, Theresa Hoysradt and Gloria Troy.

The unveiling of the new name for Office for Aging was presented by Patricia Sheehy, Executive Director. The new name is Office for Senior Resources.

If you have any questions, please contact me at (845) 808-1734. Thank you for your assistance.

 

See the coverage of this great event below.

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MaryEllen Odell Honors Two Outstanding Senior Citizens

MaryEllen Odell
Putnam County Executive
(845) 808-1001

May 16, 2014

Odell Honors Two Outstanding Senior Citizens

Two Putnam County residents were honored today at an annual luncheon celebrating Putnam’s many senior volunteers. Attending the event and presenting proclamations to George Baum of Kent and Anita Mooney of Brewster, was County Executive MaryEllen Odell.  The luncheon was held at the Putnam County Golf Course and was sponsored by the Office of Senior Resources and the Putnam County Senior Citizens Advisory Board.

As she presented Baum and Mooney with their proclamations, Odell told the audience they were role models for younger generations.

“These two individuals are wonderful examples of older Americans who continue to make a difference and who spend much of their time volunteering in organizations whose purpose is to improve the lives of all of our residents,” she said. “Living active lives is, I believe, the secret to aging gracefully. Each of you in this room is a role model for those of us approaching ‘that certain age.’ And you are setting the bar quite high for the next generation. You are showing those of us younger than you that life most certainly isn’t over once you have retired.”

Baum, a retired scientist with a number of important patents, said he was “very appreciative, honored and humbled by being selected” for the award. Baum has lived in New York since 1966 and, with his “wife and best friend, Kaye,” has resided in the Town of Kent since 1994. He immediately became an active volunteer in the conservation community where he served as chairman of the Kent Conservation Advisory Committee for many years. In addition, Baum has volunteered with the Kent Recycling Center, Kent Fiscal Watch, the Carmel School District Committee to Rescue the Bond, the Putnam County Environmental Management Council, Putnam County RSVP Program, Town of Kent Committee to Review the DEP Croton Plan, the Putnam County Groundwater Protection and Utilization Committee, the Putnam Energy Committee, and is still actively involved in the restoration of the Mt. Nimham Fire Tower.

Baum gave several reasons why, after moving to Kent, he became actively involved with so many organizations.

“Like many of the honorees from other counties, I engaged in community programs because they were things that were important to me, I wanted to be useful, and to meet like-minded people,” said Baum. “Environmental programs particularly appealed to me. The natural resources of Kent and Putnam County have so enriched my life that I wanted succeeding generations to have the opportunity for similar experiences. I also want to thank my best friend and wife for her support and encouragement.” 

Mooney has been volunteering for more than 45 years. A native of Yonkers, she has resided in Putnam County for 42 years working for the Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company for 15 years and then BOCES Pre-School for 10 years. A member of Putnam’s Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) where she acts as a kitchen supervisor, Mooney has also been an active supporter of the Mahopac-Carmel Senior Drop-In Center. She has participated in the Heart Walk at Brewster High School for the past four years as well as the March of Dimes. She presently holds the record as the top seller of Community Action Program raffle tickets. Other volunteer efforts include the 4-H Club program, the Salvation Army, the Mahopac Chamber of Commerce, and Putnam Hospital Center’s Fair and their Breakfast with Santa events.

“This was such a great honor,” Mooney said. “I certainly love everything I do. I like to keep active and make new friends. I love getting out there and doing whatever I can do. My greatest reward is seeing how much thee organizations appreciate your help. Besides, you have to keep active to keep going.”   

Baum and Mooney were honored by the State Office for the Aging in Albany on May 6, New York State Senior Citizen Recognition Day. There they received New York State Senate proclamations as they were recognized for their service to their fellow New Yorkers.

During her presentation, Odell announced a new initiative in which she hoped senior residents would participate as volunteers.

“We are going to have a Visitor’s Center at Tilly Foster Farm and I am hoping many of you will volunteer to be on hand to meet and greet visitors as they arrive at the farm,” she said.

 

Photo caption:  County Executive MaryEllen Odell (center) stands with the 2014 Putnam County Seniors of the Year after presenting George Baum of Kent and Anita Mooney of Brewster with their awards.

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Putnam Seniors No Longer ‘Aging’

County Executive
MaryEllen Odell

845-808-1001

Putnam Seniors No Longer ‘Aging’

CARMEL, N.Y. (May 8, 2014) – In an effort to better serve its targeted constituents the Putnam County Office of the Aging has been renamed the Putnam County Office for Senior Resources. The Legislature unanimously passed a resolution on the name change at its full meeting on Tuesday, May 6.

“The word aging has the connotation that something is old,” said Pat Sheehy, director of the newly named department. “We provide services and are a resource to people who are 60 and older. Many of them still lead active lifestyles and do not consider themselves old. The seniors’ advisory committee discussed it and decided that changing the name would better represent the mission of the department and make it more inviting to the Baby Boomer generation.”

According to the New York State Office for Aging, and based on information from 2010 Census, Putnam’s senior population, those aged 60 years and older, now account for 1 in every 4 residents in Putnam County. With a population of 100,000 residents, that is 25,000 seniors.

“We live in a time where people are living longer. Sixty is the new 40 and the Baby Boomers are not ready to consider themselves old and aging,” said County Executive MaryEllen Odell. “Nevertheless, the over age 65 population is the fastest growing demographic in Putnam County and we want to make sure that these residents know that we have services to suit to their needs.”

The Office for Senior Resources will still provide transportation and meals to its clients at its friendship centers as well as an array of on-site and off-site social activities. In addition it will continue its Retired and Senior Volunteer Program and older resident care programs such as the adult daycare, shower assistance and Saturday drop-in programs.

“The Office for Senior Resources is a very appropriate name because our seniors are a very important resource,” said Legislature Chairman Carl Albano.

To go with the new name is a logo that has been designed by Michael Cicale of Putnam Valley, who is a patron of the county’s friendship centers. The logo was unveiled at the legislative meeting.

“It is wonderful to see the seniors that we serve take a sense of ownership over the way the department was viewed,” said Odell. “For them to develop a new name and have one of their own create a logo, shows how much they care about the services the county provides of seniors and how important it is that the community knows about it.”

 

Photo Caption: County Executive MaryEllen Odell and Pat Sheehy, director of the Office for Senior Resources, were joined by some area seniors in showing off the logo of the newly renamed department.

 

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Putnam Celebrates Older American Month by Honoring its Outstanding Seniors

County Executive
MaryEllen Odell

845-808-1001

Putnam Celebrates Older American Month by Honoring its Outstanding Seniors

CARMEL, N.Y. (May 8, 2014) – With 2014 being hailed as the “Year of the Senior” in Putnam, the county is highlighting the efforts of its senior residents in the community. During the month of May, which is recognized nationally as Older American Month, the county is celebrating the civic engagement and volunteerism that the seniors demonstrate that have an impact on the physical, mental and/or environmental health and safety of Putnam.

“We urge every resident to take the time this month to recognize older adults and those who serve and support them as powerful and vital individuals who greatly contribute to the community,” said County Executive MaryEllen Odell.

On Friday, May 16, volunteers from the county’s Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (R.S.V.P) will be celebrated at a brunch at Putnam County Golf Course in Mahopac.

“Seniors are among the county’s most valuable residents,” said Odell. “We need to honor and embrace the wisdom that our seniors possess. They are our parents, grandparents and great-grandparents. They are our veterans, first responders and volunteers. They are our teachers, our mentors and our business leaders as well as leaders in doing charitable work with our not-for-profits.”

Two seniors have been honored as this year’s Senior Citizens of the Year for Putnam County. George Baum of Kent and Anita Mooney of Carmel, have received the designation because of their commitment to helping out with different organizations and causes.

“George and Anita are outstanding members of the community who keep active through volunteerism and participating in programs at the county’s newly renamed Office for Senior Resources,” said Odell.

Mooney, who has been a volunteer for over 45 years, said that she does it to keep active and make new friends.

“I find it so rewarding,” said Mooney, who has lived in Putnam for the past 42 years. “It is wonderful when the different organizations appreciate your help.”

Mooney has volunteered as a Senior RSVP volunteer for many years and is an active supporter of the Mahopac-Carmel Senior Drop-In Center for 10 years.  She has been an active member acting as kitchen supervisor, and shopper for supplies.  For 4 years Mooney has participated in the Heart Walk at Brewster High School and also the March of Dimes.  Her charisma has made her a top winner in the sale of Community Action Program Chance Sales which she has participated in for over 6 years.  Mooney has also volunteered for over 5 years for the 4-H Club, the Salvation Army, the Mahopac Chamber of Commerce, the Hospital Fair and the Breakfast with Santa.

Baum, who lives in Kent with his wife of 32 years Katherine, is a retired scientist with a number of important patents. Since 1994, he has been an active volunteer in the conservation community.  Baum, has volunteered with many community organizations including the Kent Recycle Center, Kent Fiscal Watch, the Carmel School District Committee to Rescue the Bond, The Putnam County Environmental Management Council, Putnam County RSVP Program, Town of Kent Committee to Review the DEP Croton Plan, The Town of Kent Conservation Advisory Committee, The Putnam County Groundwater Protection and Utilization Committee, the Putnam Energy Committee, and the Restoration of the Fire Tower.

“Active seniors tend to be happier and healthier,” said Patricia Sheehy, director of the Putnam County Office for Senior Resources, formerly known as the county’s Office of the Aging. “Our mission is to help seniors age in place in a livable community. Encouraging them to be engaged in the community betters their lives—physically, mentally and emotionally, and makes Putnam County a great place for all of us to live.”

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Pictured: Kaye and George Baum, County Executive MaryEllen Odell and Anita Mooney

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MaryEllen Odell Congratulates Putnam’s Seniors of the Year George Baum & Anita Mooney

County Executive MaryEllen Odell congratulated Putnam’s Seniors of the Year George Baum and Anita Mooney, both of Carmel, N.Y., as they head off to Albany, accompanied by George’s wife Kaye, to be recognized by the state.  

“George and Anita are outstanding members of the community who keep active through volunteerism and participating in programs at the county’s soon-to-be-renamed Office for Senior Resources,” said Odell. 

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Search for Outstanding Putnam Seniors Is On

MaryEllen Odell
Putnam County Executive
(845) 808-1001

February 26, 2014

Search for Outstanding Putnam Seniors Is On

Once again Director of the Office for the Aging Patricia Sheehy and the Putnam County Senior Citizens Advisory Board are seeking nominations from the public for this year’s Senior Citizen of the Year award.

“This year’s nominating theme is “Safe Today, Healthy Tomorrow,” said Sheehy. “We are focusing on older New Yorkers who demonstrate the power to make a difference through civic engagement and volunteerism and how that impacts on the physical, mental and/or environmental health and safety of our communities,” she said.

Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell has designated 2014 as the Year of the Senior Citizen and is looking forward to seeing who among Putnam’s many seniors will be nominated.

“We are fortunate to have a very active senior population,” said Odell. “Selecting one man and one woman from among so many seniors who do so much to make a difference and enhance the lives of Putnam residents will be an exciting challenge.”

Candidates must be 60 years of age or older and residents of Putnam County.

Two seniors from each of New York’s counties will be honored at a luncheon in Albany on May 6. Putnam’s winners will also be honored at the annual Putnam County Senior Volunteer Ceremony this spring.

Nominations should be made on an official form which can be obtained from the Office of the Aging or downloaded from their website: http://www.putnamcountyny.com/ofa.

Completed nomination forms must be received by Wednesday, March 19, 2014. Forms may be mailed to: Senior Award, Putnam County Office for the Aging, 110 Old Route Six Center, Building No. 1, Carmel, NY  10512  or faxed to (845) 808 1942.

Employees of federal, state, county, or local municipalities who provide services to senior citizens are not eligible to be nominated. Previous recipients of this award are also ineligible.

For more information or to request a nomination form, please call the Putnam County Office for the Aging at (845) 808-1700.